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)
It's unbelievable! Thursday is here again....let's get started. Today's playlist is Best of Biggie, whose birthday was yesterday.
Are we the luckiest team or what? I think this is going to be another wasted pick. LBJ was a gold mine. Kyrie is good but not LBJ. Anthony B seems like a waste. Who should we pick?
Amin (3:05 PM)
It's kind of silly to compare guys to LeBron. Kyrie was clearly (and still is) the most talented prospect in 2011, and while Bennett has been a disappointment, you tell me who in 2013 was "#1 caliber"...it was a weak draft. For 2014, I'd say if Embiid or Wiggins, depending on health checks and intel reports.
Michael W. (Houston, TX)
I wanted to address your article on the Summer of Love sweepstakes. I'll offer some "OULDs". You mentioned the Rockets COULD offer up Harden. I say, yes, they SHOULD; get a star who actually cares a little bit and plays better with Dwight. But WOULD Morey have the cojones? (If he did I'd foresee more of a 3-way thing, but I don't want to venture into the "who ya got?!" realm lest I be banished.
Amin (3:07 PM)
I think Morey would; the fact is adding talent on the perimeter is much easier than adding talent up front. Love and Howard seem like great natural fits, and the ability to perhaps staple Asik or Lin to Harden might help clear some flexibility.
so Cav back to playoff next yr? cant help but think they should trade for Love if Kevin Love opts in for final yr of deal and then get a good defensive center in 2015. what do u think
Amin (3:08 PM)
In a weakened East? Yes, I expect the Cavs to be playoff participants. Trading for Love represents a massive risk, even if he agrees to opt in for the last year of his deal. I mean, we're talking about the #1 overall pick here! Can you imagine trading it for a guy who leaves in two seasons?
Dan Gilbert (Cleveland, Ohio)
The NBA must really want us to succeed. How many chances are they going to give us? I know you are not much of a college bball but do you think Joel Embiid is a Greg Oden Part2?
Amin (3:10 PM)
Hey Dan, what's not to like! I guess you could compare Embiid to Oden in the sense that they are great talents whose bodies give you cause for concern. But until we get the medical info on Embiid, let's not rush to judgment
playboy buddy rose (brooklyn(red hook))
do you think philly would be sold on noel at the 5 if embiid was there at the 3rd pick?....
Amin (3:10 PM)
Again, assuming Embiid's health is not a long term concern, I don't think Philly would hesitate drafting him if he's on the board at 3
Richard (Port Macquarie Australia)
Ok If Exum and Smart are drafted before him any chance Ennis gets grabbed at 8 by Sac? - that would mean they probably bypass Gordon or RandleI think it will be a long night for my fellow Canadian in that green room
Amin (3:15 PM)
Ennis at 8 feels like a reach to me; he's a good prospect, but I'm not certain he's a franchise changing talent, especially at point.
Ed (Queens Village)
What percent does Spurs sweep WCF?
Amin (3:16 PM)
45%? I think we have to expect the Russ-KD explosion game where they combine for 80+ points combined
Hi Amin! I've got a question about the Kevin Love trade possibilities. I agree that a package containing Lee+Barnes and/or Thompson future picks is good value, but I wonder if it is a good plan from Minnesota's point of view (and I think you've more or less made this point). The point is, if they're getting equal value for Love, they will stay where they are, which is on the fringe of the playoffs. If they get young assets and good picks they will be terrible, but once they improve they may have a higher ceiling. If they can get 2 or 3 of the Suns young guys with upside, plus the Lakers' pick in 2015, they can have 2 potential top 10 picks next year. This also gives them time to decide if Rubio is their guy and cap space. It won't be pretty, but they'll at least have some flexibility. What's your take?
Amin (3:17 PM)
I think if you're Minnesota, and you haven't made the playoffs in 10 years, and feel like you were fairly close this year but had some bad luck in close games, you might feel like maybe a deeper collection of talent can get them to the promised land. But I agree, I'd go for more future assets over players now
Deven (New York, NY)
Can history repeat itself like it did in 2012 for OKC?
