Dreams Blog

May 29, 2015

David Wright
Ian Begely (ESPN.com) wrote, “Alderson said that none of the doctors the team has consulted have mentioned surgery as an option for Wright. The doctors believe that Wright’s back ailments will heal in the short-term.
“We just need to wait and see over the next couple of days once we get an additional opinion,” the GM said.
Wright is no stranger to back issues. He missed two months in 2011 with a stress fracture in his lower back. However, Wright was examined by team doctors on May 7 in New York, and the medical team determined that Wright had not suffered a repeat of that injury.
The injury is a concern for the Mets, who have a significant financial commitment to Wright, who is signed through 2020. He will earn $20 million a season through 2018, then receive $15 million in 2019 and $12 million in 2020.
Wright’s ability to stay in the lineup has diminished in recent years. Once an iron man — averaging 159 games a season from 2005 through 2008 — he has averaged only 126 games per season from 2011 through 2014.
What has to be remembered here is that often it’s not what’s said but what’s not said that’s important. The doctors didn’t say he’d be cured but that he’d be healed “in the short term.”
NFL Scheduling
I was under the impression that the team who finishes with a good record would have a tougher schedule for the following year, but Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) pointed out that, “Even if Brady’s suspension remains at four games, the Patriots should be OK. After their first four games, the defending Super Bowl champions face only two teams the remainder of the regular season that reached the playoffs in 2014.”
Can they really be non-partisan?
Pete Rose
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred declined to give an update on Pete Rose’s bid for reinstatement (reported ESPNNY.com’s Jerry Crasnick) from baseball’s ineligible list. He said MLB continues to be in contact with the Reds about the specifics of Rose’s involvement at the upcoming All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14. Manfred said he is not concerned that Rose’s involvement will overshadow the game.
“The idea that any individual could overshadow the great players that we’re going to have at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati is just not something that seems realistic to me,” he said.” YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS, this IS Pete Rose we’re talking about.
Zeke
The Sports Curmudgeon was being kind with his brief take on Thomas’ most recent foray into the world of management. “I agree completely that James Dolan – owner of the Knicks and Liberty and major domo for MSG was tone-deaf in getting Thomas involved in this matter in the first place. However, his tone-deafness may or may not be a reason to deny Thomas this “business venture”. I do not know for whom to root in this contretemps.”
It shouldn’t be Thomas.
I give the Liberty 3 months before the wheels come off.
Nets’ Thoughts
Mark Stein and Mike Mazzeo (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “Will Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young be back in Brooklyn next season?
The Nets can only hope.
There really is no alternative scenario for them.
General manager Billy King has made no secret of the fact that retaining his frontcourt twosome is Brooklyn’s No. 1 priority this summer, which is easily understood, given the Nets’ financial predicament.
Yet there are also persistent rumbles in league circles that the real reason the Nets aren’t being actively shopped to potential bidders is the structure of the deal Prokhorov struck to buy the team mandates he sell Barclays Center in conjunction with his basketball team. Word is the entities can’t be sold separately, which is said to have chilled the market due to the complexities involved in such a transaction and the significant price tag it would carry.
What about Prokhorov’s basketball people?
At the Nets’ nadir, when they lost consecutive games by 35-plus points in January and rumbles of player discontent with the coach were commonplace, some in NBA coaching circles believed Hollins was only being preserved by the thick layer of insulation that comes in year one a four-year deal believed to be in excess of $20 million.
To his credit, though, Hollins eventually found some common ground with Lopez after their rocky start and got the most he could out of a limited group to not only win the “race” for the East’s final playoff berth but also push the Hawks to six games in Round 1. Hollins thus seems poised to become the first coach in the Nets’ Brooklyn history to reach Year 2 of his contract.
Draft Picks
They don’t mean anything but here is the top of my board: If he is still there-Towns C, if not then Russell PG, if not then Winslow SF. Don’t get distracted.
Perry Patter
From Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) we have: “The minor-league Fresno Grizzlies are offering up a $7 menu item called the Frankenslice — a slice of pizza with hot dogs baked into the crust.
Any fan who can eat a whole pie,” noted Fark.com, “gets to be carted off on the seventh-inning stretcher.”
The American Fitness Index deemed Washington, D.C., the fittest city in the U.S., while Grammarly, an automated proofreading company that tracks online reader comments, declared that city’s pro football fans the NFL’s worst spellers.
“So what?” said one Hog fanatic. “At least we’re fysically phit.
Looks like the honeymoon might be over for this mayor- at least with his soccer-loving constituents. CS Gilfortui, a fourth division team in Targu Carbunesti, Romania had to play a scheduled home game 25 miles out of town because hizoner Mihai Mizilu had rented the team’s stadium for his daughter’s wedding. No word on whether any well-wishers threw soccer balls instead of rice.
Marlins GM Dan Jennings– 2-6 since replacing fired manager Mike Redmond in the Miami dugout- last coached a high-school team in the 1980’s. It hasn’t gone unnoticed: three parents called up to complain about their son’s lack of playing time.

