New York — The New York Knicks might have been the worst franchise in professional sports under the Presidency of the “zen master” Phil Jackson. That is clear, but with a talent like Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks always had some type of hope. As years go on and Anthony gets older, every year the Knicks are not contenders is simply a waste of time. A superstar like Carmelo was enough to keep the Knicks in the middle of the NBA for a while, but Knicks owner James Dolan could never put the right pieces around him. The fact of the matter is that Carmelo Anthony needs to waive his no-trade-clause and get out of New York. Melo leaving the Knicks is the best situation for both sides. It gives the Knicks a chance to FULLY rebuild and eventually build around Kristaps Porzingis, and Anthony can still be a serious piece on a contending team. With Jackson out and Steve Mills in, the Knicks are looking to get younger and more athletic in hopes to compete in the future. Quite frankly, a 33 year old Carmelo Anthony is no longer young, or too athletic. The one thing Melo can do better than 99% of the NBA, and what can seriously help a contending team, is his ability to put the ball in the basket. Anthony is an incredible isolation scorer with a variety of post moves, sweet fade-away, and a solid 3 ball. The ideal situation is to give Carmelo to a contender and trade for young assets. Rumors suggest Melo wants to be in Houston with James Harden and his good friend Chris Paul. Waiting is the only way to see this deal play out. Until it happens Knick fans will sit in wait being stuck as a non-competitor, but not completely mediocre, basketball team.
NEW YORK — Tuesday the 25th, the New York Yankees looked to snag game one of a two game home stand against the Cincinnati Reds. Jordan Montgomery took the bump for the Bronx Bombers throwing 6.2 lights out innings allowing only 2 hits and 1 run. The Yanks stayed hot from the offensive end. With an RBI from Austin Romine and 2 from Didi Gregorious, New York took complete control of the game. With the bullpen only having to come in for 2.1 innings, everybody available got a few pitches. The force of Kahnle, Betances, Warren, and Chapman gave up only 1 hit. The Yankees bullpen now have the lowest ERA since the all-star break coming at 1.32. With New York’s biggest weakness coming at the starting pitcher position, it is relieving to get a solid start from a guy like Montgomery. With the hot bat of Didi Gregorius and the (possibly) new ace in town, Luis Severino, the Yankees look to take game 2 on Wednesday and get a win streak going.
NEW YORK — After falling at the hands of a walk-off on Saturday, the Yankees looked to bounce back and get back on the right foot. With rookie Caleb Smith getting the start for New York, the Yanks looked to start another win streak and steal the series from Seattle. The offense started in the 1st inning, with Brett Gardner hitting a solo shot off of Yovani Gallardo. The next inning, the Yankees got some more help with a solo home run from Didi Gregorius. Gregorius would also hit another solo shot in the top of the 4th. However this was not enough to put the Marniers down. Seattle would then come back and put up 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th resulting in the Yankees going to the bullpen early. Luckily for New York, the bats stayed hot. The Yanks tacked on 3 more runs in the top of the 6th with a Brett Gardner single driving in Chase Headly, and a double from Clint Frazier that scored both Ronald Torreyes and Todd Frazier. Although the Bronx Bombers had to turn to the bullpen early, they did not disappoint. With solid innings from Green, Betances, Robertson, and the save from flamethrower Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees closed the series and got back on the right track.
The past season for the New York Giants was full of ups and downs. The record of 10-6 was much better than predicted and two of those wins being against the Cowboys made it that much sweeter. Although the Giants managed to grab a wildcard spot, they did not take advantage and fell at the hands of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Looking into free agency and the 2017 NFL draft, the Giants only seemed to get stronger. With a great pick up in Brandon Marshall, the resigning of Jason Pierre-Paul, acquiring D.J Fluker, and drafting Evan Engram, New York has seemed to fix some of the hole that were exposed last season. The ongoing issue we constantly hear about with the G-men is the offensive line. With a veteran piece in Fluker, a few signed rookies, and the hard work of guys like Jason Pugh and Ereck Flowers, they look to stiffen up the line and give Eli Manning even more time to work. Heading into the season the Giants have arguably the best wide receiving core in the league in Beckham, Marshall, and Shepard. Building the offensive line would help them put up even better numbers than last season. The resigning of Jason Pierre-Paul brings back a defense that was ranked 2nd last year while being led by those such as Landon Collins, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Even with all the unnecessary drama over Odell skipping OPTIONAL OTA’s, the team looks more locked in than ever, ready to compete for a super bowl.
NEW YORK — Saturday night the Yankees looked to stay hot and start up another win streak but faced a Seattle Mariners team looking to bounce back after two straight losses. The game got started in the 2nd inning with the Yankees striking first with a solo shot from Brett Gardner. Seattle then responded in the bottom of the third tacking on four runs. Scoring again in 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th, the Yankees hung with the Mariners well. A deflating solo shot from Robinson Cano to take the lead in the bottom of the 8th was answered with a game tying single from Torreyes, but Adam Warren ended up giving a double to Ben Gamel who scored following a Nelson Cruz single to walk the Mariners off with a W. Tanaka couldn’t get the job done giving up 4 earned runs in 6 innings of work. Standing with a 5.37 ERA, Masahiro hasn’t been the ace the Yankees need in order to really contend for a title. Judge, Holliday, and Torreyes all picked up RBIs in a well fought game, but not enough to steal the game and seal the win of the series.
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