Chat with Chris Sheridan
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, NBA writer Chris Sheridan will stop by to take your questions!
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.
Send your questions now and join Sheridan Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:07 PM)
Chris is running a little late but he'll be here shortly to take your NBA questions.
Chris Sheridan (1:07 PM)
Good afternoon from Greenburgh, where the Knicks are finishing up practice. One piee of news: Anthony Randolph is "100 percent" according to coach Mike D'Antoni and will play tomorrow at Chicago. No word yet from MSG on when/whether the Garden will reopen after yeserday's asbestos scare. Questions?
Roy (Long, Island, NY)
do you see the knicks rejuvented enough to win their 2 games this week after the asbestos drama?
Chris Sheridan (1:10 PM)
Rejuvenated might not be the right word, but it definitely helps them take a deep breath heading into a stretch in which they'll play three games in four days, with the third game a 12 noon start time on Sunday.
How does Gallo look at practice? Is he hitting shots?
Chris Sheridan (1:12 PM)
The Knicks limit how much practice we are allowed to watch, and I saw him take only one shot today, an open 3-pointer, and he hit it. Randolph did look incredibly active for a guy who was on crutches a week ago.
kyle (syracuse, NY)
Not sure if its just me, but i am very unimpressed with Amare this year. He looks unrefined as a basketball player and is a turnover machine. Do you agree that Dantoni should stop running isos for Amare and let the offense flow more?
Chris Sheridan (1:15 PM)
Amare will never impress you as a rebounder, and what he's learning this year is that every time he gets the ball in or near the paint, the defenses collapse on him. If Gallo was out there as a 3-point threat, it'd be a little different. But with him getting benched for the final quarter and a half of the last two games, it has allowed defenses to sag onto Amare even more. I should also say that I do not agree with the word "unrefined." He has very good all-around skills, but his weaknesses are no secret after having been in the league for eight years.
mark (ny ny)
Are we getting melo? whats the latest?
Chris Sheridan (1:16 PM)
In holding pattern. Ball is in Denver's court.
Sheky (Mount Kisco, NY)
Watching the games this year, I feel like the PGs (Felton and Douglas) are not getting the right guys shots in the right spots. Whenever we need a big basket, it seems like the wrong guy is taking the shot. Do you agree?
Chris Sheridan (1:19 PM)
That was certainly the case in the fourth quarter Saturday night against the Blazers, when the Knick couldn't get the ball to Amare whatsoever in the fourth quarter until that late possession on which Camby stripped the ball away. A lot of that has to do with these players' unfamiliarity with each other. The more they play together, they better they'll get at playing off each other's strengths. But right now they have all the cohesion of an expansion team.
Ryan (San Antonio, Texas)
Do you feel a little embarrassed about arguing that the Prudential Center isn't a good facility for Amare and yet now the Knicks are asking to play in it? I think an apology is owed to Nets fans for that hit piece.
Chris Sheridan (1:20 PM)
No apology is owed, nor will one be forthcoming. By the way, they removed six of the rodent traps that had been lining the hallway leading from the court to the locker room. So that "Dear Melo" column produced some tangible results.
Isn't Chandler making a strong case that he should start? Especially with Randolph coming back. Or does Dantoni want to keep his role as that instant offense?
Chris Sheridan (1:22 PM)
Right now he really needs an instant offense guy off the bench, and Chandler has been a very nice fit in that spot. Randolph is not going to provide anything near the level of offense Chandler has given them off the bench. He will be more about defense and rebounding.
The Felton Stat pick and roll has not worked thus far... felton comes off the pick not looking to shoot or pass... our most effective tandem with pick and roll has been Douglas to Turiaf... Should we be worried or what Felton get a feel for it in time ?
Chris Sheridan (1:23 PM)
They've played three games, Jake. Three. Gotta give them some time to gel.
Thoughts on John Wall last night?
Chris Sheridan (1:25 PM)
Was just chatting about the Wizards-76ers game with D'Antoni. As good as Wall was, we were both prety shocked by that shot Cartier Martin hit to send the game to OT. He even hit it despite the 76ers having their best defender on him. That was a tough, tough loss for the Sixers to swallow.
Chris Sheridan (1:27 PM)
Mason is 0-for-4 on the season and has been a major, major disappointment. He really could b ecreating a role for himself as Gallo gos through this slump, but he has been brutal.
Is there any reason to release Curry in February? If you are paying him, why give him the satisfaction of letting him go to a possible title contender?
Chris Sheridan (1:29 PM)
If they can't trade him by the deadline and don't plan to use him, I could only see them releasing him if Eddy took a substantial buyout. But with Eddy's financial woes, I don't see him leaving any money on the table, and if they make the playoffs, he could be kept inactive but would be insurance in case Mozgov or Turiaf went down.
John Wall (DC)
Seriously? I absolutely BLOW UP and all you have to say is "nice shot by Cartier Martin"?
Chris Sheridan (1:30 PM)
OK, I'll add this: You are the speediest player I have seen come into the league since Allen Iverson. But your jumper needs a lot of work. Satisfied?
Are the 76ers the Nets of last year? Its a collection of players either playing out of position or are role players at best
Chris Sheridan (1:32 PM)
No. The Nets of last year were a special case. Sixers have a lot more talent than Nets had last season. They took a tough loss last night, but they'll win 30-something. The Nets won 12. Think about that. Twelve wins, seventy losses.
PJ (Rest of the World)
are you just doing NYK stuff now? Or will you give us all NBA/CBA Stuff?
