New York Yankees recap: Clint Frazier with monster 2 run blast in Yankees win over the Mets

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

The New York Yankees faced the New York Mets in the very first exhibition game of summer camp.  It was a very hot and humid night at the Mets Citi Field. The Yankees came out on top 9-3.

The Yankees scored in the very first inning when Mike Tauchman doubled and scored on Torres single. Tauchman went 3-3 on the night that turned out to be all New York Yankees.  In the fourth Giancarlo Stanton doubled, and Clint Frazier hit a massive 426′ homer into the second deck of Citi Field, making it 3-0 Yankees. Michael King pitched perfectly in the game.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Met Alonso singled, and Davis doubled scoring Robinson Cano for Mets’ first run of the game.  Michale Kay and David Cone broadcasting from separate booths at the darkened Yankee Stadium commented on how strange it was to view the game going on at Citi Field.  Meredith Marakovits and Paul O’Neil commented from their respective homes.

In the fifth, Alonso got another single, causing Nimo to score and making it 3-2 in the fifth. At the top of the sixth Stanton again doubled, and then Gio Urshela doubled on the second error by the Mets. Miguel Andujar, with a sac fly, scored Stanton from third for the Yankees 4-2 lead.

Chad Green came into the game in the sixth and was saved by an excellent play by Gio Urshela at third.  Michael Conforto doubles off Green in the bottom of the sixth, but it was all for naught. During the game, Tyler Wade was excellent at replacing DJ LeMahiue, making several good plays. During the game, Domingo German made an I’m sorry post on Twiter.

“To my teammates, the Yankees organization, and our fans, I am very sorry for the unsettling post last night. This past year has been very tough for my family and myself, for which I take full responsibility. Not being with my teammates while they get ready for the season, knowing that I have let them down, has taken. toll on me and last night I let my emotions get the best of me. Baseball is my life and I promise I am not walking away. I am using this time to get stronger, become a better person and father, and I can only hope that I will get to join my teammates once again to make the proud. Thank you to everyone, especially the Yankees organization, for their support. Please forgive me for this mistake.”

Kahnle takes over in the seventh and Adam Ottavino during the eighth for two scoreless innings.  At the top of the ninth inning, the Yankees erupted for five runs.  Miguel Andujar had a bloop single moving Duffy to third. Then Wade singles to load the bases. Catcher Erick Kratz singled, and it was Yankees 6-2. Michael Tauchman, in his third hit of the night, made it 7-2 Yankees.  Estrada singled, making it 8-2, and Gilliam took over for the Mets and allowed a sac fly making it Yankees 9-2 as Kratz scored.

The Yankees scored five runs in the top of the Yankees.  At the bottom of the ninth, Nunez would drive in a run to make it 9-3 New York Yankees. And that’s all the Mets could do.

The next game is tomorrow night at a lighted Yankee Stadium when Yankee Jordan Montgomery will face the Mets Oswalt.  On Monday night, th,e Yankees will face the Philadelphia Phillies in the last game before opening day when the Yankee’s Gerrit Cole will face the National’s Max Scherzer in the Nation’s capital at Nationals Park on MBL’s Opening Day on Thursday, July 23rd.

For this writer, last night’s game was more normal than anything.  Yes, there were cut-outs behind home plate. But the feeling was there, just like a postseason game.  The New York Yankee’s pitchers were definitely in control of this game.

New York Giants: New Report Paints A Different Picture Of Nate Solder

New York Giants, Nate Solder

Nate Solder is set to have a make or break season with the New York Giants this year. The Giants are definitely overpaying for Solder’s talents, but the degree that they’re overpaying depends on the production they get from the left tackle.

Solder didn’t do nearly enough to earn his salary last season. As for the current season, we have yet to see where Solder fits into the plans. The team presumably isn’t going to send a player they’re paying this much for to the bench. Even if rookie Andrew Thomas is the more attractive option at left tackle.

