Chat with Chris Sheridan
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Sheridan has been covering the NBA full-time for the past 15 years. Since joining the ESPN.com staff in October of 2005, Chris has been providing in-depth reporting and commentary on the NBA and international basketball for all of ESPN's platforms. Follow him on Twitter: @csheridanespn.
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Chris Sheridan (1:59 PM)
Greetings from New York, across the Hudson River from where the Trail Blazers held a players-only meeting following their loss to the Nets in Newark last night. We can chat about that, but I imagine plenty of y'all will want to talk about a more prominent NBA team that held its own players-only meeting in Dallas on Saturday night. Clevelanders' take on the subject are especially welcome today, given the countdown to Thursday night's Return.
i know the heat started 10-10 and won a title but isn't it time to panic...they literally look bored every game
Chris Sheridan (2:03 PM)
They panicked in 2005 when they were 11-10, and Riley took over from Van Gundy. I'll say this: The Bump, the Players-Only Meeting, the earlier "chill" comment from Bosh -- none of these things bode well for Spoelstra. I'll also say this: D.Wade, C.Bosh and L.James have all been in the league long enough to know how ultimately meaningless November games are when it's all said and done. It was telling that LeBron pointed to the weak East in dismissing any panic talk after the Dallas loss.
MAC III (Salt Lake City)
What are your thought's on the Jazz's chemistry and the play of the Jazz second unit?
Chris Sheridan (2:08 PM)
I'd like to speak to their resilliency, coming back from double-digit deicits in a majority of their wins. As for the second unit, Miles has been great lately but has to prove himself to be less of a hot-and-cold player. Couldn't believe what they got out of Cisco Elson last night. Probably his best fourth quarter in 5 years. On the qustion of chemistry, I'll say this: Never do they panic. Only teams with great, great chemistry can do that.
Should Blazer fans be grateful for the fact that they aren't Heat fans and aren't under a bigger national spotlight?
Chris Sheridan (2:13 PM)
Blaker fans have little to be grateful for other han Brandon Roy's fortitude (but only if he keeps playing through the pain. To be wincing every night in November while being on a minute resriction is not a positive sign.) I was with them in Newark last night, and they were flat. Batum gave them nothing. They were shorthanded up front with Marks out and Przybilla still back in Portland. Right now I'd say the key to their season (other than Roy's knee) is whether they can count on 25 points per night from Wes Matthews.
How good Landry Fields is? And how good can he be 3-4 year from now?
Chris Sheridan (2:15 PM)
He has to be in the Rookie of the Year discussion if he starts all 82 games and the Knicks make the playoffs, but he's going to have a hard time beating out Beastly Blake Griffin. Landry is a player that always seems to be in the right place at the right time, rarely makes mistakes, and isn't afraid to shoot when open from anywhere. He's a four-year Stanford guy, too, so he's older and more intelligent than your average rookie.
Is it just me or do you want to see the Cavs beat up on the Heat like a school bully taking lunch money!!!
Chris Sheridan (2:21 PM)
I don't care who wins. I want to enjoy the spectacle of it all. As Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel wrote today, it's probably going to be the most hostile atmosphere in an NBA gym since Pat Riley returned to New York to coach against the Knicks in 1995 and made his famous "Bring it On" hand gesture to the fans.
Nofrak (Washington, DC)
Can we now stop the hemming and hawing and say that the Spurs are back among the elite this year and in real championship contention? And, with their new emphasis on offense, fun to watch for the casual fan?
Chris Sheridan (2:22 PM)
Yes, we can say all of that until the next time Manu Ginobili's ankle gives out. You gotta think it's coming at some point, right?
So you think the Heat just haven't "turned it on?" I don't see that at all. I see a team with glaring weaknesses and two stars who literally cannot play with each other. The problems at the 1 and 5 and bench aren't going to be fixed overnight, or in the off season either. That team is stuck with the big two plus Bosh for the foreseeable future.
Chris Sheridan (2:24 PM)
I think they will go through an evolutionary developmental process, and this is part of it. But they do have fundamental structural flaws, which is why I've been saying since the preseason that the Celtics are the team that is coming out of the East.
what do you think about an Ellis, Udoh trade for Melo??
Chris Sheridan (2:25 PM)
You don't give up Monta Ellis for a six-month rental.
What do you think of the way the Knicks are playing and the 2OT win yesterday?
Chris Sheridan (2:29 PM)
Another team going through a developmental, evolutionary process. But unlike the Heat, they are showing clear signs of progress. The schedule maker has been kind to them, so let's see how they fare in December when they play this eight-game stretch: Denver, Boston, Miami, Cleveland, OKC, Chicago, Miami, Orlando to finish the month. We'll have a clearer picture of what they're capable of by New Year's Eve.
