Good afternoon from New York, site of tonight's Knicks-Heat game. All sorts of great pre-game coverage on the ESPN-NY home page and the Heat Index, which can be accessed off the main ESPN.com NBA page. Great way to kill a Friday afternoon until the steam whistle blows and it's Yabba, Dabba, Doo time. (Yes, a lot of Boomerang Network being watched in Casa de Sheridan). Questions, folks?
Does landry fields have a shot at R.O.Y or does B griff have it locked already?
Too soon to tell if a third legit guy might enter the debate, but it going to be a great debate if Fields sticks in the starting lineup all season and continues to produce (he leads all NBA guards in rebounding. Not just rookies, mind you, but ALL guards). I was talking about this with Mike D'Antoni a couple days ago, and he mentioned how the Griffin highlights that are not going to stop coming are especially mesmerizing, even to him. But right now I would have to say it is shaping up as a two-man race, and the Knicks' record at the end of the season is going to swing some votes in Fields' favor if the Knicks can manage to get to 48-50 Ws.
Hey Chris. Is there any animosity between Amare and Bosh. I expect Miami to run from the start and I doubt their stiff and ancient centers get much run....so Bosh should see plenty of mins guarding Amare. Any chance Amare drops 50?
After watching Amare pick apart Kevin Garnett the other night, it is scary to think what he might do against Bosh, who is an inferior defender. I think the animosity between Amare and KG helped fuel what Stoudemire did, and I am aware of no similar dynamic between Chris and Amar'e. With the way Amar'e has been rolling, and with the way they started going to him more in the first quarter against Boston, I'd have to say a 45-50 point game is right around the corner.
Would the Knicks consider a flyer and trade for Roy instead of Melo? Give up far less, and hope he returns to form? He's a bettter defender when healthy than Melo, and you can keep more pieces.
No, I don't think so. Brandon Roy has no cartilage left in his knee, and there is no surgical procedure that can correct it. Plus, his max contract is not insured for his knee condition. Put it all together and it might mean he is the most untradeable player in the NBA right now. I don't think the Knicks will do any trade that brings on long money unless Carmelo is taken away as an option, which will only happen if he decides to stay in Denver and signs his extension.
Is Wilson chandler a legitmate 6 man of the year?
He'd be among the candidates if he went back to that role, but D'Antoni has been using him as a starter since Game #18, and if D'Antoni keeps using the same lineup then Wilson is not going to be eligible.
What are the odds the Knicks grab Carmelo before the trade deadline without the chances of them losing Fields or Chandler in the process?
I have to believe Fields wil end up being a part of the package if that trade gets done. Denver likes him, and they like Chandler. They are not quite as high on Danilo Gallinari as they once were, and they are not high on Anthony Randolph.With Chandler, the Knicks will have to renounce him next summer to create enough cap room to make max offer to Carmelo (if Melo becomes an unrestricted free agent), so as things stand now, they could lose Chandler no matter which way they go if they end up getting Carmelo.
Bucher just wrapped up a chat where stated that, while he doesn't doubt you were given solid information on Melo's desires from a very good source, he still doesn't see the Knicks ending up with him based on his own research. What do you think Bucher means by that? Does Melo in the end capitulate as Bucher suggests and signs an extension with Nets or some other team?
I cannot speak for Ric, but there are many out there who believe Denver will simply keep Anthony through the deadline, hope he leads them on a nice playoff run, and then signs the extension. He'd be giving up a lot of money if he exercised his ETO and becomes a free agent, because not only would he be giving up the $65 million sitting on the talbe, he'd be opting out of a contract that is due to pay him $18.5 million next season. As an unrestricted free agent, he'd get a starting salary worth several million dollars less for next season. So there is a lot of financial leverage the Nuggets have from that standpoint, which is why some believe they'll hold onto him.
Bucher says that there is a lot of misinformation put out there by players and teams... on a scale of 1-10 how solid was your Melo source? Any chance you could give a clue to who it is? haha
Source was an 11.
Chris, love your work! I'm starting to get a little worried about the big minutes that the starters are playing, particularly Felton. Do you think he'll get more rest once Kelenna comes back? I realize that KA is a shooting guard, but at this pace, Raymond is going to drop from exhaustion.
When Kelenna is available, it'll reduce Toney Dougla' workload, because he is playing at off-guard quite a bit. That'll free Douglas to play more backup minutes behind Felton, but that doesn't mecesarily mean D'Antoni will make a significant cut in Felton's playing time. It'll probably just make Douglas a 12-minute per night player.
Isn't there little to no risk in Charlotte trying to acquire Carmelo? Even knowing an extension is unlikely, you get a little excitement and ticket sales this season and a ton of money off the books in the summer. Or if it doesn't work out you package him to NY or NJ. The only problem I see is that we don't have much that Denver would want.
As I have reported, Michael Jordan has reached out to the Nuggets to see if he could get Carmelo, and it is for exactly the reasons you stated. They get a huge boost at the gate, they rid themselves of some long money, and they sign-and-trade Carmelo when he becomes a free agent. The thing is, though, that Melo sounded very, very confident that the Nuggets will not trade him somewhere where he won't sign an extension. I'm not sure why he sounded so confident, but he certainly did last Sunday when he was in town.
