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 1 p.m. ET!
Ian Begley (1:20 PM)
Hey guys, I sincerely apologize for the delay. Technical issue with my internet connection. Anyway, let's dive right in...
What percentage would you put on the "Big 4" (Melo, Linsanity, Tyson, Amare) returning next year? If so, who will step into that 5th starting role on the floor?
Ian Begley (1:22 PM)
Hey TK, I'd put it at 90 percent. The only question mark is Lin and he is a virtual lock to return. The 5th starter is an interesting question. The Knicks can re-sign Landry Fields, who will be a restricted free-agent or they can bring back JR Smith, who has a player option. Smith is probably going to opt out, so the Knicks will need to sign him as a free-agent. Could be tough. So they may have to look elsewhere for a two guard. I'm thinking the Knicks may play it safe and bring back Fields, but I don't think that's the right move
Al(nj) [via mobile]
I like lin alot,but the knicks need to wen now.nash is the anwser,he will make amare and melo play together and make the knicks contenders,what u think.
Ian Begley (1:23 PM)
Al, I agree. Nash would be perfect. But I don't think that the Knicks will be able to lure him to NY. They will likely use their mid level exception to re-sign Lin and that leaves them without much to offer Nash
Will Amare have his explosiveness, can he work with chandler, and what will you think the knicks season record will look like next season?
Ian Begley (1:28 PM)
Hey, What's up Ed? I think Amare does get some of his explosiveness back, as long as he doesn't suffer any set-backs with his back. If he's healthy over the summer, that will allow him to get play basketball and remain in basketball shape, something he wasn't able to do last summer ... One of the keys when you're taking about Chandler and Amare playing together is who gets to run pick and rolls? Amare thrives as a screener but Chandler was used as a primary screener on pick and rolls last season. So I think there needs to be a happy medium met there ... RIght now, I think they win 45-48 games.
Scoop Jardine? Seriously? Don't they remember Andy Rautins? How did that turn out? In all seriousness IF Lin, Smith, Novak, Fields all go, would getting J.J. Hickson, Goran Dragic, and and Lamar Odom help ease the pain?
Ian Begley (1:30 PM)
Haha re: Scoop. If those guys leave Hank, the three names you mentioned would do much more than ease the pain, they'd be solid pieces to add in support of the big 3. That being said, I don't think it would work financially, unless all three are willing to take a huge pay cut. Dragic is in line for a big pay day for sure. The Knicks don't have the money to compete for him.
Deven (New York)
Hey Ian. How are ya? Great move by the Knicks for retaining Coach Woodson. I heard he's told Tyson Chandler and Amare to workout with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer? Why is that?
Ian Begley (1:33 PM)
Hey, what's Deven? Woody asked Amare and Tyson to work on their post moves in the offseason so I'd imagine thats why he wants them to work with Hakeem the Dream
Deven (New York)
Prediction: Where will the Knicks be in the Standings next season, with D Rose possibly missing a significant amount of time?
Ian Begley (1:35 PM)
I think they have a decent shot to win the division, depending, of course, on what happens with Boston and Philly in the offseason .... But I can see them finishing between 4-6. But, let's not forget, plenty can happen to change that in the offseason
Raj (Los Angeles, CA)
Hi Ian. Had the Knicks not retain Coach Mike Woodson, which coach would they've been after? Phil Jackson maybe?
Ian Begley (1:37 PM)
I don't know if there was ever mutual interest between Jackson and the Knicks. Certainly, if Woodson wasn't an option, they would have been more aggressive in their pursuit of Phil. But I don't know if Phil ever wanted to come to NY
Raj (Los Angeles, CA)
How's Baron Davis holding up?
Ian Begley (1:38 PM)
Hey Raj, Given the circumstances, Im hearing Baron Davis is holding up well. He has healed well from the surgery but he has a looong road of rehab ahead of him.
Ian, The Iso/Carmelo-centric offense the Knicks will be running for the foreseeable future is less than ideal of Lin and Fields. Might either of them end up preferring an offense where the ball moves better and, particularly in Fields' case, off the ball movement is more frequently rewarded? Along the same lines, I don't see Nash being interesting in coming and dealing with the Melo-offense or the Melodrama that would ensue from the offense shifting from Melo.
Ian Begley (1:40 PM)
Hey, what's up Frank, great question. Although, I think the Knicks would think of tweaking the offense to suit Lin more than they would Fields. Along those lines, I think there needs to be a balance between getting the ball to Anthony in isolation and allowing Lin to run a ball-movement based offense which is more spread and creates open shots. I don't see Nash coming to NY but I think it has more to do with D'Antoni not being around than it does an unwillingness to play with Anthony.
