New York Giants: Eli Manning Could Stay With The Organization

As of now, the biggest story for the New York Giants is the departure of Eli Manning – after being the quarterback for more than a decade, Manning is finally retiring and handing the reins of the offense to Daniel Jones, and the decision is one of the biggest events to happen during this offseason so far. However, just what Manning intends to do in the future is unknown.

Broadcasting, coaching, or simply leaving football for good and focusing on family and other things are all valid options for the now former Giants quarterback, but we now have some more information on which way Manning might be leaning, or at least, an option that he might be considering.

That option is staying in the Giants organization in some way, perhaps as an executive.

Why executive rather than coach? Well, Manning has already said that he’s not interested in becoming a coach, so barring a change of heart the natural move here would be for him to become an executive of some kind within the front office. Just what kind of role that would be specifically, however, isn’t known – and likely isn’t even known by Manning himself yet.

He’s only just retired and there will obviously be more time spent thinking on something like this before a decision is made, but it’s interesting to consider that Manning could remain with the Giants in some way even if his playing days have just wrapped up.

Some have made the transition better than others. John Elway, after all, is a famous Super Bowl winning quarterback who is now known for his work in the front office with the team that he formerly played for?

Could we see a similar thing at some point with Manning and the Giants? It’s hard to say right now, but at the very least, seeing Eli Manning in the front office isn’t exactly a far off rumor right now, but rather something that could very well happen.

Eli Manning: Only A Giant

The Eli Manning Era is officially over. The legendary New York Giants quarterback retired from the NFL today after sixteen historic seasons. Through all the ups and downs that this franchise has gone through over the past two decades, one man has been there to guide us through it all.

A true warrior, a true professional, Eli Manning has been there for Giants fans through everything. He always handled the media with class and professionalism. He always treated fans with respect and integrity. And he always treated his time in New York with gratitude and appreciation. And, Eli, we are grateful and appreciative of you, too, and everything you’ve given this organization and this fanbase through the years.

Today, we celebrate Eli Manning’s legendary career. As he wraps up his final press conference, teary-eyed Giants fans can look back on these past sixteen years of highlights and accomplishments with real Giants Pride. From the 2004 NFL Draft-day trade that started it all to Eli’s win against the Dolphins in his final career start, nearly two decades of fond memories were filled thanks to Eli Manning.

Eli’s Impact On My Life

This is different for me. Usually, I present unbiased statistics and quotes to inform Giants Nation of what is going on with their team, always speaking in third-person. But, today, I’m going to tell this story from my perspective. I am going to try my best to capture what Eli Manning means to me.

I’m sure many of you can relate: Eli Manning is the reason that I fell in love with football. 

Eli’s sixteen-year career wrapped up today. I am an eighteen-year-old boy that grew up knowing only Eli as the face of the Giants. It has been hard to cope with these past few seasons. There has been a lot of losing, a lot of fans turning their backs on my quarterback. Sure, some arguments were justified. But the disrespect that this Mann received throughout his career always has and always will truly baffle me. There is no doubt that this man belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and when he gets there, I will be there.

Why Longevity Is Important

People (like Pro Football Focus) like to argue that “longevity shouldn’t be a Hall of Fame-worthy trait.” Let me try to explain why that argument is cazzate:

Eli Manning’s longevity allowed me to grow up with an additional father-figure in my life. Don’t get me wrong; my father is a huge part of my life. I have two incredible parents that I love dearly, and that have shaped me into the young man that I am today. But Eli Manning was an extra role model in my life that taught me multiple important life lessons.

I know there are plenty of Giants fans around my age who grew up watching Eli and fell in love with football because of him, just like I did. He embodies the word class and sets examples to follow for young men, some of which might not have a father figure in their lives.

It’s not normal to see one man run the show for a decade and a half. Other teams’ fans don’t get to develop connections with their quarterbacks because they’re here and gone after a couple of seasons. This might make it hard for those fans to understand why Eli’s longevity is so important. But the personal connections and life lessons are what make these past sixteen years so special.

Here are some lessons that Eli taught me and many other young Giants fans over the years:

  • When you get hit, no matter how hard or how many times, you get up and do your best.
  • When everyone tells you you can’t do something, prove them wrong, and do it.
  • Help others. Help those in need.
  • Treat everyone with class and respect. Even if those two things are not being reciprocated, always be the best man you can be.

