New York Teams

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Saints WR Hakeem Nicks admitted that he was texting Sean Payton every week since his spring visit. Nicks said he's had to fight injuries in his career, including last year with Titans. But he said that just adds to the chip in his shoulder. Also said he's taken time to try and "learn the business," study offenses and try to figure out why he had most of his success early in his career with Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Nets PG Greivis Vasquez, who will not play in the Olympics for Venezuela.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben McAdoo says Victor Cruz practiced without limitation and that is the plan going forward.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets PG Greivis Vasquez will not play in the Olympics as he is still recovering from injury

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has emphasized the importance of Carlos Beltran to this year's team. Girardi said the other day it is difficult to take any team's best hitter off a club and expect similar results. It is becoming increasingly clear that some decision-makers in the organization look at trading Beltran as essentially waving the white flag.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants first practice of training camp is over. Resembled an OTA. Not even a single team or 7-on-7 drill

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Will Mets make or miss playoffs?

The Mets are part of a tight NL wild-card race, but injuries and an inability to hit with runners in scoring position could be their undoing.

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Will Shane Larkin find a fourth team?

Larkin has played for three teams in three years, but he's still just 23 years old with the potential to develop into a capable backup point guard. Kevin Pelton names Houston as a possible fit. Pelton: 10 best free agents (Insider)

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New York Mets just can't hold on

Wednesday and Thursday's defeats mark the second time in Mets history that they lost two consecutive games in the ninth inning after taking a lead into the final inning in each game, the Elias Sports Bureau reports. The other time it happened was against the Cubs at Shea Stadium on Sept. 17–18, 1983.

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Donatas Motiejunas a good fit for Nets?

If healthy, Motiejunas is a capable post scorer who can also stretch the floor, notes Kevin Pelton. The Nets, particularly if they would like to move Brook Lopez, are a possible destination. Pelton: 10 best free agents (Insider)

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

How historically poor have the Mets been by hitting .204 with runners in scoring position this season? Well, the last team to finish a season with a lower average with RISP was the 1969 San Diego Padres at .201. They went 52-110 that year.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

I have heard the Mets have no intention of trading Double-A prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith. As for the Brewers and Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee officials came back to the Mets on Thursday with a proposal that was not out-of-hand rejected. The Mets previously had believed any chance of landing Lucroy was dead. Still, Mets personnel don't have a handle on whether Milwaukee's interest in a deal with them is genuine or being used to drive up bids elsewhere for Lucroy.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm hearing there is nothing imminent with the Mets involving a trade. So if anything materializes, and there are no guarantees, it is a lot more likely to come closer to Monday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. Remember, the Mets acquired Addison Reed last year in August via a waiver deal.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In a December interview with Today's Fastbreak that was published Friday, Phil Jackson notes that rookie Kristaps Porzingis was making "huge strides" but was also missing makeable shots because he had a propensity to dribble into a crowd rather than pull up for a jump shot. Jackson also noted that the Knicks should have found more playing time for Derrick Williams, who declined his player option with New York this summer and signed with Miami. Lastly, Jackson pointed out that teams were going underneath screens set for Jerian Grant because of his unreliable jump shot. Grant was eventually dealt to Chicago in the Derrick Rose trade.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In a December interview with Today's Fastbreak that was published today, Phil Jackson mentioned that Derek Fisher wanted to push the pace on offense, in part, because the Knicks were struggling with the triangle. Fisher not running the offense the way Jackson and others saw fit was a source of consternation between coach and president last season. It probably wasn't the reason Fisher was ultimately fired, but it probably contributed to Jackson making the decision. That's worth remembering now as Jeff Hornacek looks to blend an up-tempo approach with the triangle offense.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

To stop the Hack-a-Shaq approach, Phil Jackson suggests in an interview with Today's Fastbreak that when player is fouled outside of the context of a basketball play the team should be awarded two free throws and possession. He also suggests in the interview that a player shouldn't foul out; rather, a team should be awarded an extra free throw if an opposing player commits his 7th foul. He also would like to widen and lengthen the dimensions of the NBA court to make the 3-point arc concentric, so players don't risk stepping out of bounds on corner threes. These changes seem logical, though unlikely to come to fruition due to their drastic nature.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In a December interview with Charley Rosen published Friday on Today's Fastbreak, Phil Jackson bemoans the lack of fundamental skills in today's NBA and how they hurt the Knicks' attempts to run the triangle offense. "Today's players simply lack the skills to play the triangle. They know how to play one-on-one, catch-and-shoot, and they've mastered crossover dribbles, spins, playing off of screens and step-back shots. They don't know how to execute things like inside-reverse pivots and other basic footwork. They have no sense of timing or organization. They don't really know how to play five-on-five basketball," he said. The Knicks will continue to run the triangle this season. Sounds like new coach Jeff Hornacek will have plenty of teaching to do.

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