Chat with Chris Sheridan
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, Chris Sheridan stops by to chat about the NBA season.
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. Just back from Milwaukee, where I watched the Knicks lose to another bad team but then got to watch Marquette (my alma mater) knock out Syracuse. So there was a little March Badness mixed with a little March Madness. Questions?
Robbie G. (Wenatchee, WA)
Do the Lakers have a much easier road to the WCF than the Spurs? The #4 and #5 seeds will likely go to a frightening Oklahoma City team and a Denver team with a huge chip on its shoulder and with a strong desire to show the world that it doesn't need Carmelo Anthony, and the #8 seed is starting to look like it's going to go to a red hot Houston team. Meanwhile, the Lakers' side of the bracket is comprised of a fading and old-as-dirt Dallas team and two other fading and banged-up teams, Portland and New Orleans. Why do the stars always seem to align for the Lakers in the spring?
Chris Sheridan (2:05 PM)
You make some good points Robbie, though I might have used some softer language. The bottom line with the Lakers is that they've been playing the best ball in the NBA since the All-Star break, and they certainly match up well with San Antonio should those teams meet in the WCF. One thing, though, the 5 through 8 teams are too closely bunched together to assume any of them will stay in their current spots. It'll help make these final dozen or so games all the more intriguing.
Robbie G. (Wenatchee, WA)
Explain to me why Miami should not offer Dwyane Wade to New Orleans for Chris Paul, straight up, this July, and then explain to me why New Orleans does not accept this offer.
Chris Sheridan (2:06 PM)
Because D.Wade will be in Miami for the rest of his career.
Robbie G. (Wenatchee, WA)
Can we all agree at this point that Carmelo Anthony is the most overrated player in the NBA? Can we also all agree that a team whose fifth-best player is either Toney Douglas, Shawne Williams, or Ronny Turiaf is an extremely poorly constructed team?
Chris Sheridan (2:08 PM)
I do not think we would all agree on that, but I would agree that the Knicks have an extremely flawed construction that will probably take a summer worth of tinkering to fix. When you are starting Shelden Williams at center, as they did yesterday, there is an acute problem.
bear (a tree)
Michael Wilbon just took the D.Rose for MVP lunacy to another level. Wake up people.. he's a great player, but still not nearly as good as Wade, Lebron, or Dwight. Sorry.
Chris Sheridan (2:10 PM)
Lunacy? C'mon! The MVP award is not about judging who the best player in the league is. It is about judging who has been the most valuable. Rose is pretty close to a lock, IMHO, to win it.
Ken (Philly )
Chris - Are the Sixers a team NO ONE wants to face in the 1st round ?
Chris Sheridan (2:12 PM)
That was my opinion in last week's writers survey asking which team would be the NBA's Cinderella. They are under the radar, but Doug Collins has had them clicking for a while now. If not for Thibodeau, he might be in the running for COY.
How much do you think Lebron's past two MVP awards are going to affect his chances this year ??
Chris Sheridan (2:13 PM)
Miami's struggles against the NBA's best teams will impact his candidacy more than anything else. I would be stunned to see him crack the top 3 when the vote totals are announced.
Cameron (Seattle, WA)
I had a dream that Kobe hit a buzzer beater to win Game 7 of the Finals. Has that ever happened, to your knowledge, a down-one-to-up-one buzzer beater to win the Finals? Or any series for that matter?
Chris Sheridan (2:17 PM)
I believe it almost happened in 1955 when a Ft. Wayne player threw a full-court inbounds pass off the backboard at the other end of the court and it bounced into a teammate's hands, but the shot missed. (It was a designed play)
Uh, Chris... Not trying to be rude but did you read Wilbon's chat? He said there is no difference between the best player and the MVP. Could you rephrase your answer?
Chris Sheridan (2:18 PM)
Then I disagree with the esteemed Mr. Wilbon.
CWatson (Phenix City, Alabama)
I saw you that Marquette is your alma mater but how far did you predict that they'll go in the NCAA Tourney? And do you think they can beat my UNC Tarheels?
Chris Sheridan (2:20 PM)
I don't think they even belonged in the tournament. They were the 11th Big East team. That's nuts. But they are a very, very scappy team, and it is fun to watch teams like that advance. They'll probably get killed against NC.
lol Gary you need to read it again, Wilbon said the exact opposite: "LeBron James is probably the best player, but D-Rose and Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Howard, on my ballot as of this moment, will be ranked as being more valuable this season, and as your question suggests there is a difference."
Chris Sheridan (2:21 PM)
To which I would add that Manu Ginobili also has been more valuable to his team than several players who are better pure talents than him.
who is the best player in the NBA?
Chris Sheridan (2:21 PM)
Kobe Bean Bryant.
Why are the Knicks not getting the torterous media coverage as the Heat did when they were on their "getting to know you" tour? At least D-Wade, LBJ and CB were not calling each other out...Your thoughts?
Chris Sheridan (2:23 PM)
I disagree with your premise. And if they sink up the Garden tonight against Boston and Wednesday against Orlando, it'll get even more harsh. I went on the radio today in NY and had to answer why Carmelo Anthony is already being compared to Stephon Marbury.
