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January 8, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with J.A. Adande

J.A. Adande
  (3:00 PM)

Hi folks and welcome back from the winter break. Coming to you from the ESPN compound in downtown L.A. today.

Mark (Westchester NY)

Happy holidays J.A! Hope everything was good for you and your family, and for Christmas hopefully you got out of that absurd parking ticket. Onto the questions; This Arenas thing is another huge black eye for the league. I read that this could push the owners over the edge at the next collective bargaining agreement to go after player's guaranteed contracts. Any truth to this? If so, what are the chances they make it happen and the effects on the league?

J.A. Adande
  (3:02 PM)

Thank you. I hope you and all my chat regulars had a great holiday as well. (Still working on the parking ticket...got the court date postponed). As for Arenas, I do think it will make the owners push harder for more escapes from guaranteed contracts. And I think Stern is going to try to void this one, even though the language in the current collective bargaining makes it tough. One league exec looked at the standard contract and doesn't think the NBA can get out of Gilbert's contract. Might as well try in the next CBA negotiations, though.

J.A. Adande
  (3:04 PM)

A lawyer I spoke to who works with player contracts says Gilbert just made it harder for all players for the purposes of endorsement contracts...we've seen from Tiger that those can be canceled easily, and probably even easier now after the news from the past couple months.

Matt (Chicago, IL)

JA -- why does Arenas get suspended indefinately and West doesn't when he is clearly is less in the right frame of mind to be on the court. I mean geez three unloaded guns and a note seems less crazy then a loaded aresnal of weapons. Should Arenas have said he was bipolar?

J.A. Adande
  (3:04 PM)

The key difference was that Delonte West didn't bring guns onto NBA property...a major issue with Stern. And Delonte didn't make light of the situation on Twitter or in pre-game routines.

Greg (Memphis)

With they way the Memphis Grizzlies are playing, why are the not being look at as a possible threat in the Western Conf

J.A. Adande
  (3:07 PM)

Because they have no playoff experience. Zach Randolph is probably their most experienced playoff guy and he's played 7 or 8 postseason games. You saw how far the Blazers got in their first postseason trip last year, and that was a better squad than the Grizzlies

jay (grand rapids )

Who do you think is the MVP so far? You are probably going to say Kobe. But seriously, Lebron is ten times more productive, ex. Kobe 10-30 vs. the Clippers. Sure Kobe made a couple of buzzer beaters against mediocre teams, but does that make that much of difference.

J.A. Adande
  (3:08 PM)

My pick in November would have been Carmelo. In December it was LeBron. Kobe has Gasol with him (when he's with him)...that diminishes his candidacy

Edgerrin (Memphis)

Why would Nate Robinson decline a trade to Grizzlies? I know he could've taken the job from Conley and The Grizz have always paid players with little dispute?

J.A. Adande
  (3:10 PM)

If the Grizzlies didn't hand the starting job to AI over Conley, why would they do it for Robinson? Also, there'd be a lot of people ahead of him on the food chain in Memphis: Zach, Gay, Mayo...tough to find shots

Peter (Washington DC)

The Washington Wizards are in in a heap of trouble and look to most certainly blow up the team in the next 6 weeks. Do you think they'll be left with any marquee players by the time they're finished? Or will we be a team full of Andre Blatches and Randy Foyes with nothing to look forward to for the foreseeable future?

J.A. Adande
  (3:13 PM)

They don't want to move Blatche or Magee. They don't really want to move Butler either. Is Butler marquee enough? He is an all-star. but the Wizards as you've known them are done.

Anthony Durman (Philadelphia, PA but living in Dallas, TX)

I find that sports analysts generallly move with the tide, meaning that one week they think a team is great and a week later it's the complete opposite...So with that said: Do you think the Cowboy's are as good as their performance against the Eagles? Are the Eagles as bad as they looked against Dallas? or was the game a complete aberration?I remember 3 weeks ago, the talk was all about how bad Dallas was and now it's their the best team in the league...

J.A. Adande
  (3:15 PM)

I don't think it's based off of just one game. Dallas ended the Saints' dominant run in the Superdome. The Cowboys finished with back-to-back shutouts. The Cowboys played really well in December (feels strange to type that). So I don't think it's jumping in off one game. Only problem is too many people are liking them now. Makes me a little wary of going with them in the NFC.

