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Sheridan has been covering the NBA for over 10 years. Since joing the ESPN.com staff in October of 2005, Chris has been providing in-depth reporting and commentary on the NBA scene for ESPN Insider.
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Chris Sheridan (3:00 PM)
Good afternoon fron New York, just a few miles from where Brook Lopez sprained his ankle today right before the 0-13 Nets left on their four-game trip to the West. Talk about a snakebitten team! Been a busy past week, with a stop in Milwaukee for a piece I did on Brandon Jennings, to a weekend of back-to-back matinees at the Meadowlands and MSG _ the latter of which I refered to as "The Greenhouse" in yesterday's column because of the presence of so many Celtics fans for KG's buzzer-beating game-winner. I went a little hard on the men in green in my column, so that is open to discussion, plus whatever else is on your minds. And so we begin ...
Brandon (RVC, NY)
Do you see the Knicks making a move for T-Mac? Motivation would appear to be present on both ends, and the knicks have expiring contracts to match up. Thoughts?
Chris Sheridan (3:03 PM)
I see the motivation on the Knicks' part -- I have always said mcGrady is their panacea, if they can get Houston to take on Curry/Jeffries in such a deal -- but I think the Rockets would be silly to take either of those bad Knicks contracts unless what came along with it was too good to pass up, and I can't see NY putting together a package of anything -- unless you start throwing in multiple future No. 1 picks -- that would make the Rockets bite.
Any comments on the Pistons' struggles? They're missing 2 starters and all, but Stuckey has not been playing well at all.
Chris Sheridan (3:06 PM)
Can't discount how costly the Prince and Hamilton injuries have been. I've been impressed with Will Bynum, and like a lot of Pistons fans have been wondering whether he is in fact a straight up better scorer than Stuckey. In a broadr sense, I still see them as a transitioning team that'll make one more major restructuring trade before the deadline.
Greg (SoPo, Maine)
so as an avid Celtics fan I didn't think you we're being harsh on my boy, I found myself nodding along as I read. Will the return of big baby be enough to right the ship, or is Danny going to feel the need to make a more drastic move?
Chris Sheridan (3:08 PM)
Glad to hear that, Greg. Yes, I think Baby's return will help alleviate some of the lac of inside production they're not getting from 'Sheed, especially on the glass. But until then, Wallace needs to look to score from inside a lot more than he's doing, and Doc Rivers was saying after yesterday's game that'll he'll start trying to establish Sheed in the low blocks right when he comes of the bench in future games.
How long will it be until Roy and Miller CAN play together? Ever?
Chris Sheridan (3:12 PM)
That's the question of the day in Portland, Luke, and I don't have the answer any more than Nate McMillan does. I never saw the Miller signing as a good fit, just the Blazers scooping up the best available remaining free agent -- pretty much spending their cap space while they still had an opportunity to do so. So I could see them moving Andre if the right deal came along and then giving a larger role to Rudy Fernandez, who I feel is their third-best player behind Brandon and LaMarcus.
Mike H (Shreveport, Louisiana)
Do you think Iverson will retire or are there still teams interested in him?
Chris Sheridan (3:16 PM)
I think there will come a time when someone, because of an injury to a key player, will see Iverson as a low-risk, high-yield investment in terms of salvaging a season and then rolling the dice in the postseason. But until such an injury happens, I think he'll be idle. I think Jerry Stackhouse is probably the best unsigned free agent out there because he won't have a problem coming off the bench. But I don't think we've seen the last of AI, not by any means.
Mikey (Waukesha, WI)
Is Ersan Ilyasova the best player NOBODY knows about? He defends, puts the ball on the floor, and has a Dirk-like touch...
Chris Sheridan (3:18 PM)
I still give that title to Jeff Green, but the Turkish kid has had a nice week. Let's see how productive he is on this road trip before we go All-Bandwagon on the kid with the face mask. You are right about that Dirk-like touch, though, Mikey. Very high arc combined with a soft release.
John (Charlotte nc)
Chris is it safe to say that Gerald Henderson is a bust.And that Derrick Brown was the steal of the draft?
Chris Sheridan (3:21 PM)
It is always too early in November to be making overly broad statements about rookies being busts or steals. Henderson didn't play in summer league because the Bobcats were for sale and didn't want to pay to field a summer league team, so Henderson started behind his peers in that sense. Plus, he plays for a coach who typically brings rookies along slowly (to put it kindly).
Rob (Los Angeles)
You think the Nets break the record? They've @ DEN, POR, SAC, LAL and home against DAL.
Chris Sheridan (3:24 PM)
No. I think they win in Sacramento after starting 0-15. Few remember, but they almost won on opening night in Minnesota only to have Damien Wilkins put back a miss at the buzzer. Wade also killed them with a circus 3-point shot last week in Miami with 0.1 seconds left. But I'll hedge in saying I need Lopez's ankle to be healthy for them to win at Arco.
I feel you on Rudy, Chris!
Chris Sheridan (3:28 PM)
When the Knicks and Blazers briefly discussed a sigh-and-trade of David Lee last summer, the conversation ended when New York said Rudy would have to be a part of the package coming back. So the Blazers value him high, they just don't give him enough run to show what he has. It is as perplexing to me as it has been to Rudy. An aside, but I can't keep from mentioning how superb Fernandeaz was in the gold medal game in Beijing, and throughout those Olympics.
Kevin (La Crosse, WI)
Why do you think the Bucks usually perform better without Michael Redd?
Chris Sheridan (3:30 PM)
Let's not get carried away, OK, Kevin. The Bucks didn't exactly roll past the Lakers and their ilk in putting together this nice little run of theirs. They are going to need Redd to keep their hads above .500, and he'll get better looks now that defenses have to key on Jennings so much. Redd is expected back tonight, BTW.