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Dreams Blog

May 22, 2015

Draft Lottery
As soon as I saw Mills sit at the Knicks’ desk I knew it was a lost cause.
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “You win 17 games in the NBA, you deserve exactly what you get. And for those who would follow that logic to the conclusion that 16-win Minnesota sure didn’t deserve the No. 1 pick, hey, at least the Timberwolves had their owner, Glen Taylor, sit up there with his dunce cap on.
What a joke. Jackson had an opportunity to prove that he’s not merely a detached consultant who took the job, according to his former GM in Chicago, Jerry Krause, because he wanted to pocket James Dolan’s money. Jackson had a chance to show everyone he isn’t already reviewing future exit strategies as eagerly as he’s scouting future pros.
But he just wouldn’t reduce himself to a prop on that stage. Instead Knicks fans discovered something else Steve Mills isn’t particularly adept at — being a good-luck charm.
“Towns was the prospect who best matches up with those images, and the Knicks scout who trailed him all season at Kentucky, Mark Warkentien, had fallen hard for him. So had every basketball lifer who watched Towns grow from a long-range shooter at a New Jersey high school, St. Joseph of Metuchen, into a defensive anchor with enough developing low-post moves to lead Kentucky to 38 consecutive victories and a place in the Final Four.
“In my mind he’s the No. 1 pick in the draft,” Bob Hurley Sr., the legendary New Jersey high school coach, said during the NCAA tournament. “Okafor is a more polished offensive player, but Towns is a better defender, rebounder, and foul shooter, and is a bit more versatile now. He’s personable, a great interview, plays with passion, and has a more outgoing personality than most big kids do. You can put him on the Knicks and he’s an NBA All-Star.”
Only you can’t put him on the Knicks now. Towns will be long gone, and so will Okafor, when the Knicks step to the plate in the unwelcome role as the draft’s cleanup hitter.”
“I think it’s not a setback at all,” Mills said. (BC- can you say knucklehead? We can still hope for a trade with Minny for #1)
Robert Kraft
I felt Robert Kraft’s reasons for stopping the “deflate-gate” rhetoric were admirable and showed good sp ortsmanship as well as a desire to move on and stop the negativity being attached to the New England Patriots.
I know, I know that might sound naïve and still might prove to be so, the Pats being the Pats, but for now, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Beantown Pitching Woes
The Sports Curmudgeon told us about Boston’s solution, “Well, so far this year, the Sox pitching staff as a whole – starters and relievers – has been well beneath “questionable”. And what did the Sox do to deal with that situation: Trade for Cole Hamels? No. Bring up their top pitching prospects? No. Lure Roger Clemens out of retirement? Thankfully, no.
