New York City is known as the city that never sleeps – and full of extremely harsh critics. So if you play for a professional team in the Big Apple, expect no pity from fans and the media alike. With the mentality of aiming to live up to the the expectations of others, New York teams have took drastic measures to bulk up their teams by adding players that either makes the group better – or worse. Let’s take a little closer look at some of the failed deals these past 5 years.
NY Yankees. The team recently traded for OF Vernon Wells, who’s an All-Star, about 5+ years ago. The team’s age average falls in the mid-30s and soon enough, these players will retire. A bad and desperate move on the Yankees part. Think A-Rod, the highest paid player who is currently on contract with the team, le sigh. But with the most money, they are constantly known as the evil empire.
NY Mets. This National League team hasn’t done amazing this past decade. They last made the World Series in 2000 when the Yankees beat them and haven’t made much impact since then. They’ve had Johan Santana, Pedro Martinez, Jose Reyes, etc – which played on an All-Star level, but not big enough to help the team garner another championship title.
NY Jets. Two words. Tim Tebow. Many people already knew this was a bad idea especially when they had Mark Sanchez and Tebow compete for the starting spot, and of course, Sanchez would take it for seniority reasons. Tebow played a few minutes, something he was not used to, causing a non-cohesive chemistry between teammates, coaches, and management. And they didn’t make the playoffs. It’s surprising to see that Rex Ryan is still the team’s head coach.
NY Knicks. This team has gone through a wild roller coaster for the past decade, and they are slowly regaining natural, competitive form. But remember when players such as Steve Francis, Tracy McGrady, Mike Bibby, Zach Randolph, etc. played for the Knicks at one point during those ten years? Sad to say, but their big bucks went to waste as the players did not perform up to superstar expectations. Let’s hope this does not happen again though.
NJ/Brooklyn Nets. They once the “team to beat,” but suddenly has lost that. With Deron Williams and Joe Johnson on the roster, many people thought they’d maintain that winning status. But rumors have circulate that D-Will’s constant bad behavior has caused strain with the coaches. Will they succumb to a curse?
Despite some flaws and little bumps along the way, these teams have had a fair share of successes. Every move made can be unpredictable and the result can differ with each team. It all takes a good bet and strategy for deals to play out the right way.