Chat with Chris Sheridan
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, Chris Sheridan stops by to chat about the New York Knicks' NBA season.
Sheridan has been covering the NBA full-time for the past 15 years. Since joining the ESPN.com staff in October of 2005, Chris has been providing in-depth reporting and commentary on the NBA and international basketball for all of ESPN's platforms. Follow him on Twitter: @csheridanespn.
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Chris Sheridan (12:00 PM)
Good afternoon from Washington D.C, where the Knicks were up bright and early for a 10 a.m. shootaround. The Wizards are calling John Wall (foot pain) a game-time decision for tonight's 7 p.m. tip. Questions?
Lou (Tobyhanna, PA)
Do you think the Knicks can stay hot or will they cool down soon and fall back to Earth?
Chris Sheridan (12:03 PM)
Next Wednesday and Friday will be telling. Boston usually kills the Knicks, and the 'Bockers haven't seen a good defensive club in ages. Then the Heat come in, and the joint will be jumping. If Knicks go 2-0 in those games, the bandwagon will begin getting crowded.
Irfan (Ithaca, NY)
Hey Chris, in a week Lebron will be back in the Big Apple. How do you see New Yorkers reacting to his presence in the city he turned down nearly 5 months ago?
Chris Sheridan (12:05 PM)
I expect some creativity out of Knicks fans, and it'll be a different dynamic that what he faced in Cleveland eight days ago. LBJ didn't spurn the Knicks so much as he chose Miami over them. But I don't think the Haterade will be poured on too thick.
How do you expect kelena to fit into the rotation? and do you think the knicks will trade for a backup pg, or hope toney progresses?
Chris Sheridan (12:08 PM)
Kelenna will likely get the minutes that Douglas is now getting at SG when he plays alongside Felton, and Douglas will go back to being a pure backup PG. Azubuike also might take some of the minutes Shawne Williams is currently getting. But hearing coach D'Antoni talk about Kelenna's recovery two days ago, he certainly does not seem anywhere near as optimistic as Kelenna on how soon that elusive comeback date will arrive.
Craig (Tampa, FL)
Does the recent turn-around make it more or less likely the Knicks will pursue a trade for Carmelo this season?
Chris Sheridan (12:11 PM)
They have been pursuing that trade for months, and continue to do so. I asked Mike D'Antoni this morning how often Donnie Walsh bounced potential trades off of him, and he said it happens all the time. With 'Melo, as I've said before, the Knicks would me happier to get him next summer as a free agent, because then they wouldn't have to give anything up. But if they can get him at a reasonable price before the deadline, they'd do it because they'd have him locked up for another four years.
ross (new york)
Chris,This team is rapidly improving but I think they need some bench help, a backup true PG and another big come to mind. Don?t you think the fiscally sensitive Utah would bite on an offer of bill walker (plus 1 to 3 million in cash) for Earl Watson? Both players make 854k and Watson can be traded as soon as 12/16 (next Thursday). As for a big, would Geoff Petrie take 3 million plus anthony Randolph for jason Thompson? Admittingly, the latter trade is far less likely.
Chris Sheridan (12:15 PM)
I agree on the backup big, disagree on the backup PG. But here's the thing: Randolph could be a key cog in a Melo trade, because there are teams that would give up a No. 1 for him, and the Nugets want draft picks in any Melo deal. So he likely isn't going anywhere until that situation is resolved. If the Knicks move a guy in a minor deal after Dec. 15, I think it would be Roger Mason.
What do you think the Knicks are missing to be able to successfully compete in the East?
Chris Sheridan (12:21 PM)
By successfully compete in the East, what exactly do you mean (because they're doing a good job right now at competing for the No. 5 spot, which is where they'll need to finish to have any hope of getting out of the first round)? If you mean what do they need to compete for the East title, I would say they need a second go-to scorer for those nights when Amare isn't putting up huge offensive numbers. Again, sorry to keep coming back to the same theme, but if they can find a way to get Carmelo and have him be that guy, the Knicks could compete with any team in the conference.
I really believe that Raymond Felton is a great PG, but it seems that he is playing 45 min a night, that will start to catch up with him. What are some of options the knicks are looking at in terms of a backup PG
Chris Sheridan (12:24 PM)
He's playing 38 mins a night, which is what D'Antoni does with his top starters. Douglas is getting 23 mins a night because hes playing both guard spots. When Azubuike is available, that might allow D'Antoni to cut Felton's minutes to 35 or 36, but he won't go much lower unless Douglas is particularly hot on a night he's backing up Felton.
Since Landry Fields is having such a hot start to his rookie season, do you tKnicks are gonna dangle him as a trade chip for Carmelo and is that a good move on the Knicks part?
Chris Sheridan (12:28 PM)
The Nuggets would want Fields (and Gallinari or Chandler) in any package for 'Melo, and Eddy Curry's expiring contract would have to be in there to make the money work. But the Nuggets are not all that enamored of A.Randolph, who the Knicks are willing to deal, so that is where a third team would come into the picture and take Randolph for a draft pick that would then be sent to Denver.
Michael (North Jersey )
Who do you think would genuinely make the team better? Melo or Iggy?
Chris Sheridan (12:29 PM)
Melo, without a doubt. Iggy is the better defender, but Melo is the better clutch scorer. Seems to be that every time I wath Iggy shoot for the win, he misses.
Anton Winfield (Brooklyn, NY)
Were you at the Garden on wed.? and if you were how loud was it in there when Felton hit that shot?
