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Every sports organization holds a rough patch at some point. This was justified when the Chicago Cubs underwent their drought before winning the World Series in 2016, as well as when the Cleveland Browns went 0-16 in the 2017 season before discovering a glimmer of hope in 2019. However, how many times have we been placed in an era where an entire region is stuck in the same gear throughout multiple sports platforms? In New York, one of the largest markets in the Nation, this just might be the case.
The New York Knicks trade Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr, Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr, DeAndre Jordan, and Wes Matthews
Back in February, the New York Knicks executed a blockbuster trade that saw Kristaps Porzingis head to the Dallas Mavericks. In return, the best player the Knicks received was Dennis Smith Jr. In his 21 games played in New York, Smith Jr shot 2.7% less from the field, 5.5% less behind the arc, and won just 5 games since being acquired.
Sure, the Knicks were tanking and wanted to clear cap space for any pending free agents this summer, but at what cost? The team no longer has the #1 pick in the NBA Draft, and there’s no “star” attraction to reel in free agents considering Porzingis is gone.
This trade is going to wind up hurting the Knicks more than helping them. Without communication between Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant or other key free agents this summer, it’s difficult to imagine anyone wanting to spend the prime of their careers in the ‘Big Apple’ by themselves.
The New York Yankees place 13 players on the IL
Entering the 2019 season with 7:1 odds to win the World Series, the New York Yankees currently have 13 different players on the Injured List. The list of names includes OF Aaron Judge, OF Giancarlo Stanton, and SP Luis Severino.
While the backups have come through in the Yankees’ time of need, they won’t be enough when September baseball comes around. Most of the roster will be healthy by that point, but injuries this early into the season are concerning to say the least. Through May 15th, the Yankees have dropped to 10th in AVG, 12th in HR and SLG, and 14th in runs.
The New York Giants draft QB Daniel Jones with the #6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft
Coming into the 2019 NFL Draft, most expected the New York Giants to grab Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins in the first round. In fact, it was just as likely that they would grab support on the offensive line or focus on the secondary. Instead, the Giants reached far too early on Duke QB Daniel Jones.
While Jones does have characteristics that could make him a successful heir to Eli Manning, this selection was completely botched. General Manager Dave Gettleman claimed Jones wouldn’t be there later in the round, but it would have been better off to have another team risk their future in his hands.
The New York Knicks have 14% chance at the #1 pick, land #3
After an entire season of tanking for Duke’s Zion Williamson, the internet exploded when the New York Knicks fell short and landed the #3 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. In result, we will likely see Williamson’s teammate RJ Barrett land with the Knicks instead, pending any unforeseeable trades.
The order that comes from the lottery is out of New York’s hands, but this was disappointing to say the least. The NBA could see massive benefits from New York garnering success, but at this rate, the Brooklyn Nets have more potential next year than the Knicks do.
The New York Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan and VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger
On Wednesday, it was announced that the New York Jets have let go of GM Mike Maccagnan and VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger. Since the start of the century, this will be the Jets’ fifth General Manager.
After a free agency period of adding RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Jamison Crowder, and LB CJ Mosley, the Jets front office went on to draft one of the safest players in DT Quinnen Williams.
The problem isn’t necessarily that New York fired Maccagnan and Heimerdinger, but it lies with their lack of patience to let the executives do their jobs. With Adam Gase overseeing GM functions for the time being, the team will “strongly consider” NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah for a front office position.
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