People fall on both sides of the debate. There are some who feel like ‘Melo’s defense is poor and that he doesn’t share the ball enough offensively, while others see him as an elite scorer and franchise cornerstone. That’s how the Knicks view him, which is why they’re trying so hard to bring him back.
One former NBA GM says ‘Melo leaving would be doing the Knicks a favor.
“I really think if Carmelo left them, he may be doing them a favor,” an ex-GM told Newsday. “They probably don’t see it that way. But in the long run, it’s probably doing them a favor.”
The ex-GM thinks the Knicks would be well situated in 2015 when most of their big contracts are off the books, which would allow them the chance to rebuild.
The Knicks actually did that before and got enough cap space to sign Amar’e Stoudemire and add ‘Melo, but the team has fallen off this season. It’s not just about having extra money, but spending it properly. I’m also part of the camp that believes keeping ‘Melo and building around him is a wise move for the franchise.
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Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long was stuck in an airport with a serious craving on Monday. Long, son of Howie and brother of Chris, was waiting for his flight at O’Hare International Airport when he summoned his Twitter followers to help fuel his tobacco addiction.
Does anyone at O'Hare have a dip for your boy! In the C concourse haha
— Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) March 10, 2014
I will give someone a ticket to a game next year if they can get me a lipper
— Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) March 10, 2014
While a couple of followers offered to help out, it appeared that no one got to Long in time. He later tweeted the photo you see above and wrote that he was on the plane and “having withdrawals.”
Don’t listen to him, kids. Smokeless tobacco is very bad for you and can cost you your jaw. If you want free tickets to a sporting event, try putting a jersey in a toilet or something. That seems to have worked before.
H/T Barstool Sports via LBS reader Rory
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Joakim Noah has put the Chicago Bulls on his back and kept them in the playoff hunt without Derrick Rose this season. The big man is averaging a double-double with 12.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. He is also averaging 4.8 assists (6.8 during the months of February and March) and has been a big part of a defense that allows fewer points than any team in the NBA.
Noah is clearly Chicago’s MVP, and some would even argue that he deserves to be in the league MVP discussion. The 29-year-old doesn’t want to hear that. When he was asked on Sunday about fans chanting “MVP!” while he’s at the free throw line, Noah did not seem happy.
I don’t like it,” he told the Bulls’ official website. “No, I don’t like it. Because our MVP is not playing. We have one MVP, and that’s Derrick Rose.
And it’s not about MVPs, it’s about rings, and one day I hope that we can get one here. That’s all I want. I don’t care about none of that stuff [MVPs].”
Noah seemed genuinely bothered when discussing the “MVP!” chants at the end of what had been a light-hearted interview. In reality, I’m sure he’s flattered. But Noah has always been a team player whether you like his attitude or not, and his response reflected that.
We all know the fans in Chicago have a very high basketball IQ. The NBA MVP award typically goes to a player who puts up a ton of points or makes a huge impact on offense. The fact that Bulls fans recognize that Noah is one of the main reasons their team is 35-28 without its best player should make the former Florida star feel pretty good about his season.
H/T SLAM Online
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Phil Jackson appears all but certain to be returning to the NBA with the New York Knicks. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported over the weekend that Jackson was leaning toward joining the Knicks in some capacity, and another report from Chris Broussard on Monday indicated that it would be a surprise if the move doesn’t happen.
“The Knicks have a sense of what’s going to happen,” a source reportedly told Broussard. “And as of right now, it looks like Phil’s taking the job. There’s always the possibility of something falling apart at the last minute, but the Knicks’ sense is that he’s joining them.”
The two sides are believed to be in the process of working out details, including what Jackson’s official title will be with the Knicks and when he will start working with the team. Initial speculation led to the belief that New York wanted to hire Jackson as a head coach, but it does not appear that will be the case.
One thing that does seem clear is that Jackson will have a much more significant role with the Knicks than the one he had with the Detroit Pistons last year in helping them select their new head coach. He is expected to be paid a lot of money by owner James Dolan and be an “integral part” of the team’s basketball operations.
There is always a possibility that Jackson is playing mind games and trying to leverage the Knicks against the Los Angeles Lakers, but that seems less likely by the day. It would be a surprise if an announcement about Jackson’s new job with the Knicks didn’t come soon.
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Barry Bonds has rejoined the San Francisco Giants this year as a special hitting instructor. Judging by his new physical build, it seems unlikely that he will be taking part in any bench press competitions.
Skinny Barry arrived at Giants’ camp on Monday looking nothing like the home run record holder who last played an MLB game in 2007. Bonds looks like he has dropped about 10 inches on his waistline and four fitted hat sizes. Seriously, whose neck is this?
