Chat with Amin Elhassan
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, NBA Insider Amin Elhassan stops by to chat about the latest news from around the hardcourt.
Elhassan joined the ESPN NBA Insider team following a stint with the Phoenix Suns. He earned his way up the ranks with the Suns, serving as a video coordinator, college scout, before finally working as the assistant director of basketball operations. While with the Suns, he also earned his MBA from Arizona State.
Send your questions now and join Elhassan Thursday at 3 p.m. ET!
Amin (3:02 PM)
Welcome to the chat! Excited to get started...
Regarding the NBA raising the age limit it does seem like overall it will help most parties involved. Aside from the exceptions who become superstars(and make the league great) when coming out of HS or 1 yr of college(kobe, lebron, durant, a davis, kyrie, rose, etc). An idea I have not seen is something of a "sliding scale" to the existing rookie salary scale. A system that makes the player think twice about going to the NBA early. Such as lower actual $$(total contract or guaranteed), or lower raises(throughout first contract or ENTIRE NBA career). Also while making a team think twice about taking a player that is younger. Such as bigger cap hit, extra tax paid, higher actual $(difference going to a "rookie $$ pool"). The penalty is multiplied based on how many yrs out of high school a player is.Obviously to do this there would need to be an agreement in place and a separate "rookie $$ pool" set aside to account for what the player is actually paid compared to what actual $$ it costs the team. But a system like this seems like it could make prospects and teams have to be 100% sure about coming out early or taking a younger player with greater penalties(short term and long).
Amin (3:03 PM)
I think you've taken this thing way too far. Kids coming out early is not such a blight in our system that they need to be penalized (or the teams need to be penalized, like you are suggesting). Just an extra check and balance here and there
Jayp (you know)
Hi Amin, Monta Ellis says 'Look, it's not all about money. It's about getting to a situation that's best for me, where I can be a part of a team growing and winning.' That is what some of us fans think. When considering you have enough money to pay cash for a house, several cars, all kids education, you will not starve, 30 million in savings, bought mom and many family members a house....Is there really a difference between 125 and 90 million? Dwight Howard left 25 million on the table, so he could enjoy his career and still be super rich. I'm not asking Melo to leave money on the table, but it seems a little ridiculous when players in that price bracket (not the Nate Robs or Carl Landrys) claim they don't want to leave money on the table. When considering winning and being happy vs. the money (when either way it's enough money to take care of every poor person in on a small poor island). Can you feel what I'm saying? I'm not a millionaire, but like Monta says I'd rather win with 20 million in my pocket than lose with 100 million in my pocket. With $20 mil I'm still set plus I get endorsements form being a winner. Can you undrstand that sentiment? Can you give us a break with the "you expect [insert player name - a max player] to leave money on the table"? Other examples Dirk and Tim Duncan, thats just a winners mentality in light of already being super rich and set for life.
Amin (3:07 PM)
Jay P, one of the thing fans have problems recognizing is that players are not in the same situation as normal folks like you and I, in that their maximum earning potential window is only about 5 years on average (14 or so for those high end guys like Melo), as opposed to the normal working career of an adult of about 45 years. So in that limited window of time, they have to maximize the dollars they'll make to quite literally last a lifetime. Remember also, they have a bevy of ppl to support around them....Even though I am a "management" guy, I never fault a player for taking the money because I get where they are coming from, and an ill timed injury can easily derail their path.................other thing I'd point out is Monta didn't take a pay cut, he got pretty much the best deal that was available to him!
Philip Douglas Jackson (NYC)
WOW. Someone actually thinks I can be an executive in the NBA. Why did I choose the Knicks after turning down the Lakers, Raptors and Cavs offer? do you think I can guarantee a 3 peat championship team?
Amin (3:08 PM)
Big Chief Triangle! I think you chose the Knicks for two reasons: more institutional control than perhaps those other organizations have offered, and a sentimental connection to your first NBA team
Hi Amin, is getting Mirotic worth amnestying Boozer for the Bulls?
