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March 4, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Chris Sheridan

Chris Sheridan
  (1:59 PM)

Good afternoon from New York, where the Knicks have refused to bow to the NBA's request to move up start time of Knicks-Pacers game a week from Sunday to accomodate ABC. PSAL has MSG booked that afternoon for NYC high school championship game. So If Amar'e gets technical foul No. 16 tonight, you will have your consiracy theory du jour. Questions? Comments? Mystifications? Enigmas?

Rhonda (clifton park (boston for the day))

wasn't there a report that Walsh intends to honor Chauncy's $14M for next year and not buy him out? Also, is that the last year of his contract? Would the Knicks consider an extension at a lesser amount for one more year?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:00 PM)

Chauncey has one year left at $14 million, but he can be bought out for $3 million. I expect them to keep him through 2011-12, then reassess. No need to rush into an extension at this point.

Adam (Lewisville)

How long of a delay do you forecast for the NBA season to start next year due to the upcoming CBA?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:02 PM)

None. I am in the vast minority on this, but I expect them to settle a couple days after stopping the clock on June 30. Too much to be lost in terms of good will they've built up, rising appeal, ratings through the roof, superstars in their prime being cool with playing for less money, etc. I think reasonable heads prevail.

Mike (New York)

It's obvious that the Knicks need a big man to rebound and block shots next year. What available free agents do you think they will be looking at?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:04 PM)

Someone who will take a one-year deal (to maintain cap space), which takes guys like Marc Gasol out of the mix. But if a guy like S.Dalembert does not like the long-term offers he is getting, I could see him taking a one-year deal to re-establish his value. Stephen Jackson did it once upon a time.

Kelly (Seattle)

Do you ever expect Brandon Roy to be a full time starter again? His situation reminds me of Allen Houston, where they overpaid for a good, but not great player who is always injured.

Chris Sheridan
  (2:06 PM)

B.Roy's knee injury is much more serious than A.Houston's was, and the Blazers could not get insurance for Brandon's knee. So he is going to be a major drag on their cap for years to come whether he plays or not. Either way, he is not a max player in his current state. And the sad thing is that even microfracture is not an option for him.

Sedale (Bronx, NY)

Jeffries over Brewer? Proof that a certain former Pistons guard still has Dolan's ear?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:09 PM)

Brewer wanted playing time, and D'Antoni told him he wouldn't get much, if any. So the Knicks did him a favor (remember, he is represented by Happy Walters, who also reps Amar'e) and cut him loose, and Corey made the most of it by getting $7 million over 3 years from the Mavs. Jeffries made more sense from a basketball standpoint because he can defend centers. The Knicks had nobody at the backup 5.

Chris (Athens, GA)

What is the Knicks next major move? Wait on Paul, Howard, Williams, or the new CBA?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:11 PM)

They all go together. But when the summer of '12 comes around, if Dwight is on the market he will certainly be their first choice.

Mark (Spring Valley)

Why did CP3 get so defensive after the game concerning his free agency status?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:12 PM)

Because he knew the questons were coming, he was in a poor mood after a bad loss, and he didn't want to push the envelope. That is not his style. Said his focus right now for 2012 is playing in London for Team USA.

Jon (NYC)

The New York Times had a very interesting article this morning about tweaks D'Antoni has made to his offense to accommodate Melo and Chauncey including slowing things down, featuring more isolation and fewer pick and rolls. My question: Could this be the beginning of the end for D'Antoni?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:15 PM)

Why would it be the beginning of the end? What D'Antoni is doing is going to his players' strengths when the Knicks are in their halfcourt sets and are not getting easy looks through ball and player movement. They are not pushing the fast break as much as they did, but they are still having roughly the same number of possessions. As D'Antoni said at practice yesterday, he had to push the ball with Nash because he had Steve Nash. Duh. Now he doesn't have Nash, so he has to coach to what his players can do best.

Dan (Long Island)

Do the Knicks feel that Jerome Jordan can contribute next year at center?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:19 PM)

That would be a question that they would help themselves answer by looking at him in summer league, but with the labor situation as it is now, it appears there will not be a summer league. They do need a backup 5, though. Might depend on what they get in the draft with the lesser of their own or Houston's first-round pick.

Rob (NYC)

It's obvious that the most glaring hole on this team is the lack of depth at center and the lack of interior D and shot blocking. I know that you said Dalembert is a possibility on a 1 year deal, but do you see any other stopgaps or even potential for a big in this years draft? Any other Mozgov's over in Europe? Thanks Mr. Sheridan.