Can we please just fire Mike D'Antoni and revoke his coach-of-the-year award? First he admits his idea of defense is letting players shoot themselves out -- and then we see his players actually taking shots on the opposing team's basket! I know players like him because he doesn't ask them to play D and lets them pad their stats (Nash can thank him for two undeserved MVPs) but enough is enough. Please. Agree or disagree?
Chris Sheridan (3:31 PM)
Disagree. But I like to throw a random New Yorker's rant into my chats every now and then just to keep things interesting.
Chris, please help this Philly fan find a positive in Speight's injury: Do you think this opportunity for Brand to get full minutes will trick- er, convince- another team to take on his contract for a playoff push?
Chris Sheridan (3:32 PM)
Elton has looked good for two straight games. There is your positive.
Vince Carter seems to be doing better for Orlando than Turk did last season. Not to mention Ryan Anderson was a STEAL in that trade
Chris Sheridan (3:34 PM)
I'm not sold on whether Vince'll do it on a game-in, game-out basis the way Hedo did, and I agree on Anderson. The guy is a baller.
Tom (Massillon, OH)
Chris, I'm going to put you on the spot. Does Lebron stay in Cleveland after this season?
Chris Sheridan (3:38 PM)
I don't know. Only he knows. and I'm not sure even he knows yet. I'm actually somewhat glad he's decided to stop talking about the subject, because it allows us to focus more on a lot of the other good NBA storylines that are out there, but I also think what he put out there two weeks ago when he visited NY -- the part about max money not being the most important thing -- was a calculated missile-drop on his part.
J.B. (Dunmore, PA)
Over/under on Knick wins this year and if they win the draft lottery, who should they pick?
Chris Sheridan (3:40 PM)
Twenty-seven. As for that No. 1 pick, Utah has it. Isiah traded it away to get Stephon Marbury, and Phoenix dealt it to Utah when they got the jazz to take on their big contracts so they coul clear the space they used to sign Nash away from Dallas.
Odds of the Nets finishing worse than the 72 Sixers? I'm saying even.
Chris Sheridan (3:41 PM)
No chance it'll happen if they have Harris, Lee, Lopez and Yi together for 40-50 games. Now, you want to start talking about the Timberwolves' chances, and maybe I'll be a little more receptive to the idea of that record being in jeopardy.
Joseph Horner (Idaho)
Hey what should my Jazz do? boozer and AK47 are playing better than they have in 2 or 3 years. Should we sell high?
Chris Sheridan (3:44 PM)
If I am a Jazz fan, I hope they keep the current team as is, get Korver back healthy and go with what they've got. They'd have a legit chance in a seven-game series against any opponent in the West except LAL, against whom they'd have a puncher's chance.
Big J (T-Dot)
What does the future hold for Yao? Does he leave Houston?
Chris Sheridan (3:49 PM)
There are conspiracy theorists out there who were saying last summer they believe Yao will opt out of his contract next summer so he can sign with the Cavs. And yes, those theorists were from Cleveland. As for Yao himself, you have to understand what terrible condition his feet have been in throughout his career. Del Harris told me a story once about how Yao's big toe would bleed profusely evry single night when he played. So I think the year off will he good for him, so long as the surgery was indeed successful. Those feet needed a long, extended rest.
MC Welk (SLC)
over/under on the Knicks pick: 5? and doesn't that put the Jazz in the teams of the future conversation with Portland and OKC?
Chris Sheridan (3:50 PM)
Yeah, five seems about right. And I like the Jazz's situation better than OKC's because I think the Thunder are going to be pretty good, and thus the better of their two picks (they also own the Suns' pick) will be somewhere in the teens.
It's amazing how much of an impact Gasol has made now that he is back. The 2nd unit looks amazingly strong and the issues with needing a better PG is pretty much invisible again.
Chris Sheridan (3:53 PM)
I disagree with you on the term "amazingly strong" when speaking of the Lakers' bench. Certainly it is stronger with Odom there, but no one else has given them anything with any kind of consistency. Stackhouse would be a nice addition, and it's confounding to me why they'd let him stay out there unsigned if they felt he could help them. I know that's where Jerry would like to end up, but I also think he'd bite quickly if a team like the Cavs came calling.
If the Thunder can move Green for a legit big man should they?
Chris Sheridan (3:55 PM)
A legit big man (center) remains the main key missing ingredient for them, but they can find a way to get one without dealing Green. He is a keeper.
Chris, what do you feel bout the Lakers bench, minus Odom? To me, they seem wholly inadequate. They can't seem to maintain or build upon any lead the first team creates. The game against the Thunder is a prime example. When Odom and Pau finally sat in the 4th quarter, the lead was a whopping 28 points. In the 7 remaining minutes, it dwindles to 16 and that to not even against the Thunders starters
Chris Sheridan (3:56 PM)
Goes to what I was just saying, Haka.
How many more years before there is a legitimate team to challenge the Celtics in the East?
Chris Sheridan (3:58 PM)
Zero. The Magic are capable of beating them in a seven-game series, even with Boston at full strength. I'm not sure anyone else in the East has enough of a combo of outside shooting and inside dominance to beat them.
What do you see the kings doing at the trade deadline? It looks like the kings are finally getting over the hill and may be a piece or 2 away from respectability.
Chris Sheridan (4:01 PM)
I keep seeing them showcasing Kenny Thomas, so I think they'll make a move with him sooner rather than later. His expiring contract is a big building block for them, because they can get a No.1 pick back in a Thomas trade if they play their cards correctly.
Chris Sheridan (4:02 PM)
That's a wrap. See you next Monday. Hope everyone enjoys the Thanksgiving weekend. Travel safely.