Archive for March 2010


Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
Knicks Rumors & News

“I love D’Antoni, he’s the dope,” Boozer told the paper. “Spending time with him in the Olympics, his offensive mindset is unbelievable. He’s got the best plays I’ve ever been around — on a whim. It’s like rappers when they come out on the top of the dome with quotes. He’s got plays in the back of his head with plays for that moment.”
Boozer also went out of his way to let the New York reporters know he’s a New York Yankees fan.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/post/Boozer-coveting-Knicks-job-?urn=nba,231033

Carlos Boozer is in the final year of his contract that is paying him $12.6 million this season. Since 2004-2005 season he has made at least $10 million per year. This all means he will not come cheap if he decides to leave Utah. After appearing in just 37 games last year, Boozer has missed only 3 games averaging 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds. The Jazz are currently the number three seed in the West with 49 wins.

Boozer is one of the best power forwards in the league …

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Mets Roster Projection

Mets Rumors & News

Let’s take a look at how the Mets roster might shake out. This isn’t a prediction of what I think will happen, but what I think should happen (and I’ll refrain from including names such as John Lackey, Orlando Hudson and Tom Seaver).

Rotation: The starters are already etched in stone: Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, Oliver Perez, John Maine and Jon Niese. We can debate whether it will be a disaster or exceed expectations, but barring a last-minute trade (with the Reds?), it is what it is.

Bullpen: This is where it gets interesting, with a number of different combinations the Mets can go with. Frankie Rodriguez and Pedro Feliciano may be the only two who are guaranteed a spot in the ’pen. I would go with Kiko Calero, Hisanori Takahashi, Fernando Nieve, Ryota Igarashi and Nelson Figueroa to round out the rest of the relief corps. Takashi may be having trouble getting lefties out, but otherwise he’s looked impressive – and he throws strikes. Having been jerked around …

Week 23 NBA pickups

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Week 23 (March 29-April 4)
Teams playing four games: Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Milwaukee, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Toronto, Washington
Teams playing three games: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Indiana, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, Utah
Teams playing two games: None

Roddy Beaubois (Mavs)- Beaubois has received inconsistent minutes with Jason Terry back but he caught fire vs. the Warriors on Saturday. He scored a career high 40 points including 9 three-pointers. Yes, this game against Golden State so we need to see more consistent production.

Andres Nocioni (Kings)- Nocioni scored 21 points yesterday which was his highest output since December 28th. He played in a season high 40 minutes because of injuries and made 5 three-pointers. He has value if the Kings continue to play short-handed.

Jason Kapono …

Friday, March 26th, 2010
Knicks Rumors & NewsMets Rumors & News

We’re less than two weeks away from opening day, so it’s prediction time. Who’s going to win each division? Who will win the World Series? Who will take the MVP and Cy Young awards? How the hell should I know? Does anybody get these predictions right? With injuries, fluctuations in performance, Ron Washington making out lineups while snorting a few lines of his “manager’s little helper” and other unforeseen circumstances, it’s anybody’s guess. So I’ll take the safer route and make my prognostications for the 1972 season instead. It’s way more of a sure thing that way.

The young, upstart A’s are looking like a lock to take the AL West, after winning the division last season. I foresee that they will all grow mustaches and wear green-and-gold uniforms this year. Vida Blue’s holdout will lead to a poor season for him, but I’ll go out on a limb and predict I’ll write him a nice letter a few years later and he’ll graciously send me his autograph. …

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Should Wilson Chandler be traded?

Knicks Rumors & News

It has been a difficult year for Wilson Chandler on and off the court. His grandfather passed away a few weeks ago and he has missed the last four games due to a left groin injury. The Knicks are considering shutting him down for the rest of the season.

Chandler is a very talented player but also a very attractive trading piece. He is turning 23-years old in May and will be making $2.1 million next season and has a qualifying offer for $3 million the year after. If the Knicks sign two big free agents within the next two years I think it makes Chandler expendable. Meaning his role would change and I do not see him attempting 13 shots a game.

What could Chandler be traded for? New York does not have a first round pick in this year’s or 2012 NBA Draft. However, we have seen the Knicks buy a late first round pick from another franchise.

The third year forward is averaging career highs in points (15.3), field goal percentage (47.9) and minutes per …

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Jets Rumors & News

We all know about the great athletes in New York sports history – Babe Ruth, Tom Seaver, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Mark Messier, Walt Frazier – and even the busts – Ed Whitson, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Stephon Marbury, Scott Gomez. But what about the slightly-to-highly-above-average athlete? The kind-of-great but not all-timer? They may not have been Hall-of-Famers, but they were All-Stars, fan favorites, cogs on a championship team or maybe even just pretty darn good. They’re the little brother that didn’t hog all the attention. But they’re certainly worth talking about and remembering. So when do they get their due? Well, now they will. Here is a series of the not-quite-legendary in New York sports history.

