Columnist Ben Denson discusses the the train wreck that is the New York Knicks, and what to do after this underwhelming 2015-2016 season. Is Melo no longer the answer? Who should the Knicks hire to be head coach? Denson gives his two cents.
Can April be Neil Walker month in New York? In a season that started with a dose of offensive uncertainty for the Mets, Neil Walker has performed well above expectations- so far. Mets faithfuls will never forget Daniel Murphy and his historic postseason power surge, but with newcomer Walker everything seems to be okay for the moment. Seen as two extremely similar second basemen, Walker was “Plan B” this offseason behind All-Star, and ultra-utility player Ben Zobrist. The gaping hole Murphy left in the middle infield has been filled, or so we hope.
With only 11 inches to go he’s out of breath. The critter can sense his competitors behind him, a mere centimeter behind. Like gladiators in the coliseum, screaming spectators surround the slimy specimens. All of a sudden he gets hungry, stops for a few seconds, and desperately searches for food. His owner screams in agony as his prized possession seems to lose all ambition.
As David Stern’s hair was graying by the hour, dozens of players went overseas to play in foreign basketball leagues. The NBA’s television providers lost about one billion dollars, and fans had to turn to other ways to get nightly entertainment — like cooking elaborate meals with cultural delicacies, finishing the world’s biggest Lego model or watching the humdrum NHL drag through another season. With the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement set for an opt-out clause in 2016 — effective by June 2017 — we could see this again.
Have you heard the story about the house cat looking at itself in the mirror and seeing a lion? Or the one about our perennial narcissist, Kanye West, insisting that he is in fact God? But my favorite is the one about the 285-pound, 42-year-old Mets pitcher who, I think, can be a dangerous batter. Just two days ago, the Mets pitcher, former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon, hit a monster home run during a spring training batting practice session — Mets beat reporter Marc Craig claims it “took out a tree branch.” After setting his season high in hits last season — with eight — I can see a batting title in Colon’s near future. It’s no coincidence that Bartolo’s new contract has an incentive clause worth $50,000 if he wins the Silver Slugger Award.
Paul George scampered into the postgame pressroom. You could tell something divine had just happened because of his tall blue and black-checkered suit, flamingo pink silk shirt, and thick-rimmed black glasses that even Buddy Holly would gawk at. A quarter way down the busy halls of Quicken Loans Arena is the visiting team’s room. Still looking like an icon out of Esquire’s fashion section, Lebron James walks into the visiting team’s pressroom. His light blue beret precisely matches his faux-fur lined royal blue leather jacket.