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March 14, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Ian Begley

  (1:05 PM)

Hey, what's up guys?Sorry I am a few minutes late. A lot going on with the Knicks right now and we just finished talking to guys at the team's shoot around. So let's get it going .... what do you guys have for me?

Zak (NY) [via mobile]

What are the chances Carmelo Anthony gets traded?

  (1:06 PM)

I don't see this happening. I don't think the Knicks blow up their franchise on a whim, and I doubt they've given this move any serious thought. They gave up so much to get Anthony to New York a year ago, so I don't see them shipping him out and giving up on things so quickly. I think Mike D'Antoni will go before Anthony does.

Deven (Buffalo, NY)

Their's a story on NBA rumor central that Melo wants to be traded and wanted to be moved on Monday night. Any truth to that?

  (1:08 PM)

Hey Deven, Anthony himself strongly denied that he wanted to be traded. Said he wanted to put all of the talk of him wanting a trade to rest. So, if you take him at his word, then there is no truth to the report.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Why are the New York Knicks Stinking in March?

  (1:10 PM)

Hey Chris,Good question. Instead of March Madness, it's been March Badness around here for the Knicks. There are a few reasons for this: the schedule has been much more challenging, with games at Boston, Chicago, Dallas and San Antonio. Jeremy Lin has come back down to earth a bit, Carmelo Anthony is struggling with his shot and Mike D'Antoni hasn't found the right mix of players to make it all work

Jeff K (West Palm Beach Florida)

With all this talk about Mike Woodson taking over for Mike D and Carmelo wanting out of NY. What happens over the next 24 hours? Is Mike D gone and Carmelo Traded? Your thoughts Please..

  (1:11 PM)

I think if the Knicks lose tonight there is a possibility that D'Antoni is gone. But I don't think Anthony will get traded, Jeff. Check out what I wrote in response to Zak's question on that. Must be nice to be in West Palm Beach, btw.

Brad (Toronto)

You're probably going to get this a lot today. But what do you think happens with Melo? Will Orlando be calling them about him an awful lot today and tomorrow?

  (1:16 PM)

I think there will be conversations back and forth because GMs will always talk. But I'd be surprised if the Knicks pulled a trigger on a deal involving Melo. I've always believed that D'Antoni will be gone before Anthony. The Knicks would also have to be convinced that Howard would re-sign in New York if they were going to trade for him.

Alex (Anaheim)

Does the losing streak end tonight? I saw Portland in LA a month ago when they set their franchise low for points in a quarter, so I can always hope..

  (1:17 PM)

If it doesn't, it's going to get very ugly at Madison Square Garden tonight

Kris (Pittsburgh)

Don't you think the Knicks lack a leader at this stage. They should probably try to bring someone like steve nash who can lead them from front and keep the players together.

  (1:19 PM)

I think there's something to that Kris. Tyson Chandler has been great in the locker room and hasn't been afraid to call guys out in the locker room but there is no voice on this team to call out Anthony and Stoudemire when things don't go well. Chandler is in his first two months with the team, so he may not feel comfortable with it. And D'Antoni rarely is critical of his players in public. So there is a void there.

Dan (NYC)

The Knicks need a backup big man, GS needs a new SG. Wouldn't a Tony Douglas for Andris Biedrins swap make perfect sense (after finding a 3rd team for cap reasons)? Both have warn out their welcomes and could be useful elsewhere.

  (1:20 PM)

I have a hard time believing teams see value in Toney Douglas after what he's done this season.

Sally (Brooklyn)

Whats your sense of how the dynamic is in the locker room regarding Lin? Does Carmelo not like him or respect him?

  (1:23 PM)

Publicly, they have both said the right things. But Anthony's body language on the court says otherwise. Im sure it's upsetting to Anthony when Lin takes 15-plus shots in a game and some of them are forced. That takes away opportunities for him to shoot -- something we all know he loves to do. So I think it;s only natural for there to be some resentment, but by all indications, Anthony has handled this like a professional

steve (princeton)

let's be serious here. the knicks would certainly do melo and chandler for d-12 and turk and so would the magic. the reason it won't happen is because howard doesn't want the knicks. the question is why?