Chris Sheridan (12:34 PM)
I was there, and it was a weird kind of loud when that shot went in because it had bounced on the rim so many times. It was like there was a two-second delay before the loudness hit as everyone held their breath. Definitely a lot of electricity back in the Garden, but it could go to a whole different level if they beat Boston and/or Miami in the latter part of the week. New York fans are smart, and they are well aware of the low quality of the opposition the Knicks have faced thus far. That's why this upcoming week is so crucial to them, because fans aren't going to buy into the notion of this being a very good team until they see them beat a couple of very good teams.
Chris what do you think is the most realistic seed for the Knicks to end up at?
Chris Sheridan (12:35 PM)
4 or 5.
Andrew (Bronx, NY)
Does it make sense for the Knicks to go after Igudola, despite his talent, he doesn't spread the floor like Gallo does when he's on. And if they don't go after Igudola, and fail with Melo, is Jeff Green the next piece? And is Mason going to get another shot on the floor, or is he that bad in practice?
Chris Sheridan (12:36 PM)
If they acquire Iggy, it uses up all the cap room they have to pursue Melo. So the only way I see them considering Iggy is if Melo signs his extension.
rhonda (clifton park)
Is it worth blowing up the team and basically keeping Amare and Felton to marry up with Melo if we lose the chemistry that we have with Fields, Gallo and Chandler? Just asking? I want Melo here too, just wondering what price is too high to pay?
Chris Sheridan (12:39 PM)
That's the million dollar question: At what level does the price get too high. If you have to include Fields, Gallo and Chandler, that's probably a price D.Walsh is not willing to pay. If you take one of those guys out, it's a different story. As Donnie said earlier in the season, you can't gut the team again because you just got finished doing that prior to this season.
Do you really think somebody would give up a first rounder for randolph?
Chris Sheridan (12:39 PM)
Yes, something that'll be in the 20-30 range.
Any chance you have an extra ticket for tonight's game? Just moved down to DC and would love to see my Knicks.
Chris Sheridan (12:42 PM)
Tickets? The last time I attended an NBA game on a ticket was the MLK day matinee against Chicago when Trent Tucker hit the 3 with 0.1 seconds left for the win (the play that made them institute the 0.3 seconds catch-and-shoot rule). I imagine if you came down to the Verizon Center and waited until 7:20 p.m. (10 minutes after tipoff), you could get in the lower bowl for $20. Scalpers panic 10 minutes after tipoff.
andrew (brooklyn, NY)
With the way Amare and knicks have been playing, is he a legit MVP choice?
Chris Sheridan (12:44 PM)
I have a rule: No MVP debates in chat rooms until January at the earliest. I will say this: Wednesday night was probably the earliest in a season I've ever heard a crowd chant "M-V-P" at a player as the Garden fans did with Stoudemire.
Randy Cohen (NYC)
Do you think that the Knick's brass is disappointing with Mozgov?Do they have a big man to work with him?
Chris Sheridan (12:46 PM)
Herb Williams works with him, and Herb has told me the kid is a fast learner despite the language barrier. The thing, aside from his lack of rebounding, that's killing his minutes is his propensity to mishandle the ball when it is fed to him on pick and rolls. Happens almost once per game.
Alexander (Syracuse University)
With Ronny Turiaf's lingering knee injury and the lack of a grinder do you feel that Donnie Walsh will look to add a veteran "banger" a player along the lines of a Charles Oakley and Anthony Mason from the successful New York teams? Also do you believe that Alan Houston will be the teams next GM after being named Assistant GM earlier this week?
Chris Sheridan (12:50 PM)
There really aren't a lot of veteran bangers available out there. If they can't move R.Mason for a big body, their best shot may be getting someone from the D-League, but I don't see them going that route unless R.Turiaf's knee injury worsens and they need to put him on the shelf for a few weeks.
Andrew (Boston, MA)
Great to have you back in chat Chris! With Mosgov being so ineffective, will Randolph get more playing time? If his primary focus is shot blocking, rebounding, and passing, he should be effective. His jump shot looks awful, but Ronnie doesn't have one and is effective.
Chris Sheridan (12:53 PM)
The next time I see A.Randolph play meaningful minutes, my showcasing radar will be on high alert. He is a player who needs 24 mins of PT per game to be effective, and he isn't going to get that in NY behind Amar'e. And as a backup center, he is not strong or tall enough to be effective against 7-footers.
Chris, do you think last year's McGrady deal at the deadline is looking like a winner at this point? It allowed them to sign Felton and Mozgov, and make the Lee trade. We were hammering Donnie for this trade 3 weeks ago.
Chris Sheridan (12:56 PM)
The thing Donnie was being hammered on, and the thing he says he'll second-guess himself on for the rest of his days, is including the Knicks' 2012 first-round pick in that deal. He had to do it to give himself a chance at getting LeBron, but I'm sure he wonders if Houston would have ultimately accepted less, perhaps a pick swap option in 2012 to go along with the pick swap option the Rockets have in 2011.
Brian (Indiana. Pa)
What do you think the record for the Knicks will be at the end of the season?
Chris Sheridan (12:58 PM)
41-41, as I've been saying all along this season. I will revise upward if they beat Boston on Wednesday.
Chris Sheridan (1:00 PM)
That' a wrap for this week, folks. We'll chat again next Friday on the day of the first Heat-Knicks game since LeBron took his talents to South Beach. Y'all have a good weekend.