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Lebron sits Atop his Thrown… Kings New York Knicks

November 7, 2009
LBJ's Best JR Rider Impression

LBJ does his best JR Rider Impression

Cavaliers- 100 Knicks- 91

Oooo’s and ahhh’s filled the Garden last night and it wasn’t because of the Knicks play. It was because Lebron James was putting on a show fit for a king to watch. As Yankee players C.C. Sabathia, A-Rod and rapper Jay-Z watched from court side LBJ went bonkers in the first 8 minutes and shot 5 for 6 including a buzzer beating 3 pointer. He finished the 1st with 19 points. It was a rout by the 2nd quarter as the Cavs built a 26 point lead. Lebron’s stat line in 36 minutes, 33 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds. The closet it came to a game last night was when the Knicks finally showed some fight and cut the deficit to 9 with 3:20 remaining the game. As usual same old story, too little too late.

I’d love to spin this article and add some positive things to say but while watching the game on ESPN last night, my favorite Knick coach and current ESPN basketball analyst Jeff Van Gundy mentioned this, “the Knicks are getting decent looks but their just a bad shooting basketball team”.

Last night after 8 years of frustration I finally had to admit that my team just does not have the talent to be a good team in the NBA. Yes you can argue that the 90’s teams of Oak and Mase didn’t have all the talent either, but what they lacked in talent they made up with sweat, blood, tears and simple gritty hard work. This team lacks both of those ingredients. They also lack a bona fide star to take responsibility and lead. As I told my homie last night, we have role players starting on a team of role players.

Again the Knicks did what they do best, took terrible shots and played atrocious defense when their offense wasn’t clicking. They looked awe-struck as Lebron made Wilson Chandler, Jared Jefferies and whoever else guarding him look like a kid meeting his favorite athlete for the 1st time. After the game Lebron approached 2nd year player Danilo Gallinari at center court and spoke a few words to him. Danilo said that he never met the King before last night and that they both spoke prior and after the game. “he told me to keep working hard and to take care of my back by stretching” Not a bad sign, is Lebron secretly paying attention to this Knick team in an effort to be ready to lead if he arrives next summer? I sure hope so.

Danilo one of the few Knicks who weren’t joking around with James during the game looked to play last night. He fouled JJ Hickson hard on a lay up attempt in the 2nd quarter and seemed like the only Knick to care as the Cavs sliced and diced to the basket with ease. I hated on the Rooster last year when we drafted him but he’s gained my respect by playing hard on the court no matter the score or if the Knicks were winning or losing. Gallo finished the game with 17 points on 5-10 shooting. D Lee defending Shaq most of the night dropped 21 points and 6 rebounds. Al Harrington who looked like the epitome of a 6th man since he was regulated to the bench contributed 14 points making 5 of 14 of his attempts. Larry Hughes played another decent game dropping 18 points alongside 5 rebounds, 4 dimes and 4 thefts.

This is Lebron’s only visit to New York this year, the Knicks next play them in 2010 on February 6th. Nate Robinson missed his 3rd consecutive game due to an ankle injurie he sustained last week. JJ Hickson made his first start of the season replacing Anderson Varejao. Former Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams who was recently nominated for a latin Grammy played the star-spangled banner on his electric guitar at the start of the game. Ken Mauer an NBA officiating last nights game was in NY, I mention him because a few years ago I helped him return some bad rugs he bought in Morocco while touring there. Insignificant lol but I thought I would mention it.

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When the Money Goes…rather where the Money Goes…

November 6, 2009

Yankee Money

Total Payroll from 2001 to 2009

Yankees- $1, 578, 299, 197

Red Sox- $1,087,054,090

Mets- $1,006,935,230

Marlins: $332,995,293

– The Yankees have spent almost 500 million dollars more than the Red Sox and only have half the championships in that period of time

– The Yankees have spent 1.2 Billion more than the Florida Marlins who have the same amount of championships in that period of time

– In 2009, the disparity in team salaries between the Yankees and the Mets who have the 1st and 2nd highest payrolls in the MLB are equivalent to the 2nd and 23rd highest payroll in the league which are the Mets and Orioles respectively.

** shout out to Joshua Blue on the number crunching

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Lebron James shows his Appreciation for NYC

November 6, 2009
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Thanks LBJ!

Lebron James is giving back to one of his favorite places to play,  tomorrow with the help of Nike Basketball LBJ will be giving “the gift of the game” to 7 gyms for high school ballers across the 5 boroughs on New York City.

