It isn’t fair. We know this. What Geno Smith experienced in four years with the New York Jets was anything but fair. While nobody will claim he played well — 28 TD, 36 INT, 17 FMB — the kid out of West Virginia was dealt a bad hand. A lack of personnel on offense while being thrown into the fire as a rookie was tough. Nobody can argue that. The nature of the NFL, though, is that everybody doesn’t get dealt a perfect hand. Some QBs get lucky. They walk into great situations and never look back. And if not, they overcome in order to move on to greatness. Now that Geno is out with a torn ACL, his disappointing career with the Jets is most likely over. But again, he’ll have another opportunity in 2017. He’ll need to make his own luck if he wants to do damage in this league. It’s not fair. It’s just reality.
It’s officially and finally here. The 2016-17 New York Knicks have arrived. No more talking, no more speculation, no more rumors, no more excuses. Melo, 32, has the horses around him and this year will be the year he can finally compete on the big boy team competitive level. It all starts Tuesday night in Cleveland. Go NY, go NY, go.
This is for all the fans who say the NBA is broken — the ones who gave up on the game when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach and changed things forever. The ones who can’t stand it that James is seemingly BFFs with the rest of the league’s stars. That’s not how it’s supposed to be, right? Well, you can stop complaining. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have given you something to look forward to this season. Durant immediately denied the report that he left Oklahoma City because of Westbrook, but since he put on a Warriors jersey it has to be hard for Westbrook to not take some of his former teammate’s comments personally. It all came to a head when, during a question-and-answer session at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Durant heaped more praise on his new team by putting down his old one, saying it was an “easy decision” to leave and he was grateful to play “with a bunch of players who are selfless.” When told about the comments, Russ said, without hesitation, “That’s cute, man. That’s cute.” It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been away from the game. Tune in Nov. 3 to watch round one of Russ vs. KD.