What they did was to fire their pitching coach, Juan Nieves, who was the same pitching coach upon whom everyone lavished heaps of praise when he guided the Sox pitching staff that won the World Series. That was in 2013 which means Nieves got really dumb really fast…”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote about “deflate-gate” by saying, “What do the Vietnam War and Deflategate have in common?
Answer: Both inspired sit-ins.
Four Tom Brady fanatics — angered over the Patriot QB’s four-game suspension for his role in deflating footballs — handcuffed themselves together in the lobby of NFL headquarters for 15 minutes Tuesday before New York’s finest hauled them away.
“Hopefully it goes somewhere,” Chris Spagnuol, a protest organizer, told the New York Post, “but obviously it only went to central booking.”;
Tweeted protester Dave Portnoy in advance: “I don’t want to beg, but a GoFundMe for our bail would be nice.” Sideline Chatter
A baseball fan in Chicago, eschewing the typical player’s jersey, went to last Thursday’s Cubs-Mets game dressed as the Wrigley Field ivy.
So what’s next, the Incredible Hulk showing up in Boston to salute the Green Monster?
At SportsPickle.com: “On this day in history, one day ago: Patriots claim their equipment guys use the term ‘deflation’ to talk about weight loss.”
A woman in Lexington, Ky., being strangled by a burglar with a bra KO’d her female attacker with a ceramic chicken, CNN reported.
The loser immediately claimed a pre-existing shoulder injury, claimed she’d won the fight on points and demanded a rematch.
A Las Vegas musical based on TV’s “Duck Dynasty” is shutting down because of poor ticket sales.
Guess it wasn’t all it was quacked up to be.
Comedian Argus Hamilton, with the latest Deflategate update: “Vladimir Putin just gave back Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring, saying if a team can’t play by the rules, it isn’t worth having.”
Bo Jackson, to ESPN, when asked if he misses playing football or baseball: “OK, you’re a CPA. Do you miss doing somebody’s taxes when you’re on vacation?”;
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, on Prince William and Kate naming their newborn daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana: “NHL translation: Charsy.”;
History will be made when the new span connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, is named in honor of hockey great Gordie Howe.
It’s believed to be the first Howe-inspired bridge that wasn’t installed by a dentist.
The most common injuries in the NBA involve:
a) ankles
b) knees
c) leg muscles
d) a ricochet from a Dwight Howard free throw
Cynics “R” Us
I agree with Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) when he wrote, “The national poll showing that the overwhelming majority of people who identify themselves as NFL fans support Brady’s four-game suspension also reveals that even more people believe every NFL team pushes the envelope – the latest euphemism for cheating. It appears that Roger Goodell’s homilies concerning the “integrity of the game” are not getting through. Not that there’s any reason they should.”

