Good afternoon from Yellowknife, I mean bitter-cold New York, where the Wizards bring their 0-20 road record into the Garden tonight and the Knicks try to halt their six-game slide. All things NBA are in play today, even ice-cold teams, so let's have at it ...
Chris. Is this Sunday's matchup between the Cetlics and Lakers the matchup we will see in June?
That has been my prediction all along, mostly because I see the Celtics as being too big and too cohesive and time-tested to lose to Miami in the conference finals. But as for the West, I've become quite an admirer of the Spurs and am especially looking forward to the game two Thursdays from now when they play the Lakers on national TV. (SA won their first meeting by 15).
Is Donnie Walsh playing this Carmelo trade so nonchalant so as not to piss off Denver management anymore than they already are (like the Nets did)? because he seems very disinterested.
Donnie always plays nonchalant. I think the danger here is of a different kind if he is trying to get Carmelo at a lowball price. He has been on the other end of the equation (remember when he sat Artest and waited until the Kings offered Peja before trading him), and he probably feels time is on his side because everyone in the NBA knows Carmelo wants to go to the Knicks, but he runs the risk of being burned if he doesn't offer something approximating fair value. As I repeated so many times in my Knicks chat last Friday, this trade is about much more than one season. It's about having Carmelo and Amar'e paired together through the 2014-15 season.
I had to walk from the Ferry to Trinity Church this morning in that cold. Made me yearn for my days of going to the Target Center to watch Kevin Garnett play! Speaking of which, how many Celtics make the All-Star game?
Yikes, it is windy down there on the tip of the island. Celtics in A-S game? Over/under is 2.5 with KG the bubble guy behind locks Pierce and Rondo. East coaches' personal biases toward KG could be a factor, if those biases indeed exist. ;)
Now that the Nets are seemingly out of the equation, care to revise your 75-20-5 prediction for where 'Melo will end up??
Those numbers stand for now. The 20 (he stays with Nuggets) might rise up if they go 5-0 (a possibility) on this Eastern trip to WX, Det, Cleve, Philly, NJ.
Any chance the Bulls can acquire OJ Mayo at the trade deadline?
I continue to hear that the guy the Bulls have their sights on is J.R. Smith of the Nuggets. Ironically, they gave him away to Denver for Howard Eisley and two second-round picks in the summer of 2006.
How many wins this season would be needed to consider this a successful season for the Clippers? They won 29 last year so hast to be 30+, right? Obviously making the playoffs would be considered the ultimate success but not likely after the 1-13 start.
Any time the Clippers are must-see TV (as they are now, thanks to Blake Griffin), it is a successful season. But barring a 9- to 10-game winning streak that would make finishing above .500 a realistic possibility, they'll go home in mid-April again. Best thing Clips can hope for (aside from actual production out of Ryan Gomes) is for Denver to take out the dynamite, because that'll open up a playoff spot that the Nuggets seem assured of getting as of now.
How far can Chicago go in the playoffs with a healthy Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer?
They can beat any team in the East in a seven-game series. Does that mean I'd pick them? At this point, no. Need a broader body of work to judge them on before I start thinking about what kind of factor they are going to be in the postseason. I will say this: As much as it seems Pop has COY already locked up, keep an eye out for Thibodeau if San Antonio crashes back to earth. To have 30 wins by now despite all their injuries is a COY-worthy accomplishment.
By the way did you read that interview with the warriors owner? any chance he was serious about curry not being untouchable? and what did you think about his comments on melo "wanting to go to one place"?
He was stating the obvious in regards to Melo, and what I took from the no untouchables comment was that he probably realizes the same thing Warriors fans have been saying for two years: At a certain point, you can't have a backcourt comprised of two guys who always need the ball in their hands. Monta has been the more clutch player of the two this season, and Curry would have enormous trade value if they decided to move him.
Chris, any chance the Pistons buy out Rip Hamilton? Bulls can sign him for the min which could put them over the top!
Do not see them cutting a check to Rip just to get rid of him when he still has significant trade value. At the very least, they will end up with an expiring contract and an extra No. 1 pick. And that's only if they end up settling for a lowball offer.
Blazers would be the best landing spot for Anthony Randolph. Agree?
