“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Mandela. His was a life filled with purpose and hope; hope for himself, his country and the world. He inspired others to reach for what appeared to be impossible and moved them to break through the barriers that held them hostage mentally, physically, socially and economically. He made us realize, we are our brother’s keeper and that our brothers come in all colors. What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows. Today his spirit is soaring through the heavens. He is now forever free.”—
Carmelo Anthony discussed the $48.5 million dollar, two-year deal that Kobe Bryant signed with the Lakers on Sunday before New York’s loss to Portland. Some reporters think that Anthony could leave the struggling Knicks for the opportunity to join Bryant in Los Angeles when his contract ends. More »
“Geno Smith was set up to fail from the moment he stepped on the field Sunday afternoon.
Handcuffed by an offense designed to hide him, Smith was nothing more than a caretaker, a stand-in for some nebulous quarterback-of-the-future that looms like a specter threatening to eventually replace him. … The Jets’ insistence on deploying a woefully-outdated offensive system continues to escape logic.”—
Hoping to improve the depth of their outfield, the Mets signed Chris Young to a one-year deal worth $7.25 million. Young primarily plays center field and spent seven of his eight big-league seasons with the D-backs before being traded to the Athletics. He is a career .235/.315/.431 hitter. More »