Chat with Chris Sheridan
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The ShowGirl (11:51 AM)
Welcome to The Show! Chris will be here any minute so send in those NBA questions now!
Chris Sheridan (11:58 AM)
Good afternoon from New York, where I anxiously await the return of Larry Brown, Stephon Marbury and the "snakes" who cover the Knicks (that's what Phil Jackson called them). Rumor has it they're going to rename the John Condon Press Room at MSG, calling it The Viper Lounge. Hard to imagine Phil saying that about Beck from the NYTimes. I once saw Phil shout down a cameraman who was elbowing Howard at a particularly brutal media scrum in El Segundo a couple of years ago when Beck covered the Lakers for the LA Daily News. Hope Phil wasn't talking about any of my boys from Slam, a couple of whom have the serpentine look going for them. Asp me some questions, please.
Curtis (San Jose)
Is Rafer Alston going to pick up his game and stats to last years #'s with Toronto?
Chris Sheridan (12:00 PM)
I know it"s early, but the Rafer trade is looking like a rare steal for Rob Babcock. Mike James has pretty much locked up Player of the Week honors already, and the weekend hasn;t even arrived yet. As for Rafer, he won;t put up the numbers he had in Toronto last season because he's being asked to be a completely different player in Houston, where the offense flows through Yao and T-Mac.
Mike (Cottage Grove, MN)
Hey Chris, Are the Wolves gonna make any moves to help KG out? Marbury? Francis? Or are his comments last night the beginning of the end for KG in Minny?
Chris Sheridan (12:04 PM)
I was asking myself the same question while pondering Garnett's remarks on TNT last night (he took a shot at McHale for firing Flip and taking over as coach last season.) It's been hard to get a reading from Kevin on whether he's committed to Minnesota forever, and there often comes a time in every great player's career when he decides he wants a change of scenery. KG is 29 now with 10 years in the league already behind him. You have to wonder whether one day he'll want to play elsewhere.
Chris, Time for the weekly Darko question. He isn't getting any consistent minutes, with the main excuse being that he is the 4th big man in a 3 man rotation. Is he really any better this year, and if he was getting consistent minutes, how would he fare?
Chris Sheridan (12:07 PM)
I was in Auburn Hills on Tuesday night when he looked sluggish and lost in a brief appearance against the Celtics, which wasn't what I was expecting after being somewhat encouraged by his strong preseason. How would be fare if he was getting consistent minutes? That's the million dollar question, Darren, and it's hard to see him breaking further into the big man rotation the Pistons have. As it is, they're already sitting on Dale Davis to find Darko a few minutes.
I though the Hornets were going to be the suprise of the year after going 2-1. But since then their offence has been horrible. Speedy,CP3,West and PJ have all been good. but JR, Dez, Macijauskas(seriosly where is this guy? have all struggled.
Chris Sheridan (12:12 PM)
J.R. has been hurt, so he gets excused, but Dez does not. He's been a huge disappointment since the Hornets got him from the Bucks in the Magliore trade, even though he's often playing against second-stringers. I could never understand why Macijauskas decided to pick the Hornets, and he's probably second-guessing his decision right now, too. The guy can play, though. It seemed as though every time I looked up at the scoreboard during Lithuania's games at the Athens Olympics, he had 18-22 points. Hall of Famer Jim O'Connell of the AP was simply calling him "Majik."
What are your impressions of how the Cavs have started the season and how Larry has fit in with LeBron.
Chris Sheridan (12:14 PM)
They're meshing quite well, to say the least. Is it too early to anoint myself the driver of the Mike Brown for Coach of the Year bandwagon?
Chris, plain and simple. Bulls have cap room and abundance of draft picks (thanks to Knicks) this offseason. How do they go about getting a big name player to accompany the current nucleus? Who do they target?
Chris Sheridan (12:17 PM)
They target Peja, then wait for Geoff Petrie to decide whether to trade Peja to the Bulls before the deadline and get something in return, or lose him for nothing. Chicago also needs some size, but the best free agent big man out there figures to be Nazr Mohammed (assuming big Ben stays in The D), so the Bulls may try to trade for a big man with a couple years left on his contract while still saving enough cap space to max out Peja.
3FF (Arlington, VA)
Chris, where is J Tinsley's head? He looks lost as do the rest of the Pacers...please tell us Hoosiers help is on the way.
Chris Sheridan (12:20 PM)
JT has a sinus infection, or at least that's the story the Pacers are sticking to. Don't forget that this all began after Sarunas Jasekevicius played the entire fourth quarter against Miami nine days ago. Folks at Conseco who watch the Pacers more closely than I do were already saying last Friday that it appeared to be a "doghouse Issue" between JT and RC.
matt (san antonio)
do you expect the spurs to trade for anyone before the deadline to help them, because detroit is looking very strong right now.
Chris Sheridan (12:22 PM)
I'm trying to get a handle on whether they're showcasing Rasho, or whether they're really this committed to using him so much ahead of Nazr Mohammed and Fabricio Oberto. If they made a deal, I'd expect them to try to move Rasho's contract (three more years after this one for $23.5 million).
