Chat with Ian Begley
Welcome to ESPNNewYork.com! On Wednesday, 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 Wednesday at noon ET!
Ian Begley (12:02 PM)
Hey guys, Welcome aboard. Your Knicks have lost three straight and are stuck at 6-7. Plenty of issues to talk about. Keep your questions coming and I'll try to get to as many as possible. And let's keep it clean!
Danny C (NY)
Any updates on Baron Davis?
Ian Begley (12:05 PM)
Danny C, Baron D should be participating in practice early next week. He's expected to return to the court in late January or early February .... He seems to be in good shape. But as you guys know, there is a big difference between being in 'shape' and in 'game shape'
Ron (Boca, FL)
What's wrong with Amare? It can't be because he's not playing Center this year.
Ian Begley (12:08 PM)
Mike D'Antoni's has mentioned that Amare's having a tough time getting used to spacing on the floor with Tyson Chandler. He's also not getting as many looks near the basket because he is no longer the primary screener on the pick and roll. When he's on the floor w/out Chandler, you see a big difference.
How about this .... Boozer and Noah for Amare straight up?
Ian Begley (12:10 PM)
Seriously, Frank? Unless Chicago wanted to pay the Knicks back for taking Eddy Curry off of their hands, this one ain't gonna happen
Angel Garcia (Bronx, New York)
With the recent struggle with points production off the bench why not invest in a scorer like Gilbert Arenas
Ian Begley (12:11 PM)
Angel, a few of the writers were discussing this after practice the other day .... if you told me Arenas was going to get cut, I would guess he'd be re-signed shortly thereafter. Clearly, teams have shied away because of the gun incident and the fact that he struggled with his shot last season
Is it me or have the Knicks not once shot the ball well yet?
Ian Begley (12:13 PM)
It's not you Matt. They've really struggled. 41 percent from the field, 30 percent from beyond the arc. It's been ugly. As Carmelo Anthony said the other day, they can't throw the ball in the ocean. An optimist would say they are getting the open looks and the shots will fall .... We'll see
Ron (Boca, Fl)
Is Fields' confidence shot or was he playing over his head last year? Did the Knicks have a choice of Gallo or Fields in the deal for Melo?
Ian Begley (12:17 PM)
Welcome back, Ron. It's a little bit of both with Landry. D'Antoni has noted on several occasions that he's struggling with his shot. This has to be affecting his confidence. I think we are seeing a hangover effect from the Carmelo trade. I doubt he'll ever be the same guy he was in the first half of last season, but the Knicks need more out of him than what they're getting now .... I think if they had to do it all over again, there's no doubt they would deal Fields instead of Gallo
What do you think accounts for the defensive lapses? lack of focus?
Ian Begley (12:20 PM)
I have to give the Knicks some credit here. Sure, there have been defensive lapses. But, by and large, they have taken steps in the right direction this season on the defensive end. Last I checked, they were eighth in the league in defense, as rated by points allowed per 100 possessions. The offense has really hurt them thus far. And by the way, who would have thought they would be struggling with offense and been OK on defense early in the season?
Ian C (Atl, Ga)
What's the difference b/w Chandler and Amare and Turiaf and Amare. Turiaf was center a lot last year and Amare still flourished. Turiaf is a worse offensive player than Chandler, so you'd think that defenses have to stay with Chandler more than Turiaf. Why not treat Chandler like Turiaf and screen and roll with Amare more than Chandler??? Melo and Amare need to be in the pick and roll early and often. Thoughts?
Ian Begley (12:24 PM)
First off, I love the name. Secondly, I have to agree with you about Amare and the pick and roll. Historically, he's been one of the best big men in the P & R and it's clear that he's struggling this season to adjust to life without it. I think you will see Amare on the floor with Josh Harrellson a lot, which will give Amare the chance to get more looks in the paint and opportunities on P
Everyone is talking about moving Amare...Will any team take the risk of trading for him without having insurance to cover the contract? I say no and he's untradeable
Ian Begley (12:26 PM)
Agreed. Untradeable in my opinion. Contract is too much of a risk. That could change if he starts playing like he did last season. But that's a BIG IF at this point.
Whats the status of Melo's ankle? Thought I read that he tweaked it late in the Orlando game. Will he be on the floor tnite? havent heard anything suggesting otherwise.
Ian Begley (12:29 PM)
Jon, here's the latest: Carmelo will play tonight. He said on Tuesday that his ankle is 'sore' but feeling 'better'. The bigger issue for Anthony right now is his injured left wrist. He's having a tough time handling the ball with his left hand and supporting it when he shoots. That showed on Monday, when he missed 18 of 27 shots. He spent about 40 minutes at practice yesterday shooting jumpers and trying to figure out how to tweak his shot to compensate. This will be something to look out for tonight
Does the recent relegation of Li and Jordan create space for something other than just BD's return from injury?
Ian Begley (12:32 PM)
Saw a lot of questions about this on Twitter, so let's clarify here: Lin and Jordan are still on the roster so the Knicks roster remains at 15. They will have to let someone go if they wish to add a player. Don't forget, they still have the $2.5 million exception to spend. My guess is they are waiting to see if someone attractive becomes available via waivers. I'm sure they are also monitoring the FAs playing in China.
Bill (Raleigh, NC by way of Bklyn, NY)
I feel that with a little defensive unity and ball movement we can STILL win our division, your thoughts?
