Note: Jose Reyes is Being Jose Reyes

“I’m happy to be playing this way.  You guys know what happened to me last year, and I wasn’t able to enjoy the game as much as I wanted to.  This year I’m healthy and I’m doing whatever I have to do to put my team in position to win every night, and I enjoy it.  This is what I love to do.  I’m real happy now.”

~ Jose Reyes, after last night’s game

In his last 23 games, Reyes is batting .371 with a .419 OBP, three HR, 11 RBI, eight stolen bases and 16 runs scored, during which the Mets are 18–5.

reyes has been fantastic the last few weeks… what’s most impressive, though, is how good he has looked in the field… last night, he made a handful of sensational plays – and throws… he seems to be getting to the ball quicker, he’s back to having that spring in his step and his reactions are on point… i also think Ike Davis is helping to stabilize the entire infield, as well, as they must know they can rush a throw and take risks as ike will likely make the necessary play on the backend…

…i will not lie, there was a moment earlier in the season, i’d say about a month ago, when i wondered if something had happened to reyes, would he ever return to being the player he once was… not because of effort, but because of something physical, some by-product of the previous year’s injuries and rehab… i am glad this is not the case… the electricity he creates never gets old, i love his energy and attitude and he makes watching Mets games fun, and it’s great to have him back being jose





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Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

DeAngelo Russel with the 3rd pick along with Lamarcus Aldridge and say Robin Lopez would not be bad either...

rico
rico

last blog entre here SIX days ago. this jackson stuff up top was written then repackaged ....C'mon guys


brad5614
brad5614

Monroe is a solid teams 4th option at best... Buyer beware... I'd rather acquire proven players and not pay for potential

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Why do ppl want Brook Lopez on their roster?? He's gonna want more than 10mill per and he's never gonna play 60 games in any yr of his contract

rico
rico

How bout that JR Smith?


I guess getting suspended during the post season is his MO

David Rivera
David Rivera

So whats a realistic line up with the third (3rd) pick.


I Say:


Calderon

Russel

Melo

R Lopez

Monroe


THJr

Galloway

Amundson

Aldrich

Early

Thomas

Antetokounmpo

Bargnani


Might get to #6 seed

rico
rico

@David Rivera interesting team you put together there.  I wouldn't be surprised at all if Phil busts a move on Lopez, just which one is the question. 


I do think Antetokounmpo has to prove it on offense and may spend another year in D league.  I prefer Shved to Thomas.

David Rivera
David Rivera

@rico @David Rivera I thought Shved too but his qualifying offer is 3+ million so I left him off. I dont know how salaries work but 3+ Mil seems prohibitive.

Rudy Acree
Rudy Acree

Draft D'Angelo Russell. He has special talents, high bball IQ and leadership qualities. They can get a big man/men in free agency.

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

I have no problem with that if you can grab Brook Lopez and Greg Monroe in free agency, don't care if you have to use the stretch provision on Calderon to get it done.

rico
rico

Hey Adam, seems like you changed the headline of your blog entree from 4 days ago to echo the sentiments I posted after listening to the Phill presser.  Did you see my posting or do great minds just think alike. (scroll to the first comment on this entree all the way below) 


I'd also point out that when you list the reasons Phil will bail, one is that his "fiancee" lives out west.  Although he may miss her, it's not like they have a wedding pending and have to get going on starting a family.  So missing he GF might be one reason but the fiancee angle seems like a stretch.  if Jackson goes it's because he doesn't dig the job and life is too short. 

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

Hey, we could also draft Towns or Okafor, then end up with signing Kevin Love as well as DeMarre Carroll and trading Hardaway jr for Brandon Jennings after Stan Van Gundy and the Pistons decided to give Greg Monroe a 5 year max offer and matching a Knicks offer sheet for Reggie Jackson. Will see....

M&M; Consultants
M&M; Consultants

@Anthony Gaetano DeCesare . Monroe is free agent and he is leaving the piston. Knicks will have to a poison pill contract for Reggie Jackson.  I think they will go after Drag first then Reggie. Don't be surprise if Lin is back

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

Realistic knicks off-season prediction

Either:

A. Draft Towns or Okafor

B. Sign Greg Monroe

C. Sign Reggie Jackson

Starting line-up

Pg Jackson

SG Hardaway JR

SF Melo

PF Monroe

C Towns or Okafor

OR

A. Draft Towns or Okafor

B. Sign Monroe

C. Sign DeMarre Carroll

D. Trade Hardaway JR for Brandon Jennings after Pistons match knicks off sheet for Reggie Jackson

Starting line-up

pg Jennings

SG Carroll

sf Melo

PF Monroe

C Towns or Okafor

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

Great question and great point, they have 2 bigs and I know they have a ton of interest in Mudiey. They could be the one team who gets in the top 2 that would not pick either Okafor or Towns. Good job.

1harris1
1harris1

@Anthony Gaetano DeCesare That's a good point with the Detroit point guard situation.  They're not going to keep both Jackson and Jennings.


Monroe and Carroll are definitely realistic targets.  Carroll has seemingly even gone out of his way recently to express his interest in playing for the Knicks.


Towns or Okafor obviously depends mostly on landing one of the top two picks.  I was thinking today though, if Philly got one of the top two picks (and the Knicks wound up picking third), would the Sixers definitely draft one of the big guys after picking Embid last year?  I suspect they would, although they could go after Russell or even the point guard who played in China this season. Philly was starting Ish Smith and Jason Richardson towards the end of this season, so lord knows they could use a guard.

1harris1
1harris1

Did Phil really say today that "Jason had a very good year for us"?  Jason Smith?  Did Phil watch the games this season?


The other thing he said today that seemed odd is that he thinks the Knicks only have about 3 roster spots to fill.  Yeah, I could see if the three players you're bringing in are Chamberlain, West and Baylor, but . . . . . . .. 

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

I couldn't believe what he said about Calderon too. I would be so tempted to use the stretch provision on him.

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

I don't think u have to worry about Jason Smith being he probably won't be back next year anyway. But at the same token the Phil Jackson honeymoon is over, now he has to make progress starting this summer.

Fernando Rodriguez
Fernando Rodriguez

should the knicks go after Jimmy Butler? i know he is a restricted FA, but Bulls are tied up with Gasol, DRose, Noah contracts. could the knicks offer him a max deal and steal him away? i think he is the kind of player knicks need at SG.

rico
rico

Is Noah a FA?  Go after him! That dude is a winner

rico
rico

@Anthony Gaetano DeCesare only one way to find out.  Phil wants his players to be more aggressive going to the basket, he's got to me aggressive going after players.  Thinking small no way to build a great basketball org

Anthony Gaetano DeCesare
Anthony Gaetano DeCesare

Sounds like Phil is in win now mode, not future mode, will see what he does....I think if he gets the #1 or 2 pick....Okafor is his guy....after that....I think either a Love and Rondo combo is possible or a combo of Monroe and either Matthews or Affalo is possible along with trading Hardaway and Calderon for Jennings is highly possible.

rico
rico

My takeaway from that is that Phil isn't loving this new professional challenge but he wants to right his wrongs and get out of dodge.  


Also, as I have pointed out many times here.  There is no such thing as a "Zenmaster" if you know anything about Zen or read Phils books, you know it's an oxymoron. If you are using it to poke fun at him that works.  I have heard Phil get pretty upset at that moniker.  Still think JVG's "big chief triangle" was more apt, though maybe not as easy to use in print.