A new report, though, claims that Solder has a better reputation inside the organization than he does with the fans.

Do the New York Giants still believe in Nate Solder?

According to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, Solder still has a pretty good reputation within the team itself. It will be a surprising revelation to some – the narrative around Solder outside of the team is almost entirely negative thanks to his high cost and underperformance.

Within the Giants’ walls, Solder is respected as a towering athlete and soulful leader, a durable and reliable player whose on-field performance for some reason deteriorated badly in 2019.

The report also claims the Giants never seriously considered moving on from Solder after the season. It’s more likely that they’ll start both Solder and Andrew Thomas. That indeed looks like the option the Giants will go with. Solder didn’t perform as expected last year, but on the other hand, the team has no other right tackle option with as much credibility as Solder.

It might not be the most popular decision with fans. But with no other apparent alternative, it looks like the choice the team will make.

Is it for better or worse? Well, training camp begins near the end of this month, if nothing changes again, and that’s the first time we’ll get to see just what kind of state Nate Solder is in this year.

New York Mets Defense Disappoints in 9-3 Loss, But Baseball Is Back

The New York Mets defense failed to provide any help to their pitching staff in their 9-3 loss against the New York Yankees. Rick Porcello took the loss but was solid in his five-inning appearance, allowing three runs.

Despite the score, the key Mets players did their jobs. It only took two hitters for the Yankees to take a quick 1-0 lead with a Gleyber Torres RBI single. Porcello made it an emphasis to incorporate his slider from that point.

The slider was a pitch he struggled with in 2019, but it helped him through his start. Porcello’s one bad slider came on a two-run Clint Frazier home run, putting it in the second deck, giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Porcello threw an efficient 68 pitches and had to chuck another 20 in the bullpen to reach his goal for the day.

Offense Slowly Coming Alive

Yankees starter Michael King took advantage of an empty Citi Field to hold the Mets to one base runner through the first three innings. A Pete Alonso single and Michael Conforto walk set the stage for a J.D. Davis RBI double, which cut the Yankees lead down to two.

The fifth had an interesting caveat when the Yankees implemented their five-person infield defense against Tomas Nido. Three men on the left side and two on the right, but it did not affect Nido as he lined a single over them. Later on in the inning, Pete Alonso took a great sinker from Zack Britton and muscled it to center field to make it a 3-2 game.

Encouraging Bullpen, Discouraging Defense

Jeurys Familia got the first call out of the bullpen. He worked around two Max Moroff errors to pitch 1.2 innings out of the bullpen allowing an unearned run and two strikeouts. Familia’s sinker and slider were sharp, and he brought back his splitter, which brought him success during his All-Star years.

Dellin Betances worked around his error to pitch a scoreless seventh inning. Edwin Diaz’s line does not offer optimism, but he looked sharp in his three batters. An error, bloop single, and strikeout were the outcomes.

Diaz showed good command locating his fastball, with high velocity. His short outing was an effort to get him ready to pitch in back to back days, so we will likely see him again on Sunday.

Negatives From the Loss

Hitters on both sides were at a slight disadvantage, but Yoenis Cespedes looked the slowest of all. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and couldn’t make it down the first baseline without dragging his legs. Luis Rojas expects him to play the outfield on Sunday, which is the biggest test Cespedes has to prove his legs are healthy.

Robinson Cano batted third, which was a surprise. He does not look like a fit to bat third in a potentially strong Mets lineup, but Luis Rojas is giving him a vote of confidence the same way Mickey Callaway did in 2019.

Lastly, the “B” players looked like “D” players. Max Moroff and Luis Guillorme contributed three of the four errors on the night. Jarret Parker also looked uneasy in right field, getting late breaks on the ball. Daniel Zamora looked the worst of them all. The lefty specialist allowed three runs and hits to all four batters he faced. Thankfully these players likely should not make the roster, which quells some of the worries from the lost.

