Elster's World

Friday, May 09, 2008

Some Sports Musings For A Rainy Friday

- The Knicks are reportedly about to offer silly money to coach Mike D'Antoni to be their next head coach. Something in the range of 6 years and 30 million dollars. Now, obviously we have have seen the Suns have a lot of success under D'Antoni's reign, but let's take a deeper look at that. The Suns had a tremendous nucleus of talent, including all-world point guard Steve Nash, the Matrix and Amare Stoudemire. It's easy to have success with players like those on your roster. The Knicks counter with Zack Randolph, Eddy Curry and Nate Robinson. See the difference? The Suns played created the modern "Seven Seconds or Less" era. The Knicks are full of mismatched plodders who can't run and have no point guard to lead them.

Also, let's not forget, the Knicks are going to suck for at least 2 more season while Walsh holds onto his crappy, expensive players in order to clear cap space for the 2010 Lebron Sweepstakes. If D'Antoni's teams suck for the next few years, the Knicks will just sour on him anyway, tune him out, and he will be useless by then.

Whey not just hire a less expensive option and basically say "screw it, we are going to suck for the next two years, but we are going to develop guys like David Lee, Wilson Chandler, Renaldo Balkman, Mardy Collins, Nate and Lottery Picks 2008 and 2009 (one of which better be a point guard by the way) into great role players for our Lebron-dominated 2010 team". Wouldn't this be the logical thing to do? Doesn't that make more sense than watching D'Antoni try and make guys like Curry and Z-Dolph into 7 seconds or less players?

Maybe I'm wrong here - maybe Walsh is thinking he needs to have a great coach in place first to lay the groundwork for what comes next. Maybe he feels D'Antoni is the guy who, along with a good assistance coach for defense, mold the young players into solid complimentary pieces. If so, I hope he is right.

- I was going to do a whole post-mortem on the Rangers but Game 5 really sucked the wind out of me so instead just a few thoughts. I agree with Joe that the Rangers need to let Steven Valiquette play more next season or find a reliable back-up who can. Lundqvist clearly ran out of gas in the Penguin series - the result of being overworked, especially down the stretch when he had to play every game as the Rangers fought for playoff position.

The Rangers should let Shanahan and Straka go, find a better scoring winger to play with Gomez, and re-sign Jagr for a fair price. The problem is Jagr is a primma donna who will want superstar money or else go play for his father's team in Europe. The truth is, if the Rangers lose Jagr as well, they will have to do major reconstructive surgery on their top line (only Dubinsky left). I would absolutely LOVE to see a third line of Dubinsky, Callahan and Dawes flying around next year.

After watching a Rangers legends show on Jeff Buekeboom last week, I am more convinced than ever that the Rangers need a physical, stay at home defenseman who can really stand people up and intimidate. They have not had that for years. If Rozseval wants superstar money, I'd let him walk, bring in a physical defenseman, and maybe try to fill a hole from within. If Bobby Sanguetti isn't ready, maybe Michael Sauer or Ivan Baranka is.

- With Hank Poteat back in the fold, the Jets now have not one (Barrett), not two (Coleman), not three (Lowery), not four (Miller), not five (Woolfolk) but SIX crappy or not ready cornerbacks to start opposite Reevis. Sometimes I guess the theory is you can stop a sprung leak but dropping enough dead corpses on it.

- John Maine - clutch stopper. Even without Pedro the Mets are fine at the top of the rotation. It's 3, 4 and 5 spots that are a concern. and the bullpen. Oh and Beltran, Reyes and Delgado. Oh and now Wright as well. and now Pagan hurt his shoulder. On the bright side, Castillo is slapping that ball to left real well. And el Duque took of his boot. Word from Florida is that he will be ready to go by June....of 2009.


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