The dawn of a new season for the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, and the break it represented with the horrific failures of a season ago were impossible to miss, even if the results were unimpressive, a 104-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and currently contributes to USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Vice Sports. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. His book on the Cardinals will be published by St. Martin's Press in October 2015. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
Jason Kidd made his N.B.A. head coaching debut Sunday, but in the most surreal context imaginable.
When the New York Knicks were at their best last season, J.R. Smith was playing as well as he ever had in his nine-year career. But for much of the season, and then again in the playoffs, both Smith and the Knicks were something far less than the dominant team they'd been in April.
The Mets let it be known late Thursday night that Ike Davis, onetime franchise cornerstone and recent Triple-A exile, would be returning to the Mets on Friday.
The Yankees pitch very well. They are fifth in the American League in E.R.A., thanks to their solid starting pitching and a deep bullpen anchored by Mariano Rivera.
Sure, Matt Harvey's been very good for the New York Mets. His E.R.A. in June was a sparkling 2.31.
Andrew Blatche was always likely to stick with the Brooklyn Nets, because of his particular contract circumstances, and now it's confirmed that he'll be around for a while longer.
When we last left the Alex Rodriguez saga, the Yankees had leaked an odd conspiracy theory concerning Rodriguez's health. Then came word, again leaked from somebody with a vested interest in Rodriguez being declared unfit to play, that Rodriguez himself had said he was "unsure" when he'd be able to play.
Perhaps the only good explanation for the Knicks' decision to trade actual assets for Andrea Bargnani of the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night came from a rival executive: "Now that the Nets put their wallet down, the Knicks had to keep up."
On Friday afternoon at Citi Field, one prominent journalist said to me when I asked what he was there to work on: "Matt Harvey. Why the hell else would I be at Citi Field on a Friday night?"
A curious pair of bombshells related to Alex Rodriguez appeared in the Daily News and the Post yesterday. Neither one makes a tremendous amount of sense, if you're not also reading between the lines.