  (1:24 PM)

I'm not in Dwight's head -- but maybe he sees a flawed roster and sees what Melo's been going through and wants no part of it. Especially when he can be in essentially the same market with the Nets but have much more control over the situation.

Christian (VA)

Will Linsanity return?

  (1:26 PM)

I don't think Jeremy will average 25 points per game over a long stretch but he should be able to make adjustments to the challenges defenses are throwing at him. That will allow him to decrease his turnovers and give his teammates more open shots, something that hasn't happened with consistency of late

Joe Alegre (Chattanooga, TN)

Why is everyone focusing on Melo when it's Amare that has the worst +/- on the Knicks team at a -12. THey are a -4 when he's in the game and the Knicks are a 8 when he's on the bench. Dude had 3 rebounds in the last game and had the gall to complain about others not coming prepared for a game????

  (1:30 PM)

Anthony is an easy target, kind of like A-Rod with the Yankees but with much less intensity (so far) so Amare has been able to fly under the radar a bit. He has looked more explosive over the past few games and he shot it well in Chicago, so there are signs that he's picking it up on offense. As far as defense goes, don't expect Amare to make any vast improvements.

JT (Long Island)

Who do you think would be poss. candidates for the knicks as next head coach? Hearing Phil Jackson's name alot but i dont think he wants to coach a team with all this hoopla surrounding it.

  (1:32 PM)

Assuming D'Antoni makes it through the season, Phil Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and John Calipari have been mentioned as candidates. I don't see owner James Dolan bringing back Van Gundy after his exit from the team. Jackson seems like a longshot. If Calipari wins the title with Kentucky this season, maybe that spurs him to take another shot at an NBA job?

Carmen (Wall Street)

Sure Lin has come down to earth a tad, but he is still putting up good numbers. Plus, its hard to be a point guard and run the offense when your supposed best players comepletely ignores you.

  (1:33 PM)

Sure. Is there a question, Carmen?


What kind of offense / system should the Knicks build to better utilize the talent they have?

  (1:35 PM)

Interesting question. I think its clear that the pieces they have don't mesh with D'Antoni's system. They need to give Melo ample opportunity to operate in the mid post, and that doesn't exist in D'Antoni's offense. They'd also benefit from using Stoudemire as the primary screener on pick and rolls, which hasn't happened this season. D'Antoni has used Chandler as the primary screener for most of the season.


Based on how Denver improved once Melo left, is there any reason to think a team can win with him?

  (1:38 PM)

Win a title? I think if you surround him with veteran role players willing to clean up his mistakes on defense and sacrifice on offense, a team can win with him. But that's not an easy team to assemble.

Eddie (Hoboken, NJ)

If DH said he would re-sign in NY, who would say no to the Hedo-Dwight for Melo-Chandler deal? Would this not work out for both sides?

  (1:39 PM)

If that was the agreed upon deal, it would give Orlando two nice pieces for Howard. That would be a great win for the Magic because they are currently at risk of losing him for nothing. But Howard hasn't given any indication that he'd sign a deal in New York

Lenny (nyc)

In the year since the knicks acquired melo, this "offensive genius" has yet to figure out a way to maximize melo's obvious skill set. In his 4 years here, the coach has been a horrible in-game strategist and has never figured out a rotation. How many excuses can he have?

  (1:41 PM)

There's something to be said of not having any continuity on the roster. It certainly makes it difficult to develop chemistry. But I definitely understand the sentiment. This is a bottom-line business, and from that perspective, D'Antoni hasn't produced so far

Deven (Buffalo, NY)

Hi Ian. Fact or Fiction: If Knicks lose again tonight, Coach D'Antoni will be fired.

  (1:43 PM)

Hey Deven, I can't state this as a fact because no one knows exactly what James Dolan is thinking but it's certainly a possibility if they lose tonight. It would be their seventh straight and Portland isn't exactly the hottest team in the NBA right now.

