Isiah To Return to Indiana?

Rumors have been spreading throughout the internet lately that Isiah Thomas could return to Indiana University as their next head coach if Kelvin Sampson is relieved of his duties in light of new recruiting violations. Thomas, who won a championship as a player at Indiana, refutes the possibility.

“No, I’m very anchored here [in New York],” he said. “It’s a tough thing that Coach Sampson and the university is going through. But I still support ’em. I support the university.”

Thomas has been an absolute disaster in New York since the moment he showed up, but maybe the college game would be good for him. He is a very relationship-based coach, which could be a positive factor in recruiting. Moving to college ball would also prohibit Thomas from messing up a salary cap, since players “do not get paid” on the college level.

At least one thing is clear: New Yorkers everywhere think Isiah should jump at the opportunity to return to Indiana.

Knicks Remain Undefeated After All Star Break

Despite having no one named to the NBA All Star team this past weekend, the New York Knicks continued with their perfect streak after the break, with a 113-100 road victory over the Washington Wizards. The Knicks set a franchise record with 23 points in overtime and finished the game with five players scoring 19 points or more.

Knicks center Eddy Curry had four points and two rebounds in a little more than 15 minutes of play. He has played less than 25 minutes in six of the last nine games that he has appeared in and it seems as though the Knicks are interested in shipping him out of town. ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan is reporting that the Knicks may have a deal to send Curry to Miami in a three-team trade that would land the Knicks Vince Carter, with the Nets receiving Ricky Davis and Jason Williams from Miami.

Carter would be a terrible fit with the current Knicks roster and is contract is considered one of the worst in the league. With both of those important factors in mind, I think this deal is exactly what the Knicks are trying to do.

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Ewing Among Finalists for Hall of Fame

Former New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing, one of the greatest at the position in NBA history, has been named a finalist for entry to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Joining Ewing on the ballot is Hakeem Olajuwon, Adrian Dantley, Dennis Johnson, Chris Mullin, Don Nelson, Pat Riley, Dick Vitale, Victor Bubas and Bill Davidson.

Ewing should be a slam dunk choice and I would seriously consider going to Springfield to see him inducted.

Knicks Headed for Defensive History

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, via ESPN.com:

The Knicks didn’t block a single shot in Wednesday’s loss at Boston. It was the ninth time this season that the Knicks put up a goose egg in the blocked-shots column; no other NBA team has more than two such games. With an average of only 2.35 per game, New York is on pace to block the fewest shots for any team over the course of a full season since the league started tracking that category in 1973-74.

Anyone surprised?

Pedro: Mangos Are My HGH

New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez is hardly shy about his ability on the mound and wants to remind people that he has always done it cleanly. Speaking with some members of the media yesterday on the opening day of spring training for pitchers and catchers, Martinez explained how he recovers from fatigue and injuries.

“I have a small frame and when I hurt all I could do was take a couple of Aleve or Advil, a cup of coffee and a little mango and an egg — and let it go!” he said.

Martinez is in the final year of a four-year, $53 million contract with the Mets, but clearly hopes to keep pitching beyond this season. Instead of ability, he referenced his health as possible reasons not to return. “It’s going to be all dictated by my health,” he said. “If I’m healthy, I still have a couple years left. … If I don’t finish as a Met, I think it’s going to be a long haul to find another team or whatever.”

The now-former #1 starter for the Mets is also very happy about the club’s acquisition of two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana. “Ahh, I can breathe,” he said. “I’m extremely happy to have Johan here. It’s like a big glass of cold water when you’re thirsty.