Amin (3:17 PM)
2012 ain't walkin' through that door
I know college kids may not go back to college after being drafted, but it's different for international prospects. Rubio stayed in Spain for a few years because he had to be bought out. Can Exum force his way to LA by telling other teams that he'd stay in Australia for a few years?
Amin (3:18 PM)
He could threaten to do that; of course whatever team that picks him owns his rights, meaning if he plans on playing in the NBA, he has to either play for them or convince them to trade his rights.
What's up Amin? Tough luck for the Pistons in that draft! What should their moves be in free agency? There's no mystery, Drummond is their centerpiece, now they need to find shooting around him. Who do you feel would be reasonable targets? A stretch-4 like Frye would be useful (if he opts out). I know SVG raved about Monroe, but he's not the ideal pair for Drummond. Could they be sending a message like "this is our guy" just to look for better offers in sign-and-trades?
Amin (3:20 PM)
Never fun paying for the sins of your predecessor, but the good news is Detroit has a franchise-caliber player in Drummond who is barely 20. I think Stan is keeping an open mind about all the players on the roster, but ultimately Monroe's asking price will determine whether he's a Piston next year or not
Pacers Champs (New York)
The Pacers play better when they are not expected to win. I think being down one game on the road will do wonders for them. If they were up two games, I think they would have tanked at least one of them. What do you think is a more ideal situation for the Pacers?
Amin (3:21 PM)
Uh, I think I'll always take being up 2-0 in a series over any other alternative (0-2 or 1-1). But that's just me!
Hello Amin, read your article about Love. Do you think he'll actually get traded this summer and would the Warriors or Bulls be his most likely destination?
Amin (3:22 PM)
I think the only thing that stops him from getting traded is Wolves' hubris ("we can convince him to stay with one good season") or purposeful low ball offers from teams (not likely)
Amin (3:22 PM)
"I live for the funk....I die for the funk!"
Derrick (Garden City)
Amin, do you think that Minnesota would be interested in getting the rights to Mirotic in a package from Chicago if they decide to trade Love?
Amin (3:23 PM)
I have a feeling that Mirotic is in the Rose-Noah untouchable pile, but if I'm the Wolves, I'm demanding him in any deal with Chicago.
Omarvls (North Hollywood, CA)
Amin, IF Miami wins a 3rd Championship this year the Big 3 would still be 1 year younger then the Big 3 of Boston when they won in 2008 and they went on to play another 4-5 yrs together So why are some in the media (Simmons,Barkley,Broussard) so eager to break them up
Amin (3:24 PM)
The realities of the new CBA make it extremely difficult for the Heat to keep their Big 3 at market value and improve the supporting cast. Also, Wade is less healthy than any member of the Celtics' Big 3 in 2008, so the prospect of him lasting another 4-5 years and still play at a high enough level = slim
Hi, it seems like Lebron's athleticism has declined noticeably this year. He has a hard time beating the perimeter players off the dribble and does not get way above the rim like he used to. But I think his power & post-up game will compensate for his decreasing athleticism. How about KD? KD heavily relies on his quickness and crossover moves. Do you think KD's game will age as well as Lebron's?
Amin (3:25 PM)
As long as he's 7 feet, he'll be able to shoot over smaller guys and get by bigger guys. Stick around, he'll be great for a loooong time
Would YOU trade Bledsoe and filler for Love? As a Suns fan I think the Suns organization needs to think twice about breaking up this exciting backcourt.
Amin (3:25 PM)
Only way to trade Bledsoe is if he agrees to go to Minnesota in a sign and trade. I'm going to throw that in the "highly unlikely" pile
Sam (New Zealand)
Is Cleveland and Phoenix the only two teams with the ammo to get Kevin Love and still have a hope of him re-signing there? Chi-town and Golden State have established players that are good, but that's likely not what Minny would want so would have to work a three teamer, which possible partners are there out there that they could work with?