Eli’s Greatest On-Field Moments

Some of the fondest memories in my life feature Eli Manning at the center. Of course, Super Bowl XLII, the greatest upset in sports history. “Eli’s Great Escape” out of the pocket that led to “The Helmet Catch” and the Giants’ third Super Bowl victory over a historic 18-0 Patriots team.

Then, he did it again. Eli earned his second Super Bowl MVP taking down the Patriots again in Super Bowl XLVI. I will never forget watching Eli complete the most magnificent throw in Super Bowl history down the left sideline to Mario Manningham. But my favorite Eli Manning moment came two weeks prior: the 2011 NFC Conference Championship game.

The Giants took down the 49ers on the road to go back to the Super Bowl on a last-second field goal by the great Lawrence Tynes. But that game, to me, will always be the Eli Manning game. A game where Eli got whacked over and over. He got pile-driven into the dirt, play after play. Under constant duress, Eli stood strong in the pocket and hung in there to make every play necessary and send the Giants to the Super Bowl.

I will never forget one particular moment from that game: Eli completes a screen pass to Bradshaw and gets driven into the ground by 49ers defender Aldon Smith. What a brutal hit this was. Then, Manning stands up, chin-strap on his nose, shoulder pad hanging out of his jersey, and casually calls a timeout as if nothing strange had happened.

That, to me, is the embodiment of the word toughness in football. Eli put the team on his back in that game. He put the fans on his back. He put the damn city and state on his back and won that football game. One of the most clutch postseason performers in NFL history, Eli always delivered in crunch time.

Man Of The Year

But that’s not all Eli did. He was not just a legend on the field. Manning’s admirable legacy is cemented because of what he has done off the field, in addition to his on-field accomplishments. Eli Manning, the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year co-award-winner, is someone to look up to truly.

I would be remiss if I did not mention Manning’s excellent work with charities such as Tackle Kids Cancer, The Jay Fund, Red Cross, and various other organizations. Eli and his wife, Abby, have given and raised millions of dollars fighting for these causes. This work has not gone unrecognized. Manning was named one of the top philanthropists under the age of 40 in 2015 and, as previously mentioned, won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award in 2016.

Thank You, Eli

No Giant will ever wear number 10 again. That is Eli’s number, and it always will be. The Giants officially retired the number today during Manning’s press conference. And man, what a beautiful press conference it was. Let’s take a look at some of the best quotes from Eli’s big day:

 

You can be confident that no one has loved and appreciated wearing the Giants uniform more than I have and that will never change. – Eli Manning

And to the Giants fans, you are definitely unique, but I love you for that. I’m walking away today feeling like a New Yorker. Well, at least a Northeasterner and that says a lot about a guy from New Orleans who went to Ole Miss. – Eli Manning

For most of my life, people have called me Easy. Believe me, this is nothing easy about today. Wellington Mara always said, “Once a Giant, Always a Giant.” For me, it’s ‘Only a Giant.’ – Eli Manning

Eli, you said it best yourself, we are a unique group of fans. Just know, even though we might not have been the best at always showing it, we love you too. And we are eternally grateful. Thank you, Eli.

New York Giants: Debunking the Eli Manning shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame debate

New York Giants, Eli Manning

Eli Manning has announced his retirement from the NFL, and the New York Giants‘ great will be immortalized in Canton.  The news of his retirement has once again sparked the debate on whether or not Eli deserves a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Many believe that if Eli Manning gets into the Hall of Fame, then almost anyone can get in.  So should Eli be inducted in Canton?  In my opinion, “yes” is the only answer.

Why Eli Manning is an unquestionable Hall of Famer

The discussions on Eli Manning’s Hall of Fame future have ramped up again, and with great reason.  Here you are with an NFL quarterback that does not have the flashiest statistics, a not so pretty resume over the last eight seasons, and let us not forget the “Manning Face” craze.

However, what does it mean to be a Hall of Famer?  By definition, the Hall of Fame is an institution honoring the achievements of individuals in a particular activity or field.  So, when it comes to pro football’s version, what achievements do we honor individuals for?

Dan Marino, Warren Moon, Jim Kelly, and Frank Tarkenton are four quarterbacks in the Hall of Fame that never won a Super Bowl.  For Jim Kelly, he made it to the championship game four times, which is an achievement in itself.  Dan Marino, Warren Moon, and Frank Tarkenton all had achievements statistically and with awards.  Their passing statistics came during eras when the passing game took a backseat to the run game.  Some of Moon’s best seasons came in the early ’90s.  Two seasons, in particular, 1990 and 1991, saw Moon throw for nearly 4,700 yards each year.  The next closest in those seasons didn’t even break 4,000.