Dreams Blog

May 15, 2015

Spag’s Not A Nag
Dan Graziano (ESPNNY.com) wrote about the defensive coordinator for the Giants and one of his new ideas, “This is a new initiative this offseason from Spagnuolo, who’s back for a second turn as the Giants’ defensive coordinator. One of the things he decided to do is instill in the current defensive players an appreciation for the history and tradition of the Giants’ defenses of the past. So he adorned the meeting room walls with pictures of Huff, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Andy Robustelli, Tom Landry, Emlen Tunnell, Harry Carson and Jessie Armstead, and he instructed his current players to go online and learn everything they can learn about them.
There is, however, also a sense of letting the current players know they’re a part of something larger. The names of those in the Giants’ ring of honor adorn their locker room walls, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows or appreciates the accomplishments of guys like Huff and Tunnell and Robustelli, who played in bygone eras. Taylor might be the greatest player in Giants history, and he retired in 1993 — the year before Giants second-round pick Landon Collins was born.
“The tradition. The passion. The Giant tradition,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “The great defenses that have been played here in the past. The idea that we have to get back to that.”
The message is being delivered at every level, and the players seem to grasp the reasons behind it.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Two wrongs don’t make a right — but one certainly did.
Brooklyn’s Asher Conniff, 25, registered for the wrong poker tournament — he misclicked while applying online — then wound up winning the World Poker Tour World Championship in Atlantic City, N.J., to the tune of $973,683.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa wouldn’t let him out of the mistake, so he had to back out of a European family vacation.
“(Mom) wasn’t too upset,” Conniff told the New York Daily News. “She was happy I was going to play, and she’s super-ecstatic now.”
Trying to trade up for a shot at drafting QB Marcus Mariota, it appears, proved a bit too pricey.
“We drove into a very nice neighborhood and saw an unbelievable house,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly told the NFL Network, “but when we found out the price of the house we stayed in the car, never even got out of the car.”;
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are no longer an item.
So No. 1 on the list of Golf’s Famous Couples is once again Fred.” Tweets of the Week
From Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy, after undergoing Tommy John surgery: “Thles pani pills are’nt havin any eff=ect at al;/ claer th*inking is me and motoor sskils is very greats.”
Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, after the Dolphins brought in ex-Patriots RB Stevan Ridley for a look-see: “ Stevan is best known for wishing his parents had spell-check.”
The New York Jets fired their director of pro personnel, along with five scouts, just two days after ESPN guru Mel Kiper Jr.’s gave the team his highest grade — an A-minus — for its performance in this year’s draft.
At TheOnion.com: “Roger Goodell vows to punish whoever’s responsible for suspending Tom Brady.”
Two shortstops — the Nationals’ Ian Desmond and the A’s Marcus Semien — are tied for the major-league lead with 11 errors.
Anyone up for Bobble-Grounder Doll Night?
The biggest power-couple breakup in sports for 2015 is destined to be:
a) Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn
b) Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell
Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan’s emergency appendectomy: “Considering the toughness of hockey players, he may miss up to half the second period.”
Making An Ace
Andrew Marchand (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “”The times that you go out during the course of the year and you have your ace stuff is probably only 10 times,” manager Joe Girardi said after the 6-3 win over the Blue Jays. “The other 10, you have to find it. The last 10, you just have to battle. I think it was one of the second 10, where he had to find it. It took him a while.”
He has only walked three batters in 39 1/3 innings.
This gives Brian McCann, known as a master game-caller, three options on each pitch, no matter the count. While McCann knows that Pineda can consistently fire his fastball, slider and change for strikes, hitters don’t know what is coming.
“He pounds the zone with three pitches and he knows exactly where they are going,” McCann said. “You can throw the 3-1 sliders. You can do a lot more when you pound the zone. It is impressive with the stuff that he has to have the command that he has.”
That is why he is the best pitcher on the Yankees and very we ll could be if Masahiro Tanaka is healthy or not. Pineda is so talented that he was down a pitch, the slider, the first few innings, but Toronto couldn’t score.”
Sports, Good Sports, Poor Sports
Allow me to say that I am in no way a New England Patriots fan.
Does the entire “Deflate-gate” mess pass the smell test? Did anyone ever tell Brady, Belichick, or Kraft to be a good sport and do they even know what a good sport is supposed to be.
How about Al Davis, John Madden, or Kenny “The Snake” Stabler? They were never suspended because of anything like “Delate-gate”. Of course there weren’t any rules against what THEY did- at the time.
They DID cause a lot of rules to be changed and new rules to be written. While Madden’s antics were viewed to be those of a loveable “Scalawag,” Belichick’s are looked at as being cheating by press ink.an accepted
BTW, what gives the self-important NFL the idea that they can “suspend” an employee of a business’ concern?
I Was Just Wondering (Uh-Oh)
Is Mayor “DeBlaz” running for Veep so he can widen the exposure of his Progressive (read that his Socialist) stance. I don’t know when progressive became an accepted synonym for socialist.