Now that they are under the cap, do you see the Hornets making any more trades this season?
Chris Sheridan (2:31 PM)
They aer under the tax but not under the cap. The only player I could see them moving is M.Thornton.
how do you think the whole melo situation ends up when all is said and done?
Chris Sheridan (2:32 PM)
Traded at the deadline, either to NY, Orlando or Dallas.
Does CP3 still end up leaving New Orleans? They started hot but I feel they are still a first round knockout in the playoffs.
Chris Sheridan (2:35 PM)
They came back to earth against the Jazz and the Spurs, but I'm not going to say they are first-round knockout material.
Got a video of the Pat Riley in NY gesture/reaction?
Chris Sheridan (2:37 PM)
MSG Network has it in their archives, and I imagine some rabid Knicks fan has it on videotape and could post it to You Tube if it is not already there.
How much has Brandon Bass's trade value gone up. His been playing better since he has gotten more minutes. what do you think?
Chris Sheridan (2:41 PM)
I think his value has gone up, period. I always thought Stan should have used him more in the playoffs last year. He takes a lot of the rebounding pressure off Dwight. Only way I could see them moving him is as part of a Melo trade, but only if they were assured that Melo would sign the extension. With no assurance, the most I see them surrendering on a Melo rental is Ryan Anderson, the rights to Fran Vazquez and a couple of picks (along with VC's expiring contract to make the money match.)
Would the Hornets take Deng, Gibson, Johnson, and Picks for CP3? Would a backcourt of Rose and Paul work?
Chris Sheridan (2:41 PM)
No and no.
William Causey (Waycross, Ga)
What shooting guard do you think the Bulls should pursue via trade? I personally think marcus thornton or stephen jackson.
Chris Sheridan (2:43 PM)
I think they'd give Korver a shot in the starting five before they'd make a move. But with the emphasis Thibodeau puts on defense, and with Korver's defensive deficiencies, I'm not holding my breath on that one.
Scott (Grand Rapids)
Will Joe D make a move with the Pistons, or is he playing out the string, expecting to be fired once the sale of the team is final.
Chris Sheridan (2:46 PM)
From what I'm hearing, his hands are somewhat tied in trade talks because he can't take on long money because of the impact it could have on the purchase price when the Davidson estate finalizes the sale of the franchise.
Joseph (San Antonio, TX)
Here's a question from left field from a Spurs fan: what has happened to the Rockets? I expected them to really contend this year. If Yao physically is unable to extend his career, does Houston start from scratch or build around Martin/Brooks?
Chris Sheridan (2:48 PM)
The lost their starting center and their starting point guard, so what did you expect? They really have to be patient with Yao, and the ankle sprain was a big setback. But they're committed to going forward with Yao for another five years at a minimum.
Aaron (West Laf (IN))
Hi Chris, your thoughts on the Darko stuff over the past week or so?
Chris Sheridan (2:52 PM)
I took some grief last week for including Darko on my short list of players who have impressed me. Again, with him, it's a confidence thing. I was watching the Wolves the other night and I saw him dribble the ball between his legs before firing a cross-court pass to an open 3-point shooter. No way would he have been relaxed enough at any point previously earlier in his career to pull off a showmanship play like that. Now, that being said, can he keep it up for the four years Minny has him signed for? I'm not ready to say that. But he's put up a nice body of work for the past couple weeks.
Hawks not inspiring confidence against upper tier teams. How much is getting used to a new system, and how much is not having a point guard (in the traditional sense).
Chris Sheridan (2:54 PM)
Mike Bibby would argue your latter point after the weekend he just had.
Rome (Jax (orlando fan))
I don't know about you guys, and I may be biased but.....I just don't see the heat going 64-1 the rest of the way and challanging the bulls win record this year. lol
Chris Sheridan (2:56 PM)
Hmmmm, someone reveling in their misery who is not from Cleveland. Who'd have thunk it. :)
Rob (Los Angeles)
Is Roy Hibbert an all star this year?
Chris Sheridan (2:59 PM)
JaVale McGee might push him for that spot if he keeps up what he's been doing lately, but they'll both probably finish behind Al Horford in the coaches voting unless Indiana has a winning record in early February.
If there is a clear need for the Knicks, in my opinion, it is a banger, volume rebounder type that can give 15-20 min, create some second chance points, and dish a few hard fouls. Anybody on the market of this sort?
Chris Sheridan (3:00 PM)
Ronny Turiaf has been doing that for them. They need him to get healthy and keep doing it if they ever want to get above .500 and stay there.
Chris Sheridan (3:01 PM)
That's a wrap for this week, folks. Back again next Monday. Thanks for all the good questions -- tons of them in the queue today. Sorry I couldn't get to more.
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