Amin (3:09 PM)
Alone, no. But when you combine all the other roster improving moves they can do by erasing Boozer's deal off the books, it definitely makes sense
Derrick (Garden City)
Amin, do you think Jimmer could develop into a decent backup guard in Chicago?
Amin (3:10 PM)
I spoke about this the other day on THTV Live (Wednesdays and Fridays at 2pm ET): I think Jimmer can be a better Eddie House type player: instant offense off the bench, with the ability to make some plays from PG position as well.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
How do you think that the Knicks will do with Phil Jackson in the Front Office?
Amin (3:11 PM)
I seem to be in the minority in thinking Phil will do pretty well with the Knicks (provided Dolan does not interfere).
How do signing bonuses work in the NBA? Can a team hypothetically give someone a 30 mill signing bonus for them to take less money per year? Does it work the same way with incentives, i.e. if you score 2500 points we'll give you a bonus.
Amin (3:14 PM)
Good question, Zack. Signing bonuses in the NBA still count towards the cap, and are applied to cap hit over life of contract. So if the total value of deal with your hypothetical $30M signing bonus doesnt fit under the cap (or player maximum salary guidelines), the deal would be invalid..................As far as incentives go, they are divided into likely vs unlikely bonuses: likely bonuses are included in cap hit ahead of time while unlikely ones are only included after player achieves them. So in your example, if a player has a bonus for scoring 2500 pts, if he's a guy like Kent Bazemore, the bonus won't show up on his cap hit unless he actually achieves it
Ed (Queens Village)
Conference Championships this week and NCAA Tournament next week are NBA scouts at all these games?
Amin (3:15 PM)
Definitely at all the conference tournaments: great one stop shopping to see a lot of prospects at once. NCAA Tournament less so
Would LeBron surrounded by a team of D-leaguers beat the currently constructed 76ers?
Amin (3:16 PM)
So, you're asking me if one D-League team can beat another D-League team if the first one has LeBron? Yes
Why does the NBA app need to send out a push alert about Kobe not returning for this season?
Amin (3:16 PM)
You're going to have to holla at the people who make that app pal. I believe there's a reviews option in the App Store
Amin, in relation to the ongoing age limit discussion, Chad Ford mentioned that he thinks high school and college basketball are broken. What do you take that to mean?
Amin (3:17 PM)
Player development, particularly as it pertains to IQ (not necessarily skill) has waned over recent generations at the grassroots level
Steve (Kimberley BC)
Hi Amin. Love the chats. I think the raising of the age limit in the NBA has always been about the owners and GMs trying to protect themselves from themselves. They'd like to see college players over a longer period of time in the hopes of getting a better evaluation of potential draft picks. But GMs having been screwing up draft picks for ages, even back when they could only draft college seniors, and they'll continue screwing up even if the age limit is raised. And the level of NBA readiness of the one-year players is only improving, so don't tell Anthony Davis that he needed to spend another year at Kentucky because NBA owners and GMs need to be protected from themselves.
Amin (3:19 PM)
You are right: it is about protecting the GMs and owners. But it's easy to pick out Anthony Davis -- what about the #2 pick (Kidd-Gilchrist)? the
Cole Sirmans Elmore,Ohio [via mobile]
Could we see potentially see a rematch this year of the Oklahoma city Thunder and the Miami Heat?
Amin (3:19 PM)
Hi Amin, assuming Raptors, Bulls, Nets and Wizards all end the season between the 3rd and 6th spots in the east, which teams would you pick to face indiana and miami in the second round?
Amin (3:20 PM)
I'd go Wizards over Raptors and Nets over Bulls. And then the purge begins!
Brian (Bay Area)
Amin,Can you elaborate a little on how critical it is for a team like the Lakers to know who their coach will be 3-5 years from now in order to successfully start their rebuilding process? For example, if they are committing in their mind to D'Antoni long term then they need to know that BEFORE signing any free agents or choosing their draft pick.