Dreams Blog

May 8, 2015

No Surprise
Why were all of those “Glitterati-celebs” surprised that the Mayor and his wife did not attend the fund raising ball at the Met? The socialist, that he is, could not have gone to such a capitalist show.
Mayweather-Pacquano
Neither boxer looked to be in their primes. Dan Rafael (ESPNNY.com) reported Curtis landed 148 out of 435 punches (34%) while Manny landed 81 of 429 (19%). Today’s punchers will throw twice as many punches. Both fighters showed their age, however Manny seemed more affected.
Mayweather won the legacy fight, stamping himself as the best fighter of an era he and Pacquiao have shared and dominated. During their great runs, they both won numerous world titles and beat five common opponents, all likely Hall of Famers, in Oscar De La Hoya (already inducted), Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley.
And while the fight took years to make because of the intense squabbling between camps that do not like each other, Mayweather said it was worth the wait.” (Not for the boxing fans, I think)
I gave Manny only 3 rounds.
“Pacquiao also said after the fight that he injured his right shoulder in training, and his camp said Nevada boxing commissioners denied a request for him to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before facing off with Mayweather.
“It’s a good fight. I thought I won the fight,” he said. “He didn’t do anything. He moved outside. I got him many more times with a lot of punches, and I thought I won the fight; I was never hurt. I was very surprised at the scores.” It was a tension-filled bout, as Mayweather and Pacquiao sized each other up early. Pacquiao winced from a borderline low blow in the third round and then backed Mayweather into a corner and fired a few shots, causing Mayweather to tie him up.
That appeared to be part of his strategy, to get Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) on the ropes. When he could get Mayweather there, Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) let his hands go and the crowd went wild.
In the fourth round, Pacquiao nailed Mayweather with a hard straight left hand that sent him into the ropes, and he then unloaded numerous punches as the crowd erupted. Mayweather shook his head as if to indicate he was not hurt, but then got caught with a right hook.
Mayweather was not throwing as many punches as Pacquiao at that point, but when he did, he was accurate, especially with his jab as he controlled the distance of the fight. But Pacquiao had bursts, such as in the sixth round, when he fired straight left hands to back Mayweather into the ropes before unleashing multiple flurries.
As aggressive as Pacquiao tried to be, Mayweather was able to blunt him, blocking punches and countering with jabs and straight right hands as he seemed to get into a groove in the seventh round.
Pacquiao let his hands go when Mayweather went to the ropes but didn’t land his shots cleanly enough to truly hurt Mayweather, who also never hurt him.
“I’m fighting in September, yes,” the 38-year-old Mayweather said, although who he will face is a mystery. “I got one more fight with Showtime/CBS. You guys have done a remarkable job. My last fight is in September.”
In another indication Mayweather is nearing the end of his career, he said he would vacate the world titles he currently holds.”
You Just Got Me Flowers
At First look, the NY Giants 1st round pick, Ereck Flowers, seems to be that “Air Craft Carrier” (6-6,329) the team was looking for. He IS a large human being, like a road grader. My concern is that report say his footwork doesn’t allow him to be a left tackle- just yet (pass protection).
Football Box
2nd Rd, Landon Collins is a prototypical strong safety not unlike the old Colt Johnny Sample. A box safety will creep into the “D” box to stop the rush.
Owamagbe Odighizuwa
3rd Rd BIG pass rushing DE. 6-3,271 but had 2 hip surgeries
A-Rod’s Bonus
Is the 660hr. mark a milestone or a millstone?
Wallace Matthews (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “So here we have it, a tainted player putting up tainted numbers trying to collect on a contract that the Yankees now say is tainted, too.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: “The Orioles beat Boston in a football: 18-7.
Conspiracy theorists immediately pinned the Orioles’ three extra-point misses on underinflated baseballs.
Bad news, NFL miscreants: The league just announced its new head of player discipline — and it’s that kid-pummeling Baltimore mom.
The Orioles and White Sox played inside an empty stadium Wednesday.
To which Miami Marlins players said, “So?”
Tim Hunter, on the Australian jockey whose pants fell down in midrace: “Great news for anyone who bet on him to show.”
Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton on the birth of their second child, a girl.
Mel Kiper Jr., unable to help himself, immediately declared her a second-round sleeper with a lot of upside.”
Cote’s Notes
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) wrote: “Sports lend themselves to hyperbole. Everything seems oversized, over-hyped, over-sold, over-covered. Everything is the biggest, the greatest. Perspective can get trampled.
Right after being drafted No. 1 overall by Tampa Bay, Jameis Winston posted on Instagram a photo of himself enjoying crab legs — before quickly taking it down at the Bucs’ request. To summarize, the guy known for bad decisions in college took about nine seconds to make his first one as a pro.”
Marinara
Bob Maranaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “Idle thought: Why stop at drug testing Josh Hamilton? Baseball should be administering urine tests to the Angels executives who signed Hamilton to a $125 million deal.”

