Archive for May 2010


Friday, May 28th, 2010
Knicks Rumors & News

Craig Brackins (Iowa State),  Jarvis Varnado (Miss St), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Willie Warren (Oklahoma), Dominique Jones (South Florida), Stephen Dennis (Kutztown)

As i wrote on April 13th, the Knicks should be looking to target Varnado and Vasquez in the second round. It appears the Knicks could go small and big with their two second-round picks.

Jarvis Vanardo: The senior was named SEC defensive player of the year for the third straight year (2008, 2009, 2010). His 564 blocked shots is the most of all time and he is the only Division 1  player to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks. He also averaged 10.3 rebounds and shot 58% from the field. Varnado has in creased his points, rebounds and blocks in each season. He is 6’10″ in sneakers and has a 7’4″ wingspan. Despite taking 11 jump shots in his senior season he is working on a mid-ranger jumper.

Greivis Vasquez : Vasquez averaged a career-best 19.6 points and 6.3 assists in his senior season. The 6’6″ guard was named to the second-team All-American team. The …

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
Knicks Rumors & News

The six players invited to the pre-draft workouts in Westchester include : Cornell 7-foot center Jeff Foote, Oklahoma forward Keith “Tiny” Gallon, Tennessee guard J.P. Prince, Western Kentucky guard A.J. Slaughter, Alabama guard Mikhail Torrance, and Tulsa guard Ben Uzoh.

The three players worth mentioning:

Jeff Foote: 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks in 34 games in his senior season. He transferred from St. Bonaventure where he made the team as an academic walk-on. Foote  increased his scoring and rebounding in each of the past three seasons. He has great size at 7’0″ and 265 pounds. His presence in the middle altering shots, setting picks and high FG% helped lead the Big Red to finish 29-5. Before losing to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 he registered 28 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks vs Temple and Wisconsin. Foote has won the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons. He has a 7″4″ wingspan and a high basketball IQ. He might not be the quickest of foot but he puts himself in …

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Knicks Rumors & News

“While the Knicks will target LeBron James first, they are no less interested in Dwyane Wade, a source tells ESPN’s Chad Ford”

According to the source:

Plan A: Pair James and Bosh

Plan B: Wade and Bosh

Plan C: James and Wade

Plan D: James or Wade and Dirk

How this works?

- Knicks are about $34 million under the salary cap. Which means they can sign two free agents to max contracts.

-  Bosh listed New York on his list as one of his five “preferred” teams. The Knicks could use David Lee to acquire Bosh in a sign-and-trade.

- Dirk plans to opt out of his contract will make him a free agent.

- Head Coach Mike D’Antoni, is an assistant coach for Team USA and has built relations with James, Wade and Bosh.

- The roster has talented young players. Danilo Gallinari is 21, Bill Walker is 22, Wilson Chandler is 23, Toney Douglas is 24.

- Adding two high profile free agents could attract veterans to play on minimum contracts.

-  New York has had winning tradition and is ready to put the …

Friday, May 21st, 2010
Knicks Rumors & NewsMets Rumors & News

Love it or hate it, here comes interleague play, with the first Mets-Yankees series on tap to begin tonight. And I, being old, don’t like it. It’s a gimmick that’s run its course. Of course, I also don’t like the designated hitter, loud noises and teenagers, so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt (but don’t let Mayor Bloomberg catch you). One of the advantages of being long in the tooth, though, is I actually attended events from the old days, such as the Mayor’s Trophy game in 1970, at Yankee Stadium, when I was just a tyke. I still have the scorecard, and somebody kept score for five-and-a-half innings. It must have been my older brother because I had just finished a grueling year of kindergarten, which was an abrupt interruption of my easygoing life of not learning anything and taking naps, and I’m not sure if I even knew how to read back then let alone keep score. The Yanks won (as …

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Is Kevin Garnett still this good on defense or is Rashard Lewis just this bad?

Lewis:

Regular Season: 14.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 39% from 3 (Missed 10 games for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level)

First Round: 15.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 46% from 3

Conference Semis: 17 points, 5.5 rebounds, 46% from 3

Through 2 games in the conference finals Lewis is averaging 5.5 points. He is shooting 25% from the field and 11% from  three (0-6 in Game 1). KG is doing a great job guarding him on the perimeter and forcing him to take difficult shots. Lewis averaged 20.4 points last year against the Celtics in the playoffs. The only difference is KG was not on the court last year.

Vince Carter has taken shots away from Lewis this season but that should be an excuse. Last season from March 21st on he attempted 14 or more shots 17 times. So far this season over the same time period he has yet to have a game with over 13 shot attempts. Lewis needs to have a breakout …

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Knicks Rumors & News

Last Season

The Knicks teased the fans winning the home opener scoring a November high 117 points. They went on to lose the next six games and ended the month losing five straight.

This kind of inconsistency caused them to finish as the 11th seed in the East. Their only winning month of the season was in December when they finished 9-6. One of the few bright spots occurred on March 16th, when the Knicks snapped the Mavericks 13-game win streak and beat them by 34 points.

New York has lost 50+ games for the third consecutive year and has not won a playoff series since 2000. For the past two seasons Knicks executive Donnie Walsh has spent his efforts trying to get the Knicks under the salary cap. He has traded away Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph, Jared Jeffries and Jordan Hill in order to get under the cap.