Chris Sheridan
  (2:20 PM)

There are two young Lithuanian big men that should be in this year's draft, plus there will be big veteran bodies as there are every year, guys like Tony Battie, if a hole has to be plugged.

Will (Bklyn)

Chris, we all know the Knicks need size, rebounding, and defense... this summer the man I believe they have a shot at is Tyson Chandler who will be a unrestricted free agent & would be perfect. What are the chances of them getting him, or say a Greg Oden who has been unhealthy thus far but when healthy can be a difference maker next too Amar'e. Also am I the only one who thinks they could could another shooter spot up on specifically someone like ehhh say jason kapano....who is working on a buy out with Philly

Chris Sheridan
  (2:22 PM)

No buyout for Kapono in Philly. All buyouts are done. Deadline to be waived and then re-sign with a playof team was Tuesday night. Chandler will want more than a one-year deal. Oden might, emphasis on the word might, do a one-year deal.

L33 (Chicago)

Where do you put Stoudamire in the MVP race? Who is your MVP as of today?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:23 PM)

Derrick Rose is my MVP right now. Stoudemire is in the also-rans with the Ginobilis of the NBA.

Kevin (NY)

Should have kept Brewer and dumped Balkman or Mason?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:24 PM)

Brewer over Mason was a no-brainer to me, but as I mentioned above, there are delicate issues when you have to not only keep Amar'e happy, but his agent, too.

Damon (Santa Cruz)

Are the Jazz sold on Favors? If so, do you see them moving Milsap for a solid SG?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:25 PM)

Favors is a young 19. The Jazz will be patient with him. Don't see them moving Millsap at all.

Paul (DC)

They could have had Noah in NYC but gave up that pick for Eddy Curry. God I miss Isiah Thomas. Please tell me he is coming back!!

Chris Sheridan
  (2:27 PM)

No Knicks chat would be complete without a mention of Eddy Curry and the lost decade. Anybody want to bring up Rondo?

Alex (NYC)

Assuming Dwight's out of the question, and you had to pick between Deron and CP3 to focus efforts on, who do you like?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:28 PM)

I have always liked Deron's game better than CP3's. Deron was the closer for Team USA in Beijing. Not Kidd. Not CP3. D-Will.

Jesse (Miami, FL)

What was the cap savings on buying out Cory Brewer? Could whatever space opened up with that move, be used to offer someone like Deandre Jordan or another big man a deal this offseason?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:29 PM)

It was insignificant space. And Jordan is another guy who will want a multi-year deal.

TonyBono (NOLA)

MISSING: One All Star Point Guard's talents. If found, please return to New Orleans Hornets.

Chris Sheridan
  (2:30 PM)

Funny, Tony. I kneeded to post that when I read it.

jayay (ATL)

Do any of the Heat's big 3 have no trade clauses? Me thinks Riles will want to trade Bosh within the next 2 years.

Chris Sheridan
  (2:31 PM)

No. Only way to get a no trade clause is to spend eight seasons with the same club, then become an unrestricted free agent and stay with that team. That's what Kobe did.

Neil (Manhattan)

Does Donnie Walsh get the extension? What's the hold up?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:33 PM)

I will ask him tonight. Would have asked him yesterday but he was speaking with Jack Curran (Archbishop Molloy coach), and protocol dictated that I give them their space.

neil (baltimore)

assuming the knicks are gonna be between the 5-7 seed come the playoffs, which matchups do you think are good for the knicks?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:35 PM)

Too soon to tell with just a five-game body of work to judge them on. Ask me in 2 weeks. I am here every Friday at 2 p.m. (Personally, I want a NY-Miami series.)

Larry (NY)

Would I be right in saying the Knicks won't cut Balkman because his salary, although small, would be counted against the cap for the next two seasons after this one? Is there anyway to trade him off in the future?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:36 PM)

Yes. They would prefer to trade him than cut him.

Mike (Manhattan)

Do you think the knicks need a better shooter than fields as the starting 2?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:40 PM)

He has had three consecutive bad shooting games, which has happened to him only one other time this season. So I expect him to bounce back tonight. And on nights when he struggles, I think Shawne Williams has shown himself to be a good replacement. Same thing for Douglas, too, on some nights (but certainly not all). The point is, they do have depth on the wings.