Amin (3:21 PM)
The avg shelf life of an NBA coach is about 3 years any way, so I don't think most players worry about who the coach will be 5 years down the line. That being said, players (free agents) want to know that teams are stable and have an identity and vision moving forward. Having a coach in place helps
Mr. Ballistik (Grand Rapids, MI (aka Beer City USA))
In light of Pat Garofalo's tweet regarding the NBA and violence: 1) do you think the NBA is held to a double-standard by fans of other sports, 2) if so, why?
Amin (3:22 PM)
I don't want to allow the ignorance of one silly man apply to a nation as a whole. But I definitely see some acceptance of the sanctioned violence of the NFL vs our game
Angie T (Utah)
How do you differentiate a tank job from a rebuild and how do you discourage the former without punishing teams genuinely trying to improve?
Amin (3:24 PM)
I think when you look at what the Sixers are doing, purging the roster and taking to steps to be purposefully bad, you've crossed the line from "rebuild" to "tank". I think the Jazz are an example about a rebuild: they had vets, they drafted/acquired young talent, at some point they let their vets go (although I felt like they could have moved them for assets) to allow their young talent to grow.......the solution, I feel, is to find a way to remove the incentive from doing what Philly has done this year. Again, I don't blame Philly for doing it (they are taking advantage of existing rules)
Alex V (Los Angles)
Why is Kobe Bryant the greatest player of all time and why are you too stupid to see it?
Amin (3:25 PM)
Hey, I'm on Google Maps and I can't seem to find the city of "Los Angles".....
When you talk about best 2-way player how is that different than talking about the best player? Basketball is offense and defense, is there another aspect I'm missing? Or is best 2 way player more dependent on defense? Wondering since you said that Paul George may be the 2nd best 2 way player in the league.
Amin (3:28 PM)
I think when you talk about 2-way player, we are referring to guys who play both sides of the ball well. That said, some guys play one side of the ball WAYYYY better than the other side, to the extent that it doesn't matter. Think about it like two math equations where Offense = X and Defense = Y. If Paul George is 50X + 50Y, someone like Durant might be 5000X 35Y. So even though defense is 50% of the game, PG's overall impact still lags behind KD's. Make sense?
Jeannie Buss (Los Angeles, CA)
Wow, the media is really buying that my fiance is going to take a job with the New York Knicks, we should have tried this a long time ago to leverage Jim to give him a position in the front office.
Amin (3:29 PM)
I wish you guys would have just made your mind up years ago. I'm waiting for your man to take a job anywhere!
Do you think Toronto holds on to the Atlantic division?
Amin (3:34 PM)
They aren't out of the woods with Brooklyn playing it's best basketball of the year
The Spurs are healthy now and rolling. Their minutes are well managed as well. Other than health, what would be the reason the Spurs do not make it back to the Finals?
Amin (3:35 PM)
Matchups: I think playing the wrong team (Houston for example) could sink them. But that holds true for every Western Conf playoff team
chris y (Los Angeles, CA)
If the Lakers get a top 5 pick i.e. Jabari Parker, Kobe is healthy and ready to give you 20 5 5, they retain Pau at 3 yrs 8million, have farmar, young, johnson, meeks, kelly, and another all star like Melo, can the Lakers contend if they have Phil Jackson and Brian Shaw coaching?
Amin (3:36 PM)
This is the post-trade deadline version of "Who says no"?
Tariq Ahmad (Newark, CA [via mobile]
I read a tweet from an ESPN writer that said "Heat 3-peat fatigue kicking in." To be fair to him, the Heat have kind of slacked off for the past week and a half. Do you think is it "the fatigue" or they are waiting for the playoffs to turn on switch?
Amin (3:37 PM)
Fatigue is a very real thing....sometimes the regular season can be an absolute drag for a team that has played deep every season in the last 4 years, especially when they have the kind of health issues Miami has
Martin (Harmony, NC)
Will the Bobcats finally be in a solid position draft wise and cap wise in 2014-2015? Are they finally turning the corner?