Eli Manning, in an era where the NFL became a passing league, had seven seasons over 4,000 yards, including the 2011 season, where he threw for more than 4,900 yards.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t the leader in passing yards that year.  Of course, it’s a passing league, so being able to meet these yardage numbers is more manageable, right?

There is no taking away from Warren Moon’s ability. He is an absolute Hall of Famer, and there is no debating otherwise.  However, where would his numbers compare in a pass-heavy league?  Would he be caught up in the numbers with other great statistical seasons?  Of course, nobody knows the answer to this, and there is no way to find out.  We know Warren Moon was a great quarterback.  A Hall of Fame quarterback, without the championships, the All-Pro’s, the Super Bowl MVPs.

This same argument could be made for Frank Tarkenton.  Only two seasons over 3,000 yards passing in a run-heavy league.  He has no Super Bowl victories, but he does have the MVP season.

So why are we knocking a guy who has the rings and the Super Bowl MVPs?  No, Eli Manning’s career stats aren’t great.  At least not in comparison to those he shares Sunday’s with.  One of those counterparts being labeled the greatest of all time.  We’re going to knock a guy’s statistics because they don’t stand out significantly from some of the most exceptional passers the game has ever seen?  In a league that is all about throwing the ball around?

Andy Dalton, Josh Freeman, Ryan Tannehill, and Jay Cutler, among others, have all had “good” seasons when looking at passing stats.  If the Hall of Fame were strictly about stats, it would be that “anyone can get in” enshrinement that those who are so outspoken against Eli being in, claim that it would be with him inducted.

It is without question that the Super Bowl victories, Super Bowl MVP’s and the longevity of his career are what will get Eli Manning a Hall of Fame induction.  Why should it be anything more than that?

There have been 12 quarterbacks in NFL history that have won the Super Bowl more than once.  Eli Manning is one.

There have been only five players in NFL history that have more than one Super Bowl MVP award.  Eli Manning is one.

There are only four quarterbacks in NFL history that have started more than 200 consecutive games.  Eli Manning is one.

There is only one quarterback in NFL history to have beaten the greatest quarterback and greatest dynasty in league history twice.

These are Eli Manning’s achievements.  This is why the New York Giants great deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

Eli Manning Goes Out the Same Way He Came In – With Class

New York Giants, Eli Manning

Eli Manning took the podium at the field house at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday looking very much like the guy who Ernie Accorsi traded for 16 years ago. His attitude is the same as well. He is still humble, grateful and classy and in his farewell speech to the many of friends, family, teammates in attendance at his retirement press conference, he acknowledged that gratitude in front of a large gathering.

CEO John Mara opened the festivities by delivering an emotional account of how just about all of Giant Nation was feeling at that moment.

“Eli, what more can I say, thank you for everything you’ve done for the New York Giants for the last 16 years, for being such a role model for our players, for our fans and for everything you’ve done in the community.

We have this game ball to present to you, which attempts to list all of your accomplishments, I’m not sure we got them all in there, but you will always be the ultimate Giant, and we would be honored to induct you into our Ring of Honor next season. And please know this, no Giant will ever wear No. 10 again.”

Here’s the final half of what Eli said in his address on Friday:

“I don’t have a single regret and ultimately, I think that it worked out for you and for me. We supported our community in the past, today, and since we’re going to be sticking around here, we’ll continue to support this community in the future.

It’s rare to have the privilege of playing an entire career with one organization. I’m proud to be one of the few, but even more so, that it was as a Giant. There are a few people that I want to thank.

Of course, the Mara and the Tisch family. You can be confident that no one has loved and appreciated wearing the Giants uniform more than I have and that will never change.

To Ernie Accorsi, 16 years ago, Ernie made the trade that made me a Giant for life. Thank you so much.

To Coach Tom Coughlin, thanks for teaching me the work ethic, the discipline and the value of team-above-all-else mentality.

To Coach Kevin Gilbride, thanks for always having my back and trusting me and supporting me through my entire career.

And of course, to all my teammates. If I named them all, it would take forever and no one would recognize me if I did.

What I will say is that the best thing about playing all these years, is the number of teammates that I can call real friends, and of all those friends, I’m lucky enough to have a few that have become as close as brothers.

And of course, my family. I don’t think I need to make public comments for my family to know how I think about them, but Abby, and to Ava and Lucy and Caroline and Charlie, you are my rock.

And to the Giants fans, you are definitely unique, but I love you for that. I’m walking away today feeling like a New Yorker. Well, at least a Northeasterner and that says a lot about a guy from New Orleans who went to Ole Miss.