Amin (3:26 PM)
I wrote a piece about this yesterday: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10963899/examining-every-team-chances-trading-kevin-love-nba
What is your opinion on M.Harkless and I.Thomas ? What do you think is their long term ceiling?
Amin (3:29 PM)
Isaiah Thomas fits the profile of spark-plug energy point guard off the bench. Great scorer and finisher, but not good enough defensively nor good enough a playmaker to be your PG full time (kinda like Nate Robinson), unless you pair him with a big, defensive playmaking off guard. As for Harkless, a world of talent but still needs to figure out what to do when; he needs to be more decisive and efficient in his actions. Higher potential, but harder to fulfill it
Amin (3:29 PM)
"Old school, new school, need to learn though!"
What are your three best buildings to watch a basketball game?
Amin (3:30 PM)
Crowd atmosphere? In no order, Golden State, Portland, New York. Entertainment? Brooklyn, Washington, Memphis. Sight lines? Phoenix, Indiana (so I hear, never been to that arena) and San Antonio.
Suge knight (la) [via mobile]
How much better offensively was Blake griffin than Aaron gordan coming out of college? Lakers probably will have to chose from smart, Gordon, vonleh, and randle. Who would u go with?
Amin (3:31 PM)
Blake was a far more advanced offensive player; he knew how to get his and how to get to the basket if he wasnt by it. Then again, Blake had the fortune of being the main offensive option for his team, while Gordon was asked to focus on defense.
Matthew (Virginia )
I have to ask, what did you think about Cuban's interview? I must say, his interaction with Bomani this morning on Twitter was interesting. Seeing things from two totally different perspectives.
Amin (3:32 PM)
I didn't hear the Cuban interview, so I don't want to comment too much about hearsay. I did see the exchange between him and Bomani, and I agree with Bomani on this: Cuban should have taken up his request to talk in private (over phone or email) rather than going back and forth in a medium that allows only 140 characters at a time with everyone watching and egging them on
A question about when you call players. You said last week that you?d call and ask around (I forget the question). But?how does that work? I picture the awkward highschool boy calling the ?cool? guys??Hey Lebron, Its Amin again. My mom made those cookies again, maybe we could hang out? HAHAHA. Joking aside, I?m really curious how that player-reporter relationship works. These guys put so much effort and emotion into what they do I can imagine it being a pain to have reporters calling to ask questions. You?re obviously a little different because you worked for a team and got to know players that way, but just wondering how that side of reporting works.
Amin (3:34 PM)
Most reporters don't have access to random players' phone numbers for interviews. For example, if I want to interview LeBron, I don't have his number: I either have to go to a Miami game, contact his PR ppl, or contact the Heat PR ppl and request an interview. But many vet reporters do build relationships with players and CAN call them or text them. Guys like Stein and Broussard are well known around the league, so not a stretch for them to have direct connections
What can the Wizards do this offseason to improve? All signs point to them attempting to re-sign Gortat and Ariza, but that's not likely enough to make them any better given that both are coming off career years and likely to regress. Is the best plan just to hope Wall and Beal continue to improve?
Amin (3:36 PM)
One of the problems of being bad for so long is when you're finally good, you don't ever want to risk going backward. This puts them in the unfortunate position of overpaying to keep their free agents, and then being locked into a mediocre roster. If that happens, then yes, you have to just hope Wall and Beal can get good enough to carry more and more.
I have a Timberwolves related question not about Kevin Love. What should Wolves fans expect to do with their draft pick and what is the future of Nikola Pekovic with the superb play of Gorgui Dieng last season? In my opinion, it seems Pek is a more likely trade then Love due to money and backup talent.
Amin (3:37 PM)
Take a look at Pek's deal and tell me who'd be lining up to trade FOR it. That's what makes him being traded unlikely.
Would it make sense for the Sixers to draft Saric with the 10th pick and have him stay in Europe? This way they can stagger when second contracts start for their young players.