Amin (3:38 PM)
Yes, I think they are turning that corner. They'll finally fulfill their pick obligation to Chicago, and they have a pick coming from Detroit. They've installed a strong culture thru Coach Clifford, and Al Jefferson deserves All-NBA consideration.
Hey Amin. Love your work. Just wanted to settle a debate with a friend of mine. I say today's NBA has the best concentration of talent the NBA has ever seen. He says that the best was during the Bird/Magic era. What say you to this?
Amin (3:39 PM)
I'd say Bird/Magic because there were less teams, thus more talent to go around. People seem to forget teams like Cleveland, Phoenix and Milwaukee who were stacked with talent but not necessarily big names like Isiah and Bird and Magic
Can we just call Kobe what he is? An overpaid, over-the-hill hall of famer who hypocritically bled his team of every dime he could and is now calling out his team for its struggles while simultaneously making them a non-factor for the next 2-5 years (however long he stays). How is Kobe of any use except for lining the Lakers owners pockets and being a typical LA drama queen?
Amin (3:40 PM)
I think you might be taking the vitriol too far. Kobe was a great player and was worth his contract, but I think he has simply passed that point, and the Lakers haven't adjusted.
Mohamed the Jahli (Tampa)
Aside from fatigue and the Pacer's height advantage, what weaknesses or obstacles could prevent the Heat from winning the Eastern Conference Finals?
Amin (3:40 PM)
An Act of God
Matthew (Virginia )
I went to college with Kent Bazemore so I cheer for him and this may be bias. I think he has what it takes to be great in the league, he's long, athletic, and can defend at a high level. The only thing going against him is that he's a Laker (I'm a MAVS fan). What are your thoughts on him? Thanks!
Amin (3:40 PM)
In the words of Adande, slow down, Romeo.
What is your definition of a superstar in the NBA.
Amin (3:41 PM)
Someone who impacts the game that you can center your offensive and/or defensive philosophy around
Think at a certain point if MN and PhX are set to finish 9/10 that PHX would try to lose to ensure 10th/they get the Wolves pick?
Amin (3:41 PM)
I was having that conversation last night. I don't think Phoenix would want to end the season with such a sour note
Were you surpirsed by Bledsoe's 30+ min return to action last night? If you saw the game how did he look and what do you expect from him rest of season?
Amin (3:42 PM)
I wasn't surprised; he'd been scrimmaging in practice for a while, and with PJ Tucker out and the team having lost 3 out of previous 4, they needed him. I thought he played very well and gave them a nice shot of energy, but obviously there was some rust.
Amin, read your contribution to the age limit debate and appreciate you putting the morality issue out front. I get your analysis from a business perspective, but should the morality really be separated? Personally, it is the most imporant part of the issue.
Amin (3:44 PM)
Mike, thanks for reading the piece. I think the main thing here is we are confusing "unfair" with "immoral"....I think the age limit is unfair, but by saying it is immoral, we are placing an added emotional sandbag onto the argument. Businesses often operate in unfair ways, and the NBA is no different. If we are talking about things wrong with the game, I'd say making customers pay to watch a team try to be bad is way more immoral than making them wait an extra year for the handful of talented players who can jump right away.
Can someone explain the me the push for Noah as DPOY? Granted he's been carrying the Bulls but it has to do more with his offensive side with his rebounds and assists and more than his defensive. Did people forget Hibbert? Are the Pacers not good anymore?
Amin (3:45 PM)
I would say, and this isnt a knock on Hibbert, that Noah is a more versatile defensive player than Hibbert, who benefits greatly from a system designed to minimizing his moving and funneling everything directly towards him. Also, defensive rebounding is not an offensive trait!
When you were with the Suns and Knicks, did they put much stock in to Sports Psychologists? Is there a stigma among players in speaking with them? Do you think they could be effective for players like Andris Biedrins who completely lost confidence in his game and/or the knucklehead types like Beasley and JR Smith?
