Tom expects Cruz to be ready for offseason program

The latest on WR Victor Cruz, who will miss the final two games of the season with a knee injury….

From Rotoworld: Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirmed he expects Victor Cruz (knee) to be ready for the team’s offseason program.

Cruz underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday, but the procedure was minor enough that he shouldn’t have any issues getting cleared for offseason workouts and is on track to participate in the Giants’ late-spring minicamp. Rueben Randle will replace Cruz in the starting lineup for the final two games of the regular season, with Jerrel Jernigan playing in the slot.

From Paul Schwartz of the NY Post: Indeed, by having the surgery now Cruz is expected to be healed by the start of the Giants’ offseason program. The procedure also was minor enough that he should be able to participate in the team’s late-spring minicamp.

Tom Coughlin was asked his thoughts on Cruz’ injury and the rehabilitation process associated with it…

“Very unfortunate. Victor was having a good year,” said Coughlin. “It would have been great to have him for these last two games. We’re very confident that the swiftness with which the procedure was done should give him an outstanding opportunity in the offseason to be stronger than ever.”




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kidrobot
kidrobot

Shump and Chandler for Fishers boy Reggie Jackson & Kendrick Perkins

Scott Berger-Felder
Scott Berger-Felder

Chandler shump and felton had the worst seasons of anybody on the squad. and they were starters!!! which is insane. and woodson kept them as starters way to long.

Scott Berger-Felder
Scott Berger-Felder

Bargs wasn't as bad as some are making him out to be. he was better then chandler this year!! his 3pt shot was totally off all year but he was money in the midrange. i think Phil/Fisher can get more out of him then woodson.

jax13
jax13

Dfish won the initial presser......let's get to work I believe in these guys. I think that mills s relationships with agents is gonna help Phil.

The front office seems to have a plan and the beginning of a solid structure.

It's only day one with Dfish but I am encouraged.....

Now let's get to work fellas.....

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Who decided it was a good idea to put DJ Khaled on First Take?

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Very impressed with Fish's remarks.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

So articulate! The complete and utter opposite of Woody. Thank the Lord! lol We're gonna have the best dressed coach in the NBA. Yes.

theking
theking

@Scott Berger-Felder  I agree. he wasn't horrendous at all. I can recall many ppl praising him when he shut down howard and was taunting garnett and got thrown out the game ... but its a what have you done for me lately sport you should know that with ewing Marbury and melo

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@thatsagoodpoint That imo, would be the ideal steps moving forward.

If it were remotely possible, I'd also add to try and move Amare's and Bargs expiring contracts for younger players, but that seems like an impossible task.

brookdon
brookdon

Please lol. People at up Woodson's first press conference as well.

theking
theking

@VerySilentJay @theking @Scott Berger-Felder  agreed. but he did seem better then most made him out to be well at least on defense .. he held his own one on one and if we had a different coach think he would have been much better

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

@thatsagoodpoint @VerySilentJay Bargs wasn't used right, now imagine him in the Triangle 

his range is 15-17 footer at best

2nd Unit could use that scoring 

might as well secretariat him until he walks or at least get him to the point where we can trade him at deadline 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@thatsagoodpoint @VerySilentJay "Bargs.. well, he should look good in a suit."

LMFAO that was great.

Personally, I think Chandler has a lot more to give, but last season was pretty atrocious, so it wouldn0t surprise me at all to see him traded during the draf in a package including Shump and Felton.

Amare's contract should be valuable (especially for teams looking to be players in 2015 or those looking for cap relief), though I agree...can't get too greedy.

With AB, who knows where his injury left him. I don't think I've even seen reports updating people on his status...oh well. Phil should reshape our medical staff also.

brookdon
brookdon

I honestly wouldn't mind giving Bargs the Eddy Curry treatment this year.

brookdon
brookdon

It was right before we destroyed the blazers by like 40. He talked about there being some things from the former coach that he'd like to change and everyone here was ready to anoint him lol

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@brookdon I don't think the dude deserves it. Sure, he's not the most talented dude out there, but he was certainly asked to do things that weren't part of his game.

