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April 16, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with J.A. Adande

J.A. Adande
  (3:00 PM)

Hi everyone. You know how everyone says the pace slows down in the playoffs? Well that's happened to my internet connection today. Please bear with me, and please don't send questions more than once...you'll slow down the chat and actually decrease your chance of getting your question answered. Thanks, now, on with a playoff version of the chat

Stephen (New Jersey)

One of if not the best regular season game this year was the nuggets vs. cavs where melo and lebron battled each putting on a show. Lebron with 41 and a near triple double and Melo with 40 and a gamewinner in Lebron's face. With that said some feel that the best possible finals matchup is not kobe vs. lebron. But melo and the nuggets vs. bron and the cavs...You agree?

J.A. Adande
  (3:02 PM)

Traditionally, Kobe and LeBron haven't put on a great show. Part of that is because Kobe always seems to get hurt before or during the Cleveland games. LeBron and Wade in the 2nd round could be another exciting matchup. But you know all too well more people would watch Kobe and LeBron...the sport's two biggest names would pull in the casual fans.

J.A. Adande
  (3:02 PM)

Traditionally, Kobe and LeBron haven't put on a great show. Part of that is because Kobe always seems to get hurt before or during the Cleveland games. LeBron and Wade in the 2nd round could be another exciting matchup. But you know all too well more people would watch Kobe and LeBron...the sport's two biggest names would pull in the casual fans.

leonard (puerto rico)

do you think the sixers going back to their old uniforms jinxed their season, and as the hornets finish with a dissapointing season, can they get back to being serious contenders in the west or were they just one-hit wonders?

J.A. Adande
  (3:04 PM)

Of all the problems with the Sixers, uniforms were last on the list. Untradeable contracts, guys making superstar money without playing like it, a coach whose system didn't fit the talent. The unis were one of the few things that went right. As for New Orleans, it's also about bad contracts...and injuries...they're going to get worse before they get better

David (St. Louis) [via mobile]

hey J.A. If it comes down to it, Cavaliers/Magic in the East Finals could be a better and more exciting matchup than any West team, even LA. Isnt the Finals supposed to be that ultimate matchup?

J.A. Adande
  (3:08 PM)

Now you're getting back to seeding the entire field, regardless of conferences. I used to be opposed to it, but I'm warming to it more and more. Travel concerns aren't as big a deal for teams flying private jets and charter flights. And as it stands now, Boston-Miami or LA-Oklahoma City in the first round aren't exactly Amtrak specials.For many years the playoffs reached a climax with the Western Conference finals. Now the best series will probably be in the East. It should be in late June. Gotta think ABC would be happier with that

J.A. Adande
  (3:08 PM)

Now you're getting back to seeding the entire field, regardless of conferences. I used to be opposed to it, but I'm warming to it more and more. Travel concerns aren't as big a deal for teams flying private jets and charter flights. And as it stands now, Boston-Miami or LA-Oklahoma City in the first round aren't exactly Amtrak specials.For many years the playoffs reached a climax with the Western Conference finals. Now the best series will probably be in the East. It should be in late June. Gotta think ABC would be happier with that

J.A. Adande
  (3:08 PM)

Now you're getting back to seeding the entire field, regardless of conferences. I used to be opposed to it, but I'm warming to it more and more. Travel concerns aren't as big a deal for teams flying private jets and charter flights. And as it stands now, Boston-Miami or LA-Oklahoma City in the first round aren't exactly Amtrak specials.For many years the playoffs reached a climax with the Western Conference finals. Now the best series will probably be in the East. It should be in late June. Gotta think ABC would be happier with that

Ronald(Chicago,IL [via mobile]

hey J.A. why do people doubt the lakers they are doing the same thing they are doing last year.remember when they struggle last year people were saying the same thing.do you think they can turn it around?

J.A. Adande
  (3:11 PM)

This isn't last year's team. Anyone basing their Laker predictions on 2009 is wrong. Artest instead of Ariza, not the same Kobe, not the same Lamar, Fisher's older and slower.