Chris Sheridan (12:27 PM)
Garnett makes $18 million, so the Nets would presumably have to start with Jefferson ($10.2 million), but his base-year compensation status would all but preclude him from being included. If they started with Vince Carter ($13.8 million) and threw in Planinic ($1.1) and a couple of No. 1 picks (they have their own and the Clippers'), they'd at least give Kevin McHale something to think about.
Jeff (Denver, CO)
The Nuggets seem to be deep at guard. Do you anticipate any trades here, perhaps for a big man?
Chris Sheridan (12:29 PM)
Yes, the Nuggets are on everybody's radar as one of the teams most likely to shake things up. There's probably more interest around the league in Earl Boykins than there is in Andre Miller or Earl Watson, and watson can't be traded until Dec. 15 anyway. They'd probably move anyone except Carmelo, Camby and Kenyon.
Which Big Name Star will be the 1st player traded this season and to who?
Chris Sheridan (12:31 PM)
Can't say I can guarantee a Big Name Star changing addresses, but I'd wager that P.J. Brown will be playing for a contender by the time late February rolls around.
Chris, of the current drafted/signed european players, which if any will make a big splash in the N.B.A someday?
Chris Sheridan (12:32 PM)
How bout Mile Ilic? The Nets can throw him into their Garnett deal, and he can become the big man who replaced KG in Minny.
Do you see the Cavs dealing either Luke Jackson or Sasha Pavlovic before the deadline? It seems as if they are trying to showcase Luke for another team.
Chris Sheridan (12:34 PM)
Looks like you and I have been seeing the same thing, Mike. They are two of the playrs I'm looking at for an upcoming column on the guys most likely to be traded.
Tyminator (Lewisburg, PA)
With all due respect to Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, and Richard Jefferson, the key to the Nets' success is Nenad Kristic. How good exactly is he and can he be? Also, will the Nets ever acquire a big man?
Chris Sheridan (12:35 PM)
Ty. This is so absurd, I had to post it.
Will this be the year that Chauncy Billips and Richard Hamilton make the All-Star team? They have been overlooked for too long!
Chris Sheridan (12:37 PM)
As I said in last week's chat, if Chauncey doesn't make the All-Star team this year, they might as well cancel the whole weekend. He just might get into the MVP race if he keeps this up.
simple question-- where do the warriors finish in the west? thanks a lot
Chris Sheridan (12:40 PM)
Have to get a few more West questions in here. Lots of folks in Calif. are very quick to throw out that line about "You're showing your East Coast bias." The warriors are a tough call right now. Dunleavy has been terrible, and the lack of size is a big issue. I like Taft, but he's not ready to be relied upon. But as long as Baron stays healthy, they'll stay in the mix for a playoff spot.
Didn't Byron Scott already say that PJ will not be traded. Plus look how good he has ben this year. Hornets will not get enough talent in return(because of his age and contract) to warrent a trade. Plus PJ has already said he wants to retire a Hornet.
Chris Sheridan (12:43 PM)
Byron doesn't want to lose PJ, who is a leader in the clubhouse and an excellent mentor for the young guys. But even he understands that the Hornets are rebuilding. Brown's age (just turned 36) and contract ($8 million this season and next) will due nothing to deter teams looking for an accomplished big man.
Matt (Los Angeles)
Is tonight the night that the Clippers officially take over Los Angeles?
Chris Sheridan (12:45 PM)
I've got a better question: Is this the night when Kobe Bryant finally makes his first 3-pointer of the season?
Hey, let's admit it - no good storylines out West as of yet. Can't blame you for talking about the East.
Chris Sheridan (12:47 PM)
You're insulting the Mavericks and not paying enough attention to the wanderings of Larry Miller.
Jarrod (Flint, MI.)
Which team will give Detroit it's 1st loss, the Rockets, Mavs, or neither?
Chris Sheridan (12:51 PM)
If the Pistons win twice this weekend in Texas and can win a back-to-back against the Wizards and Bucks next weekend, you have to look ahead to mid-December when they have road games against the Clips and Grizzlies to find what shapes up as their next tough matchup.
Dave (Flagstaff, AZ)
Do you think that Raja Bell can step up and become to the Suns what Joe Johnson was the last couple of years? Was J.J. that good or was it a product of the system?
Chris Sheridan (12:53 PM)
Phoenix was expecting more out of Raja than what he'd delivered so far, and same goes for James Jones. But the Suns were patient when they first got Joe Johnson, and they'll work with these guys, too.
where were you during the Pacers and Pistons brawl
Chris Sheridan (12:54 PM)
Playing poker, of course.
I really get the feeling that Dirk is basically carrying the Mavs on his back at this point. Diop is doing some great work, but Dampier has apparently thrown in the towel. Do you really think Dallas can keep up this pace?
Chris Sheridan (12:57 PM)
Dampier's lines the past couple of games have been beyond brutal, and who'd have guessed Diop would have been such a key offseason pickup. You should expect Dirk to keep carrying this team, which he is certainly capable of doing, and give a little love to Jason Terry. That's all the time I have this week, folks. Safe travels to all those hitting the road for Thanksgiving.