Dreams Blog

May 1, 2015

Now About Pete Rose
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote about Adam Kilgore’s piece in the DC Post. Adam Kilgore wrote a lengthy article in the Washington Post recently describing the daily sports fantasy websites and internet wagering. “The focus of the article is that the two main players in this arena – FanDuel and DraftKings – are exploiting a loophole in the Federal law that bars Internet gambling.
Consider this paragraph from the article:
“On a typical NFL Sunday, FanDuel’s most popular game awards a $500,000 first prize to the winner of a massive pool with a $25 entry fee. Rather than simply hosting leagues for users, daily fantasy sports serve as an exchange. Players enter contests and win prizes for the best entries, and the Web site keeps a cut.”
Now, can you explain to me how this event is not equivalent to playing online poker or why playing fantasy sports on this different from betting on NFL sporting events?
MLB bought a financial stake in DraftKings two years ago. The NBA has a “partnership” with FanDuel. Since the two sites serve as an exchange in the sense that they take a small cut from every entry fee (call it a wager to be more accurate), that means that two of the major sports enterprises in the US are deriving revenue from wagering on their games along with other games.
MLB specifically lobbied in favor of the insert in the bill that created this loophole. The NBA, NFL, NHL and the NCAA all lobbied to pass the bill that created this loophole. In essence, all of these organizations supported a law that specifically makes a form of gambling on sporting events legal.
FanDuel has a “partnership” with the Orlando Magic in addition to its “partnership” with the NBA.
Word From Santana
The Sports Curmudgeon gave us a unique explanation from Ervin Santana, “Twins’ pitcher Ervin Santana is one of several MLB players on lengthy suspension for failing a PED drug test. Santana tested positive for Stanozolol which is the same thing that cost Ben Johnson his Olympic Gold Medals all the way back in 1988. Folks, this is hardly one of those so-called “designer steroids”… The interesting part of this story is that when Santana addressed his suspension, he said that he could not pinpoint how this stuff found its way into his bloodstream.
Memo to Ervin Santana: When discussing the origins of how you wound up being suspended from MLB for failing a steroid test, you might not want to use the word, “pinpoint”. Just saying…”
BIG Stuff
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) gave me this info: “A record that will never be broken – Wilt Chamberlain averaged 45.8 minutes a game in 14 NBA seasons. For perspective, the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler led all players this season at 38.7 (unbelievable).
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: “Bar Brutus in Montreal boasts a 20-pound replica of the Stanley Cup — made entirely of bacon.
Or as the porcine prize is more affectionately known, Lard Stanley (OOF)
The Philadelphia Eagles reworked their home schedule to accommodate the Pope’s September visit.
Alas, no such luck avoiding the Cardinals.
Meteorologist Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W. Va., on a new study claiming Spain boasts the world’s fastest recreational runners: “You would be pretty fast, too, if they let bulls run down your street for a few weeks every year.
The proposed NFL stadium in Carson, Calif., would celebrate Chargers touchdowns by shooting lightning bolts.
So what’s next — the Bills flinging buffalo chips?”
Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the 100-year-old Japanese woman who set an age-group record in the 1,500-meter backstroke: “I’m guessing this happened after she fell off a cruise ship.”
Curmudgeon-like Retirement plan
“In my retirement, I could always use a gig that will shore up my IRA but I would really like to still have the time to watch games and write these rants. Therefore, I will announce here that I am available at an amazingly low rate of pay to participate on any Blue Ribbon Committee or investigation of alleged wrongdoing in one of the pro sports leagues so long as the pace of my committee/investigation parallels the ones described here. At the rate they are going, someone will find out what happened to Judge Crater before all the work is done here.”
Knicks Rah-Rah
Ian Begley (ESPNNY.com) told us about Chauncey Billups thoughts about Carmelo Anthony being a loud locker-room guy, “Chauncey Billups, an ESPN analyst who played with Anthony for three seasons in Denver and New York, said recently that vocal leadership isn’t a part of Carmelo’s personality.
“One thing he is, he’s going to come to play every single night, he’s going to practice every single day. He is who he is, He’s not that guy [who leads vocally]. But for who he is, he’s great. You’ve got to find another guy to make speeches, and another guy to do most of the leading. [Carmelo’s] going to most of the time lead by example. He’s not going to be vocal, he’s not going to rock the boat.”
But the Knicks will likely be adding a 19-year-old rookie to the roster next season. They’ll also bring back a few players from this season’s team without much experience. So there may be a built-in void when it comes to leadership.
“Someone’s gotta fill the gap,” Jackson told a group of season-ticket holders last month.
Let’s say Anthony develops into a vocal leader next season and helps fill the gap that Jackson speaks of. The Knicks president would still be wise to spend some of his cap space on veteran locker-room leaders — guys who can fill the leadership role that Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas held in 2013-14 when the Knicks won 54 games.
Some around the league believe noted leader and Indiana Pacers veteran David West may decline his $12.6 million player option for 2015-16 and leave Indiana this summer. West would be a great addition for the Knicks’ culture and would certainly fill any leadership void, so his status is something to monitor.”