J.A. Adande
  (3:11 PM)

This isn't last year's team. Anyone basing their Laker predictions on 2009 is wrong. Artest instead of Ariza, not the same Kobe, not the same Lamar, Fisher's older and slower.

Noah northglenn colorado [via mobile]

I watch you all the time on around the horn your a great writer. My question for you though is how far do you think the nuggets will get with out there head coach. dantley doesn t look like he knows what he is doing with this guys?

J.A. Adande
  (3:13 PM)

They'll get past Denver because the Nuggets have homecourt and the Jazz don't have AK and Boozer isn't 100%. I don't like their chances against the Lakers in the second round right now, especially if Kenyon Martin can't go all-out

Charles (Phoenix)

Now that the Suns don't need him to rush back to play against a depleted Portland, Do you think that Robin Lopez is the biggest 'X-Factor' in the west?

J.A. Adande
  (3:16 PM)

No. Talking to the Suns in Utah the other night, they feel good with or without Lopez right now. Very confident group. Kenyon Martin's more important to Denver than Lopez to Phoenix. After that I might go all Lakers: Kobe, Lamar, Bynum. Not sure what we're getting from any of those three guys.

Austin (Milwaukee)

How well do you project the Bucks doing in the playoffs, with or without Bogut?

J.A. Adande
  (3:19 PM)

they're out in the first round. Still a good season though. And Austin, perhaps you or someone else from Milwaukee can answer this question for me: How did the Bucks' attendance DROP by 281 fans a game this season when they were a better team with an exciting rookie? Has the NBA lost its connection in Milwaukee? Economy too tough?

KCJones (.Y.)

Jazz fan here. Did Boozer sit out that last game with a phantom rib pain in order to make a statement to the Jazz organization: 'Look how bad you need me'? Was it all a play for a contract extension? I just don't see how you could sit out a game with such huge postseason implications because of a little pain.

J.A. Adande
  (3:25 PM)

(58) KCJones (.Y.): Jazz fan here. Did Boozer sit out that last game with a phantom rib pain in order to make a statement to the Jazz organization: 'Look how bad you need me'? Was it all a play for a contract extension? I just don't see how you could sit out a game with such huge postseason implications because of a little pain.ANSWER: You're letting your imagination get carried away. The way to make a statement and get your money is to go out and get 25 and 15 in the most important game of the season. And any injury that doesn't even let you jump is more than "a little pain"

J.A. Adande
  (3:26 PM)

(58) KCJones (.Y.): Jazz fan here. Did Boozer sit out that last game with a phantom rib pain in order to make a statement to the Jazz organization: 'Look how bad you need me'? Was it all a play for a contract extension? I just don't see how you could sit out a game with such huge postseason implications because of a little pain.ANSWER: You're letting your imagination get carried away. The way to make a statement and get your money is to go out and get 25 and 15 in the most important game of the season. And any injury that doesn't even let you jump is more than "a little pain"

Dave (Flagstaff, AZ)

With Roy out, is this Bayless's bust out party?

J.A. Adande
  (3:29 PM)

The Blazers will need Andre Miller to slow down the game more than they'll need Bayless to bust out.

J.A. Adande
  (3:29 PM)

The Blazers will need Andre Miller to slow down the game more than they'll need Bayless to bust out.

joe (NJ)

U watch Treme on Sunday? I thought it was really good. Anyways, Can the Thunder win the series against the Lakers? I think if Russell Westbrook has a monster series, its going 7 games.

J.A. Adande
  (3:32 PM)

I liked Treme. It's good to see a TV show that isn't in a rush. We already have a better sense for the characters than we did in the first 5 episodes of The Wire. As for the Thunder, they can push the Lakers to 7, but won't win. Inexperience usually costs teams at least 1 game in a playoff series. In an otherwise tight matchup the Thunder can't afford that

Nate (Madison)

JA, it's the prices. I live about 75 miles from Milwaukee and would love to go to as many Bucks games as I do Brewers games but the prices are a joke. I can pay a pretty good/decent price and sit in good seats for a Brewers game, that same price would get me upper deck Bucks tickets. I think you can say the same for most MLB/NBA comparisons in other cities.