Chris Sheridan (1:34 PM)
This chat is a Knicks chat. I'll be back in my regular broad NBA chat slot on Mondays, beginning next week. But if you have a labor question, PJ, fire away. I'll answer it.
Justin (miami, fl)
Still think Lebron is going to the Knicks?
Chris Sheridan (1:38 PM)
I always thought it would be the Heat or the Knicks. Here's proof: http://espn.go.com/nba/dailydime/_/page/dime-freeagency-100514/lebron-james
Marc (Malden, MA)
Rondo/Allen for Melo...who says no?
Chris Sheridan (1:39 PM)
Boston is not trading Rondo. Boston can win the championship as currently constituted.
Marc (Malden, MA)
Will David Stern entertain contraction? There are too many teams.
Chris Sheridan (1:40 PM)
Utter nonsense. The height of labor-related rhetoric with no basis in truth.
How surprised have you been by Landry Fields' overall game? His rebounding has been extremely impressive
Chris Sheridan (1:41 PM)
I've been shocked, like the rest of the NBA. The impressive thing is how his minutes gave grown steadier, because he rarely makes mistakes out there, always seems to be in the right spot and plays with smarts.
JD (Bay Area, CA)
Whats the word on Gallo's psyche? With all the talk that his bum wrist is actually fine, have you noticed during practice or on the bench him having his head down, going in a shell, etc? If so, that wouldnt be a good sign. Also, with Randolph, does the coaching staff have any concerns about, not his athleticism, but his bball IQ? I've seen him with the warriors, and don't remember him making such foolish plays that I've seen w/ the Knicks in pre season.
Chris Sheridan (1:43 PM)
The Knicks were really down on him for he way he was playing in preseason, especially shot selction, and that will be one of the things they're going to judge him on as they throw him into the rotation with a short leash beginning tomorrow night in Chicago.
Chris,Do you anticipating Gallo rebounding from his struggles sooner rather than later?
Chris Sheridan (1:45 PM)
Depends how badly his wrist is bothering him, and it's hard to get a straight reading from him on that. But it is significant to note once again that his wrist was sprained when he fell in the preseason vs. the Nets. The Knicks have been calling it "sore" wrist, but it is sore because it was sprained. I think that fact has been lost somewhat in the coverage.
I don't think Knicks can be a playoff team if Wilson Chandler is the Knicks 2nd best player. He is putting up great numbers right now but I believe they will come down throughout the seaon. Agree?
Chris Sheridan (1:49 PM)
They cannot be a playoff team with Gallo playing the way he has been playing. Also, they can't trade for Carmelo using Gallo as part of the package if he keeps playing this way. Even before the slump, he was the one guy in the packages the Knicks were offering that the Nuggets actually liked.
A chat dedicated to the Knicks? Really? Wow.
Chris Sheridan (1:50 PM)
Big market here in NY, Ryan. And lots of Knicks fans going to ESPNNewYork for Knicks coverage. Hence, a Knicks chat. Same way Ross Siler and Steve Luhm do Jazz chats/blogs (and do them quite well, I must add) in your fine city.
JD (Bay Area, CA)
Williams was kept instead of Ewing Jr for his scoring ability. Any chance of him & Mason switching seats, and Williams getting some run?
Chris Sheridan (1:51 PM)
One more stinker from Mason, and I think you'll see that Friday against Washington.
Marc (Malden, MA)
Utter nonsense? No basis? Have you not heard anyone complain about how watered-down the league has been since it's latest expansion?
Chris Sheridan (1:54 PM)
To clarify: There is no chance the NBA is going to contract (eliminate teams). Zero. I agree that the NBA is watered down, but there is no owner willing to give up 1/30th equity in the league, and the owners do not want to go into their own pockets to buy out one or two of their colleagues.
What do you think about Stern saying he could see the NBA expanding into europe with 5 teams???
Chris Sheridan (1:55 PM)
Further evidence that there will not be contraction. I think it'll be something we'll see by the end of the decade.
JD (Bay Area, CA)
Is Mason battling some previous injury? I think we've all been pretty shocked of how poorly he's been playing. Not only his shooting, but everything on the court; defense, offense, everything.
Chris Sheridan (1:57 PM)
He was a heck of a player for the Spurs two seasons ago, but he has really been brutal in all facets this year. They can trade him beginning Dec. 15, BTW.
Marc (Malden, MA)
David Stern has said he wants contracts reduced by a third. NBA players have a history of not being able to save their millions. How much of a beatdown does Stern give the Union in the next CBA?
Chris Sheridan (2:00 PM)
In speaking of reducing contracts retroactively, Stern was referencing stuff from the very same preliminary offer the owners pulled off the table at last year's All-Star game. Besides, the players would never ratify such a deal. Never. They'd fire Billy Hunter if he presented them with that kind of a deal, and then they'd go to the nuclear option and decertify, which would allow them to sue the owners under U.S. anti-trust laws. Again, I have a contrarian viewpoint, but I think there's a 60-40 chance this thing gets settled in the first couple days of July.
Mike (Long Island)
why in the world would the draft go from nyc to jersey?
Chris Sheridan (2:02 PM)
Construction at the Garden (three-year project) is making the building unavailable in June, July and August of 2011 and 2012. Hence the draft moving to Newark. (The WNBA Liberty will be playing there, too.)
Chris Sheridan (2:02 PM)
That's a wrap, folks. We'll do it again soon.