The biggest positive from the Mets is Pete Alonso’s performance. He spoke about becoming a gold glove caliber first baseman before the game and showcased his work from the offseason. Alonso’s glove saved Moroff from the third error, and Alonso used his arm to make a one-hop throw to third base, so help Betances.

The scene changes on Sunday when the Mets and Yankees face off at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Corey Oswalt faces Jordan Montgomery at 7:05 P.M. as the Mets try to split the Exhibition Subway Series. It will be the Mets’ final tune-up before the season begins.

 

MUST WATCH: Yankees’ Gio Urshela guns out Yoenis Cespedes on awesome defensive play

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

Yankees’ Gio Urshela went down in warmups after getting hit in the groin by a ground ball. However, that didn’t seem to effect him in the field at all.  Yoenis Cespedes hit a little dribbler to third and Urshela charged it, fielded with his bare hand, and gunned him out at first. Urshela is already showing off the leather early on in the exhibition game.

New York Yankees: Domingo German says that he is “not retiring”

New York Yankees, Domingo German

On Friday evening, New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German posted a surprising message on his Instagram account. He said “I’ve left baseball. Thanks everyone” (translated).

This lead many to think that German may be retiring from the game. He is ineligible to play in 2020 due to a domestic issue last year. However, he posted an update to his account to clarify and apologize.

“To my teammates, the Yankees organization, and our fans, I am very sorry for the unsettling post last night. This past year has been very tough for my family and myself, for which I take full responsibility. Not being with my teammates while they get ready for the season, knowing that I have let them down, has taken. toll on me and last night I let my emotions get the best of me. Baseball is my life and I promise I am not walking away. I am using this time to get stronger, become a better person and father, and I can only hope that I will get to join my teammates once again to make the proud. Thank you to everyone, especially the Yankees organization, for their support. Please forgive me for this mistake.”

After the confusion, it appears as of German won’t be retiring. His original statement was unclear to everyone, and nobody within the organization had any idea about the truth to the statement, including Aaron Boone.

The good news is that he isn’t going anywhere, even though he can’t play this year. Hopefully next year, he’ll be healthy and out of trouble so he can make a positive impact to the team.

New York Giants: Who Should Start At Center In 2020?

New York Giants, Spencer Pulley, Jon Halapio, Nick Gates, Shane Lemieux

Arguably the weakest position on the New York Giants‘ roster in 2020 is the center position. The Giants made it a priority to upgrade the offensive line this offseason. However, the team did not address the center position.

The Giants spent three draft picks on the offensive line in 2020: Andrew Thomas at left tackle, Matt Peart at right tackle, and Shane Lemieux at guard or potentially center. New York also signed offensive tackle Cameron Fleming in free agency.

While rookie Shane Lemieux could count as a center acquisition, he is a guard, and the Giants did not make any other acquisitions at the center position this offseason. The Giants will be rolling into training camp on July 28th with a mostly unchanged group of centers. Spencer Pulley is still on the roster, but Jon Halapio is not. The Giants have not yet re-signed Halapio after his last two tumultuous seasons on the team, though that could change if he is healthy.

Competing for the center position this summer are three players. Shane Lemieux, the rookie out of Oregon, could join the competition despite being a guard in college. Spencer Pulley is penciled in as the starting center right now because he is the only player on the roster to have started games at center in the NFL. Then there is also Nick Gates, the underrated offensive lineman who started three games at two different positions for the Giants in 2019.

Who Will Be The Starting Center?

Spencer Pulley?

Nick Gates, Spencer Pulley, and Shane Lemieux will be the three main players competing for the starting center position in 2020. Of those three players, Spencer Pulley is the only one with any experience as a center in the NFL. Nick Gates has played offensive guard and offensive tackle in the NFL, but never center. Shane Lemieux has yet to play a single snap in the NFL and was a guard in college.