Ian Begley (12:37 PM)
Bill, I see you took the Michael Jordan route from BK to NC. Nice work. As far as your question goes, the optimist in me says the Knicks will continue to improve on defense and will start to make shots, which will lead to more wins. It will take a greater effort by the coaching staff to get Amare Stoudemire going. So that's something to watch. But the biggest question, of course, is how Baron Davis looks when he gets back on the floor. Best-case scenario? He transforms into a pass-first, shoot-when-necessary point guard and leads the Knicks to the Atlantic title. Boston's too old and Philly's too young.
meech (akron ohio)
why are the knick not playng typical Mike D'Antoni style o basketball with the run and gun is it because they have no backcourt
Ian Begley (12:39 PM)
Correct. They can't play his 'system' without a point guard. In fact, they can't really play his system with Carmelo Anthony, who is most effective in the half-court. So the days of seven seconds or less died when after the Melo trade, in my opinion
Kyle (Long Island)
How close is D'Antoni to losing his job, because from what I'v seen this year he could quite possibly be the worst coach in the NBA
Ian Begley (12:41 PM)
I haven't heard anything substantial regarding his status. But you have to think a bad loss to Phoenix or Denver makes his seat uncomfortably warm. Especially with a guy like Mike Woodson in position to take over for the rest of the year
I have heard rumors about the Knicks pushing to sign J.R. Smith. Whats his situation in China right now and how canhe impact the team in a positive way?
Ian Begley (12:46 PM)
Beni from Brooklyn, Gabe B from Hartford and others are asking about the China guys, so here goes: The 'push' to sign JR or any other player who suited up over there can't happen until his team's season is over, which will happen in late February or early March. Once Smith and the other guys who went over there are free to sign with an NBA team, the Knicks will have a pro-rated (I believe) $2.5 exception to offer them. I'm sure they are monitoring Kenyon Martin, Smith and Wilson Chandler (who is restricted) and, if they have a need due to injury or otherwise, I assume they will make a strong push. It will be up to the player to decide if he wants to accept the money on the table.
fred (who cares your not answering anyway)
ok i wrote three post can i get one resopnes is there any news on geting new players
Ian Begley (12:49 PM)
Take it easy, Fred. Save your frustrations for the Knicks, not me (Kidding!). Nothing concrete on adding any new guys at the moment. The next addition will be Baron Davis.
anthony (ny) (brooklyn)
which coach would be the best fit for ny next year
Ian Begley (12:50 PM)
My opinion? Jeff Van Gundy. Though that would never happen because of the way things ended with JVG during his first stint with the Knicks. Would love to hear what you guys think....
meech (akron ohio)
so who do the knicks go after this summer since its seems like cp3 is happy with lob city
Ian Begley (12:52 PM)
Right now, it seems like Steve Nash will be the main target. Assuming they have it available this summer, the Knicks will use their mid level exception and keep their fingers crossed. Don't be surprised if Iman Shumpert makes a big leap in Year 2. He looks like a natural shooting guard right now, but I think he could make the switch to PG
Any chance we see Wilson Chandler on the team before the playoffs?
Ian Begley (12:53 PM)
I doubt you will see him here at all this season, before or during the playoffs. He is a restricted FA so Denver can match any offer the Knicks make.
How do you feel about MELO elbow extended as post entry passers with the Amar'e posting up with deep position every time down the court? Amar'e shouldst be able to adopt a a post game...being that he is now going up against smaller pfs now
Ian Begley (12:56 PM)
Interesting thought Malachi. My first reaction is Amare is most effective in P & R situations, not in the post. So I don't think you're putting him in the best position to succeed there. Also, the paint is fairly congested when he and Chandler are on the floor together. So I don't see this as a viable option.
How about Rubio for Landry Fields? The Knicks need a young point, and the Wolves have an excess there. It wouldn't hurt ratings if Rubio was here!
Ian Begley (12:58 PM)
Ha. Sure. Maybe David Kahn would do this if he never wanted to work in basketball again
Max (Oradel, NJ)
Doesn't seem like Melo and Amar'e are messing AT ALL. Two fowards who constantly need the ball. Problem is, only one ball. Any thoughts? Bad decision to trade for Carmelo?
Ian Begley (1:00 PM)
The problem with both of those guys on the floor is that Amare is getting fewer looks near the basket. As we noted on our Knicks blog earlier this week, he is taking a higher percentage of jumpers and fewer shots in the restricted area since Melo came aboard. This is due in part to fewer P & R opportunities among other factors. In my opinion, if D'Antoni is such an offensive mastermind, he should be able to find a way to get both guys going. But I'm sure it's much more complicated that that.
Francis (Queens, NY)
Under what circumstances is D'Antoni no longer the coach next season if not earlier? And do you think the Knicks are better off without him considering the unit they have anyway?
Ian Begley (1:02 PM)
I think he'll get a chance to coach with a healthy Baron Davis. But I could be wrong. Stranger moves have been made when it comes to coaches at Madison Square Garden. I think they need to make it to the Eastern Conference finals in order for D'Antoni to return next season
Ian Begley (1:03 PM)
Guys, that's it for me. Thanks a lot for hanging with me and talking Knicks. You guys have great insight and an impressive knowledge of the game. Let's do it again soon. Also, be sure to check out ESPNNewYork.com for all of your Knicks coverage.