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January 3, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Chris Sheridan

Chris Sheridan
  (2:01 PM)

Good afternoon from New York, where the San Antonio Spurs will bring their 29-4 record and No. 1 ranking in Marc Stein's Power Rankings into Madison Square Garden to face the sixth-best team in the East tomorrow night. I imagine the Spurs will be a topic today, but so too the Lakers after their 19-point home loss to the Grizzlies last night. Questions, plz ...

Paul (Cincinnati)

How about a compliment for the current Spurs without saying how they'll get hurt or won't win in the playoffs.

Chris Sheridan
  (2:04 PM)

I hereby commend the Spurs on their best start ever -- this despite not leading the league in a single offensive category except fouls per game. (Was that a dig at them?) The caveat to that: They are in the top 10 in every offensive category except offensive rebounds (15th) and blocks (12th).

Josh (Wappingers Falls, NY)

I look at the Knick's bench, and lack of size and defense in the middle and see Dalambert is middling away in Sac with an expiring deal...is he a fit? Or do they look at bringing back Jeffries?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:07 PM)

They would settle for a guy like Dalembert and his expiring deal (for Curry) if they knew they had no chance at Melo. But that's not what they're thinking, and that is why they are not going to pull the trigger on anything major unless Melo gets moved elsewhere or signs that extension. If you ask me, Mike D'Antoni could solve his problem by starting Turiaf/Mozgov and moving fields to the bench and Chandler to the 2, allowing Amar'e to play the 4. They are getting killed on the glass, and it even happened in yesterday's victory over Indiana despite the fact that Jim O'Brien went small from the start and brought Hibbert off the bench.

brian (washington dc)

Has a team ever gone from best record in the league to worst record in the league in one season? If Cleveland does, then it will show that Lebron was right to leave Cleveland because the talent simply wasn't there to win a title. And what it would show is just how amazing Lebron is to be able to take such a poor team and get them as far as he did.

Chris Sheridan
  (2:12 PM)

Brian, I believe the largest fall, percentage wise, for a reigning camp is when the Bulls went from 62-20 in 1997-98 to an East-worst 13-37 in the lockout shortened 1999 season. (Vancouver and the Clips had worse records that season, though). Does this speak to LeBron's greatness? Of course it does. Does it mean it was right for him to leave Cleveland? As I've said before, the man has/had a right to go to the city of his choosing. Players of his caliber get that right and that choice only once in the prime of their careers, so I cannot criticize him for exercising his right as he saw fit. But like others, I criticized and will continue to criticize his execution of that decision. Right now, it is his legacy-defining moment.

Matt (MPLS)

Are the Knicks going to trade AR to the TWolves for Telfair and Utah's 2011 1st? Seems to meet both team's objectives ... Knicks get an expiring, back-up PG and a pick to sweeten their Carmelo offer ... the Wolves get even younger and drop their team BBIQ considerably. Whoops, I mean the Wolves get an excellent young athlete who desperately needs to play for a team and coach who are (and can afford to be) patient and supportive. Your thoughts?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:16 PM)

As you know, Donnie Walsh has come out and said he has a deal lined up to get a No. 1 pick if he needs one. Would that be Minnesota? The trade you described would probably not include Telfair, as the Knicks like T.Douglas better. And since the Wolves are under the cap, they could absorb AR's contract wthout sending any money back.

VW (NYC)

whose freaking out more lakers fans (home losses) or Boston fans (KG / Pierce injury)?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:20 PM)

No one can touch the Laker fans' freak-out factor whenever things go a little south. And in this case, their freak-out is justified because of the nature of those four recent losses, plus the Phil vs. Kobe dust-up dynamic that came up yesterday after Kobe tried to take over single-handedly in the 3rd quarter.

Angelo (NY)

So why would the Kings trade Dalembert for someone else that is going to sit on the bench also?? And why would the Knicks sit Fields who is their leading rebounder if they are getting killed on the boards. I think you are having an off chat day here..... But its allowed once since you do normally have the best chats in my opinion.

Chris Sheridan
  (2:22 PM)

The Knicks would presumably throw the Kings a small sweetener in that deal to get them to do it (rights to Jerome Jordan, Andy Rautins, a future No. 2, Bill Walker). And Mike D. wouldn't necessarily have to send Fields to the bench, because he used Chandler as sixth man when he started Turiaf earlier this season (NY was 5-1 in those games).

Chris Sheridan
  (2:22 PM)

But again, that would be one of those 2:59 p.m. deals on deadline day if the Melo thing dragged on that long.

Stuckey (nj)

Chris (this is less sarcastic than it reads), roughly 22 games into the Knicks emergence as a good team there seems to be some sort of effort going on to make certain everyone knows they aren't a "great" team. Who exactly are guys like yourself speaking to exactly? Who ever thought they were great, or should be at this stage?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:24 PM)

When the coach goes from "we're not fooling ourselves into thinking we're an elite team" to saying "we know we can compete with anybody" in the course of a week, those kind of statements need to be addressed.

CJ (DC)

Any hope for the Suns this year? Any miraculous trades they can orchestrate to turn this around if only for Nash's sake?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:28 PM)

Got to give them some time to gel, but that being said, that can't be the happiest locker room now that R.Lopez is playing half as many minutes as his new backup, and with Channing Frye having lost his job to a guy (M.Pietrus) who was shooting just 38 percent on 3s even before his 1-for-9 brickfest yesterday.

J (Miami)

If a Heat player had to win the MVP this year....Who would be your pick? (mine is Wade)

Chris Sheridan
  (2:29 PM)

I also would say Wade.