Paulo (West Chester, PA)

Ian, do you see any realistic chance that Phil Jackson comes back to coach in New York or is that just a dream scenario at this point?

  (1:44 PM)

Guys I respect and trust have said that Phil is open to returning to coaching next season. And, depending on the roster in the offseason, he could look at this as an opportunity to bring his ex-team a title. The competitor in him has to like that.

David (Jupiter FL)

Would the Knicks players respond if D'Antoni gets fired and Woodson takes over? At this poin, they have nothing to lose

  (1:49 PM)

Hey David, It seems like a team responds well initially to a new coach whenever a change is made in mid-season, don't you agree?I'm not sure if that will be a sustained response, but the guys seem to like and respect Woodson. Of course, winning would cure all that ails this team.

Daymon (Jones)

Why doesn't D'Antoni take Anthony out for one game to see how the offense runs without him? Wouldn't this allow D'Antoni to see the changes he can make?

  (1:50 PM)

This would be the equivalent of Joe Girardi taking Derek Jeter out of the leadoff spot. It may be best for the team, but is it worth dealing with all of the drama surrounding the move?That being said, I think if Mike knows he is on his last legs as coach, he should play the guys he feels give him the best chance to win

Lenny (nyc)

does the coach shorten the rotation tonight? back to 8 guys?

  (1:52 PM)

You can certainly make a case for sitting JR Smith, but with Jared Jeffries back it seems to me that you have ten guys that you'd like to see on the floor - Anthony, Lin, Stoudemire, Fields, Chandler, Davis, Shumpert, Harrellson, Jeffries, Novak. You agree?

Shingo (Fairfax, VA)

Hi Ian - If D'Antoni goes, do you see Knicks getting Jerry Sloan?

  (1:54 PM)

Not sure how well Carmelo Anthony and Jerry Sloan would mix. But if Jerry makes himself available, I'm sure the Knicks would consider it. The more likely in-season replacement is Mike Woodson. In the offseason, Im sure the Knicks will pursue Phil Jackson and John Calipari.

Daymon (South Brunswick, NJ)

Phil Jackson is the coach known to coach teams with big time talents and knows how to mesh big time ego's. Is this why his name is being mentioned as a follower to D'Antoni?

  (1:54 PM)

Also because he played and won a title in New York. And he's done the whole "retire, then return to the bench" thing before.

shareef (miami, fl)

remember when you said the knicks can finish in the top 3 in the east because jeremy lin was "destroying" the raptors? i want to know if you still feel they can get to the ecf??? or even b diddys prediction and win the whole thing?

  (1:56 PM)

Hey Shareef, Not sure if I based that statement on Lin "destroying" the Raptors, I'd have to go back and check the tape on that. I believe this team has plenty of talent to compete with the top teams in the East. The issue right now is chemistry and defensive commitment. And they probably don't have enough time (24 games) to sort those issues out and get a high enough seed to avoid Miami or Chicago in the first round

Gabe (Tallahassee, FL)

Can we expect any deals by tomorrow? If not to improve the roster for this season, for hope in the future? Clearly its not all coaching.

  (1:58 PM)

I haven't heard about anything major. My colleague Jared Zwerling reported that the Knicks are exploring the option of trading Toney Douglas. I'd have to imagine they'd also look into the possibility of dealing Bill Walker, who is hurt right now

Fen (NJ)

The Knicks blame their defensive vows on the fact that Jeffries is out and nobody on their team can play defense. Why is D'Antoni taking most of the blame for this?

  (2:00 PM)

D'Antoni takes the heat for this because he's traditionally not a coach who stresses defense. That being said, the Knicks have improved monumentally on defense thanks to Mike Woodson, Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert and others. They struggled in the past four games because Tyson Chandler was out with an injury and Jared Jeffries was out as well. Chandler is playing at less than 100 percent so that's an issue to monitor going forward.

  (2:01 PM)

Alright guys, I have to run to write a few things for the Knicks blog. Be sure to check out for all of your Knicks news. Great talking to you guys -- you are all passionate and knowledgable and I appreciate you hanging with me for the hour. Let's do it again soon!