Amin (3:47 PM)
Great question, CB. My personal experience was we used the psychologists more on the front end, during predraft to form personality profiles and better find players who "fit" the roles we were looking to fill. There was one case where we had a roster player consult with a sports psychologist, to mixed results (in my opinion). I think sadly there is still a stigma attached to seeking professional help to emotional or behavioral issues.
hi amin , what do you marcus thornton since he moved to the nets. he can be very hot and cold but do you think he can be the x factor in 1 or 2 playoff games ?
Amin (3:47 PM)
Sure; he's a volume scorer who can get hot in a hurry (or stink up the place). It's up to Coach Kidd to ride that balance and know when to hold'em and when to fold'em
Tavaris (Columbia, SC)
I'm an aspiring sportswriter and just wanted some input on what major to take in college and did you intern anywhere or did you work for a newspaper like New York Times or Boston Globe???
Amin (3:48 PM)
That's a great question for a career journalist Tavaris. Sadly, I have no idea: working for ESPN was my first media job, I'm just a basketball guy who knows how to write!
There was some debate on ESPN yesterday as to whether Patrick Beverley crossed the line with his physicality against Westbrook the other night. What is your take on him?
Amin (3:49 PM)
Mike James wrote an excellent piece on this in his blog. I think Beverley is an irritant who knows how to get players sidetracked from the task at hand. I don't think anything he does is any worse than what my fellow ESPN-er Bruce "Karate Chop" Bowen did during his career!
Afternoon Amin! Crazy maybe, but do u think DRose being out has helped improve Jimmy Butler's game? thanks!
Amin (3:50 PM)
Absolutely! I think most of the Bulls have been forced to grow their games in Rose's absence, something that should make them even stronger when he returns
"Provided Dolan doesn't interfere" HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Amin (3:50 PM)
Let me dream, Brandon....LET ME DREAM!
Amin: on a scale of 1-10, how classy is it to gloat over an all-time great being injured for the rest of the year. "#amnestythat."
Amin (3:51 PM)
Didn't gloat over his injury, gloated over silly superfans who seem to think it's OK to talk any which way until they are proven wrong, in which case they become beacons for classy behavior. And in that circumstance, I give it a 10, because they're lucky I love my job too much to go for the jugular!!
Michael (Chicago )
If Joakim Noah makes all NBA 1st team the Bulls jump into the luxury tax. With Howard and the surging Rockets, Hibbert, and Al Jefferson beasting down in Charlotte how likely is this?
Amin (3:52 PM)
I think Howard will have that 1st team spot sewn up....But I have Noah ahead of the rest of the field
Bryan (Springdale, AR)
Jayp gets it Amin, and you don't. If you have already earned a max contract, then you're next should be a discount to go to a winning team, or a hometown discount to build a winning team. If you have made $60, you can support plenty of family members and invest millions for the future that you don't have to touch any time soon. In my job I will never earn more than $5 million over my lifetime, and yet that is plenty of money to support my family. I don't expect the new guys in the league or the bench players to take paycuts; but superstars who have already made $60-$100 million? Of course I do. But you and many other chat hosts refuse to say it because you don't want to make enemies with players. These guys can afford to take paycuts in order to win. If they don't want to cut their salary from $20 mil down to $12 mil, there is a huge problem with how they think about money, life, and happiness.
I find it difficult to believe Jayp when he says that he'd rather win with $20 million in his pocket than lose with $100 million. The reason why Jayp's opinion has little value is that he's never had to (and probably will never have to) make the decision of turning down millions of dollars for a relatively small chance to win a NBA championship. Jayp, you and others think about what's in your (the fans') best interests, not the players' interests. You also speak as if joining a better team for less money guarantees winning a championship. You claim that you love winning so much that you'd sacrifice $80 million of $100 million to win a championship. Remember, winning a championship is far from guaranteed, particularly if you're not a member of the Miami Heat. Also, there are many ways to achieve greater happiness and satisfaction with $80 million than with one championship ring. Your opinion holds little value because you've never been in that situation. And by the way, Dwight Howard left less than $25 million AFTER-TAX on the table. Unlike California, there's no state income tax in Texas.