Pulley might have the most experience, but he has the least potential. Spencer Pulley has been in the NFL since 2016. Throughout his career, Pulley has been a decent replacement-level starter or backup. He has been the Giants’ backup center for the past two years and even got the opportunity to start 9 games as the team’s center in 2018, filling in for the injured Jon Halapio.

In 2018, Pulley was decent, allowing 12 pressures, and two sacks in 573 snaps according to Pro Football Focus. However, in his one start with the Giants in 2019, Pulley played a poor game and was a liability as a run-blocker. This start was in Week 10 against the Jets where Saquon Barkley ran the ball 13 times for a total of 1 rushing yard.

Spencer Pulley provides professional experience and durability to the Giants’ center position. But, in my opinion, he is the option with the highest floor and the lowest ceiling. The Giants should consider Pulley a backup center and hope that one of these young guys wins the starting job.

Shane Lemieux?

The youngest player in the group is Shane Lemieux. The Giants drafted Lemieux out of Oregon in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. During his collegiate career, Lemieux was a solid player on Oregon’s great offensive line.

Despite never playing center in his career, Shane Lemieux will be considered for the position with the Giants. Upon being drafted by the Giants, Lemieux instantly started training to be a center. In the video below, you can see him practicing his snaps:

Shane Lemieux is one strong hog molly. He stands in at 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 310 pounds. He was also efficient in college, posting an 83.9 overall grade according to Pro Football Focus, surrendering only 11 pressures. Shane is a young, darkhorse candidate to win the center position if he has an impressive training camp and preseason.

Nick Gates?

In my opinion, Nick Gates should be the Giants’ starting center in 2020. Gates has spent his time in Las Vegas this offseason training to be a center with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

“You know, just for what it’s worth, we’ve talked about Nick [playing center]. He did do some of that last year in practice, so it’s not completely new. Nick is smart. The thing you love about Nick is just how tough he is, because it’s a fist fight in there. There’s no doubt about that. History tells you that the toughness of your team is really, really indicated by the toughness of your offensive line. So, we’re always looking for that kind of piece. Nick would be in consideration at center, absolutely.” – Dave Gettleman on Nick Gates

Nick Gates did practice at center in 2019. He also started games at both right tackle and right guard in place of an injured Kevin Zeitler and an injured Mike Remmers. In Gates’s start at right guard in December he did not allow a single pressure and played an excellent game. Gates finished the 2019 season with a 77.0 overall grade and only 1 sack allowed in 290 snaps (Pro Football Focus).

If Nick Gates can replicate his success playing tackle and guard in 2019 at the center position, he should own the job in 2020. Gates was a pleasant surprise on the Giants’ poor offensive line last season. He has played a small sample size of snaps, but those snaps have all been efficient and reliable. Nick Gates could be the guy to turn the Giants’ biggest weakness into a strength.

Tom Thibodeau is studying the New York Knicks roster

New York Knicks, Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau has been the recurring favorite to land the New York Knicks head-coaching position. A source told Marc Berman of the New York Post that Thibodeau has been “passing away the time poring over Knicks game film as he awaits a possible job offer.”

Berman notes that Thibodeau is a fan of Knicks big man Mitchell Robinson.

It’s known one of the things that most intrigues Thibodeau about coaching the Knicks roster is molding young shot-blocking center Mitchell Robinson into an even better defensive player.

Thibodeau was an assistant for the New York Knicks from 1996-2003, including seven seasons under head coach Jeff Van Gundy. Thibodeau followed Van Gundy to the Houston Rockets in 2003, where he’d reside for four seasons. He was then an assistant for the Boston Celtics under head coach Doc Rivers, which led to him becoming the Chicago Bulls head coach in 2010.

Thibodeau won Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and coached Chicago from 2010-15; he was fired in May 2015. He became the Minnesota Timberwolves head coach in 2016, where he resided for two and a half seasons before being fired in January 2019.