Since I’ve only been here, I’m biased when I say that the New York Giants are the greatest organization in the NFL and how they treat players, coaches and personnel. The team’s driving commitment: to win football games. It’s a rarity, but here, “Team” always comes first.

It’s been an honor to be a part of this family and I hope that I’ve represented the organization in the way that you wanted me to from my first day to my last.

For most of my life, people have called me Easy. Believe me, this is nothing easy about today.

Wellington Mara always said, “Once a Giant, Always a Giant.” For me, it’s ‘Only a Giant.’

Manning does not know what his next act id going to be. He was asked if he will take Mara up on his offer to work within the organization in some capacity.

“I think that would be something I would be interested in. I’ve just got to, you know, have to discuss that and talk to Mr. Mara and see in what ways, and I’ve got to think about in what way,” he said. “I think, you know, again, I’ll take some time and just figure out, you know, how I want to spend these next years. But this organization, as I said, so many close friends within the organization, and not just the former teammates, but people in all departments of the organization. The faces, they don’t change. People don’t leave here because of all the wonderful people and the way the organization is run, and they take care of the people here. You do have so many great people that I’d love to be around and be around the people that I call my friends.”

New York Yankees betting on young pitching prospect to make the jump in 2020

New York Yankees, Michael King

With the signing of Gerrit Cole this offseason, the starting pitching rotation now features one of the best pitchers in baseball, and while the front end of the unit is stacked full of talent, the back end is reliable. The return of Jordan Montgomery offers the New York Yankees an optimistic arm as the No. pitcher in the rotation, that’s if J.A. Happ continues to plummet down the rankings.

Beyond Happ and Montgomery, Domingo German will eventually return after serving a 62 game suspension to begin the 2020 season, and he will battle it out for a spot at the bottom of the rotation as well. With the influx of talent in the starting unit, it leaves the bullpen up for interpretation, and it’s where an option like Michael King might work his way in next season.

The departure of both Dellin Betances and Nestor Cortes Jr. leaves a spot open for the taking, and King could fit the bill nicely if he can prove to be a consistent option. Spring training should give us a solid idea of what he’s capable of and if he can be trusted during the regular season.

What should the New York Yankees expect from Michael King?

The 24-year-old righty quickly worked his way through the Yankees’ farm system in 2019, and he likely would have made his first appearance in the Bronx if not for elbow discomfort.

The Yankees shouldn’t expect much out of King in 2020, despite his rise through the ranks. He has an above-average ground-ball rate, which is very prevalent in the Yankees’ pitching corps. Good infield defense is a priority with pitchers boasting high ground-ball numbers.

While King projects as a back-end starter, spending time in the bullpen is a reality, he will likely endure for the next few seasons. However, it will give him the proper development time and experience against big-league hitters. Considering the lack of depth in the bullpen, it’s possible King plays a more prominent part than expected.

New York Mets rumors: Team will introduce Rojas today, challenges for the new manager and more!

New York Mets

The New York Mets will welcome their new manager, Luis Rojas, today. As MLB.com suggests he will have five big challenges for the season.

The team keeps trying to acquire Starling Marte and may have competition.

Here are the New York Mets’ links, news and rumors:

MetsMerizedonline.com: The New York Mets will welcome their new manager today. The team will introduce Luis Rojas, the man in charge of leading the squad in 2020 and beyond, at a press conference on Friday at 3:00 pm ET.

The Mets announced its new skipper yesterday, but the news surfaced on Wednesday. He is a liked and respected member of the organization and already managed stars like Pete Alonso in the minors.

Anthony DiComo: Speaking of Luis Rojas, MLB.com’s beat writer for the Mets Anthony DiComo analyzed the five most challenging situations that the new manager will have to face in his first season at the helm.

He lists rescuing closer Edwin Diaz, figuring out the Yoenis Cespedes’ situation, clarifying the back of the rotation, getting the most out of Robinson Cano and making a good impression on the media as the five biggest challenges for the Dominican.

MetsMerizedonline.com: While the San Diego Padres, according to Dennis Lin of The Athletic, are focusing on acquiring Red Sox star Mookie Betts, they are also keeping an eye on the Starling Marte trade market.

As you probably know by now, the Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates talked about Marte for the entire offseason. Now, the talks seem to be “intensifying.”

MLB.com: Andrew Simon wrote an interesting article using Steamer’s projections. He found ten mind-blowing tidbits. Among them are Mike Trout being in his own tier, Giancarlo Stanton reaching the 50 home-run milestone, and an exciting forecast for the Mets bullpen.