Amin (3:52 PM)
I love when you guys take care of "point-counterpoint" for me!
Lucas (Murfreesboro) [via mobile]
Which would be a harder second round match up for the Heat, the Bulls or the Nets?
Amin (3:53 PM)
I think the Nets matchup well with Miami and have that oft-exalted "vet leadership" that can help in a playoff series. Let's be honest, neither stand a chance
Will there ever be another big man that dominates as much as Shaq did? I'm not asking so much if there will be similar talent in the future, but if the dominant big man as a role in the present day NBA is dead.
Amin (3:53 PM)
I seriously doubt we'll see another Shaq, but then again we thought we'd never see another Wilt or another Mikan. The world keeps turnin'!
Bryan (Springdale, AR)
What Pat Garofalo is alluding to is the difference in the cultures the NBA and NFL attempt to appeal to. NBA All-Start game entertainment: Pharrell Williams, and the night before was Kendrick Lamar. Super Bowl entertainment: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars. One is trying to have wide appeal, the other is more narrow. The NBA has an image problem because it only attempts to appeal to those that are young, and those that are black. While we're on the subject, the crimes committed by NFL players and how they are easily overlooked is disgusting to me.
Amin (3:55 PM)
Again, I don't want to give any more attention to the ignorant statement of a silly man, but if you think he was alluding to musical acts when he said "Crime would go up", you're about as ignorant as he is
If you say the Sixers are "tanking" what would you recommend they have done instead? I think everyone can agree they got great value for the Jrue trade. Evan and Spencer weren't going to return next season anyway so Hinkie took what he could get. If there was a first rounder out there for either of them obviously he would of taken it. Getting something now is better than getting nothing at the end of the season. Thad does potentially fit into the Sixers long-term plan and Hinkie kept him (even though he could have gotten good value). Everyone is criticizing the Sixers but I don't see anyone suggesting what moves they would've done otherwise.
Amin (3:56 PM)
Andrew is an example of someone who decided to neglect the sentence where I clearly said "Again, I don't blame Philly for doing it (they are taking advantage of existing rules)". That's a copy and paste FROM THIS CHAT, ANDREW!
Amin,Do you think it was smart of David Stern to veto the Chris Paul trade, and help establish the new CBA, essentially to target the Lakers? The league is better when the Lakers are relevant, not necessarily win all the time. Every owner benefitted from the success of the most popular team in the league, now the ratings are down because of the aforementioned reasons.
Amin (3:59 PM)
Stern acted as owner of the Hornets, not Commissioner of the NBA. If I were owner of the Hornets, I'd have done the same. That deal would have doomed them to average, while getting Anthony Davis has been a godsend.
Your definition of superstar fits Anthony Davis.
Amin (3:59 PM)
It sure does!
Hey Amin, how do you explain the cavs struggles ? they were considered as a potential playoff team but it seems NYK and Detroit are in a better position to get ATL spot
Amin (4:00 PM)
I think there are too many individual agendas and not enough team unity. Their whole is less than the sum of their parts
Hi Amin! Am suprised how people are finding negatives about Jackson coming to NY! The guy's a proven winner, both as a player and coach and there must be a reason that Kobe and Magic were lobbying hard to get him to the Lakers. I can't stand Dolan but don't we have to give him credit for this move? Thanks, John
Amin (4:01 PM)
John, the negativity you are encountering is the cynicism of a fan base that has been tortured by their ownership. I don't blame them, but I hope that Phil can win Dolan over
Where do the Lakers go or turn to once Phil Jackson accepts the Knicks job? Me personally I think they should have Magic Johnson run the organization or it would be a long shot but they also should see about Jerry West availability. On the coaching side they should contact Kareem.