Sean (Orlando)

Is it time to finally admit that the Orlando Magic play better without Jameer Nelson as their starter? Prior to last year, it was regularly argued that he wasn't a NBA starter. A great first half changed that view for many, but the team actually seemed to flow better with Rafer Alston. The same can really be said this year. With JWill and Anthony Johnson the offense runs much smoother. While individually more talented than the rest, Jameer just seems more of a scorer off the bench, as his box score of more shots taken than anyone else in most of the games since is return from injury. On a team so chock full of scorers, shouldn't the point guard actually distribute rather than jacking up shots himself?

J.A. Adande
  (3:17 PM)

Here's 1 thing that counters that: he was the main reason they beat the Lakers in the 2 regular season games last year, and things weren't the same without him at full strength in the Finals. So if him playing well made the difference against the eventual champions, doesn't he deserve a little faith. J-Will did a great job in his absence, but he isn't the long-term solution.

Freddy (Los Angeles)

Why aren't the Clippers designating a specific or at least approximate date for Blake Griffin's debut?

J.A. Adande
  (3:19 PM)

Because they're not sure how he's going to respond from week to week. If he hasn't been able to put the knee through full-fledged tests, they can't say for sure how it will hold up. All they can do is keep ramping up his workload and see how he does. But it's all subject to change after any workout.

Jordan (Houston)

J.A! Stien just came out with a nice piece on Chris Bosh (shout out to Weekend Dime) If the Deal was made, who would go to Toronto? Landry? Scola? Brooks? who would the Raptors take for Bosh?

J.A. Adande
  (3:20 PM)

the Raptors are going to give it another month and see where they're at. They're encouraged by their play recently, they still think they have a chance to keep Bosh. So they don't want to bail out yet.

Ludwig Hasbauer (Germany)

since the playoffs chances slipping, I don't expect trades for the kings unless they can get a no-brainer or get rid of nocioni..am I right?

J.A. Adande
  (3:23 PM)

I've heard they wouldn't mind moving Kevin Martin. Big contract, but at least he's young.

Kirk (Los Angeles)

Arenas' punishment - too harsh?

J.A. Adande
  (3:25 PM)

On the basis of physical harm done (as in, none) it might seem harsh, but this is about the league's image. This was one of those crossover moments, on the CNN ticker, TMZ, everything, which is the last thing the league needs. And he rubbed it in Stern's face with his antics. Those fake-gun index fingers might as well have been middle fingers to Stern.

Eric (Ohio)

With the cavs this year i see that they still need a scoring 4man. i have heard Jamison in trade talks. What is the latest on that? And who else have you heard that they have interest in? Also do you think Mo Williams should make the All-Star team this year i do.

J.A. Adande
  (3:26 PM)

If Mo was an All-Star last year he definitely is one this year. He and LeBron have been the highest-scoring duo in the league. And he's done a better job in the big games than he did last year.

Gordie (Charlotte)

Is getting Boozer for a playoff push worth what the Cats would have to give up for him?

J.A. Adande
  (3:28 PM)

I don't think the Bobcats should be in rent-a-player mode. If they can't or won't re-sign Boozer it's not worth it just to get a taste of the playoffs if this isn't going to be the core that will be around to build from it.

C (Houston)

A lot of rumors around trading Mcgrady, and now a new rumor Bosh to Houston without T-mac? Does this imply Mcgrady wouldn't be included in the deal? Or more likely, that Mcgrady will go to a third but won't land in Toronto. Maybe a Philly Toronto Houston Trade?

J.A. Adande
  (3:31 PM)

Why would Toronto want to move Bosh for T-Mac? If they're going to have an expiring contract they might as well keep Bosh's. To get T-Mac they'd have to add another player in the deal, so then they'd wind up losing 2 players instead of just Bosh.

Josh (Cleveland)

J.A. - on a personal level, if you were (God forbid) a Cavs fan, where would you stand on the potential trading of Z? On the one hand, the man has redefined "loyal" (we can only hope LBJ is 1/10 as loyal as Z). On the other hand, doesn't Ferry owe it to the fans to do whatever is necessary to improve the Cavs' chances of winning it all? Even if it means trading a close friend and the most loyal athlete Cleveland will probably ever know?

J.A. Adande
  (3:33 PM)

More than Bernie Kosar? I'm not a Cleveland guy, so I'm not sure how they'd rank. I'm guessing Kosar. But if you could get Jamison, I'd do it. Shaq has been playing pretty well lately, so I don't think you need Z as the insurance as much anymore. And if you're a long-suffering Cleveland fan, I'm guessing you would trade your own mother if it could get you a championship

Mike (DC)

So I take you and the rest of ESPN feel Arenas should get a lifetime ban from the NBA

J.A. Adande
  (3:36 PM)

Wow, that's a big leap. Show me anyone on this site who has said that. Assuming he's not in jail, I think he should get a chance to play in the league again. But not right now and not with the Wizards, not after the damage he's done to that franchise.