Though most of the time he looked lethargic, it seemed like he was trying.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@brookdon I don't even remember watching any Woody conference and most fans including me were just so relieved D'toni was out we were ready to grab onto anything. It was sort of like a rebound relationship thing. This is soooo different.

brookdon
brookdon

He didn't fit the team. We had to go out of our way to fit him in and to get him touches and it just made things worse. He was also really bad defensively and we simply were worse when he played.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@thatsagoodpoint @VerySilentJay @knicksgirl35 That looks interesting.

Shump needs to put in the work if he's to be the PG in the triangle, especially in the handle and 3pt shooting department.

Chandler would have to work on his passing a sh!tload, Amare as well, since he's a true black hole.

It's gonna take a lot of trainning and guidance to get some of those guys to understand the triangle.

theking
theking

@thatsagoodpoint @knicksgirl35 @brookdon  and told melo to get in better shape in the offseason that's when a lot of people started liking woodson for telling the star what to do and also getting through to jr smith

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@thatsagoodpoint  The whole thing with Phil and Fisher being here feels really special almost surreal to me. There was nothing special about having a previously fired coach taking over for another sucky coach.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@thatsagoodpoint Fisher's exerience will definitely help Shump in this matter. I'm very much looking forward to see this.

Technically, his breakout year was supposed to be last season, but we all know how that went.

I think the environment Phil is creating can definitely help him thrive.


Chandler...Offensively I don't see him as a great fit because he lacks the scoring skillset and we haven't seen his facet as a passer off the post. 

Obviously we've seen Phil make players work even though their offensive skillset wasn't great, so you gotta trust he can do the same here.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@theking @VerySilentJay @thatsagoodpoint I don't know really. 

He's still a high usage, high volume shooting player. Who knows what he'll be like after all the crap he's been through.

Love his attitude, love his toughness, but I'm just trying to balance out the reward vs contract he'd bring to the team.

rico
rico

@VerySilentJay @theking @thatsagoodpoint Kobe has the killer attitude, he'll do anything to win. He does not laugh on the sidelines and go out partying after losing.  Knicks could use a guy like Kobe who is sooo focused on winning. Who knows the system, who gets in the faces of his teammates when they mess up or sluff off.  


Melo is great and I want to keep him, but he's not that.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rico @VerySilentJay @theking @thatsagoodpoint Sure, you can do anything to win, but there comes a point in your career where things just limit you. Father time has an unbeaten record.

We have no idea what Kobe will be like -physically- after he returns.

We don't know how much of an impact he'll have or what type of role he'll be willing to accept, on a different team no less.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@thatsagoodpoint @VerySilentJay @theking I think so. Even though you want to have great experience and leadership in the locker room, it can't come at such a high cost.

We saw the impact vets had on that 50+ win team, so imo you need balance.

That said, this team needs to get younger if Phil's to have personnel for his 5 year tenure.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@thatsagoodpoint OKC won't trade Westbrook. It's impossible. They'd rather find a new coach than allow him to leave before ever finding out how well those 2 can actually play together with the proper guidance.

Personally, I'd rather stack up on young talent and assets now than to aim for the 2015 draft class. Instead of letting AB, Amare, and TC's contracts run out, I'd trade them all for younger talent and flexibility moving forward. I'm not entirely sold that the 2015 class will be so powerful.


- Love's overhyped, soft, don't want him on my team.

- LA's likely to extend on a team that finally found its footing.

- Rondo is a horrible fit in the triangle (even though I'd love to have him here).

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Mel Brown @VerySilentJay @thatsagoodpoint Yeah, stranger things have happened, but we're talking OKC here. They're a smart FO who know talent and know what they have. The minute they opted to have a 3rd big contract in Ibaka and let go of Harden was the minute they stuck with their own "big 3".

Jackson's become their new scorer off the bench and there will come a time when they'll have to evaluate his contract

OKC is committed to the Westbrook-Durant duo, and before trading him they'll likely look at a coaching change.


No way they let him go before they find out how great that duo can be. 

And they're not even close to finding that out. As long as Brooks is around, they won't.