Amin (4:02 PM)
Jay, while the guys you named were all great players in their time, only West showed the chops for a post-playing career in the NBA. Being great on the court doesnt always translate to being great off it
How come nobody in the national media is talking about the fact that Boogie and Reggie Evans have been on the same team for about a month and there have been no deaths on the court, nor have they tried to kill each other in the locker room?
Amin (4:02 PM)
Hey Amin, did you cross paths with Steve Kerr at the Suns? If so, what kind of head coach do you think he'd make?
Amin (4:04 PM)
Did I cross paths? You could say that. I think he'd be an excellent head coach, because he has incredible interpersonal skills (like Phil), knows how to motivate and communicate his vision clearly. He has the resume as a player (five rings, big playoff performances, in multiple cities) and as an administrator. I think if he had a veteran staff and a clear philosophy that he (and his front office) believed in, he can be very successful as a coach.
Any word on Danillo Gallinari? I feel like I haven't heard a thing.
Amin (4:05 PM)
You must have missed that memo from a few months ago about him being out for the year
How do you think teams will view Eric Bledsoe as a FA this season? Franchise type player? 2nd best on winning team?
Amin (4:05 PM)
I think he's the latter, but because of salary restrictions he'll be paid the same as the former
Rah-Steam (Hackensack, N.J.)
Has Damian Lillard passed Kyrie Irving in the eyes of talent evaluators? I know Kyrie has more skill, but Lillard's ability to contribute to winning basketball is amazing. Your thoughts???
Amin (4:05 PM)
Lillard plays on a better team, with a better coach and a more stable environment. I still have Kyrie ahead of him
Amin (4:06 PM)
Gonna wrap this up....final few questions here
Will (San Antonio)
I have the solution to stop tanking, team with the worst record at the end of the season is guarantee the 5th selection in the draft. Why wouldn't that work?
Amin (4:08 PM)
Mark Cuban actually proposed this, that the worst three teams be precluded from netting a top 3 pick (much like expansion franchises Toronto and Vancouver were not able to pick top 5 in 1995). I like this idea as a mild fix to the system that would not rock the boat
Brian (Bay Area)
Amin, my question was from a GM position. Do the Lakers need to know who their coach will be/what philosophy they'll have in order to know who to draft/ who to sign as free agents?
Amin (4:10 PM)
Ahhh....my apologies. Yes, from a front office perspective you want to have some idea what your philosophy is. Otherwise you end up drafting two ball dominant PGs back to back in the top of the draft then hire a coach who runs a system that frowns upon ball dominant PGs! (KAAAAAAHHHHHHN!)
Look, I know the Hawks have been awful recently, but I find it funny that Knicks/Pistons/Cavs fans all assume one of them will "get" the Hawk's spot. Those teams are even worse.
Amin (4:10 PM)
We're in the business of selling hope my man!
Drexl Spivey (Detroit, Michigan)
Is there any chance the Lakers can convince the delusional fanbase to punt on next season, let Nash play out his deal and get that top 5 protected pick from Phoenix? End up with 2 young studs to pair with the 2015 free agent class. As a rational Lakers fan, I'm hopeful, but not optimistic.
Amin (4:11 PM)
That's what *I* would do.....but you sir are in an extreme minority
Greg P. (SA)
How many teams would be favorites if Pop was their coach? I ask because half dozen teams have more talent than the Spurs yet they consistently have the best record/go deep.
Amin (4:11 PM)
Pop, you sly son of a gun, is that you! I would venture quite a few!
Tavaris (Columbia, SC)
Please answer my question because I'm really trying to pursue this career and your input would be greatly appreciated.
Amin (4:12 PM)
Tavaris, first bit of advice I would give you: if you ask someone a question, make sure you are paying attention when he delivers the answer. The worst impression you can make is continuing to ask a question that has already been answered
Amin (4:13 PM)
And on that note, that's our chat for the week! Please tune into TrueHoopTV After Dark TONIGHT at the conclusion of the first game on TNT. I will be posting a link on Twitter (@AminESPN). Thanks!!