AZ (Astoria, NY)
Hi Ian. I'm afraid that the Knicks will lose Jeremy Lin in free agency. What are the chances they keep him. Also, whats the latest on the NBPA-NBA bird rights negotiations? And lastly, what free agents do you see the Knicks going after and signing this offseason? Thanks!
Ian Begley (1:42 PM)
Hey Az, good questions. I think the Knicks are still a virtual lock to re-sign Lin. I think his agent came out yesterday and tried to drum up interest in Lin, which is his job, of course. But I see him remaining in NY. I haven't heard anything regarding a schedule for the hearings between the NBA and NBPA but it should be done soon, well before free agency. I'd like to see the Knicks go after Lamar Odom, dunno if it will happen. I also think they need to find a younger, healthier back up center to bring in to the second unit. It's asking a lot, but maybe with a strong summer, Jerome Jordan can fill some of that role
John (Bronx, NY)
Hello Ian. What are the chances or the Knicks signing Lamar Odom or Metta World Peace (if he gets amnestied)?
Ian Begley (1:44 PM)
Hey John, The way things seem to be lined up now, either player would have to come in on the veteran's minimum contract. That would be a hefty pay cut for both players. But, they are from Queens, so if the situation presented itself, you'd have to think they'd at least consider it
Danny C (NY)
How many years is the contract expected to be?
Ian Begley (1:44 PM)
Hey Danny, I think the deal will be for no longer than 3 years. Those are the seasons that the Knicks are expected to have Carmelo, Amare and Tyson together
Is retaining Woodson good for the Knicks' future?
Ian Begley (1:46 PM)
I think so, Alex. Woodson did one of the best stop-gap coaching jobs in NBA history with the Knicks and deserves a chance to show what he can do over 82 games. He has the support of his star players (which is key in the NBA) and has gotten his guys to play defense. So he deserves a shot. I think one thing Woodson needs to figure out is how to use Melo and Amare together. That's not an easy task, but Woodson has said that it's his responsibility to figure it out.
Without beating this issue to dead, I'd rather have Nash for the next 3 years than Lin. This is a win-now team and we can't start yet another season with growing pains from a guy who played well for like 3 wks and is coming off a major injury. So what if Nash is older, this group only has 3 years left together.
Ian Begley (1:48 PM)
In a perfect world, I agree. But I don't see the Knicks letting Lin walk. He provided a significant boost to their bottom line and, unfortunately, that plays a factor in decision-making. I do think Nash would give the Knicks a better chance to win a title in the next 3 years
William Thomas (Buchanan, VA)
Any chances that Melo is dealt to another team by the start of next season?
Ian Begley (1:50 PM)
Hey Will, I don't see that happening. Dolan went against Donnie Walsh's wishes to get Anthony to New York so I have a hard time seeing Dolan signing off on a deal to send him out of town.
Deven (New York)
On a scale of 1-10, how likely would it be for Steve Nash to sign with the club, if they lose Jeremy Lin?
Ian Begley (1:51 PM)
Hey Deven, IF they let Lin walk, I see the possibility of Nash coming here as a 6.5. I think he'd be hesitant because Mike D'Antoni is no longer here.
im not a knicks fan, but it seems like the national media takes on a negative tone when discussing the knicks and its players why is that?
Ian Begley (1:53 PM)
Interesting observation. I don't really have an answer, though I know the team was a punch line for the NBA during its struggles from 2003-2008.
Jeremy Lin (NYC)
Do the Knicks have my early bird rights? When do we find out the CBA ruling? I'd love to stay...but Melo is such a ball hog.
Ian Begley (1:57 PM)
Haha ... What's up Jeremy? Thanks for joining the chat. The Knicks most likely will not have your early birds rights, though the issue will be decided by an arbitrator in the coming weeks. I'm not sure exactly when the hearing will happen.
Who you got coming out of the WCF?
Ian Begley (1:57 PM)
I'm taking OKC. Westbrook-Durant-Harden just seem unstoppable. Should be a tremendous series, though
Sad knick Fan (NYC)
Can you explain what happened last season when billups was resigned and then amnestied? Could they have waited and not waste the amnesty?
Ian Begley (1:59 PM)
Hey Sad, The Knicks needed to amnesty Billups to create cap space to sign Tyson Chandler. Of course, they could have waited and they could still have their amnesty. But, at the time that they agreed to bring back Billups, I don't think Chandler was on their radar. So it's hard to have that kind of foresight when you don't think a player like Chandler is a possibility.
Ian Begley (2:01 PM)
Hey guys,That's all for me. I appreciate you guys stopping by to chat today. It's always great talking to such knowledgable and passionate fans. Sorry for the delay earlier but thanks for hanging in with me. Hope to talk to ya'll again soon.