Marc Berman: Dolan Walsh and D’Antoni release joint statement. “We want to make it abundantly clear that we have been in constant communication throughout this process. And the three of us are in complete agreement with everything we are currently working on. Together, we will do what is best for the long-term success of the franchise. In addition, we want to make it clear that no one from outside our organization has been involved in this process in any way. We will have no further comment at this time.” Leads to believe Isiah Thomas is not playing any role in the negotiations.
Fred Kerber: The Nets are not dead, do not count them out yet. Carmelo Anthony and Prokorov met on Saturday with Billy King, and Jay-Z, yet Carmelo was non-committal as to whether he would sign an extension with the Nets
Mike Vaccaro: Great column, believes Carlos Beltran who has been both “a bust and an MVP candidate” is at the tipping point of his Met career. No coincidencee last two years have been disasters, Beltran hurt both years.
New York Daily News:
Mark Feinsand: Derek Jeter plans to enjoy his march to 3,000 hits, rather than wishing to get it out of the way, as he has with previous milestones. Wanting to get 3,000 hits wont add pressure becuase he already goes to the plate every time looking for a hit.
Bill Madden: Yankees wont give young pitching arms Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos a chance to make the club, they will be down in double A, no matter how well they pitch this spring.
Mike Lupica: David Wright and Terry Collins are very optimistic about 2011 season, not buying into black cloud over Mets organization.
New York Times:
Harvey Araton: Yankees will very much miss Dr. Pettite. Not only for pitching, but for all that he did behind close doors, off the mound, out of public eye.
Howard Beck: After creating the trade controversy a few months ago, Anthony now is showing weariness in all the trade speculation, remaining quiet.