Barry Bonds with Bruce Bochy pic.twitter.com/j6DSOGuC2l
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 10, 2014
We knew Bonds had taken up cycling as a hobby and slimmed down quite a bit in retirement, but it is still bizarre to see him walking around a baseball field looking like an average-sized dude. I wonder if Barry and CC Sabathia have been dieting together.
Video via Busted Coverage
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Darnell Dockett tweets more obnoxious stuff than any player in the NFL, so it should come as no surprise that the Arizona Cardinals defensive end could not resist mentioning Darren Sharper. As most of you know, Sharper has been accused of drugging and raping several women in several different states. Dockett must not find that to be all that serious.
Last week, Dockett claimed that his friend told him he saw a girl “so bad” he wished he “had that DS for her.” In other words, he was saying he should have sexually assaulted her.
My boy just said "Man I saw a girl so bad today I wish I had that DS for her" I said what's DS? He said that Darren sharper" ……
— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) March 7, 2014
Dockett was supposedly passing along a comment his friend made, but the fact that he chose to share it with his 160,000 followers makes him just as much of an idiot. Sharper, who allegedly admitted to witnesses that he raped women, is facing a lot of disturbing accusations. You would hope his former co-workers would know enough not to crack jokes about it.
H/T TMZ Sports
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The Toldeo Mud Hens may have started a new trend with the announcement they made last month about their plans to rock “Ghostbusters” jerseys for a game this spring. On Sunday, the Fresno Grizzlies — a San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate — unveiled their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles swag.
And now, we’re left with a coin flip. I love the Ghostbusters look, but the Ninja Turtles threads are right up there. The fact that all four colors are represented in some way is incredible. I hope that is actually what the uniforms will look like and isn’t just part of the promo. If so, those hats are going to fly off the shelves.
H/T The Big Lead
Photo: Twitter/Minor League Promos
Something incredible developed over the weekend that could very well break the internet. Blake Bortles’ girlfriend Lindsey Duke and Matthew Stafford’s girlfriend Kelly Hall, who happen to be two of the most breathtaking WAGs in sports, ended up on a Caribbean cruise together. They are now friends.
You know the bikini picture we showed you of Duke with her friends in Cozumel over the weekend? Hall posted a bunch of photos of her own trip on Instagram. It appears she went with her family and happened to run into Duke while vacationing.
“Got to meet a new friend on the cruise,” Hall wrote along with the photo you see above. “Wishing her and her man all the luck in the upcoming draft!
I’m pretty much speechless. You all know how we feel about Hall and her “drunk modeling” in Costa Rica. We feel just as tingly about Duke. Worlds are colliding and we couldn’t be happier about it. Here are some more vacation pictures for your enjoyment.
Photos: Instagram/Kelly Hall
Whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty or innocent, there is no denying he is having a difficult time sitting through some of the testimonies in the Reeva Steenkamp shooting trial. On Monday, Pistorius sobbed and vomited into a bucket during a testimony from the pathologist who conducted the autopsy on Steenkamp.
According to NBC’s Olympic Talk, Gert Saayman gave a graphic testimony that included details about Steenkamp’s shattered skull and descriptions of her fatal gunshot wounds. Judge Thokozile Masipa banned any live video, audio or tweeting of Saayman’s testimony after Saayman warned that the autopsy findings “could compromise the dignity of the deceased.”
Marzanne vd Berg, a reporter from South Africa, noted that a short adjournment was needed after Pistorius threw up at the start of Saayman’s testimony. Pistorius was later photographed with a bucket underneath him and a towel on his head, with reporters noting that he was making “loud retching noises” during the proceedings.
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) March 10, 2014
Pistorius also broke down in court last week as a neighbor described the scene he discovered when he went over to Pistorius’ house the night Steenkamp was killed. He has been extremely emotional throughout the entire trial.
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LeBron James broke his nose less than two weeks ago, but he has already decided to ditch the protective mask he was supposed to be wearing during games. He did not wear the mask at all during a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, which made for a scary moment when he was kicked in the face by Jimmy Butler.
LeBron had a fast-break pass knocked away by Butler late in the second quarter just before the two players got tangled up. James appeared to drag Butler down with his elbow, which inspired Butler to swing his foot in the direction of LeBron’s face. He grazed his left cheek.
We don’t know if Butler intentionally kicked LeBron, but we do know the Bulls and Heat are two teams that do not get along. Butler and James were both given a technical foul after the play. LeBron is lucky Butler didn’t connect with his nose, otherwise he would have been in a lot of pain without the mask.
Video via Eye on Basketball