Mike (Portland)

Oden might do a 1-year deal, but he's restricted.. if he took a 1 year deal from someone, blazers will just match. Since oden is young, do you think he has a chance to make good on his talent or is he done?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:41 PM)

Depends how big of a one-year offer he gets, I would counter. As for his future, his doctors have a better read on that than I do.

The Rim (MSG)

Help! I have nobody to protect me and all the dunking is starting to hurt. Best case scenario, who can the Knicks acquire to help defend me?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:43 PM)

Dwight Howard in 2012. For now your only protection is Jeffries, who might chip some orange paint off of ya while you are waiting.

Chris D. (Denville, NJ)

Why did Melo pick #7?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:44 PM)

No. 15 is retired (Earl Monroe) although Melo said Pearl told him he could un-retire it. Azubuike had been assigned No. 7, but since he hadn't worn it in a game the NBA allowed him to switch and give the number to Melo.

gooch (gainesville florida)

all things being equal. If you were Dwight, would you choose LA or NY?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:45 PM)

NY, as long as Andrew Bynum is patrolling the paint in LA.

Chris D. (Denville, NJ)

Why are the halftime shows at Knicks games now so boring and low budget (youth basketball game)?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:47 PM)

Good question, and it is one I asked myself as they trotted out those 2nd graders the other night. They did a "New York's Got Talent" thing a year or two ago in which young New Yorkers (musicians, singers, dancers) showed their stuff. The crowd really liked it. Maybe they are trying to sell more $7 hot dogs at the one or two concessions stands that remain open during the renovation.

Avery (School)

Who are your picks to make it to the Finals?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:47 PM)

San Antonio and (hold my nose, which I wasn't doing before the trade deadline) Boston.

Jazzfan (Philly)

It looks like NJ has 2 fewer home games than other teams (unless you count London as New Jersey). Doesn't this put them at a disadvantage relative to other teams?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:49 PM)

Today's game and tomorrow's game at the O2 count as Nets home games. (Tipoff in 20 minutes for those needing an afternoon activity).

VW (NYC)

Whose more clutch? Billups or melo?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:49 PM)

Melo.

Chris D. (Denville, NJ)

Who got the better deal: Knicks or Nets?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:50 PM)

Depends on whether Deron Williams stays with NJ. Both teams gave up a lot, but Nets took on much more risk.

Travis (LA)

Any non-Knicks related questions out there?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:51 PM)

This is a Knicks chat, Travis. I also do an NBA chat on Mondays at 11 a.m. your time.

Jim (Cleveland(Yes, I admit it))

Who is this Samardo Samuels and is he for real?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:53 PM)

He is the starting 4 for YOUR Cleveland Cavaliers for the rest of this season (and a member of my in-the-hunt fantasy team. I added him Sunday night after Jamison broke his finger that afternoon). Is he for real? He has one game under his belt, albeit a nice one.

Chris (Manhattan)

Do you see Tony Douglas eventually becoming a starter in the NBA?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:56 PM)

I made this point in a Douglas column a little while back: Point guard is the toughest position to learn how to play in the NBA, and it often takes 5 years to figure it out (just ask all the teams who gave up on Chauncey Billups over that time). He made a big leap two night ago, and now lets see if he can replicate it tonight against Baron (if Billups does not play. Still no official word on that yet from Knicks). The time to begin to pass judgment Douglas is a year from now, not now. Until then, baby steps.

Bill (Albany, NY)

Do you think the matchups favor Chicago or New York if these two teams end up playing eachother in the playoffs?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:59 PM)

Would be a fun series, but I would probably pick the Bulls in 7 (as of now). Their bigs being able to control the glass, plus Rose's quickness and penetration skills against a poor interior defensive team, would be the key matchup advantages.

Michael (New York)

What is your projected record for the NY Knicks next season?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:01 PM)

Why does everybody always ask so much about next season? And 2012? It is like everyone in NY has been programmed to think 2 years down the road instead of 2 weeks. I hear it on the radio all the time, and it confounds the heck out of me. They are a pretty good story and a pretty good team right now, so let's live in the present first, OK?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:02 PM)

That is a wrap for this week. Enjoy the weekend, all. I will be with the 'Bockers tonight at MSG, then in Atlanta on Sunday night, then back at MSG on Monday night before heading with them to Memphis. So check ESPNNewYork every day for blanket Knicks coverage. Over and out.