Amin (3:37 PM)
Makes perfect sense. That's the luxury of having multiple picks and not being in a rush to be good next season
When all is said and done...Do you think Phil would still be considered by the general mass as the better coach than Coach Pop. Both are arguably the two best ever, but Phil has a lot more rings. What are your thoughts and who do you think has done the better job with the teams they?ve coached?
Amin (3:39 PM)
Maybe. Remember, it didn't take Phil breaking Red Auerbach's record for people to consider him the best coach ever....it just took enough time to pass where the masses weren't old enough to remember Red.
Bob (Phoenix, AZ)
Good read on the Love trade. Suns don't seem to have the talent of Houston or Golden State but do have contracts that are expiring( Morris', Green) and a bevy of picks. Speaking of basketball, does Love fit what Hornacek runs or would the offense have to be adapted to fit his skills.
Amin (3:40 PM)
The Suns offense wasn't exactly the most complex system. Fitting a guy like Love in wouldn't be an issue.
Darren (Fargo ND)
What's the expectation for Ricky Rubio in his contract year next year?
Amin (3:41 PM)
He's gotta show the ability to score around the basket -- non negotiable. Continue showing his improvement in catch and shoot 3's on perimeter. Most of all, has to show a level of aggression when he has the ball: his reticence (due to his poor shooting) can't continue
steve (princeton, nj)
knicks have a ton of expiring contracts. are they any teams interested in making a deal for cap space and who is available?
Amin (3:42 PM)
Unfortunately, Steve, most teams are better managed financially, so the need for massive expiring deals are not as attractive as they were five years ago. The Knicks are stuck with those deals till expiry.
What will Minnesota value more in a Love trade? Lottery picks that have a chance at being as valuable as Kevin Love or players (like David Lee, et al) who can keep them competitive but will never be the player that they are losing? Related: will Kevin Love render this all moot by trying to dictate who he's traded to.
Amin (3:42 PM)
Love will absolutely dictate; that's not as bad as it sounds, since it seems like he's keeping a fairly open mind with multiple destinations. As for what Minnesota values more? Only Flip knows..
Amin (3:43 PM)
"Is my mind playing tricks, like Scarface and Bushwick?"
Dwyane Wade (Boardwalk)
I'm not ready to move yet.
Amin (3:43 PM)
Stop shopping at the same place Jimmy Darmody's son shops for clothes
Richard (Los Angeles )
Is there a possibility clippers land an all star this summer. Ala Carmelo. And is Arron affalo also a possibly?
Amin (3:45 PM)
I would say a snowflake's chance in hell. Afflalo is a much more likely caliber acquisition, the Clippers can try to dangle modest deals like Barnes and Dudley.
What do you make of the Thunder loss yesterday? Just an aberration in the otherwise-incredible duo, or does it spell trouble for them in the series.. and possibly longer-term?
Amin (3:45 PM)
Trouble for them in this series. Long term, they need to have a more sophisticated offensive system.
Damir (Hilo, HI)
Amin, what's your take on MSU's Payne? Crazy talented and productive, but are you scared off by his age and health issues (lung capacity, mono)
Amin (3:46 PM)
I like Payne: long, athletic, can shoot, rebounds well defensively. He's not DeAndre Kane as far as age! As for health, mono doesn't follow you for life, and any other long term health issues will be handled by medical report.
Anish Shah (Bobby's Burger Palace)
Hey Amin, what is up with the Lakers coaching search. Dunleavy? Byron Scott? Who's next on the list, Anthony Peeler? Chuck Nevitt? Cookie Johnson? Oh, how the mighty have fallen. I'm guessing Kupchak blows our money on an overpriced Gortat this summer after Pau skips town.
Amin (3:47 PM)
This is why I was surprised to many Laker fans celebrated D'Antoni's resignation. Who did they think would be taking over?
Any idea why Randle is dropping on most peoples boards?
Amin (3:48 PM)
I think his upside is rather limited. I love his motor and strength around the basket, but he's undersized and isn't effective further out from the basket. Also not a defensive presence.