Portland or Indiana. Not Minnesota, where he'd be stuck behind K.Love.
Don't you think the knicks should try to get Nene to in any melo deal where they want fields and chandler?
I think they'll end up having to take some long money off the Nuggets hands if the deal ever gets done, and Nene does not fit that category. More likely Harrington and Balkman would come back.
Excluding Melo, who do you see being the most likely to get traded before the deadline?
You've said before that Kroenke could be spiteful and show Carmelo who's boss by refusing to trade him to the destination he is hoping for, but wouldn't that be damaging to the franchise? Pulling a Gilbert would seem to be something that would prevent star players from wanting to go to that franchise...
Stan/Josh have to look out for the best interests of their franchise, and they'll come off looking like sissies if they do a bad deal with the Knicks. That's why I've written that is imperative for Walsh to make a fair offer and make it soon to allow the Kroenkes to save some face.
Bulls are good but will NOT beat any elite team without a true SG. Give them Rip Hamilton after a buyout (could this happen?), the Bulls would be elite title contenders.
Again, with the Pistons franchise currently in the process of being sold, there is little reason to zero out the value of one of the team's biggest assets by doing a buyout.
Hey Chris, I'm a Sixers fan and I was wondering whether you think a Granger-Iguodala trade could be possible before the trade deadline? They both have similar contracts and could be benefited by a change of scenery. Granger is a better scorer and could fit better next to Jrue and ET. Iguodala is unhappy in Philly and could be a better playmaker, defender, dunker and perhaps a better fit than Granger was in Indiana. What do you think?
Not the craziest thing I've ever heard. Pacers might need a little extra back in that trade.
So I have being seeing a lot of rumors that Dwight Howard will be going to the Lakers in the sometime near future, I was wanting to know your thoughts on it actually happening, and who will the lakers lose?
Dwight wants to be fawned over the same way his Team USA brethren have been courted, and that could happen one of two ways -- if he becomes a free agent, or if he plays for a marquee team like the Lakers. But Orlando is all in with him for the rest of this season and all of next season, with Rich DeVos deciding that luxury tax isn't the worst way to spend money at his age.
Do you see a Franchise Tag being agreed to in the next CBA? Or the opposite. An Eddy Curry clause, where if a player is never in shape he can be cut?
There already is an Eddy Curry clause that requires players to be in good enough shape to play "skilled basketball" (that's the legal language that is used). As for the "franchise tag", I don't think so. David Stern himself said at the finals last year that he has changed his thinking (he said "reformed") on the merits of one player spending his entire career with one team. Owners are most interested with coming out of this labor agreement with a bigger slice of the financial pie than the 43 percent of revenues they are currently guaranteed.
Am I the only one who is really scared of the Heat picking up Nene? What are the odds he exercises his ETO at the end of this season?
Impossible for the Heat to get Nene unless they trade Bosh, which they arent doing. The chances of Nene opting out will depend on which team he is playing for after the trade deadline. If he is dealt and likes where he lands, an extension would make more sense.
Hindsight being 20/20, what could Carmelo Anthony have done different to avoid such a drawn out trade drama nightmare? NBA stars learned from Lebron's "Decision." What should they now learn from the Melo Drama??
Can't have hindsight on this one until we see how it ends. I actually think 'Melo has handled this one pretty well by being the one person in the whole equation who has consistently been bringing some clarity to the picture. When he insistently told reporters in San Antonio two weekends ago that he had no interest in speaking to "them people" (the Nets), it moved the needle on the story. I think he has done the smart thing now by saying he will no longer entertain trade or contract extension questions.
How "United" are the owners? (Is there a chasm between what the Cuban, Allens, Big Market Guys want compared to the smaller market teams with smaller pocket owners)
There are three things out there right now regading the NBA labor situation: Posturing, rhetoric and proposed deals from each side that are of the pie-in-the-sky variety. Make-or-break time comes after the draft when they start the real bargaining. They can do this deal in 72 hours if both sides are motivated to compromise. They already have mechanisms in place to control costs and redistribute money, so it's not like they have to reinvent the wheel here.
That's a wrap for this week, folks. Thanks for all the good questions, and we'll do this again next Monday.