For the first time since 1996 the Knicks are finally under the cap. New York will have a team salary of …

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Better Late Than Never for Mets

Mets Rumors & News

Why do the Mets always seem to be the last ones to know? Why are they always a step behind? Omar Minaya and consequently Jerry Manuel should have been fired after last season, but inexplicably were given another shot (ok, not inexplicably – it was because of money). The organization always seems to have a “let’s throw things against the wall, kind of wait around to see what happens and then react” philosophy as opposed to having an actual well-thought-out plan. They’re finally getting around to making a few intelligent moves lately, but they seem to be the last ones to know that these moves should have already been made. It’s better late than never, though.

They got the whole Jenrry Mejia/Ike Davis thing backwards coming out of spring training. Davis had already had a college career in a top-notch program and a few seasons in the minors, so he was more major-league ready than Mejia. Once Daniel Murphy came up lame, with his bum knee, that was …

NBA Draft Lottery

Knicks Rumors & News

The 2010 NBA Draft Lottery will happen tonight at 8 p.m in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Here are the percentages for the 14 teams to win the lottery (number 1 overall pick)

The top 2 picks are projected to be John Wall and Evan Turner

3-5 picks (not in any order) Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Wes Johnson

Since 1994, the team with the worst record has won the lottery only once — Orlando in 2004.

-Cavs and Nuggets had same record in 2003

Nets (25.0 percent )

T-Wolves (19.9 percent)

Kings (15.6 percent)

Warriors (10.4 percent)

Wizards(10.3 percent)

76ers (5.3 percent)

Pistons (5.3 percent)

Clippers (2.3 percent)

Jazz (2.2 percent)- Pick from the Knicks

Pacers (1.1 percent)

Hornets (0.8 percent)

Grizzles (0.7 percent)

Raptors (0.6 percent)

Rockets (0.5 percent)

Questions after the lottery

- What happens if the Nets lose out on Wall

- Does Wolves GM Randy Kahn select Turner over Wall if they win the lottery

- How good can the Kings backcourt be if they land Wall

-Who will be the better pro Favors or Cousins

- Will the player selected by the Jazz turn out to be an All-Star

-What players stock will rise …

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Sunday Morning Coming Down for Mets

Mets Rumors & News

“Well, I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt. And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad, so I had one more for dessert.” – Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson, ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’

That’s how I felt when I woke up Sunday morning after watching John Maine throw 12 straight balls to start Saturday night’s disaster of a game. Which, of course, followed Oliver Perez pitching himself out of the rotation in Friday’s disaster of a game. And Jon Niese took over from there and tweaked his hamstring and had to leave Sunday’s disaster of a game in the third inning. Oh, that’s why the Mets’ starting rotation was seen as a weakness coming into the season. And it doesn’t help matters that the whole team is turning back the clock to 2009, with base-running mistakes, fielders dropping balls and Luis Castillo standing like a statue watching a ground ball bounce right by him while he took a quick little nap …

Friday, May 14th, 2010
Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

We’ll start off this week with a tribute to catchers. Francisco Cervelli, Rod Barajas and Henry Blanco all had a memorable couple of games last weekend. New York has had many legends behind the plate, such as Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Thurman Munson, Jerry Grote, Gary Carter and Mike Piazza, and we’ve had our fare share of backups who did something special, too – Todd Pratt instantly comes to mind. But those three present-day local backstops are cut more from the cloth of the likes of Butch Wynegar, John Stearns or Jake Gibbs. Barajas’ and Blanco’s back-to-back game-winning home runs made major league history, as it was the first time catching teammates accomplished that feat. In fact, we haven’t seen offensive heroics like that from a catcher since Jake Taylor surprised the Yankees by beating out a bunt single, which allowed Willie Hayes Mays to score all the way from second to win the AL East title back in the late ’80s (little-known fact: Barajas’ …

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The Dam Finally Breaks for the Mets

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets easily put runners on base. But then, the bats don’t move. Dust forms on them. Cobwebs begin to appear. Tumbleweeds roll by the batter’s box. The home-plate area becomes a ghost town, complete with an old codger trying to bamboozle a tourist family that’s passing by. The runners stranded idly on base grow foot-long beards. They eventually die and become rotting corpses. Skeletons crumble onto the bases. Nothing but a lonely breeze is heard. Vultures swoop down to check out the pickin’s. That was the (somewhat overdramatic) scene for the Mets’ offense during Monday’s game and the first seven innings last night. One called third strike after another. One weak pop-up after another. One stranded base-runner after another.

But in the eighth inning, something exciting happened, something so unexpected and out of the blue I wouldn’t have believed it unless I saw it with my own eyes – the Mets hit with runners on base. And they couldn’t stop hitting. They banged out singles. They ripped …

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

The (Almost) Comeback Kings

Mets Rumors & News

I thought that the Mets would storm back and win today’s game in the ninth inning. Again. And without a doubt. Of course, it turned out there was some doubt as they couldn’t quite pull off three last-at-bat wins in a row. But the fact that we’re even thinking that way – that the 2010 Mets won’t just roll over and die – says something. They’re forging an identity for themselves, one based on resilience and grit. Last year’s identity was based on buffoonery; they invented ways to lose games and treated the season as if it were a tribute to the lovable-loser 1962 Mets.

There was a lot to like in the weekend series with the Giants, and a few things that didn’t turn out so well. They took two out three after losing the last two series, so let’s see if they can use this series win to springboard their way to another hot streak. And hey, at least they’re exciting to watch. And exciting in …

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