Al (Mission Viejo, Ca)
Spurs....for at least 5 years, everyone has said they are too old and Barkley said they won't last thru the playoffs. Until Duncan and Ginobli ride off into the sunset, they will be the team to beat in the West. What are your thoughts on this team and any chance they get into the Love lottery. Might be a good replacement for when Duncan retires. Do they resign Mills and Diaw? Kawhi gets a big contract....
Amin (3:50 PM)
The Spurs lack the type of sizzle assets that would make Minnesota pick them over other suitors like Houston, Golden State, Chicago and Phoenix. As for what they do, I think Mills will probably get an overpay elsewhere while Diaw will resign. Kawhi seems destined for a lucrative extension: PG got $15M/yr , DeRozan got $9.5M/yr....Kawhi probably closer to PG
JR (Amazed and Impressed)
Amin, explain the Spurs to me. Their HOF players are well out of their prime, they have pieces that would be marginal at best on every other team in the NBA, and yet they win more games by blowout than any team in the league. I get it that Ibaka's absence hurts OKC, but no team with a healthy Durant and Westbrook should ever lose a playoff game by 35 regardless of venue.
Amin (3:53 PM)
They have a roster of high IQ players top to bottom; the guys who aren't as skilled know their roles and buy into those roles. They execute flawlessly; very little mistakes on either end of the floor. Incredible attention to detail. Flexible, adaptable roster: they can play any style, big, small, halfcourt, uptempo, etc. Wealth of shooters and spacing, making it hard to play help defense without giving anything up.
Bill Barnwell had an article on Grantland a few weeks ago about the Spurs' shot doctor. How wide is the chasm in the NBA between the teams that are paying attention to and paying for this type of player development? To ask another way, was Milwaukee bad this year because they didn't think about this kind of thing, or because they didn't have the right people to execute it (e.g. their shot doctor isn't very good, the coaching staff didn't listen to him, the players didn't care, etc)?
Amin (3:55 PM)
It illustrates the importance of everyone being on the same page. Getting development staff that knows what it's doing (not just "get shots up") is key; players have to believe these guys are helping them; coaches have to support them and can't reveal any cracks or disagreements. As for why Milwaukee was bad, that's a lot easier to answer: they didn't have enough talent. I mean, on PAPER before the season started, that looked like a BAD team!
Rob (Surprise, AZ)
If you had to pick one, what makes the Spurs so good for so long? Duncan, Pop, culture, or core longevity?
Amin (3:55 PM)
All of the above
What's with the media's ah hem ESPN's obsession with Lebron going back to Cleveland. This is the same org that priced Lebron's bobblehead to match Benedict Arnold's year of betrayal. We all know of Gilbert's comments when Lebron left, the Cavs are young but they stink. Kyrie the bright spot might even want to leave and let's be honest he's a bit overrated, they just fired another coach and their GM, they botched their No. 1 pick last year and watch them grab Embiid who has Greg Oden written all over him!!! Why would you go back to that. I've never seen a team that's about to possibly 3-peat have so much chatter about them breaking up especially for a team that's a lottery mainstay like the Cavs. It's sickening and it's ESPN manufacturing narratives like they always do. The Cavs need to grab Wiggins and let him grow into a star alongside Irving. Lebron being there would handicap Wiggins growth into a star and Embiid is gonna be another big man stealing money..watch
Amin (3:57 PM)
1. Cant speak for "the media" anymore than you can speak for "Connecticut". 2. "Has Greg Oden written all over him"---> did you get a copy of Embiid's medical report before any of us? If so, please share.
stan (los angeles)
any of miami's postseason runs tainted by the inferior competition in the east?
Amin (3:58 PM)
Nobody cares. This is like when Phil said the Spurs 99 chip should have an asterisk....nobody says "the Spurs won 3.5 rings".
Do you think Exum and MCW can play together in the back court with Noel at the C? Can that team score enough points to win? Granted, their defensive should be great.