Take a look at his message above for the names and locations. Don’t forget to tune in tonight as the Knicks host the Cavs for their only visit to the New York.

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To Met or not to Met… that is the Question

November 6, 2009

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No, I’m not a bitter Met fan and no, I don’t hate the Yankees. I’m just making sure that I speak for the people and that ALL New York teams are represented equally on this site except for obviously the New Jersey Nets. Yes, I do hate the Nets. My bad NJ we just got some bad blood between us that I’m not going to get into.

So Met fans, its been a long and frustrating time for us since we last appeared in the 2006 NLCS. It seemed so long ago when we thought  that we finally righted our ship had the pieces in place and were knocking on the door of a possible dare I say;World Series Championship. Well, things don’t always go to seem as planned. We were knocked out of  2 consecutive NL east title races and were drained by injuries or Bernie Madoff this past season. Whichever makes you go to sleep at night.

What do we have to look forward to next season? The current NL east champs will be back with their core of Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino. While the Mets have Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Johan Santana, Frankie Rodriguez, and Jose Reyes returning. It’s been a battle with the Phillies since I can remember and by the way things turned out so far, they’ve got 1 if not 2 legs up on us.

The Mets and the front office have a lot to worry about this winter. Omar Minaya is more than likely hanging on to his job by the skin of his teeth and he has a lot of holes to fill with this current Met team. Will the Wilpons be as patient this season if Omar fails to bring any starting pitching, bullpen help, corner outfielders and a 1st baseman? Or did this Ponzi scheme really take a toll on the billionaires and they are thinking about selling the team?

Forget the Wilpons, how about the fans? The Mets currently own the 2nd largest payroll in all of Major League Baseball at $149,373,987. The team with the largest payroll just brought home a championship on Wednesday. Mets fans have suffered and endured countless injuries and a team that seems to not have what it takes to get the job done. With this economy the Mets will not be able to pick players off from free agency by luring them to New York with the big bucks. They are going to have to demonstrate that they have a team in place that will be competitive and will still be playing baseball in the brisk evenings of October.

Stay tuned Met fans this winter is sure going to be interesting.

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The King is in Town, Knicks Host Cavs @ Madison Square Garden

November 6, 2009

New York Knicks LogoTipoff- 8:00PM

TV- ESPN

Radio- 1050AM

Projected Starting Lineups

Cleveland Cavaliers

PG- Mo Williams

SG- Anthony Parker

SF- Lebron James

PF- Anderson Varejao

C- Shaquille O’neal

New York Knicks

PG- Chris Duhon

SG- Larry Hughes

SF- Danilo Gallinari

PF- Wilson Chandler

C- David Lee

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FOUND!!! Eddy Curry to practice Next Week

November 6, 2009

 

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A case even unsolved mysteries couldn't crack.....

 

 

Alan Hahn of Newsday is reporting via his Twitter account that Eddy Curry will be evaluated by the Knicks on Sunday and is set to resume practicing by Tuesday. Rumor has it that he is under 310 pounds, there is also speculation that Curry is aware the Knicks are trying to trade him and that he’s not eager to assist the team.

Great, Eddy Curry is close to coming back. Get ready Knick fans he may only be back for a limited time before he breaks a cornrow.

 

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Marcus Jordan debuts Air Jordan Kicks, UCF Loses Sponsorship

November 5, 2009

 

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Patent Leather White on White 12's

 

Marcus Jordan the son of hall of famer Michal Jordan played his 1st college game yesterday at the University of Central Florida. His stat line, 1 point, 1 assist and 3 steals. I guess the apple does fall far from the tree. To his credit, he’s got some huge shoes to fill and he’s stirred quite a bit of controversy when he advised UCF that during games he will be wearing his fathers and Nike’s Air Jordan Brand shoes.

Well.. what’s the big deal? The deal is that UCF and all of  its athletes are sponsored by Adidas. As of today that contract has been for lack of a better term, terminated. Adidas spokeswoman Andrea Corso released this statement via email to the Orlando Sentinel.

“The University of Central Florida has chosen not to deliver on their contractual commitment to Adidas. As a result we have chosen not to continue our relationship with them moving forward.”

Talk about sleeping with the enemy. I’m sure Marcus and the school knew what they were getting into and at the end of the day who would you rather have endorsing your school and its athletics, the 3 stripes or a logo and last name synonymous with basketball worldwide?