In the NBA, there is no longer an offseason. The term has become theoretical. Nowadays, teams are built into winners in large part through free agent signings.
Shortly after the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals, the normally reserved Tim Duncan vowed that he and his teammates would avenge the crushing series defeat to the Miami Heat that they suffered in the 2013 NBA Finals.
On the eve of the start of this year’s NBA Finals, many prognosticators picked the San Antonio Spurs to defeat the Miami Heat in the best-of-seven series in large part because of the versatility of Kawhi Leonard.
The great, relatively old star versus the unparalleled young superstar. The NBA Finals begin tonight (Thursday) with the San Antonio Spurs’ incredible 38-year-old Tim Duncan and the Miami Heat’s 29-year-old superhuman LeBron James, both arguably among the 10 greatest basketball players ever, seeking to add more treasure to their already remarkable chests.
The opening round of the NBA playoffs has arguably been the most competitive and compelling first round in the history of the league
It has been over one week since my good friend Larry Hardesty of ESPN contacted me, deeply shaken, to share and confirm the passing of Marcus Henry.
The Knicks were 19-29 when they hosted the Portland Trailblazers at Madison Square Garden last night (Wednesday) and were in close proximity of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium was a reminder that football, in its purest form, is a game of physicality, speed, explosiveness and the imposition of will.
Many NFL fans and pundits think that Super Bowl XLVIII will be decided by either the brilliance of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ high-powered passing attack or the dominance of cornerback Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive backfield.
The Knicks’ Tuesday night matchup with the Boston Celtics and tonight’s (Thursday) pairing with the Cleveland Cavaliers can be considered warm-up acts to Saturday’s main event.
The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.
The NFC Championship had to come down to the Seattle Seahawks facing the San Francisco 49ers for the honor of playing in Super Bowl XLVIII.
This season, the Giants’ first losing season since 2004, has followed a pattern not uncommon with the volatile nature of the NFL.
It’s Christmas week, and the Grinch has exercised every bit of his power to steal the Knicks’ season, one that has been characterized by mind-numbingly poor play and a plethora of injuries.
There are no immediate or obvious answers for the Knicks’ thunderous decline. They are 3-13 and have lost nine straight games, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the Eastern Conference at the start of this week. To borrow a refrain from the Beastie Boys, there will be “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” where the Knicks will meet the Nets tonight (Thursday) at the Barclays Center.
Mathematically, the Giants are in still in the playoff chase. Their 24-17 win over the Redskins in Washington on Sunday night assured them another week of playing for more than just self-respect and dignity. At 5-7 with four games remaining, the Giants are at the brink of elimination, yet march on with hope. The 0-6 start haunts them, even if the Giants say they have to look forward to Sunday’s game versus the San Diego Chargers on the road. What if they could have just won two of those six? The atmosphere surrounding the Giants would be significantly different heading into Week 14.
Thanksgiving has arrived and the Giants’ playoff yearnings have been devoured.
Andre Brown gingerly walked into the interview, his left hand rubbing his sore lower back. Against substantial odds, the New York Giants’ running back made his return from a broken left fibula this past Sunday to carry the ball a career-high 30 times for 115 yards to lead his team to a 24-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium.
The words and actions of the two men who, more than anyone else, carry the burden of the Knicks’ fortunes this season were ominous. “It was embarrassing,” said Carmelo Anthony after the Knicks’ dispassionate 120-89 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. “We didn’t compete … and that’s unacceptable,” maintained an unmistakably disturbed Mike Woodson. Anthony and Woodson, circumstances and objectivity be damned, will bear the brunt of the blame if the Knicks plunge back into the state of mediocrity in which they were stuck for the better part of the past two decades.
the Knicks certainly should be concerned by their 1-3 start
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Playoffs for the Giants
No one, not even the most idealistic among Giant haters, could have possibly imagined that a team many NFL observers picked to win the NFC East before the season began wouldn’t earn their first victory until Oct. 21.
There comes a time when reality stems idealism. For the Giants, who two weekends ago still held a glimmer of hope that they could somehow fight their way back into contention for the NFC East title, the truth unforgivingly visited them last Thursday night in Chicago. After a late fourth quarter drive by the Giants ended on an errant pass from quarterback Eli Manning to tight end Brandon Myers, cementing a 27-21 loss and 0-6 record, the voice of truth authoritatively informed the dispirited team that their postseason ambitions had just died.
The normally resolute head coach of the New York Giants, Tom Coughlin, a future Hall of Fame inductee, stood before the media on Sunday afternoon with an aura of resignation.
It may have been hyperbole, but defensive lineman Justin Tuck warned, “If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth.”
The issues confronting the Giants run deeper than the 0-3 hole they have dug themselves into.
It’s only the first game and likely won’t define their season, yet the Giants’ 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on the road could have long-term ramifications.
The dress rehearsal is over. The mistakes and missteps will have far more significant meaning as of Sunday night for the Giants
The veteran core of the Giants has come to expect nothing less than being perennial Super Bowl contenders.
As the Giants approach their third game this preseason, a matchup with the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night, they are figuratively many miles away from being Super Bowl contenders.
New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck has been an exemplary representative of leadership, production and class—characteristics that define one of the NFL’s oldest franchises.
NFL running backs have a short career. An average career lasts less than three years. As the National Football League has seen the passing game demonstratively become the foundation of most offenses, the value or premium on running backs has been minimized.
In just two years, Victor Cruz has evolved from being an obscure NFL hopeful to celebrity athlete. Now the New York Giants’ wide receiver must beware that he doesn’t become consumed and doomed by stardom.
The Knicks had to re-sign J.R. Smith, but they don’t have to keep him. The enigmatic reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year and the Knicks agreed on a four-year deal with a value slightly less than $25 million. The Freehold, N.J., native has a player option for the fourth year of the contract, meaning he could opt out and become a free agent following the 2015-2016 season.
On Monday, the Miami Heat deservedly celebrated their second straight NBA title with a parade attended by an estimated 400,000 revelers, who blanketed the city’s downtown streets.