J.A. Adande
  (3:34 PM)

I liked Treme. It's good to see a TV show that isn't in a rush. We already have a better sense for the characters than we did in the first 5 episodes of The Wire. As for the Thunder, they can push the Lakers to 7, but won't win. Inexperience usually costs teams at least 1 game in a playoff series. In an otherwise tight matchup the Thunder can't afford that

J.A. Adande
  (3:34 PM)

Thanks, Nate. I always see those empty sections in the upper deck at the Bucks games. you'd think it would be worth it to sell those tickets for $5 or $10 and get people in the building spending money on concessions.

Josh (Cleveland)

JA - I'm reading professor Hollinger's Per Diem, and he says "two years ago, Paul Pierce planted one foot in the Hall of Fame by winning the MVP of the Finals." While I absolutely think PP is a great player, do you think he deserves Hall honors just because they were able to bring in 2 other superstars and win it all? And before we begin the "Lebron couldn't win it on his own" argument, I admit that he had no chance of winning it without bringing in some help, but that is only because of the trend that the Celtics started when they formed the Big 3.

J.A. Adande
  (3:37 PM)

Pierce will wind up as a Finals MVP and the leading scorer in the history of the Celtics. Not the Grizzlies or the Nets, the Celtics. That's worth a Hall of Fame spot

J.A. Adande
  (3:37 PM)

Pierce will wind up as a Finals MVP and the leading scorer in the history of the Celtics. Not the Grizzlies or the Nets, the Celtics. That's worth a Hall of Fame spot

216dawg [via mobile]

What up Adande, I just wanna ask what team will come out of the west to meet Cleveland in the finals. I think Denver would be the biggest challenge for the James Gang

J.A. Adande
  (3:40 PM)

Not the way the Nuggets are right now, with Martin hurting, George Karl absent and the team coming off an up-and-down road to the finish.It'll be the Lakers almost by default....unless the Mavericks are just a bit better than I think they are.

Aalok B. (Edinburgh, U.K.)

hey JA, two questions:of the two favorites (LA and Cleveland) which do you think has a better chance of being knocked out before the finals? I know Cleveland's got the better momentum heading in, but I think if the Hawks can advance past the Magic in the conference semis, they matchup well against the Cavs and if Lebron's supporting cast doesn't show up consistently they could knock them off.

J.A. Adande
  (3:46 PM)

The Lakers have bigger issues, the Cavs have to face a better opponent in Orlando, so I'll go with them. If the Lakers get their act together they'll win the West. Cleveland could play well and still lose to Orlando.

Ant (Texas)

JA, i saw the peice on Iverson, "no crossover", really sad on how things turned out for him. But one thing you cant deny about him is his heart! Do you see him returning to the league as a new man and accept a lesser role on a championship contender team like the Spurs or Boston for the MLE?

J.A. Adande
  (3:47 PM)

For the record, I think they'll both make it to the Finals, though.

J.A. Adande
  (3:48 PM)

For the record, I think they'll both make it to the Finals, though.

J.A. Adande
  (3:55 PM)

(227) Ant (Texas):JA, i saw the peice on Iverson, "no crossover", really sad on how things turned out for him. But one thing you cant deny about him is his heart! Do you see him returning to the league as a new man and accept a lesser role on a championship contender team like the Spurs or Boston for the MLE?ANSWER: My takeaway from yet another great "30 for 30" was sadness that Iverson couldn't quite escape where he came from, not even all of these years and all that money later. He had to fight so hard to make it and he succeeded doing it his way. Now he can't figure out how to adjust, how to try it someone else's way. I wish the epilogue to that documentary could be happier. Real life doesn't allow for that.