Thibodeau feels his experience working with high-profile coaches has helped him build relationships with players.

“You go back to your past — being around people who have done great things. At Team USA. I’ve worked with Doc Rivers, Jeff Van Gundy, Brendan Malone, not just great head coaches but assistants and great college coaches.

“The thing that stood out being around [Mike Krzyzewski], Jim Boeheim and [Team USA managing director] Jerry Colangelo, these are Hall of Fame guys who still wanted to do great things and be driven and wanted to learn. They don’t want to stay the same.’’

Knicks president Leon Rose and executive vice president/senior basketball advisor William Wesley worked with Thibodeau at Creative Artists Agency.

New York Yankees History: Today in 1999 – David Cone’s perfect game (video)

The New York Yankees have had many excellent players and pitchers in it’s rich history none more than David Cone. In 1995 he would pitch a complete game with 147 pitches. Little did I know the best and worst challenges were yet to come in a history-making career.

Cone is not the atypical pitcher, he wasn’t imposing, doesn’t look athletic, and had the face of a choirboy, but he attained a place in sports history that few ever attain or even dream about. Born David Brian Cone on January 2, 1963, in Kansas City, Missouri, he was last of four children born to hard-nosed blue-collar parents, Ed and Sylvia Cone. His Dad, Ed, had dreams of being a pitcher himself but was a mechanic working 60 hour weeks.

David Cone the early days

Ed felt sports was a way to get a better education and a better life for their children. He may have thought that, but in Davids’s case, he didn’t attend college and instead pursued a career as a baseball player, which was also improbable, as he came from a high school that had no baseball team. He attended Rockhurst High School and played football as a quarterback, leading them to a district championship. He was also a point guard for the basketball team.

Cone played baseball as a child locally, frequently playing alongside boys his older brothers’ ages. David got used to fighting for what was his. He was cut from his first little league team at age 7 because he was too small. He made it the next year, with Ed Cone as the new coach. , but in high school, he would play ball summers in a college league in Kansas City. He was noticed by scouts and was invited to an invitation-only to try out at the Royals stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was also recruited to play football at the University of Missouri, where he enrolled, but the MLB draft would cut that short when he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1981.

In his first two years in the minors, he would go 22-7 with an ERA of 2.21. The next year would see him sit out the season with an injury. When he returned, he never really returned to form. In 1986 he converted to a relief pitcher. On June 8th, he would make his major league debut in relief of Cy Young winner Brett Saberhagen. He made a few more games in relief but returned to the Omaha minor league team as a starter where he went 8-4 with a 2.79 ERA.

Before the 87 season, David would see himself traded to the New York Mets, where he did not fare well in his first season. In 1988 he would pitch in relief again, but in May, they put him out to start a game and answered by pitching a complete-game shutout of the Atlanta Braves.

Cone spent over five seasons in his first stint with the New York Mets, most of the time serving as the team’s co-ace alongside Dwight Gooden while leading the National League in strikeouts in 1990 and 1991. He was successful with his fastball, curveball, and newly learned sidearm slider. Injuries worked in Cone’s favor, first when Dwight Gooden checked into rehab and again when Rick Aguilera’s elbow went, rocketing Cone into the starting rotation permanently.

In his year, he won all of his games in May and eight in a row at the end of the season, going 20-3 with an ERA of 2.22. Fans of David were starting to be called “Coneheads.” Cone appealed to the New York media, as he was talkative, open, and honest. In 1992 the Mets were 14 games behind the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates and Cone would be traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.

In Toronto, Cone would have a short stay going 4 and 3 in the regular season. The Jays would go to the World Series that year and be the first Canadian team to win a World Series. Cone in the postseason would be 1-1 with an ERA of 3.22. After the season, David would be a free agent and would be returned to his home town Kansas City Royals. He wouldn’t have his most impressive going 11-14 despite his 3.33 ERA. 1994 would see him 16-5 in the shortened season, and Cone would receive the Cy Young Award.

