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 noon ET!
Ian Begley (12:03 PM)
Good afternoon everyone. I fell asleep early last night, did I miss anything? Kidding. A lot to talk about. Let's get it started.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Why what Happened to Carmelo Anthony that he had to sit out against the Heat?
Ian Begley (12:04 PM)
Hey Chris, Carmelo suffered a cut on his hand after diving into the stands against Charlotte and decided to sit after testing his hand. Not sure if he'll play vs. Chicago.
Kevin (Doha, Qatar)
What does this win really mean?
Ian Begley (12:08 PM)
Kevin, I dont think you can understate it. This was a statement win. It shows the rest of the NBA that the Knicks are a legitimate contender
Michael C. (Westport, CT)
I'm curious... what's it like for beat reporters regarding Rasheed Wallace? Can you approach him and ask him questions?
Ian Begley (12:10 PM)
Rasheed's been accessible when he's approached. He's been a pro. You can tell that he doesn't really like talking to the media but he knows it's a part of the job
Deven (New York, NY)
Miami had no answers for the Knicks. How did the Knicks change their game plan w/o Melo?
Ian Begley (12:12 PM)
Devin, it was all about Ray Felton penetrating and using Tyson Chandler on the pick and roll and finding open shooters. Last night, those shooters knocked down threes.
How does Amar'e look Ian when he works out before games???
Ian Begley (12:17 PM)
Hey Ron, Amare is running and shooting. His movement looks fluid. A big test will be when he hits the practice floor, takes contact and starts cutting. We dont know when he'll be back on the practice court yet.
Barry (L.A., CA)
How do the knicks compete against a Celtics backcourt loaded with 4 quality players while the Knicks bandaid their way with old or limited scrubs?
Jenise Jackson (Jersey City)
I think Dwayne Wade is on serious,hard decline, so in my opinion the Heat are no longer far and away the best team in the Eastern conference. In a seven game series, I can see the Knicks beating them in six games. The Heat's defense is no where near what is use to be and same for Wade. Also, where will the minutes for Shump come from?Prig,Kidd,JR, and Brewer are all playing great.
Ian Begley (12:27 PM)
Hey sorry for the technical difficulties guys. I agree on D-Wade Jenise. I've heard analysts say that he's lost his explosiveness and is settling for jump shots and after last night, I have to agree. It will be interesting to see how Woody handles the rotation once Shumpert returns. I think Shumpert will work his way into the starting five so Woody will have to find minutes for Brewer, Smith and Kidd
Frank (Milton, Pa)
Do you really think Amare Stoudemire will make an impact when he comes back? They have been rolling without him.
Ian Begley (12:28 PM)
I think it depends on how Woodson uses him, Frank. He'd be most effective in the second unit where he can be the primary screener on the pick and roll and work in the paint without Tyson Chandler. He also would be able to operate in the mid post and near the elbow if he's on the floor without Carmelo. So I think that's the best move.
Angelo (New Haven, CT)
Do you think Kidd is one of the most important players on the team? And when every one gets healthy will Prigioni play as much? I feel that Pablo is one of the most important players on the team right now.
Ian Begley (12:31 PM)
I agree with you on Kidd, Angelo. His impact doesn't always show up in the stat sheet. He's the key to the Knicks' improved ball movement. He also is the prime reason behind their low number of turnovers per night. Prigioni has been great. I think he'll still have a roll when everyone comes back, but his minutes will cut to about 5-10 a night
Marcus (Oakland, CA)
Ian. Have you been able to speak with Amare regarding his possible role when he returns to the team? Has he been able to practice the defensive rotations and work on his post game at all?
Ian Begley (12:33 PM)
Hey Marcus, Amar'e hasn't spoken to reporters since he injured his knee, so I haven't had a chance to talk to him. I've been told that he's open to accepting whatever role Coach Woodson asks.
Alex (Chicago, IL )
First off, I'm a die hard Knicks fan. I don't want to overreact and say we need to block off 5th Avenue for a parade in June, BUT how can you not get excited about this start? The depth of this team, veteran leadership, star power, and commitment to defense definitely make us a contender. Anyway, what do you say to the people that say live by the three, die by the three and it's not sustainable? I believe it can be because of how many shooters we have and our passing, which is generating wide open looks. Instead of live by the three, die by the three, it should be live by the three, you beat the big three!
Ian Begley (12:34 PM)
Haha, that's a good line Alex. I think as long as the Knicks continue to get quality looks from 3, as you mentioned, they should continue to take them. Those looks are generated from stellar ball movement and penetration. If they stop getting quality looks from beyond the arc, I think Woodson will start giving guys the red light from 3.
The knicks have been good with the ball all season, but to be able to minimize turnovers against the heat... I think was a big part of the win last night. Your thoughts?
Ian Begley (12:36 PM)
Agree completely Steve. Credit Jason Kidd, Ray Felton and the coaching staff. This has been one of the underrated reasons behind the Knicks' hot start.
How many all-stars do you see the Knicks having this season?
Ian Begley (12:36 PM)
I think it's way too early to tell. Right now, I'd say two (Anthony, Chandler). I don't think Felton is a stone-cold lock for an All Star spot, yet.
Les K (East Windsor, NJ)
I've watched every game this season, and am awestruck by the difference Kidd has made. You can actually feel the calmness he gives to the team, especially in crunch time. to me, he's their MVP so far, for the savvyness and Clyde-like coolness under pressure he displays.
Ian Begley (12:37 PM)
He's been phenomenal. He's a Hall of Famer for many reasons. One is the fact that he's still able to impact a game at age 39.
Ian Begley (12:39 PM)
Alright guys, I have to get back to work. As always, it was great chatting with you. You guys are extremely knowledgable and passionate and it always shows in these chats. I apologize for the technical difficulties. But thanks for coming by. If you have any more questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@IanBegley) and check out the Knicks blog on ESPN NY for all your Knicks coverage.