Steve Milewski Jr (Union New Jersey)

If the Nets get the lottery pick in the upcoming draft and select John Wall, do you think that can interest a big-time free agent enough to come to New Jersey?

J.A. Adande
  (3:38 PM)

Fans and media might get excited by rookies, but veterans don't. I've never heard a free agent list a top rookie as one of his criteria for signing with a team. A big-time free agent wants to go where he's going to be the man, not have to sure the spotlight with some kid.

shady (philly)

JA, what city do you think has the best/most loyal fanbase?

Paul (Tehachapi)

Hey Adande, This Laker team reminds me of the the earlier Laker Title Contending Teams of the last decade where they would just coast through the regular season and then try to turn it on in the Playoffs. Any Thoughts???

J.A. Adande
  (3:40 PM)

testing...

J.A. Adande
  (3:41 PM)

sorry, questions aren't posting for some reason. I'll try to cut and paste them in the answer box, so you'll see everything at once

J.A. Adande
  (3:42 PM)

(13) shady (philly): JA, what city do you think has the best/most loyal fanbase?Adande: Knicks fans have always been my favorite. Passionate, smart and realistic (except when it comes to their team's place in NBA history)

sarah (Cleveland)

What do you think the possibility is of Antawn Jamison being in Cleveland by the trade deadline?

J.A. Adande
  (3:46 PM)

(175) sarah (Cleveland): What do you think the possibility is of Antawn Jamison being in Cleveland by the trade deadline?Adande: I think it's possible, but the Wizards are also wary of repeating the franchise mistakes from the past. They broke up the team when Chris Webber and Juwan Howard were getting into trouble off the court, and wound up with a past-his-prime Mitch Richmond while Webber went on to the best years of his career in Sacramento. So even though other teams are trying to pounce right now, they're going to be a little bit wary. If there's one good thing for the Wizards, it's that this didn't happen in February. they haven't heard any deals that they really like yet, but might be forced to accept them once the deadline comes up.

J.A. Adande
  (3:47 PM)

(189) Freddy (Los Angeles): Do you think David Stern applies penalties more subjectively as oppose to as objectively as they should be? Stern didn't react so quick when LeBron didn't speak to the media during last year's playoffs, but in the instance when players left the Phoenix Suns' bench a few years ago he immediately induced a punishment.ADANDE: Totally different scenarios. There isn't a mandatory handshake. Leaving the bench is an automatic suspension...plus it had to take place immediately because they were in the middle of a playoff series.

Bryan (Xenia, OH)

Nash for MVP. Best year ever, with his worst supporting cast ever as a Sun.

J.A. Adande
  (3:51 PM)

(207) Bryan (Xenia, OH): Nash for MVP. Best year ever, with his worst supporting cast ever as a Sun.ADANDE: The biggest thing working against Nash could be his previous 2 MVPs. Do you really want to give him a third when that would be more than, say, Tim Duncan? 3x more than Shaq, Kobe, Barkley, etc.

J.A. Adande
  (3:52 PM)

Hakeem should have more than one also

J.A. Adande
  (3:55 PM)

255) Danish (Toronto): Do you see the Raptors becoming a serious contender in a year or two if Bosh stays? If the answer is no, shouldn't he leave?ADANDE: No and yes

J.A. Adande
  (3:59 PM)

(260) Jeff (Chicago, IL): Please let me preface my question by stating that I think Andrew Bogut is one heck of an NBA center, but, if the Bucks believe that Brandon Jennings and his break neck pace is their key to success, why not trade the talented, yet, slow of foot Bogut for a player that matches Jennings' skill set while Bogut's trade value is at an all-time highADANDE: I think it's good to have the option to play either style. I'd try to import some other pieces that could fit with Jennings, but keep Bogut as an option for when the game slows down. By the way, did you see Bogut's tweets during the BCS last night? He was killing football ("Throwball" as he calls it) and made a mockery of the BCS system (I like that part)

J.A. Adande
  (4:02 PM)

(277) mark (cleveland): How prevalent is gambling amongst players?ADANDE: They'll bet on anything and everything. halfcourt shots after practice. Cards. You name it. I'm all for teams banning it on team property. I'm sure Christian Laettner wishes he never bet Jerry Stackhouse (google it)

J.A. Adande
  (4:04 PM)

Ok. Now I'm having trouble posting anything at all. About time to wrap it up anyway. I have to get ready for Kia NBA Shootaround tonight (7:30/4:30)before the Celtics-Hawks game. Have a great weekend. See you next Friday