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300 Words Or Less: Knicks Learn Free Agents Are Like Boxes Of Ziti

300 Words Or Less: Knicks Learn Free Agents Are Like Boxes Of Ziti
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There’s that memorable Sopranos episode centered on the Executive Game, where the poker players guard against possible FBI eavesdropping, referring to large sums of money bet as “boxes of ziti,” with Tony rejecting a friend trying to enter.

“Sorry, this game is only for high rollers,” Soprano says, before the friend later sneaks in anyway, unlike Phil Jackson, who couldn’t land a seat at the table this week with top NBA free agents. DeAndre Jordan’s meeting was more a courtesy call, and LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly cancelled upon learning Jackson wanted to move the league’s best power forward to center.

While elite players are avoiding the Knicks because they’re not championship timbre, most expected Jackson to at least go down fighting. Hypothetically however, if Aldridge was paired with Carmelo Anthony and another decent signee, wouldn’t the Knicks, albeit not the best, immediately become one of the East’s better teams?

It appears Jackson’s ability to better pitch the Knicks is due more to his increasingly perceived inability to turn them around. Players publicly praise him, but the younger stars especially may view Jackson as the wise old grandfather whose time has passed, respected but also avoided at family gatherings.

 

Special Olympics New Jersey, A Look back To A Successful Games, A Look Ahead To The World Games

Special Olympics New Jersey, A Look back To A Successful Games, A Look Ahead To The World Games
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In less than a month, the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games will open in Los Angeles, California. The 2015 Games will feature competitions in aq...

Where is Carli Lloyd From?

Where is Carli Lloyd From?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will be playing for the Women’s World Cup on Sunday, and their road to the title match might not have happened without a stop in N...

300 Words Or Less: Phil Jackson Experiencing A Tough Trip Down The “Aisle”

300 Words Or Less: Phil Jackson Experiencing A Tough Trip Down The “Aisle”
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

NBA free agency is much like the old game show, Supermarket Challenge, with contestants frantically pushing a cart down the aisles, grabbing as many items as possibl...

300 Words Or Less: Mets Discovering Great Pitching Stops Only So Much

300 Words Or Less: Mets Discovering Great Pitching Stops Only So Much
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Figuring great pitching stops great hitting, last offseason the Mets admired their rotation instead of adding a big bat and improving their defense, reminiscent of t...

300 Words Or Less: Major Leaguers’ LinkedIn Profiles Make Interesting Reading

300 Words Or Less: Major Leaguers’ LinkedIn Profiles Make Interesting Reading
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Shortly after Jose Bautista homered Monday off Met phenom Noah Syndergaard and closer Jeurys Familia, ironically I saw the Blue Jay slugger’s LinkedIn profile random...

Mets' Dramatic Comeback Victory is One for the Books

Mets' Dramatic Comeback Victory is One for the Books
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Watching that unlikely Mets' 10-8 comeback win on Sunday against the Braves at Citifield, it was so reminiscent of their dramatic 7-6 victory versus the Giants at Sh...

Former Rutgers, Seton Hall and New Jersey basketball players to vie for million dollar prize in The Basketball Tournament

Former Rutgers, Seton Hall and New Jersey basketball players to vie for million dollar prize in The Basketball Tournament
BY JERRY MILANI
FOR NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Next month, The Basketball Tournament, a $1 Million Winner-Take-All event, will begin to whittle it’s just announced 97 team field down, crowning an eventual ch...

300 Words Or Less: Yogi Berra’s Granddaughter Delivers For “Gramp”

300 Words Or Less: Yogi Berra’s Granddaughter Delivers For “Gramp”
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It was a manic Monday for those named Lindsay.

While the Mets chose Florida high school outfielder Desmond Lindsay with their top draft pick, Lindsay Berra was in New...

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