Amin (3:59 PM)
I think Exum and MCW make a great tandem; the Sixers won't score enough points to win next year regardless, but in time, yes they can be the starting backcourt of a good offensive team
Amin multi-part question: has Kevin Durant surprised you by how good he has become?With that in Mind, if you were guaranteed for Oden to not get injured and continue the progression that we saw in the early years.Who would you draft first?I had a discussion with a friend in which I said I would still CONSIDER Oden first. Mainly being virtually every dominant big man of the past 20 years has made it to the finals. And a dominant big is still (to me) the easiest path to the finals.
Amin (4:01 PM)
Great question. If Oden hadn't gotten hurt, I think he'd be dominant in a Dwight Howard-esque way. Not necessarily a better player than KD, but easier to build a winner around him. And I knew KD would be great, but I'd be lying if I told you I expected him to be this good a passer, this good a defender...
tony (san antonio)
The real question is, who are the Spurs going to pick at #30?
Amin (4:02 PM)
Someone who should have gone a lot higher, but then drops and then we all say how smart the Spurs are for drafting someone at 30 who was projected top 20
Sean (Albany NY)
It seems like a lot of teams need to secure some shooting this off season. Who would you view as the guys who could fit that need and be available?
Amin (4:03 PM)
Off the top of my head, best shooters on market = Channing Frye, Matt Bonner, Patty Mills, Anthony Morrow. Might be some more I'm not remembering now
Are 15 ppg and 8rpg, reasonable expectations for Taj Gibson if he becomes a starter next season?
Amin (4:04 PM)
I think he can be a double double guy in a more up-tempo system with more rebound opportunities
Has there ever been 3 #1 picks on their rookie contracts on the same team?
Amin (4:04 PM)
I thought about that immediately, but still haven't looked it up! I'm guessing no
When is the first day when teams eligible to make trades for upcoming season? If player gets amnestied ( for example boozer) is there a limit how much he can get in the bidding between teams?
Amin (4:07 PM)
Teams whose seasons have ended (ie. everyone but Miami, OKC, San Antonio, Indy) can trade players who are under contract for 2014-15 right now. They can't trade 2014 free agents, and cant trade any player with an option on 2014-15 unless that option is picked up. As for amnesty bids, I believe you can bid up to the original value of the deal as long as you have the cap space to offer that much. But don't expect there to be a big bid market for Boozer.
Hi Amin. Big fan of your work. I wanted to ask you, if this league is regarded as a "stars league", then why are the thunder struggling despite them having two of the top 10 players in the NBA? That said, what would more important besides star power, a good supporting cast or a better coach?
Amin (4:08 PM)
The Thunder are being outcoached. Having great talent is a pre-req to contention, and maybe if they had played another team in the WCF they'd have no problem. But sooner or later you run into a team that executes and you have to play the chess game. More important beside star power? I'm going with coaching.
Despite plenty of minutes and opportunity, Ben McLemore failed to impress during his rookie season. See anything to be optimistic about in his game?
Amin (4:09 PM)
I don't know if Sacramento is the best situation for him. He needs teaching, and needs an offense with structure to get him easier shot selection. We know he's a great shooter, but he needs to be put in a situation where all he has to do is catch and shoot before moving on to more advanced offensive elements
Man homie, you have beef with DC? I mean you have the at Wizards at the nerd table.Why aren't the Wizards considered a dark horse for FA and trading for Love? With Wall, Beal, and Nene under contract, they can make max space by salary dumping one wing. They have the cap space to absorb Love's deal ($15.7 million TPE for Minny) and Porter, 2015 & 2017 1st round picks, 2nd round picks, and Euro stash prospects as assets.
Amin (4:10 PM)
I think you need to redo your math, then you need to ask yourself "is what I just proposed the BEST Minnesota can do?". Then you need to go back and sit at the nerd table.
Amin, So Sterling gets forced out. Does that make way for Hansen and a Seattle group to move the Clippers and become the Sonics with a ready made contender?
