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Although he knew little about baseball having grown up in Latvia, Kristaps gamely through out the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field Friday night and displayed good form.

Collins admitted to the media before Friday’s game that the Mets can’t manufacture runs easily because they can’t bunt; can’t execute hit-and-run plays; and have no speed. He said that the Mets offense is built on power.

Granted, injuries have sapped a lot of that power but even when healthy the Mets are a far cry from the 1927 Yankees. Clearly Collins was being sarcastic and is understandably unhappy with the lineup that general manager Sandy Alderson has assembled.

Terry Collins may want to use rookie pitcher Steven Matz, who made his Major League debut Sunday beating the Cincinnati Reds 6-2, in the field on days when he is not pitching. Matz went 3 for 3 while driving in four runs at the plate.

Nelson Doubleday who bought the Mets with Fred Wilpon from Joan Payson in 1980 passed away at the age of 81. He and Wilpon had a falling out that led to him selling his interest in the team to Wilpon in an acrimonious battle over fair market value that was part of their buyout agreement in 2002.

While the two men were not close in recent years, placing a patch that reads “ND” on the sleeves of Mets players jerseys for the rest of this season would be a classy thing for Wilpon to do.

Getting back to the NBA Draft, Nets general manager Billy King deserves credit for trading limited skills center Mason Plumlee to the Portland Trailblazers in return for University of Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson who Portland drafted in the first round on Thursday.

Plumlee arrived with a lot of fanfare from Duke University as the Nets’ first-round pick in 2013. The team tried hard to make him the face of their franchise at last February’s All-Star Game Weekend even though he had done little to earn that kind of accolade. Whenever he was asked to spell center Brook Lopez for a few minutes, the Nets’ offense would cease scoring and the opposing team would run off points at will on their possessions.

Many scouts called University of Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson the best defensive player from this year’s college class. Rondae grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania which is just south of Philadelphia. He has a quick wit and should bring some much needed life to the quiet Nets locker room.

Rondae’s teammate from Arizona, forward Stanley Johnson, was selected by the Detroit Pistons certainly matches him when it comes to personality. I asked him if he would be buying a car from one of the Big Three auto makers since he would now be working in Detroit. “Oh yeah! I love the Dodge Challenger. I can’t wait to get one!” I then asked him if he had an endorsement deal with Chrysler. “No, but I am hoping to get one now!” he replied.

D’Angelo is not a common first name so I asked Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell who was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second pick of the NBA Draft if he had ever crossed paths with his St. John’s University counterpart, D’Angelo Harrison. “I never heard of him,” Russell quickly replied.

Apparently neither did NBA team executives as his name was not called on Thursday at the Barclays Center although his Red Storm teammate, Sir’ Dominic Pointer, was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers towards the end of the second round.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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