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 (2:00 PM)
Good afternoon from New York, site of a very impressive Timofey Mozgov sighting last night. Plenty to chat about, from Kevin Durant getting personal with Chris Bosh, the Lakers' struggles of late -- especially yesterday -- and the jockeying for postseason awards with the season now well past the midpoint. Off we go ...
As of today, who are the top 5 players to build a franchise on for the next 10 years? And do Wall and Griffin come anywhere near that list?
Chris Sheridan (2:02 PM)
I like this question, Daniel. For 10 years, eh? I's say my five are PG-Derrick Rose; SG-Kevin Durant; SF: LeBron James; PF: Kevin Love/Blake Griffin. C-DeMarcus Cousins. Can't make up my mind on the 4. Folks, your thoughts? I'll post a few responses.
Sean (Park City UT)
Hey Chris,I know you are an East Coast guy but do you have an opinion on the Jazz struggles of late. Is it the players, the coaches, what is it & can this be fixed? If you take out their league leading double digit come from behind wins this team has a horrible record. As it stands they barely a playoff team. Seems a bit strange for a team so far into the luxury tax.
Chris Sheridan (2:04 PM)
Hasn't helped being without Deron the past couple gams, that's for certain. The best remedy for this year may be a trade, and a poster right behind you has an intriguing idea ...
Ryan (The Trade Doctor)
Chris, I think I can fix the Piston's payroll and the Jazz's roster in one deal. How about Kirilenko and Miles or Price for Hamilton and Prince?
Chris Sheridan (2:07 PM)
Ryan, there would have to be another significant piece going back to Detroit in that deal if you are trying to get both Rip and Tay, and the Jazz don't have the type of big man Detroit is seeking (an expendable one, anyway), so there would have to be multiple No. 1 picks going to Detroit.
Chris, Why no love for Tony Parker in All-Star talk? Is it so ridiculous to expect 3 Spurs to get in when it looks like it'll be that way in Boston and Miami?
Chris Sheridan (2:10 PM)
It's a crowded field out West, and Parker is a guy who will get squeezed out. But there will be an even more deserving candidate squeezed out, too, if LaMarcus Aldridge/Kevin Love/Blake Griffin don't get enough votes. I fully expect David Stern to select Tim Duncan as Yao's replacement, thereby giving the Spurs two All-Stars. You can't have a team with that good of a record represented by only one player.
What role does Mark Warkentien's hiring by the Knicks play in their Melo pursuit? Looking at the long-term do you see Warkentien as a good fit for GM once Walsh resigns?
Chris Sheridan (2:15 PM)
Warkentien has insight into the way Nuggets owners Stan and Josh Kroenke operate. The Knicks are tapping into that knowledge in order to go about this in the most judicious way. One thing Warkentian is probably telling Donnie is that any Melo trade is going to have to be a money-saver for the Nuggets, which means NY may have to take on a couple long contracts (Al Harrington, Renaldo Balkman) to meet the Kroenke's criteria. Also, the younger Kroenke (the nominal owner) is a bit of a mystery in NBA circles, so if you can tap into the mind of someone who has had dealings with that particular 30-year-old, you do it. That is what Donnie is doing. As for the second part of your question, my money is on Allan Houston to become Donnie's eventual replacement. Jim Dolan is a huge, huge fan. Look how much money he paid Allan over his career. It was sick money.
You'd rather start a franchise with Cousins over Dwight Howard? You do know Dwight just turned 25, right?
Chris Sheridan (2:17 PM)
I only wanted to put one guy on there who would be in his upper 30s in 10 years. But you do have a point, Ben.
chris, why no buzz over what manu is doing in sa? he's the best player on the best team and still no mvp nods
Chris Sheridan (2:20 PM)
If they maintain the win pace they are on, he enters the discussion over the final 20 games. Derrick Rose and Amar'e Stoudemire have meant so much to their respective teams, both of which are exceeding expecttions in large markets, and that is somewhat of a contributing factor. If we see a 9-0 or 8-1 rodeo road trip, the equation starts to tilt more in Manu's favor.
Detroit fan here, every Piston fan would jump with joy if we could move Rip for an expiring without including a young piece to sweeten the deal for the other team.
Chris Sheridan (2:24 PM)
But would you want to trade both Rip and Tay in the same deal? That may be the only way they are able to get rid of Hamilton's contract. (By the way, it is utterly shameful what the Pistons are doing to Rip. That franchise has fallen very, very far very, very fast. They used to have class. It is sad to see.)
David (San Antonio)
Did you just say that Rose and Stoudemire are MVP candidates because their teams are exceeding expectations in large markets. And the Spurs are exceeding expectations, but they are in a small market. Stupid distinction in my books. Large market or small market shouldn't matter. Manu has been a stud all season and deserves the same props.
Chris Sheridan (2:26 PM)
David, I am only making that point to explain why Manu has not been as prominent in the discussion. I'm not saying it is a legitimate argument.
You would consider starting a franchise with Kevin Love over Blake Griffin??? That is like saying I would start a franchise with Kirk Hinrich over Derrick Rose. Griffin is clearly the choice, and not just for basketball reasons (although those alone would be enough). Griffin would boost interest in your team and drive up ticket sales. Come on Sheridan, you're better than that.