David Cone becomes a New York Yankee

Four days after the strike ended, Cone would be traded back to the Jays. He was 9–6 with a 3.38 ERA for Toronto, but with Toronto in fifth place at the All-Star break, they again would trade Cone, this time to the New York Yankees. At the half with the Yankees trailing the Red Sox for the AL East, Cone instantly became the team’s ace and would post a 9-2 record as the Yankees won the wild card in the first season of the new three division, wild card format. The Yankees would take the Wild Card and go on to the ALDS against Seattle. Cone would famously blow game five and the series but still talked openly with reporters.

1996 would be a challenging season for Cone in many ways. First, he resigned with the New York Yankees with a three-year contract. Early in the season, he would be 4-1 with a 2.02 ERA. Then Cone was diagnosed with a life-threatening aneurysm. He was on the DL for over three months. In his comeback start that September against the Oakland Athletics, Cone pitched a no-hitter through seven innings before he had to leave due to pitch count restrictions.

The Yankees would go onto the ALDS, in which Cone lost his game. In the ALCS, he had a no-decision. In game 3 of the World Series, he would give up only one run in six innings against the Braves Tom Glavine. The Yankees would go on to win it’s first World Series in eighteen years.
In 1998 Cone would go 20-7, his second 20 game season, and the longest span between 20 game wins (11). Cone would win his ALDS game, His ALCS game, and his game 3 of the World Series against the Padres as the Yankees would repeat in the World Championship.

David Cone’s perfect game

In 1999 with Yogi Berra and Don Larsen at the New York Yankee game, Cone would pitch his 27 up, 27 down perfect game against the Expos on July 18th. The ninth inning begins with Widger flailing at an outside slider for strike three and follows with pinch-hitter Ryan McGuire lofting a fly ball to left that Ledee, battling the sun, catches a little awkwardly, but the out is made nonetheless. And when Orlando Cabrera pops up Cone’s 88th pitch of the day into foul territory, Scott Brosius circles underneath it as his pitcher sinks to his knees in disbelief before being mobbed by his teammates.

The New York Yankees would three-peat and win the World Series. Strangely after the perfect game, Cone would not return to form and would have his worst year in 2000, going 4-14. In an exciting move, the Yankees would bring Cone in to face one batter, Mike Piazza, in Game 4 of the 2000 World Series. Cone induced a pop-up to end the inning and give Jeff Nelson the win and the Yankees another World Series win.

In a move, the NY media would call “traitor,” and Cone would call a divorce. Cone would sign with the Red Sox for a one year deal. He would go 9-7 in 2001, and his contract would not be renewed. He did not pitch in 2002. In 2003 he attempted a comeback with the Mets, but in May, he realized his pitching style that was hard on his hips had taken its toll, and he retired from baseball. Cone during his baseball career would be in five All-Star games, would be nominated twice for the MVP award, and would be nominated five times for the Cy Young award; he won the Cy Young in 1994.

In 2008 he became a part-time color commentator for the YES Network, among a rotating team of announcers providing in-game and studio analysis. Cone has won praise as a perceptive student of sabermetrics, with observations ranging from complicated statistics to technical analysis of how the ball spins across the plate. In one interview, he would say, “Every year it’s become a little easier, knowing what the job entails, when to use sabermetrics and when not to,” said Cone. “I try to be an easy listen. I try to tell you something you don’t know.” David, to this day, is one of the most popular living Yankees.

Other significant happenings on this day in Yankee history

1921: Babe Ruth hits his 139th career home run in just his eighth season an all-time high number of home runs.

1987: “Donnie Baseball” Mattingly in the fourth inning hit a home run to put his home runs in eight straight games in the history books.

2016: Alex Rodriguez hits his 696th and final career home run in the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Orioles. Kevin Gausman is the last of 422 pitchers A-Rod will go deep off in his career.

