The Knicks have finally done something smart this season. Phil Jackson is officially the President of the New York Knicks, his former team as a player. Phill will overlook all front office decisions which is exactly what the Knicks need, Getting someone with a winning pedigree is exactly what the doctor ordered. As a coach, Phil has coach 4 of the greatest players in the past 25 years, while winning 11 championships. Now what does this mean for Melo and his future with the Knicks? I say nothing. All season I have been saying that Melo will not leave the Knicks and I don't think Phil Jackson would want to get rid of a superstar like Melo. I think Phil will help bring in some talent that will compliment Melo and bring a championship to New York. Will it happen next year? Maybe not but this is a great start. We will have to wait to see how this really plays out but congrats to the Knicks for snagging up Phill before the Lakers could.
One team's trash is another team's treasure, pretty much explains Steve Smith's situation. The Panthers released Steve Smith Wednesday and the Ravens took no time to get the 13 year vet in the city of Baltimore. Smith and the Ravens agreed to a 3-year deal and Ravens Nation couldn't be more pleased. Harbaugh hit it on the nose when he said Smith is a " Ravens style player" because since the beginning this has been a hard nose team, just like the city, and Smith fits that perfectly. Smith not only will help a young Receiver corps with his talents but also his veteran leadership with his brash style on the field and in the locker room. One thing the Ravens lacked was a strong veteran that will not only hold everyone accountable but also lead them through the fire. This is a great acquisition by the Ravens, adding to a great off-season so far. ICE UP SON
*Linebacker Daryl Smith also resigned with the Ravens, 4-years $16 million.
The Pirates advance to the semi-finals of the Big East tourney after knocking off #1 seeded Villaova, 65-64. Sterling Gibbs hit a beautiful step back jumper to beat the buzzer, keeping the Pirates season alive. The Pirates(17-16) still will have to win the Big East title if they want to make it to make it to the big dance. Nova on the other hand, will still make it but not as a #1 seed. ESPN analyst, Joe Lunardi, had Nova as the #1 seed in the East region prior to this game, I'm sure that will change. I see Nova making it as a #2 or #3 seed but also with an early first or second round exit. They only have 4 losses this season but 3 were against quality teams. Creighton defeated them twice by double digits and Cuse beat them 16. This Seton Hall lost just added to their vulnerability.
Leave it up to Maryland to lose their final ACC game by a buzzer beater dunk. This lost marked the end of a 61 year era in the ACC that included Walt Williams, Len Bias, Joe Smith, Steve Francis, and Juan Dixon. Also former coach Gary Williams, who made it to the big dance 14 out of the 22 years he coached at UMD, along with a National Championship in 2001. Now current coach, Mark Turgeon, will try to build a powerhouse in a new conference, the BIG 10. I am not a fan of Turgeon and I think it is time for him to go. He hasn't made any players better and the team makes horrible decisions during the game. The team hasn't sniffed the big dance under Turgeon and from the look of things, they won't any time soon.
The Maryland High School basketball state championships are in full effect. The shocker so far was definitely Westlake bumping the defending champs Milford Mill, 71-68. This is Westlake 1st trip to states since 2001 while Milford has won 3 state titles in the last 4 years. Westlake guard, Dominic Espeleta, led all scorers with 27 points, shooting 8-10 from the field. I am somewhat disappointed that Milford and City won't play in the Finals because they have formed a rivalry over the past couple years. Milford defeated City in a a great regional final game last year and the Knights defeated the Millers earlier this season adding fuel to the fire. Instead Westlake will be the only team to put a blemish on the City's perfect record. I expect this to be the best game of all the title games Saturday.