Chris Sheridan (2:28 PM)
Kevin Love has 30 straight double-doubles and is shooting in the mid-40s on 3s. He is a machine. Blake is a beast, and I agree with your point on driving interest and boosting ticket sales. So it's a tough pick.
Did Mozgov earn some more PT or was this just him vs. another rookie both playing zero defense?
Chris Sheridan (2:31 PM)
D'Antoni said before last night's game that nobody who filled in for the absent Wilson Chandler and Shawne Williams would crack his nine-man rotation no matter how well he played. Then afterward, he totally reversed course and said we'll be seing more of Timofey. With R.Turiaf as banged up as he is, it's a little odd that D'Antoni didn't give Mozgov a look a little earlier. That being said, let's see how he fares against T.Chandler and B.Haywood when the Mavs come to MSG on Wednesday night.
Disco (S. Burlington, VT)
Chris - What are your thoughts on contraction?
Chris Sheridan (2:35 PM)
It is a red herring -- unless the Sacramento Kings are willing to be bought out. You can't contract (get rid of) the Bobcats and Grizzlies because both teams have lease agreements that have to be fulfilled whether the team exists or not. And besides those 3 teams, I see no other valid candidate. Like a lot of labor talk being thrown around in mid-winter, the whole contraction discussion is a bunch of rhetoric. As I have said before, deal-making time comes after the draft in the last few days of June (and the first couple days of July if they stop the clock at 11:59 p.m. on June 30).
Nick(Cali) [via mobile]
Is there any deal that the Lakers can make to get rid of Ron Artest? I would even take Troy Murphy atleast he can knock down open jumpers!
Chris Sheridan (2:38 PM)
The Nets would take that deal in a heartbeat. As for the Lakers, I don't think they've forgotten how valuable Ron was to them in Game 7 against the Celtics. He was their steadiest player over the full 48 minutes. They'll need him in the playoffs for his defense, and I don't see them panicking and trading him away unless there are issues outside of the public eye that are giving them cause for concern (wouldn't be the first time with Ron-Ron).
in limited minutes how did Anthony Randolph look?
Chris Sheridan (2:41 PM)
The minutes were quite limited, but I did notice this: He is such a good ballhandler, and when he grabs a defensive rebound he is very adept at immediately turning upcourt and starting the break either with the dribble or the pass. I spoke to him before the game last night, and he is having a tough time coming to grips with being benched. Told me he misses playing basketball.
Who goes down as the better player in history? Kobe or Shaq? Kobe has 1 more ring but Shaq dominated at an almost unstoppable level in his prime.. What do you think?
Chris Sheridan (2:43 PM)
Kobe, because he did it with sheer talent rather than sheer brawn.
Dalembert and Casspi to Okc for Jeff green and maynor, who says no??
Chris Sheridan (2:45 PM)
OKC says no to that. But if you want to throw Udrih for Mo Pete into the equation there might be an equitable deal there.
Javier (San Juan, PR)
New playoff format of top 16 teams regardelss of conference would produce better matchup, more money for the league and ...well I had them at Money. Any chance of this happening.?
Chris Sheridan (2:49 PM)
I wrote a column on this a couple years back. I would LOVE to see the 16 teams (top 8 from each conference) seeded 1-16 for the playoffs, which would give a mix of intraconference and nonconference matchups throughout the first three rounds. I have seen enough Philadelphia-Orlando playoff gams to last a lifetime. I'd rather see the Magic play the Nuggets in the first round.
The ole last shot of game who do you want taking it question. Still Kobe? Pierce? How about of all time?
Chris Sheridan (2:50 PM)
After yesterday, Eddie House.
I know its not likely to happen but which Western Conference team currently in the battle for the 8th spot is most likely to go on a run and be a top 4 seed by seasons end
Chris Sheridan (2:51 PM)
The Denver Nuggets if they keep Carmelo Anthony.
chris (jacksonville florida)
Whats up with everyone talking about dwight howard leaving via free agency after next season?
Chris Sheridan (2:54 PM)
Dwight wants to be recruited just like all his buddies from Team USA have been. He is jealous. But do I see him leaving? No. Not unless Dominique Dawes is the one recruiting him when he becomes a free agent. (Do a Google video search with Dwight Howard and Dominique Dawes and you will see what I mean. Was one of the best moments from covering the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing.)
Someone asked Wilbon this question. It looked as though LA was really trying to win that game yesterday and couldnt pull it out so do you see Boston as a better team, especially in a 7 game series?? Boston is seriously deep!
Chris Sheridan (2:56 PM)
Boston has been the team I have been picking to come out of the East since Day One, and I ain't changing my tune.
Chris, love your chats. What did you think about Kevin Durant stepping up to Chris Bosh yesterday? Caught in the moment or do you think he has a bad ass side to him that we don't know about.
Chris Sheridan (3:00 PM)
The latter, Paul. Was quite a statement from him, calling out a guy he practiced with for Team USA in 2007 and 2008. Just a wild guess, but maybe Durant blames Bosh for keeping him off the 2008 team? Durant was being given very serious consideration before Team USA went with Tayshaun Prince for the final roster spot. Should make for an interesting team dynamic if they are both wearing Team USA jerseys in London in 2012.
Chris Sheridan (3:02 PM)
That is a wrap, folks. I am off to Newark to see what Carmelo Anthony thinks of the hockey arena that could have been his temporary home. See y'all back here next Monday afternoon in my usual post-Bucher chat slot.