LG (Kinston, NC)

The Bobcats...What can we do to become relevant?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:31 PM)

Trade for Carmelo Anthony. Oh, wait a minute, they already tried that. Well, I guess it's a matter of climbing the two games they are out in the playoff race, getting a No. 7 or No. 8 seed and then defeating the Celtics/Heat in Game 1. That'll bring relevance.

Carl (NYC)

Does Eddy Curry play (meaning log minutes) this season (or post season)?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:35 PM)

Every time you try to go there with D'Antoni he answers dismissively, saying "he's not ready yet" while getting this look of disgust on his face like someone tried to feed him supermarket marinara sauce from a jar. Privately, Knicks are worried that Curry will get hurt again if he plays in a real game, so they are not going to wheel him out there until they have the outline of a deal for him pretty firmly in place.

Carl (NYC)

What would the Knicks have to give up to get Marc Gasol? What about Gasol and Mayo? The Grizz have spent a lot, are not going anywhere, and have players they need to resign and cannot resign them all. Thoughts?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:37 PM)

The Grizz just beat the Lakers (for the second time this season) in large part because of Marc Gasol, who I see them keeping for the long term. Sort of reminds me of last year when everyone was convinced they'd trade Rudy Gay rather than give him a max contract. If they trade a center, it'll be Thabeet or Hammadi.

VW (NYC)

Should the Lakers trade Artest? Man he's been awful..but who would want him??

Chris Sheridan
  (2:41 PM)

It has to be one of the things they are considering because of the sustained low level he has been playing at. This is just me thinking out loud here, but wouldn't a trade of Artest to Memphis for T.Allen and filler (X.Henry?) make some sense for both teams?

Damon (Santa Cruz, CA)

Utah sends AK47 to Charlotte for SJax and Nazr Mohammed. Who says no to this?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:43 PM)

Utah says no to that. Can't see J.Sloan wrapping his arms around S.Jax's game.

Ziad (Michigan)

In your opinion, who's the best basketball player in the NBA?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:44 PM)

My top 5: Kobe, D.Wade, LBJ, Durant, Dirk.

Jon (NYC)

What's doing in NJ? Where do they steer the ship if Melo doesn't happen?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:46 PM)

They have a safe fallback in that they have five No. 1 picks in the next two drafts, plus cap room for the summer of '12, which could rival the summer of '10 for what's going to be out there talent-wise. Plus they'll be able to sell free agents on playing in Brooklyn, provided that arena gets completed on time.

Rich (Brooklyn)

What would the Knicks have to offer to get Rose and Noah- Would Curry, Fields and 2 No. 1'a be enough? You have to think that because the Bulls are close to the cap, they'd move those guys...

Chris Sheridan
  (2:47 PM)

Nominations for most outrageous/delusional post of the day are now closed.

Callie (Florida)

Are the Magic ever going to get a back-up center? If so, will it be Marcus Camby?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:50 PM)

I could see that (if Orlando was willing to give up JJ Redick in a package), and remember something, Blazers fans: Rich Cho is from the Sam Presti school of dynamiting a roster when things are hopelessly broken.

Steve (Cicero, NY)

Did a lot of teams miss on getting Michael Beasley after he was out in Miami? Have to think a team like Orlando could have used him to replace Rashard and get someone who can score on their own.

Chris Sheridan
  (2:53 PM)

Miami tried like heck to trade him last year, and New Jersey and Washington were two of the teams that could have had him for nothing but passed because of questions about his character.

Zack (SA TX)

As a spurs fan I have seen every one of our championship teams..this years team is better than all those teams and we have a deep bench this time. Don't you expect to see us beat ANY west oponent in the playoffs?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:54 PM)

If Manu's ankle holds up, y'all can come out of the West. But that ankle, as you know, has a bit of a history ...

Carl (NYC)

Can the Knicks get Camby in exchange for cap relief or are other assets necessary?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:56 PM)

Knicks won't take Camby unless Melo is traded elsewhere and/or signs his extension. Camby would take up their cap space over the summer and preclude them from getting Melo as an UFA. That's why Dalembert is a better fallback. He has an expiring contract.

VW (NYC)

can you go back to the wade mvp thing?why better than lebron? just curious...thanks

Chris Sheridan
  (2:58 PM)

Because he can be consistently productive with LeBron playing alongside him, which is not always the case the other way around. That's why the Heat sit Wade at the end of quarters and let LeBron have a couple minutes to do his thing the way he did in Cleveland.

Mick (South Beach)

My heat are going to the finals this year without a doubt..the only thing i see getting in r way is the spurs. i have been paying attention to their depth as of late and even with tim and manu sitting they are putting up points. do u think we could get thru a 7 game series with them? we need a better bench????

Chris Sheridan
  (2:59 PM)

I do not think you can get past Boston. I've been saying that since September, and nothing I have seen to date has made me change my mind.

VW (NYC)

What happens when teams agree to a trade...do they do a conference call with Sternand both say agree? or is there some nba website where you can send a trade proposal and like the other GM can hit accept or decline like yahoo fantasy and maybe throw in some comments like "You crazy? this trade is a joke right?"...always curious how these trades get executed

Chris Sheridan
  (3:03 PM)

The teams call a special hotline at the league office and do a "trade call." The league's lawyers have to confirm that the deal meets cap guidelines, and often there are issues such as physicals (whether or not to waive them) and modifications to trade-kicker clauses (e.g. Peja Stojakovic reduced his to get out of New Orleans) that have to be ironed out before the trade gets the thumbs-up from the league.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:04 PM)

That's a wrap for this week, folks. Thanks for all the good questions. (A very crowded question queue this week). We'll chat again next Monday at 2 p.m. EST.