Chat with Ian Begley
Welcome to ESPNNewYork.com! On Friday, New York Knicks writer Ian Begley stops by to chat about the team.
Begley has covered New York sports since graduating from the University of Richmond in 2005. He has covered the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers and Devils for ESPNNewYork.com. Prior to writing for ESPN's New York site, he worked for the New York Daily News.
Send your questions now and join Begley Friday at noon ET!
Ian Begley (12:01 PM)
Hey what's up everyone? Thanks for stopping by. It's been a busy first half and it's nice to have a couple days to think about what we've seen and what lies ahead. With that being said, let's get right to your questions...
Deven (New York, NY)
Hi Ian. Fact or Fiction: Iman Shumpert will not be traded.
Ian Begley (12:02 PM)
Hey Deven, I believe that to be a fact. I don't think Shumpert will be dealt. I think the Knicks were listening to offers on Shumpert because it would be foolish not to. But I dont think they have any intention of dealing him, unless they get an offer they can't say no to.
Are the recent struggles a bump in the road or an ominous sign?
Ian Begley (12:04 PM)
Hey Alex, that's an interesting question. I think it was a bump in the road. I look at it as a midseason lull from a veteran team. But we'll get our answer soon enough because the Knicks have a very difficult second-half schedule ...
Ryan from Panama City [via mobile]
Will the Knicks make a big trade to bring in a bigger body?
Ian Begley (12:05 PM)
I don't think you'll see a big trade for anyone, but if they determine Rasheed Wallace is not fit to take the floor again, or Marcus Camby's foot issue lingers, then they may make a move to sign a free-agent big man -- Kenyon Martin and Lou Amundson come to mind -- or trade for one. I think trading for a shooter is the more likely scenario though.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What Knicks Players will Play in the All-Star Game Since Carmelo Anthony has a bad Shoulder?
Ian Begley (12:06 PM)
All indications are that Carmelo will play on Sunday night, Chris
watching heat game last night with Thunder really points out how much further the Knicks need to go to play into June. Really points out that Knicks should have got Harden to bring that real second superstar that great teams need. who are next years free agents to pursue that would fit
Ian Begley (12:07 PM)
Unless they make a trade to free up cap space, the Knicks will not be in the market for any big-name free agents next summer. Their books are clogged with deals for Carmelo, Amare, Tyson, Novak, Camby and Kidd. And they have to re-sign JR Smith, if they choose to do so
Do you think Copeland can show enough to knock Novak out of the rotation, and if so could Novak go for a young big body down low?
Ian Begley (12:09 PM)
It's possible that Copeland eats into some of Novak's minutes, but I don't see the Knicks dealing Novak. They just signed him to a four-year, $15 million contract and that salary isn't attractive to other teams.
I've seen a lot of comments on the Knicks blog here about trading Amar'e Stoudemire. I can't imagine anyone would take his uninsured contract and giving back a decent package. What do you think?
Ian Begley (12:12 PM)
The length and value of his contract, coupled with a history of injuries, makes that contract almost untradeable. But if the Joe Johnson contract can be moved, any contract can be moved. That being said, I don't see Amar'e being dealt before Feb. 21 this year
Dave [via mobile]
Should we make a push for Brandon Jennings
Ian Begley (12:14 PM)
I dont think so, Dave. I think his contract and style of play are bad fits for where this team is right now. For more, check here: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/36004/should-knicks-bring-in-brandon
Ozair (Edison, NJ)
Do you think Brewer could get the start over Kidd, that will at least give Shumpert the chance to play at his more natural position (SG) and possibly give him more looks offensively.
Ian Begley (12:15 PM)
Woodson didn't rule out the possibility. It makes a lot of sense to me, for the reasons you stated and because it would reduce Kidd's minutes and possibly make him ore effective
Hey Ian!Personally I think the knicks are fine the way they are, but do you see any possible moves by the trade deadline.
Ian Begley (12:17 PM)
Hey Mark, I dont see anything major happening. They don't have many attractive trade chips and they seem to like the roster, as is. They may poke around for a shooter or big man, but it's highly unlikely that they make a major deal
Ozair (Edison, NJ)
With all this talk about Jordan turning 50 and non-stop Jordan highlights, are there any other Knick fans as grumpy as I?
Ian Begley (12:18 PM)
Haha. Many Knicks fans on Twitter were unhappy this morning, Ozair
Les (East Windsor, NJ)
Ian, the Knicks are not spacing or spreading the floor like they did early on. Cannot blame Amare for that; he's been mostly low-posting. What is it that you are seeing now that they are or aren't doing, vs how they got out of the gate?
Ian Begley (12:20 PM)
I think part of it is teams have learned how better to defend the Knicks, thanks to the success Chicago had .The other part is Ray Felton is still getting acclimated after missing four weeks with a thumb injury.
The Knicks D is horrible for the past two months, do you think Wallace and Camby will make a big difference in the second half?
Ian Begley (12:22 PM)
If healthy, they will help Amar'e when Tyson is off the floor. But big part of the problem is the Knicks wings defense. It's been subpar lately and it opens up many opportunties for opponents
There's a lot of talk that no team can win with Melo, what do you think?
Ian Begley (12:23 PM)
I don't by it. I think he's bought in to winning mentality. And others in the Knicks locker rom, like Jason Kidd, already gave it. This team can win with Melo leading it but I snot think it was the personnel to comepte with Miami
Alex (Chicago, IL)
Looking into your crystal ball, whats the magic number wins wise to secure the second seed? We are on pace for 52, will that get it done?
Ian Begley (12:24 PM)
Yup, I think 52 gets you there, Alex
Ricky (new york, NY)
Sometimes i really feel like the Knicks play up to the talent level of the team they are playing against. do you think the Knicks players listen to criticism? do you think Woodson addresses the need for ball movement and players taking such bad shots? i know he addresses the need for defense but why dont the players look back to the beginning of the season and see that ball movement created the open 3s and defense gave them the stops and transition points to close out games efficiently. get with it guys!!!
Ian Begley (12:25 PM)
Hey Ricky, good points. I know Woodson addresses that, so its on the players to implement it on the floor
Ian Begley (12:26 PM)
That's all for me guys, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your passion and knowledge for the game. Enjoy your weekend.