Conference now lacks signature team in key market
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.
Back in the summer, Shaquille O'Neal drew some ridicule for making the claim that Brook Lopez, and not Dwight Howard, was the best center in the N.B.A. (To be fair, part of this came from Shaq confusing Brook with his twin brother Robin.)
There were plenty of reasons for the New York Knicks' 100-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, winners of seven straight, Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Early Friday morning, Bloomberg reported that a refinanced loan Fred Wilpon and his Mets ownership group engineered, likely using the SportsNet New York regional cable network as collateral, provides "at least $700 million" in new money.
The Brooklyn Nets struggled throughout December, and cost coach Avery Johnson his job in the process.
Fred Wilpon and his partners, owners of the New York Mets, have completed a re-finance of their debt against S.N.Y., according to the New York Post.
The New York Mets have gotten successively worse, as a baseball team, each season since they started playing in Citi Field back in 2009.
Carlesimo knows the only way he can stick around is by reviving Williams. One of his first acts as head coach was to sit down with Williams; his message, according to Carlesimo, was straightforward.
“I told him exactly what I needed him to be,” Carlesimo said Tuesday. “I needed him to be Deron Williams.”
As coach Mike Woodson answered questions less than 90 minutes before tipoff of Tuesday night's game against the Portland Trailblazers, a 105-100 loss, neither he nor anyone in the press room knew what his lineup would be.
At Thursday afternoon's press event to commemorate the firing of Avery Johnson, Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King answered questions. So did Johnson, even though he wasn't a member of the Brooklyn Nets anymore.