“The Mets’ bullpen endured a disastrous 2019, one reason the club fell three games short of a playoff spot. But things are looking up for this group, which projects as the best in the NL. Two big reasons for the turnaround: one pitcher who struggled mightily last season, and one who barely pitched at all. Steamer sees big rebounds for both Edwin Díaz (5.59 ERA in 2019) and the newly signed Dellin Betances (limited to one game by injuries), with both projecting to be among the top four MLB pitchers in ERA, FIP and K/9 rate. Such a scenario would effectively shut down the late innings for opponents,” he wrote. There you have it, Mets’ fans!

New York Knicks: Should we be pleased with the development of RJ Barrett?

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

As we inch closer and closer to the halfway point of the regular season, we’ve now seen the top three picks of the 2019 draft in action (after Zion Williamson‘s debut last night). For the New York KnicksRJ Barrett, the third overall pick, how do we assess his development to date?

The NBA season is a marathon as opposed to a sprint, and rookies are particularly made aware of this through their first season in the league. There’s still plenty of basketball left to be played, but the general consensus is that the 2019 draft class has left much to be desired through the month of January.

With the exception of Ja Morant (the consensus leader for Rookie of the Year), injuries and underwhelming performances have soured the view on this rookie class (see Zion Williamson and Darius Garland respectively). But does the same go for the New York Knicks’ lottery draft selection?

RJ Barrett was taken third overall in last June’s draft, and though currently battling a sprained right ankle, has largely been reliable in suiting up for New York.

How has Barrett stacked up against the competition? And in the eyes of Knicks fans, should they be pleased with his future outlook?

Sizing up the competition

Given that this season’s Rookie of the Year race is looking like a runaway win for Ja Morant, the second overall pick is the easy comparison in assessing Barrett’s development. In 41 games played, RJ Barrett is averaging 14.1 points per game, shooting 39 percent from the field, and 60 percent from the free-throw line. He’s also grabbing around five rebounds per game. (ProBasketballReference)

Morant, through 38 games, is averaging 17.5 points per game, shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 80 percent from the stripe. He’s also dishing seven assists per game, leading the Memphis Grizzlies (currently) to the eighth seed in the West. On stats and the eye test alone, Morant clearly has the leg up and looks further along the timeline of making an impact on the franchise.

The long-term outlook

Friendly reminder that Morant is on the Memphis Grizzlies (who have Jaren Jackson Jr. among others to thank for their surprise surge) and Barrett suits up for the Knicks (who have plenty of work ahead of them getting back to respectability). So while the comparisons between the two may be warranted, it’s also wise to keep the long-term view in mind.

RJ Barrett, with a roster filled with a multitude of veterans signed in the offseason, was not going to be the savior as soon as he stepped through the door. Barring Zion’s debut last night, Barrett is still third amongst rookies in scoring this season. He’s top five in rebounds and top ten in assists amongst rookies.

But the most concerning has to be his percentage from the stripe, that simply has to improve. For a player like RJ Barrett, whose athleticism and length should give him an advantage in getting to the basket, he needs to make defenses pay from the free-throw line. It’s a skill that all players (should) work on, and Barrett is no different.

RJ Barrett might not be breaking onto the scene a la Ja Morant, but he’s by no means a disappointment or “bust.”

The Knicks have plenty of work ahead of them, and Barrett ending the season on a strong note heading into year two will be a key goal to watch in the latter half of the season.

Why The New York Mets Made The Right Call

The New York Mets announced they found Carlos Beltran’s replacement. His name is Luis Rojas. Rojas was actually considered for the job before they hired Beltran in the first place. But, in the wake of Beltran being implicated in the Astros sign-stealing debacle, it would have been the prudent move to make bringing Rojas on in the first place. Especially when you look at his resume.

May Be Young, But an Experienced Coach

Luis Rojas is going to be the second-youngest coach in baseball this season but has been a part of the Mets minor league system as a coach since 2007 at age 26. Coaching in the Dominican Republic for the Mets summer league team, Rojas moved up to the Gulf Coast League Mets one year later. By 2010, he became the manager of the GCL Mets, moving up to Savanah Sand Giants by 2011. In 2012, he won the playoffs in the South Atlantic League. By 2017, he became the manager of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, being brought up to the big club as the Quality Control Coach last season.