New idea for Heat nick name "The Three-Madonas"
Very creative, Ryan.
At this point, is there ANYONE left who still thinks it would be a good idea to make a Melo deal that includes trading players in the current 7-8 man rotation.
Um, yes. And two of them are named Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni. Look, if the Knicks can get Carmelo, they'll have him and Amar'e under contract through 2014-15. That's a long time to have two great players together if they both stay healthy. They're not going to get him for free, and you have to come to grips with the fact that despite their recent 13-2 stretch, the Knicks are not an elite team. They'd be the first to tell you that. Adding Carmelo boosts them within reach of elite status.
Chris, answer something other then a miami and NY question for pete sakes.
Dave, this is a Knicks-Heat themed chat. I do national chats every Monday at 2 p.m. My Friday chats are Knickcentric. But for you, I'll post a question regarding the relative strengths of the Bulls vs. the Knicks if you put a good question in the queue.
Chris, I would much rather see the Knicks go after a Center who can play good defense and crash the boards rather than Melo. What guys are out there they can possibly obtain?
They are looking for one, but few are availble without taking on long money -- which the Knicks won't do until Melo's status is resolved.
Why would Melo not want to join a Orlando Magic team with Howard instead of going to NY to join Amare. It's a no brainer if you ask me.
I'm kind of with you on that one, Miguel, but you and I are not Carmelo, and Carmelo wants to make his family happy. When I spoke to him in Denver when the Knicks were there, he hit on that point very, very hard. He wants to do what makes his family the most happy, and he wants to play for the Knicks.
Do you think Felton is one of the best point guards in the league?
He is playing like a member of the Top 8, in the mix with Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Tony Parker.
Chris, do you concur with the fact that Melo isn't as interested in the "max" money that might be out there immediately as he is playing in NYC? From all indications he's willing to take the risk of making less money via the new CBA if he has to wait past Feb 24th to be a Knick. His priorities seem to be #1 playing with Amare/@ MSG, than #2 the money, and #3 timing. Your thoughts?
I think the money is very, very important. He takes an enormous financial risk if he exercises his ETO and becomes a free agent in a summer when nobody knows what the new collective bargaining rules are going to look like.
Why is MSG known as the Mecca of basketball? I am 33 years-old...name one major basketball moment that has happened there in my lifetime.
The nickname pre-dates you by another 33 years. There is a piece on knicks.com by team historian Dennis D'Agostino that explains the origins. It is recommended reading.
What percentage chance do you place on melo just staying with the nugs. Also how legit is New Jersey. Local station in CO reported trade was done a couple of days ago with NJ
Right now I am of the belief that there is a 75 percent chance he goes to the Knicks, 20 percent chance he stays in Denver, 5 percent chance he ends up elsewhere.
Chris, can you please tell this people that if the knicks and bulls meet in the playoffs the knicks would win that series. i believe they are better than the bulls hawks and any other 8 seed that makes the playoffs. your thoughts?
I disagree. I believe the Bulls when fully healthy match up very well with the Knicks. Noah would be an effective defender againt Amar'e, Boozer would average 30 and Rose would show what a difference there is between players who are among he Top 3 PGs in the NBA and players who are Top 8. Plus, T.Thibodeau would game-plan his way into keeping the scores down. I'd pick Chicago in 7 if that series happened with the way the teams are presently constituted.
i'm not convinced it makes sense to pair melo and amare. that's a lot of lax defense in the front court. is it realistic to win that way?
They already play lax defense. Their formula is to in via offense and outscore you. But that being said, they'd use Carmelo at the 4 quite a bit, and he can defend that position better than Wilson Chandler, who currently plays the 4 in NY's starting lineup.
Can you post a link to that D'Agostino story? I can't find it ...
I will tweet it later today. (My twitter address is CSheridanESPN. Lawrence Frank became a follower today. He has yet to tweet anything, though, and he needs some followers. He has only 41.)
Are the cavs looking to make any trades that are worth talking about?
Varejao is their biggest asset, and Mo Williams has a ton of value. But both have big, long contracts, and the Cavs do not just want expiring contracts and draft picks in return. They want good young players.
Chris, I haven't been able to track down the "genesis" of the KG-Amar'e "feud." Simply a case of KG maybe thinking that Amar'e didn't "respect him" enough when he came into the league, or more to it?
I do not know what it is. But there are a lot of guys in the league who do not like Kevin. (The list begins with Noah and Bogut)
out of 100%, 100% being the 90s era when MSG was bumping, what percent was Denver/Boston games to that level?
Quite honestly, there was more buzz in the building for the Denver game than for the Boston game, which is strange given that the Nuggets were in at noon on a Sunday and the C's were in for a weeknight game.
Hey you said Felton is just in the top 8 in PGs are you crazy, my boy is ahead of overrated Rose and Westbrook, who by the way are two SGs masquerading as PGs!!
What kind of time frame are the Nuggets working on with Melo? Think they'll take him all the way down to the deadline? Or will they cut bait pretty soon?
Different sources are saying different things on that. It really comes down to a question of when Josh/Stan Kroenke decide which is the best way to proceed forward. The ball is in their court.
That's a wrap folks. Enjoy the game tonight. 7 p.m. EST tip on ESPN. We'll chat Knicks again next Friday.