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 12:30 p.m. ET!
Ian (12:30 PM)
Hey everyone, Thanks for coming by! The Knicks host the Bucks tonight in the midst of a five-game homestand. There's plenty going on with the team right now so let's get right to it.
The Knicks have no hope of winning a title. You aren't as important as you think you are.
Ian (12:31 PM)
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
How far do you think that the Knicks will go in the Playoffs this season?
Ian (12:34 PM)
Hey Chris, That depends on a number of factors. I think if they stay healthy they can get to the Eastern Conference Finals to get a chance to face the Heat. If Miami is healthy going into that series, I seriously doubt the Knicks can beat them, though it would be an entertaining series. But much of the Knicks' playoff success, I think, hinges on how much the Bulls benefit from the return of Derrick Rose and the Pacers benefit from the return of Danny Granger. What do you think?
Do you think Amare is fitting in with the offense better now than when he first joined the team this season?
Ian (12:39 PM)
I think he's doing a great job now compared to early on, which was to be expected. He missed two months after knee surgery, so you'd expect him to be a little rusty.His work in the post has been fantastic and has been one of the keys to the trio of Stoudemire/Chandler/Anthony working well in recent games.
josh p (long island)
do u see the knicks making any moves before the deadline?i honestly dont see any necessary right now , whats the word on sheed and camby?
Ian (12:43 PM)
Hey Josh, I think they may be forced to bring in a veteran big man if Rasheed and Camby don't heal soon. WOodson said he doesnt expect either to be back before the All Star break. Sheed's 38 & Camby's 37 so if they take a long time to heal, the Knicks could consider bringing in a healthy body ...
What will the knicks need to work on or do to be serious title contenders?
Ian (12:45 PM)
The easiest answer to that question would be that they need Miami to completely fall apart. If Miami is firing on all cylinders and at full health, I have a hard time seeing them get past the Heat. But if they can get back to playing the kind of defense that they showed earlier in the season, I may have to change my mind. The defense has been far to inconsistent of late. If they play that kind of defense in the playoffs, they will struggle to get through
Ozair (New Jersey)
I understand not playing Sheed so that he is playing at 100% but whats the point of keeping him in street clothes, at least have him ready and warming up, maybe get 5 minutes of garbage time to stay fresh. Am I missing something?
Ian (12:46 PM)
Rasheed hasn't been able to run on his left foot yet so there's no way he can get in the game, even for garbage minutes.
If the defensive struggles continue... Will the Knicks use more zone like we saw at Boston for a brief period?
Ian (12:49 PM)
Woodson really liked that zone, especially with Novak, Prigioni and Stoudemire on the floor. It helped that unit with rebounding and paint defense. It didn't work as well against Philly, but Woodson has said it's something he'd like to go back to in the future
Amare is playing well- what do you expect Woodson to do with him? Keep him coming off the bench, or move him to the starting lineup?
Ian (12:50 PM)
I think Woodson likes him off of the bench for now. The trio of Chandler/Amare/Melo has looked good since Stoudemire's been back. But I think the Knicks need to show that they can get consistent stops with those three sharing the court before Woody considers starting Stoudemire.
Joseph (Westbury, NY)
Thus far, the Bulls have dominated our regular season matchup, and should be even more formidable with the return of Rose. What adjustments need to be made on our side to better matchup against a soon-to-be-healthy Bulls team.
Ian (12:51 PM)
I think they need to cut on the weak side to take advantage of the Bulls staying at home on the Knicks' shooters. Also, Im interested to see if having a healthy Felton and Anthony together on the floor makes a difference. Those are two players the Bulls would be forced to pay attention to on defense, and that may help the Knicks get better looks on offense.
Ron (P.G. County)
I feel like the Knicks are a little thin at the SF position, what do you see them doing potentially at the end of this season? Ronnie Brewer is coming off the books...thank goodness...
Ian (12:55 PM)
That's a good question and something Grunwald will have to address. Maybe they keep James White, but he has to show a little more on defense, in my opinion, for them to make that move.
Steve (New York) [via mobile]
Do you think the knicks will ever win a title with melo on the team? Thanks Ian
Ian (12:57 PM)
Hey Steve, I certainly don't think you can rule it out. I know where you are going with the question, but I think, thanks to his supporting cast and a different approach to the game, we are seeing a different Anthony this season. he's more apt to move the ball and gives you an honest day's effort on the defensive end so I think he's made sacrifices to help this team reach its goals. Plenty of other factors are at play though when you're talking about winning a title
AZ (Queens, NY)
Hey Jared. Im a big fan. Do you think Amar'e will move into the starting lineup eventually because he seems to be meshing well with Melo. Also do you know what the starting lineup is gonna be tonight?
Ian (12:58 PM)
Hey, this is Ian Begley ... Jared is the other guy lol ... See my answer below for Amar'e. Starting five tonight is Felton, Kidd, Shumpert, Anthony, Chandler
Major Beatz (Brooklyn,NY)
How do you feel about the amare and carmelo co existing to shut the haters up?
Ian (1:00 PM)
Hey Beatz, Anthony seems to be finding Stoudemire when he drives to the basket and both Anthony and Chandler have done a good job of playing off of Amar'e in the post. All three deserve credit. Also, the fact that Amare and Tyson have both served as screeners on pick and rolls certainly helps.
Ian (1:02 PM)
Alright, that's it for me guys, I have to get back to work. Thanks for stopping by, it's always great chatting with you all. You guys are some of the most passionate fans in sports. Enjoy the game tonight. If you have any other questions, hit me up on Twitter (@IanBegley) and you can always look for updates on ESPNNewYork.com's Knicks blog.