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Morning Jolt: Knicks GM says trade didn't fix flaws

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Monday, March 28

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Knicks GM says trade didn't fix flaws

Donnie Walsh isn't happy, either, Knicks fans. [Walsh], responding to the Knicks' epic collapse since The Trade, told The Post [Sunday] the club's travails have confirmed to him how flawed his roster still is, and how badly the team needs to add big men in the future. Since the trade for Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups five weeks ago, the Knicks are 7-12, riding a six-game losing streak and are 1-9 in their last 10 heading into tonight's Garden game against the Magic. No, a training camp is not going to fix all that ails these Knicks. "We have a lot of work to do," said Walsh, who does not have a guaranteed contract for next season. "There was work to do before. There's work to do now. We were missing pieces before the trade. We're still missing the same pieces." ... The most alarming part is not Anthony's adjustment but that Amar'e Stoudemire is hitting the wall from the season's long grind. (New York Post)Comment

Tomlin wearing out Steelers RBs?

There's a reason running backs aren't often mentioned along with longevity. As promised, Mike Tomlin ran Willie Parker until his wheels came off and now it's Rashard Mendenhall's turn. Parker was leading the league in rushing entering the 15th game of the 2007 season when his leg was broken. He finished with 1,316 yards and his career was finished 20 months later. Parker carried 337 times in 2006 for 1,494 yards and 321 times in 2007, when he would have had another 40-50 carries had his injury not occurred. ... Mendenhall is the Steelers' horse and Tomlin is going to ride him and he makes no excuses for it. "You know, that's why you draft running backs, to hand them the ball," Tomlin said during an interview last week at the NFL meetings in New Orleans. "Wear and tear is part of the game, specifically at that position. You worry about it, but it doesn't dominate your thought. It's just part of the game." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Comment

Francona upset with Orioles' Showalter

Red Sox manager Terry Francona came to the defense of general manager Theo Epstein over the weekend in the wake of critical comments made by Orioles manager Buck Showalter. In the April edition of Men's Journal magazine, Showalter questioned the intelligence of Epstein, saying the Red Sox were a product of their large payroll. "I got asked that the other day and I hadn't seen it. I got it third-hand and I kind of joked about it a little bit. Then I read it and actually I was kind of aggravated a little bit," Francona said. "I don't think that's anybody's place. That's my boss. I was actually kind of aggravated a little bit. It's not the end of the world, but I thought he shouldn't have done it. (The Boston Globe)Comment

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