2019: “Savages in that box” is immortalized forever as hot microphones near home plate pick up Aaron Boone’s tirade against home plate umpire Brennan Miller. Boone and Gardner were thrown out of the game. Boone again strode out of the dugout and embarks on his quotable rant.

New York Giants: Training camp dates set, here’s what to expect

New York Giants rookie quarterback, Daniel Jones during voluntary OTAs.

Football is just around the corner. Finally, NFL fans can be excited for the official start of training camp. The New York Giants finally get a chance to break in the new offensive and defensive system. However, fans will not be in attendance; sadly, at least we can watch from twitter. So far, fans should expect a training camp like no other. It’s going to be different this year.

Just recently, Troy Vincent Sr. sent out an official letter stating the start of training camp and the reporting dates for players.

Rookies report on July 21st.

Rookies will be the first players to arrive at training camp. Once they arrive, they will get tested and start to meet with the coaching staff. Finally, the 2020 draft class gets to meet Joe Judge in person and not have to see him over a zoom call. I’m super excited about this. I think it’s smart to get the rookies at training camp first because they’re the ones who need to adjust to camp life. In the meantime, don’t expect to see all the players on the field at once, or even in the facilities at the same time.

Quarterbacks and injured players report July 23rd.

This is where it gets interesting, quarterbacks will be on scene meeting with the rookies and coaching staff on July 23rd. Also, why make the injured players come now? They should stay at home if you can only have up to 20 players in the facility at once. The players who are ready to go should be the only ones there besides the coaching staff.

All other New York Giants players report July 28th.

For the Giants, this means guys like Saquon, Shep, Tate, and Slayton would arrive at camp on the 28th. Since they’re the last ones to get there, I hope no Giants’ players test positive for COVID before they arrive. This would be a major set back and could push back training camp even further.

Overall, a lot is going on in the next few weeks. Hopefully, players stay safe and healthy and get back on the field with a full roster. Once the NFL gets adjuted to playing through a pandemic, they’ll figure out how the season will unfold from there.

New York Knicks: The Hiring Of One Executive Leaves Polarizing Effect

New York Knicks, James Dolan

On June 24th, 2020, the New York Knicks announced Wesley Williams as their new executive vice president/senior basketball adviser. Wesley, who’s a longtime friend of Knicks president Leon Rose and former consultant at Creative Arts Agency, is known for his relationships with star players around the NBA. He also previously worked with top coaching candidate Tom Thibodeau while at Creative Arts Agency.

The Knicks hiring of William Wesley, also known as “World Wide Wes” as the next Executive Vice President, has garnered hot and cold reactions. Two opposite kinds of reactions and the lack of a lukewarm reception of the hiring makes one wonder the real reason for the hiring of William Wesley, leaving such a polarizing effect amongst certain former players and media.

Stephon Marbury’s reaction towards the hiring of the new Knicks Executive Vice President was of disbelief along with anger, and the reaction also seemed personal. Marbury expressed displeasure as a Knick fan; however, he never fully expressed in detail on why he felt the way he expressed about the hire.

Former Knick Rasheed Wallace didn’t sound too optimistic about the Leon Rose and William Wesley hire either. Wallace mentioned possibilities of other agents getting revenge on Leon Rose by spurning opportunities of current NBA stars and potential stars making their way to the Knicks via free agency. Wallace claimed the reason this could happen is due to the possibility of Leon Rose or William Wesley spurning or doing no favors for other agents while in their former positions. Could their past come back to bite them? That remains to be seen.

Wallace said the following on CBS Sports Radio:

“I mean damn, it’s been getting worse. We all think it can’t be no [worse], they’re going to hit rock bottom, but they keep going lower and lower. I’m just a little confused by it all, if you ask me. It’s one thing to have a former agent and agency coming in and giving you their input here and there, but to hire them full time, you’re taking on a lot. Because now, unfortunately [James] Dolan’s taking on their baggage.”