He Can Connect With Mets Big Name Players Better Than Outside Coach

He was a manager for the Sand Giants the year Jacob deGrom posted a 6-3, 2.51 era, 78 k’s over 89.2 innings pitched, 1.015 WHIP 2012 season. He managed Steven Matz on two separate levels of the minors, on two separate teams. He was Pete Alonso’s manager, Brandon Nimmo’s manager, Michael Conforto’s manager, and he also managed Jeff McNeil. He has a rapport with many of the farm-grown Mets who have become fixtures on the big club. This is the guy who knows these players better than most and will be able to get the best out of the team earlier than a vet who’s getting brought in from the outside.

It’s also a plus that he was on the coaching staff last season as well.

New York Giants: The most memorable moments from Eli Manning’s retirement conference

New York Giants, Eli Manning

Friday morning was an emotional time for New York Giants fans, as quarterback Eli Manning announced his retirement in front of a crowd of reporters, family, and friends.

Manning featured with the Giants for 16 seasons, amassing incredible achievements.

Eli Manning’s career achievements:

  • 2x Super Bowl winner

  • 2x Super Bowl MVP

  • 57,023 passing yards (7th all-time)

  • 366 passing TD (7th all-time)

  • 4x Pro Bowler

  • Walter Payton Man of the Year winner in 2016

  • Never missed a game due to injury

  • 13x team captain

His speech was short and to the point, expressing his appreciation for the family, he had accrued during his time with Big Blue and ensuring that he was only ever going to be a Giant.

Eli Manning: “No one loved and appreciated wearing the Giants uniform more than I have.”

“To the Giants fans, you’re definitely unique, and I love you for that”

John Mara’s speech was full of tears and inability to speak, as his relationship with Manning bled through his word. At the end, he powerfully stated, “no Giant will ever wear #10 again.”

Manning will also be inducted into the Giants Ring of Honor in 2020, joining some of the biggest and brightest names in football. While this day was full of tears and sadness, it’s also a moment of happiness, a fresh start into the future, and the appreciation of class and dedication for 16 years. Manning epitomized quality and respect, being his true self throughout his career.

Not only will Eli’s memory be alive for eternity, but we will never forget the magnificent moments and miracles he orchestrated during his career.

Even Tom Brady took to Twitter to ensure Eli was appreciated for his efforts, stating:

“Congratulations on your retirement, and a great career Eli! Not going to lie though, I wish you hadn’t won any Super Bowls.”

A friendly slight towards Eli, but with the utmost respect.

New York Knicks: LaVar Ball’s plan to save the Knicks

New York Knicks, Kevin Knox

Starting with the Lakers before shifting to the Phoenix Suns and then the New Orleans Pelicans, LaVar now has a new team he wishes his sons will play for.

LaVar appeared on TMZ roundtable with Master P and Metta World Peace to talk about his youngest son LaMelo Ball. Lavar put together his plan to “save” the Knicks. He believes the Knicks should hire Mark Jackson as their next head coach and draft his son LaMelo first overall in the upcoming NBA draft.

“He’d be perfect. And you know why I say that, man? Because he’s from New York, he’s a point guard. Please pick my son first. If he’s over there and getting my other two sons, with Mark Jackson being the head coach, he gonna do the same thing he did with Golden State with my boys” Lavar said about Mark Jackson.

Jackson was last seen coaching for the Golden State Warriors were he lead them to consecutive playoff appearances and a 51-31 record in 2014. He was fired after the team was eliminated once again during the playoffs. The Warriors followed up winning the NBA title the year after, marking the beginning of their dominance over the NBA for years after.

Jackson’s name has been linked to the Knicks head coach job for a long time now. He was a strong candidate for the position before they gave it to David Fizdale, who was just recently fired on Dec. 6th. Knicks now have interim head coach Mike Miller who has been doing a respectable job but his future with the team is still uncertain.

Jackson was believed by many to be the main reasoning behind the development behind what is now known as the “Splash Bros” in Golden State. With plenty of young talent on the current Knicks roster, Jackson can be a perfect fit to develop those players.

LaMelo Ball is expected by many draft experts to be a top 5 selection in this year’s NBA draft. Recent reports came out saying LaMelo will not return this season for the Illawarra Hawks in the Australian NBL. Knicks were reportedly one of many teams who were unable to schedule trips to scout LaMelo in Australia, so, unfortunately, the Knicks have not scouted LaMelo.

Knicks are currently sitting with the third-worst record in the NBA 12-33. There is a lot that has to fall into place before LaVar’s wishes come true, but we’ve seen LaVar “speak things into existence” before.