Amin (4:11 PM)
The NBA would handle the sale of the Clippers, and I don;t think they'd sell to someone who would take the Clippers from their market. After all, the ppl of Los Angeles showed up and supported the team through this trying time, so it would be a jerk move to snatch their team as thanks.
tony (san antonio)
Nobody wants Carmelo?
Amin (4:12 PM)
Not necessarily: the Knicks and Bulls will both be suitors for his services.
Mcdermott has the Dirk shot already. I don't think there is a safer bet in the draft. Is there any chance he drops out of top 10?
Amin (4:12 PM)
He might have the Dirk shot, but he doesn't have the Dirk size, and that's huge. He absolutely can drop because of concerns he cant get his shot off (well enough as a top 10 guy, not as a role player) and defensive issues.
Assuming wade takes player option for next year, james and bosh asks for a max deal do you think they could keep all of those player and if so could this team still be a contender(all of them older and much tougher to assemble decent other players)?
Amin (4:14 PM)
I mean, considering how the East is, they still have a great chance of making the Finals with the same exact roster next year. but they definitely should try to improve the supporting cast. Problem is they only have the taxpayer MLE (about $3M) and minimum deals to offer...it gets tougher from here on out
Bill Monty (DC)
What's going on Amin? What can OKC (aka Scott Brooks) possibly do to have a chance in this series, or at least not get completely humiliated?
Amin (4:14 PM)
Holla at Jesus
Are you guys doing the Ideal Lineup (from the Roster Re-Load series) for the Lottery Teams or are they too far away having ideal lineups that you'll stick with the Draft Guides?
Amin (4:14 PM)
I don't believe we will be doing that for the lottery teams. Sorry!
Spurs better off facing Indiana or Miami? Feel like Indiana is actually a worse matchup?
Amin (4:15 PM)
Bienvendio a Miami
tony (san antonio)
Stephenson gets fined for flopping but Lebron James doesn't? What do you think about that Amin?
Amin (4:15 PM)
I think flop fines are dumb. They dont stop flopping.
scott (palm beach)
Knowing the Suns as well as you do I have a question. Most boards I am looking at have the Suns taking anyone from Rodney Hood and Jordan Adams to Jerami Grant and Semaj Christian. If you were to recommend anyone with their two picks in the first round what would you advise??
Amin (4:16 PM)
I wrote about this http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft2014/story/_/id/10957852/phoenix-suns
Shabazz Napier if put in the right situation will be as good as Chris Paul in a few years book it. You guys need to stop being so hung up on athleticism and size so much..it's clouding everyone's judgement..there's no Westbrook or Rose in this draft
Amin (4:16 PM)
I hear memphis is trying to bring back their coach... with all due respect what did he do that Hollins couldn't do? Besides take a paycut?
Amin (4:17 PM)
He got along with his bosses! Not saying it's right or wrong, but yep, those are pretty much the two things he did that Lionel didn't
Amin (4:18 PM)
Man I'm running late! So many questions....time to wrap up
Evan Turner (Miami)
Any chance the league could make an exception and I have to play for less than the minimum next year?
Amin (4:18 PM)
I love my followers! This is hilarious
Lil B (Based Internet)
I'm the real MVP, right?
Amin (4:18 PM)
Another great one!
Kevin Duong (GTA)
WTF are we supposed to do with no games today and tomorrow?! (Besides enjoying this chat of course)
Amin (4:20 PM)
Watch THTV After Dark tonight at 10pm ET! Special guests ESPN's Sarah Spain, Matt Curley of Synergy Sports Tech, and Joe Mullinax of Grizzly Bear Blues.....still looking for a Follower of the Week! http://www.spreecast.com/events/espn-nba-live-chat-after-dark-ep-14
Hol up hol up hol up hol up, it's chat time!
Amin (4:20 PM)
HA! This wins the chat.....thanks again for all the questions, watch THTV After Dark tonight and be with the ones who love you!