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Daily Jolt: After Kerr goes to Golden State, Knicks left without a Plan B

Thursday, May 15
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Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr, New York hardly knew ye. This is the most telling thing: [Phil Jackson] had targeted Kerr as his man. They met. They talked. They haggled. But even through all of that, it seemed Kerr was destined to work for the Knicks because of his relationship with Jackson and, for a while, because he didn't have anything better to ponder, besides staying in the seat next to Marv Albert on TNT. ... And, suddenly, the Knicks remain without a coach and without a true Plan B. All along, the best option for Phil Jackson the GM was also one that has never been in play: hiring Phil Jackson the Coach. Age and health will never let that happen. So the usual suspects now are Derek Fisher, another Jackson protege who would be making the Jason Kidd Jump. Or there are Jackson's closest cronies, Kurt Rambis and Jim Cleamons. (New York Post) Comment

Peyton Manning

During the NFL playoffs, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning put Omaha on the map in a different way, shouting out the city's name at the line of scrimmage. But his younger brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, claims Peyton wasn't the first in the family to call attention to Nebraska's largest city. "I think he stole it. It's a word we've used a lot. I think it means a similar thing there in Denver. It's okay we're always trying to help each other out. I've taken some plays and some tips from Peyton over the years," Eli told HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill on Wednesday. When asked why he shouts "Omaha" instead of the name of a city like Los Angeles, Eli said "it's just one of those words that rolls off the tongue." (Huffington Post) Comment

Samardzija

Even the governor wonders. Gov. John Hickenlooper, who loves baseball almost as much as he loves Colorado, has concerns about the Rockies' pitching staff. Hey, don't we all? Now, this is not to suggest Hickenlooper spends more time contemplating the pitching in LoDo than Colorado's economic state, but if the governor wonders whether the Rockies have enough pitching to make the playoffs, isn't it obvious what our National League team needs to do? Go get a quality starting pitcher. Jump-start the trade conversation about Chicago Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, stuck with zero wins for a lousy team going nowhere, despite his 94 mph fastball and a sterling 1.45 earned run average. Get the deal done, even if it means Colorado must surrender a pitching prospect as prized as Jon Gray. (Denver Post) Comment

Must-See Photo

LeBron James celebrates the Miami Heat's 96-94 win over Brooklyn. The Heat move on to the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth straight year. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty)

Must-See Video

The Canadiens dropped the Bruins 3-1 in Game 7 on the road to move on to the Eastern Conference final and face the Rangers.

Game To Watch

NBA playoffs: Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers (Thunder lead series 3-2)

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Joe DiMaggio
  • 1941 -- Joe DiMaggio starts his record-setting 56-game hitting streak in a 13-1 Yankees loss to the White Sox.
  • 1973 -- Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan no-hits the Royals 3-0. It is the first of a record seven no-hitters Ryan threw during his career including another one two months later.
  • 1996 -- Steve Yzerman scores a minute into the second overtime as Detroit advances to the Western Conference finals with a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 7.
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