Coaches Corner – 4/24/13

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by Yankee Todd,

At one point last night, in the second half of the Knicks and Celtics playoff game, the Celtics had cut the lead to single digits.  The momentum was swinging.  The Celtics only needed to win one game in New York to retake home court advantage.  If that had happened, the Knick that would have shouldered the blame would have been Carmelo Anthony.

What did Melo do?

He knocked down jump shot after jump shot to right the ship and give the Knicks a 2-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs.  There is a reason that the fans are chanting MVP at the Garden for the version of Melo that has been unstoppable the last 6 weeks.

Who cares if Melo doesn’t lead the team in assists?  That is why we picked up J Kidd and Raymond Felton.  Melo is on the team to score and make big baskets when the team needs them. I would much rather have him taking big shots than passing the ball to Steve Novak or Chris Copeland late in the game.

I do wish that Rasheed Wallace was able to play in the playoffs.  Much was made of bringing the big fella out of retirement to play for the Knicks this year.  But his attitude and approach to the game was contagious.  He was also fun to watch shoot the three!  The ball don’t lie!!

Kenyon Martin looks like he did while playing at Cincinnati.

New Yorkers love a guy that gives it their all and plays with passion.  That is why Tyson Chandler is a fan favorite.  Kenyon Martin has become that guy that every team needs.  His intensity and passion have earned him time in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line.

Now the Knicks head to Boston.  It will be rocking and an emotional site.  The Knicks just have to win one game there.  I think game three will be that night because Melo is on a roll right now.

I keep saying this, but I picked the Knicks to win the Eastern Conference and make the NBA Finals.


Could the Yankees be using the same blue print the Knicks used for success?

I chuckled when Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, ‘Sheed, and a 35 year old rookie point guard from Argentina who I had never heard of was signed in the off season.  I remember telling someone I would have wished we had these players ten years ago and not today.

Again, that proves why I am not a GM and I just play one on this website.

While the Knicks veteran movement was the right plan for the Knicks, the Yankees appear to be trying to mirror the same blueprint.

Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells were the names that Yankee Brian Cashman sold to us as the pieces the Yankees would go to war with the competitive AL East.

My brother Sean, a “Debbie Downer” Yankee fan, predicted near 100 loses for the Yanks.

Me on the other hand, always pick the Yanks to be successful and I have had a good track record since 1995 with the Yanks making the playoffs.

Currently, the Yankees are 11-8 and in third place of the AL East.

Travis Hafner is hitting .319 with 5 homers and 10 runs batted in.  It took 33 games for the Pronk to hit his 5th home run last year.  While there will probably be trips to the disabled list this year, the career .278 hitter could be a key part in helping the Yankees make the  playoffs again this year.

I never was concerned with the signing of Kevin Youkilis, other than injury concerns.  Youkilis has been in the wars of the AL East and had bullets flying by his head.  I knew that he wasn’t going to collapse with the pressure of playing in the Bronx.

The Bronx is Vernin’ – if I can steal a phrase from Yankee radio play by play John Sterling.  Vernon Wells is hitting .296 to start the season looks revitalized.

Robbie Cano is leading the Yankees in just about every category and looking like the American League MVP that I think he will win this year.

He is hitting .342, has 6 home runs, 14 runs batted in, and 27 hits.  Against Tampa on Monday night, he was given one pitch to hit in all of his at-bats and he knocked the ball into the state of Georgia.  I truly believe that he will get the Barry Bonds treatment with pitchers.  He might see a mistake from a pitcher and just has to be patient.

Here is what Cano can face the rest of the year.  He was recently intentionally walked to load the bases!  Yes, load the bases. Youklis came up with a single to drive in two runs.

I just hope that the Barry Bonds treatment that Cano gets doesn’t include any more allegations of steroids.

My key for the Yankees to make the post season needs Curtis Granderson to return healthy.

Here are a few random thoughts on sports –

I am rooting against Josh Hamilton and the Angels this year.  I didn’t think that anyone could have a worse contract that Alex Rodriquez but the Angels might ultimately win the award with the Pujols deal.  Currently his is hitting .264 with 2 home runs and 11 runs batted in.  The Angels have nine more years left on his deal.  Yikes.

The Jets recently traded my son’s favorite player, Darrelle Revis.  While he was the only reason to watch the Jets, the Jets have so many holes in the entire team; they had to make a move.  Offensively, I have seen backyard family football games that could move the ball better than the Jets could last year.  With two first round picks, the Jets need to select the best possible athlete and start the rebuilding year.

Did anyone see Mark Sanchez get booed when his picture was on the jumbo-tron at game one of the Knicks game against Boston?

I hope CJ Fair decides to return to Syracuse next year.

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