Chat with Chris Sheridan
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, NBA writer Chris Sheridan will stop by to take your questions!
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.
Send your questions now and join Sheridan Monday at 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:47 PM)
Hey everybody. I just spoke with Chris. He had some airline issues and his flight was delayed in landing. However, he should be here to chat by 3:15 or so.
Chris Sheridan (3:35 PM)
Airline issues indeed, then contruction issues on the highway. I learned today that the road to Hades includes a transfer at Orlando International Airport. Anyway, here to autopsy Game 1 of Orl-Bos and look at tonight's Game 1 of LA-Phx, and we'll undoubtedly discuss LeBron. Let's roll ...
Peter (EL PASO TX)
Will the New York Knicks Trade Eddy Curry expiring contract for Tony Parker. Makes sense for both teams.
Chris Sheridan (3:37 PM)
Peter, do you work at Orlando International Airport? Or are you really in El Paso, where you need to get a little more shade.
PHX is the deeper team. Do you think the Suns make their biggest runs of the night when it's their bench on the court?
Chris Sheridan (3:40 PM)
Agreed, but remember pretty much any team the Lakers ever play is deeper. They'll need to get a big chunk of offense out of someone off their bench guys, be it Dragic, Dudley or Amundsen/Lopez, the latter two on hustle plays, put-backs and scrappy baskets. And Gentry has to get a quick feel for which combos are giving the Lakers fits. It'll be a good test to see how Alvin coaches on his feet.
The Mecca (NY)
Chris i'm getting scared we might end up with Joe Johnson and resigning David Lee.
Chris Sheridan (3:43 PM)
I've mentioned this in a couple columns and chats, and it bears repeating: The reading I get from people in the know is that Joe has no interest in playing in NY. He's from Little Rock, he's a quiet guy, and he just wouldn't be the right fit. As far as Lee goes, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world (if they don't get LeBron) to keep him and divvy up the remaining cap space on 3-4 value players. What's going to be key for the Knicks is how much time LeBron takes to decide. If it's a long time, they could lose Lee in the interim.
I see no change in 2009 Dwight Howard and 2010 Dwight Howard offensively and defensively. Is this his ceiling as a player?
Chris Sheridan (3:46 PM)
He has a left-handed low post shot that he has become fairly proficient at, but I wonder why he hasn't developed more. Dwight would be well-served to watch tapes of assistant coach Pat Ewing shooting his fadeaway jumper, then ask Pat to teach it to him. Defensively, Paul, he's still a beast. And let's be honest, he's been in foul trouble so much this postseason because there have been some truly awful calls made against him in each of the nine games he has played.
Derek (North Carolina)
Chances of Bulls landing Lebron? Do you think Rose and James would be able to work well together on the same team?
Chris Sheridan (3:48 PM)
If you want me to put a percentage on it, I'll say this: Right now I would guess the percentage scoreboard reads Chicago/Miami/NY 30 percent each, Cleveland 5 percent and NJ/LAC 5 percent. That's my opinion only, and that's my May 17 opinion.
Mansa (Los Angeles)
I picked the Celics to beat the Magic yesterday and overall for the series mainly because the Orlando had not faced any worthy opponents thus far. I think they match up well from top to bottom with Howard being the difference. The problem for Orlando is that Howard can be contained as seen in Game 1. It would be interesting to see what adjustments Van Gundy makes, but I would have to give the advantage to Boston. Your thoughts?
Chris Sheridan (3:51 PM)
Boston defended the 3-point line very tightly, and the lane was open for the Magic more than they used it. I'd expect him to put in some adjustments to facilitate backdoor cuts and alley-oops for Dwight and Rashard, and I imagine he's getting into Jameer Nelson's ears about how important it is that he attacks.
The Clippers have the BEST supporting cast out of all the teams that can sign Lebron..........why are they never even mentioned by any of the major ESPN analysts as being a possible destination?
Chris Sheridan (3:54 PM)
John, I list them down in Nets territory because as great as the allure is in both places (Jay-Z friendship/Hollywood lifestyle), I think that is more than offset by the Clippers' second-class citizen status in LA, which is never going away, and the Nets two-year purgatory in Newark while they wait for the Brooklyn Arena to be built. In NY construction circles, a two-year project often means a three- or four-year project, and I'm skeptical they'll get that building up by the start of the 2012-13 season.
So your opinion is that Lebron is all but outta Cleveland. That surprises me. Still thought it was his likeliest destination even after the playoff loss.
Chris Sheridan (3:57 PM)
He looked like a high school senior mailing it in on the last week of classes. (Hope none of you HS seniors are doing that). I think he's ready for a new stage in his life, outside of Ohio.
Hello Chris, Don't you think it is time for others (you are one of the minute exceptions) to start giving credit to the Celtics play in the playoffs? All we hear about is "What's wrong with Lebron?" "Where is he going?" "What is wrong with SuperMan?" How about, "What a great defense?" "What a great game plan from Doc and Tibs?"
Chris Sheridan (3:58 PM)
Your credit is duly noted and posted. Something Danny Ferry said after the Cavs series is relevant in his series too: The Celtics are going to use their fouls.
Could MIA, Chi, Nets, or the knicks possibly land wade, lebron, and bosh without any of them taking a cut in salary?? I would think the Nets would be the only deep who has an owner with deep enough pockets to pay the tax. Is a pipedream to see all three play together??