They were joined at the hip. They filled in for each other. They were the one-two punch of the New York Jets’ golden era. Matt Snell and Emerson Boozer had a lot in common – a great work ethic, selflessness and also, unfortunately, injuries. But they won a Super Bowl together, so they will go down as two of …

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
Rangers Rumors & News

When you have a rotten owner, a bad GM and an ineffective coach, what does it all add up to? A bad team, of course. And that’s what the Rangers are right now, a bad team. Wasn’t John Tortorella supposed to bring a tireless work ethic, accountability and toughness to the team? Well, that didn’t happen. The players are either tuning him out or he’s not doing his job. There’s no urgency, no sense of the season slipping away or sense that the players really care very much that they might miss the playoffs. Where is the “if anything, a John Tortorella coached team will always work hard and won’t get pushed around – or else” sentiment that we heard about when he was hired? It seems the players stopped listening to him a long time ago. Tortorella was hired as nice-guy Tom Renney’s opposite, but that didn’t translate into the team playing any harder or smarter for him than his predecessor.

Of course, the roster that was …

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Week 22 pickups

Fantasy

Week 22 (March 22-28)
Teams playing four games: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Washington
Teams playing three games: Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland
Teams playing two games: New York

Eric Maynor (Thunder)- Maynor had his best game this month with 15 points and 11 assists yesterday. Most of his production came in garbage time but if you need assists in a deep league the rookie can help.

Darius Songalia (Hornets)- Songalia has averaged 11 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals over his past 4 games. Last week he had games where he played 31 and 28 minutes.

Leon Powe (Cavs)- Powe set season highs in points (16) and minutes (21) vs. the Pistons yesterday. If he can find consistent time …

Friday, March 19th, 2010
Devils Rumors & NewsIslanders Rumors & News

So it’s Wednesday morning and it’s just another routine day – I’m tooling around my house on my Hoveround like always, making myself one of those healthy breakfast shakes made of Lucky Charms, chocolate milk and a half dozen Yodels, when I suddenly realize it’s one of our great holidays – St. Patrick’s Day. With drinking, and uh, even more drinking, what’s not to like? Everybody grabs a pint of Guinness or a green beer, sings “Dirty Old Town,” wears their “Kiss me I’m Irish” shirt and at least pretends to be of Gaelic persuasion. I, on the other hand, am German, so I throw on my “Don’t kiss me I’m German – that would be inefficient, emotional and unsanitary” T-shirt, and head off to work. I’m not the only one around these parts who wears a variation on the “Kiss me I’m Irish” shirt, though; here are some like-themed T-shirts seen worn by local athletes past and present on St. Patty’s Day:

“Kiss me – I’m not …

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
Nets Rumors & News

We all know about the great athletes in New York sports history – Babe Ruth, Tom Seaver, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Mark Messier, Walt Frazier – and even the busts – Ed Whitson, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Stephon Marbury, Scott Gomez. But what about the slightly-to-highly-above-average athlete? The kind-of-great but not all-timer? They may not have been Hall-of-Famers, but they were All-Stars, fan favorites, cogs on a championship team or maybe even just pretty darn good. They’re the little brother that didn’t hog all the attention. But they’re certainly worth talking about and remembering. So when do they get their due? Well, now they will. Here is a series of the not-quite-legendary in New York sports history.

Buck Williams was Mr. Net, Mr. Rebound and Mr. Class. Julius Erving may have been the most talented player the Nets have ever had, but Williams was the best NBA player the franchise has known. In order to afford the fee to enter the NBA, the Nets had to sell Dr. …

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
Rangers Rumors & News

Are the Rangers about to embark on their signature successful homestretch run in order to sneak into the playoffs? They’re in do-or-die territory, in ninth place in the conference, but they always seem to be in this position, at least the last few years they have been. Why? Probably because they don’t put in a consistent effort and they’re offensively and defensively challenged. Their five-year streak of making the playoffs is in jeopardy, just like their four-year streak was last year (and three-year streak the season before . . ). They’ve now won two in a row, though, and are 5-2-2 in their last nine games.

They easily whipped Atlanta, 5-2, on Friday night. Their number-one line (for this week) starred, with Vinny Prospal scoring two goals with an assist, and Marian Gaborik netting one and picking up two assists. Michael Del Zotto scored his first goal in a long time, and Henrik Lundqvist was his usual self. In his last 10 games, he’s only allowed more than …

Week 21 Pickups

Fantasy

Week 21 (March 15-21) Teams playing four games: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Utah, Washington Teams playing three games: L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Sacramento, Toronto Teams playing two games: Dallas, Orlando, Portland

Toney Douglas (Knicks)- The last time Douglas started was on November 18th. Last Saturday he started and scored 21 points in helping the Knicks defeat the Mavs. He has played in at least 22 minutes the past four games and has 7 three-pointers in this span.

Jannero Pargo (Bulls)- Pargo started his first game of the season due to a wrist injury suffered to Derrick Rose. Pargo, scored a season high 20 points with 4 assists and 2 three-pointers. Rose should return tomorrow vs. the Grizziles.

Johan Petro (Nuggets)- Petro has started four straight games because of the injury to Keynon Martin. He is averaging 5.8 points, 7.8 rebounds .8 blocks as a starter.

Honorable mention: James Johnson (Bulls)

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