With Rose getting a lot of MVP talks this season and Durant playing that role last season, this question has to be asked. Which of those players would you want to start a franchise?
Chris Sheridan (2:25 PM)
Durant. His size and shooting/scoring ability are unique.
Roger Raleigh NC [via mobile]
What do you think about the Andrew Byumn suspension? Did he deserve the 2 games he received?
Chris Sheridan (2:26 PM)
I thought one game would have sufficed.
Jay (Tacoma, WA)
Who will take the 8th playoff spot in the East? Is it a matter of who bumbles less?
Chris Sheridan (2:31 PM)
If the Bucks beat the Pacers in their final head-to-head game to not allow Indiana to even the season series, I think they will have a shot to get in. But Indiana has a much easier schedule. Bucks still have road games left at Miami, Orlando and Oklahoma City.
Your thoughts on the Knicks/Celtics and Knicks/Magic? I think the Knicks are toast......
Chris Sheridan (2:35 PM)
I tend to agree, but they have been playing to the level of their competition, whether good or bad, so it'll be interesting to see if that continues. The Knicks definitely look worse now than they did in the immediate aftermath of the trade and 'Melo's honeymoon is definitely over.
How legit of a shot do the Mavs have of coming out of the west?
Chris Sheridan (2:37 PM)
Their six straight Ls vs. the West's top 8 lead me to say no.
Andreas (Island of Cyprus)
What do you think of the Spurs new starting lineup, with Mcdyess being inserted in Blairs place, will this make a difference against the lakers front line?
Chris Sheridan (2:38 PM)
It will be their Achilles' heel against LAL should they meet.
If the Heat play the Mavericks in the Finals is Bennett Salvatore allowed to officiate?
Chris Sheridan (2:40 PM)
Bennett made the right call. Dirk pushed Dwyane in the hip. If you look at that play from the reverse angle (from the one shown on TV when it happened), you can clearly see it. Better question: If Miami and NY play a Game 7, will Bennett work that one? (Anyone who remembers L.Sprewell's phantom timeout will understand what I'm saying).
Chris Sheridan (2:41 PM)
Sprewell was at Knicks/Bucks game in Milwaukee yesterday, BTW. He made peace with Marc Berman of the NY Post, who he sued for $40 million a few years back after Berman reported how Sprewell broke his hand aboard his since-repossessed yacht.
Ben (St. Louis)
Are the Top 4 in the West essentially set in stone or can you see anyone making a move?
Chris Sheridan (2:43 PM)
I really don't see Denver catching OKC, even with two head-to-head games remaining.
Junior J. (Los Angeles, CA)
At what point do we call the Melo trade "the Denver heist?"
Chris Sheridan (2:45 PM)
May 18, if the Nuggets are still playing and the Knicks are not.
Most underrated players in the NBA are?
Chris Sheridan (2:48 PM)
Off the top of my head, here are a few: L.Scola, L. Mbah a Moute, K.Humphries, J.Terry, Z.Randolph.
Joe DiPisa (secaucus, NJ)
Who has the better shot of a first round upset, Denver or NYK?
Chris Sheridan (2:50 PM)
As of now, Denver. Much deeper team.
I live in New York and understand why people are already past the Melo honeymoon. NYers are impatient as they come. However, that said i think people including the media need to chill out. The knicks were a .500 team without Melo and a .500 team with Melo. They clearly took a small step back to make a bigger step forward long term. If they can get a solid defensive big a lot of their issues can be solved.
Chris Sheridan (2:52 PM)
You must have relocated here from elsewhere. :)
Junior J. (Los Angeles, CA)
Any new word on the potential lockout?
Chris Sheridan (2:54 PM)
I continue to believe reasonable minds will prevail and there will not be one. I am in the vast minority on this, but I do not believe the NBA will shoot themselves in the foot at a time when the league's popularity is rising the way it is now.
Jr.(NY) [via mobile]
What teams will reach 60 wins before the playoffs?
Chris Sheridan (2:55 PM)
Only the Spurs. My guess is that two or three others end with 59.
apl (Minneapolis, MN)
Now that he's (vastly) improved his 3pt shooting, what does Kyle Lowry need to do to be considered one of the best pgs in the league?
Chris Sheridan (2:57 PM)
In the short term, to keep doing what he has been doing and get the Rockets past his old team and into the 8th spot.
Do you see any change involving players and teams to stop the large market teams from stealing all the small market teams superstars away? Something like a franchise tag possibly?
Chris Sheridan (2:59 PM)
No. Kevin Durant signed on long-term with a small market team and Tim Duncan has spent his whole career with a small-market team. So did Reggie Miller.
Bill Mc (Kharkiv, Ukraine)
Why doesn't this Spurs team get more respect?
Chris Sheridan (3:00 PM)
They get respect (though a little less recently because of their lopsided losses to Miami and LAL), but what they don't get is national coverage commensurate with their stature.
Chris Sheridan (3:01 PM)
That's a wrap, folks. We'll do this again next Monday.