Chris Sheridan (4:02 PM)
Miami is the only team that could get three max guys, but they'd have to clear almost all of their '10-11 money Beasley, Jones, Cook) to do it. The max salary will be $16.5M, so they need to get $33M under to make it happen. Then they'd fill in around them with rookies and minimum salary guys.
Mike (Irvine, CA)
Chris, why does everyone make a big deal about who has the cap space to sign Lebron, cap space in the Lebron situation is IRRELEVANT! Cavs would rather S&T than lose him for nothing and if he goes to any team in the league and says "I want to play here" does any team say no? they will work out a sign and trade WHEREVER he wants to go
Chris Sheridan (4:05 PM)
I disagree. I believe the Cavs will turn their backs on him if he decides to leave, and they won't facilitate a larger contract through a sign-and-trade. Remember, they'd go way under the cap if LBJ leaves, because Shaq's 20M salary comes off their cap, too.
Jason (New York)
Recommendations for what two players the Knicks should sign or resign to build a solid nuceleus? Obviously would be great if they got Lebron, but I think the chances of him or Wade coming to NY aren't the greatest
Chris Sheridan (4:08 PM)
If they fail on their big targets, I think they'll keep Lee and then go after Rudy Gay with a max offer and wait a week to see if Heisley and the Grizzlies will match (And I believe they will). It's risky, because they might lose someone during that week of waiting, but the Knicks may be able to dictate the tempo of the second wave of signings if they hold most of their money.
Rusty (Cleveland, OH)
The Cavs will not S&T LBJ. If he is leaving, the team knows to go into rebuild mode, not try to win with Luol Deng or E. Dampier.
Chris Sheridan (4:09 PM)
There you go, from a Clevelander, no less.
I know you are talking max dollars with bron, wade, and bosh, but if Miami could swing those 3 do you think they would take a little pay cut so they could get more talent around them. Those 3 studs will clearly bring in great talent at lower prices.
Chris Sheridan (4:13 PM)
I do not see any of the heavy hitters signing for a discount. LBJ, Bosh and Wade are already leaving money on the table, because they would all opt out of contracts that are due to pay them $17.15 million next season. Their new deals would start at $16.5 under the rule that says players with seven years of service can sign for 105 percent of their previous salary, or 30 percent of the salary cap, whichever is greater.
i realize that a lot of people have thoughts on Lebron, but does anyone care that there's a really great game on tonight? This could be one of the better WCF matchups of the last few years - we have all summer to re-hash LBJ theories.
Chris Sheridan (4:15 PM)
I hear you, Nate. But this is a nationwide/worldwide chat, and 95 percent of the questions in the queue have nothing to do with Bos-Orl or LAL-Phx, which is somewhat understandable given that only one game has been played in the ECF, and none in the WCF.
Does Phoenix have to steal this game tonight if they are going to win the series? Phil has never lost a series after winning the first game
Chris Sheridan (4:20 PM)
Boston had never, ever lost a series up 3-2 with homecourt advantage until it happened last year against Orlando. There is a first time for everything, but with that being said, I do agree that PHX could put the Lakers on their heels with a road win in Game 1, just as the Celtics did to the Magic last night.
Chris, I can't recall were you for the Antawn Jamison trade? A lot of people hailed it because it was win now mode and they gave up virtually no players in the acquistion, but it killed their future cap space, as SHAQ and Z were coming off the books. and why did they not play JJ Hickson? Was their mistake adapting to their opponent vs playing the guys that got them 61 wins.
Chris Sheridan (4:25 PM)
I was very much in favor of the Jamison trade, and I was calling for M.Brown to use Hickson throughout that series and to give up on the emphasis on feeding Shaq in the post. That was one of the things that took LBJ out of his game so early in Game 5. Now, if the Cavs lose LeBron, they will be $8-10 mill below the cap, which is a lot, and Jamison has trade value, and there will be plenty of under-the-cap teams to facilitate uneven trades. Which means the Cavs can rebuild on the fly if they can find the right Jamison deal in a post-LeBron world.
Why did everyone make a big deal out of Lebrons elbow, but don't say anything about Kobe's injuries...notice the plurality?
Chris Sheridan (4:28 PM)
Somewhat fair point, but LeBron's injury was something the Cavs hid at the end of the regular season, so when it became public knowledge it was a big deal, and rightfully so. The LA Times story about Kobe having his knee drained is fresh out of the oven, so that one should churn up the Kobe injuries (plural) discussion exponentially.
Why does everyone say LeBron wouldn't want to play second to Kobe in LA? If he signs with the Clippers (which makes the most sense), he has a great chance changing LA from a Laker city to a Clipper city. Not only that, but they have the best supporting cast out of all the teams (including the Cavs), and LeBron has a big enough ego to try and take Los Angeles away from Kobe so why aren't the Clips even mentioned (lets be real he ain't going to Miami or Chicago).
Chris Sheridan (4:30 PM)
Not buying that theory, Clayton. The Clips have been too much of a joke for too long to turn themselves around that quickly.
Chris Sheridan (4:30 PM)
That's a wrap folks. We'll chat again next Monday from Boston prior to Game 4 of the ECF.