Welcome to NBA Chat with HOOPSWORLD Senior Writer Eric Pincus. I’ve got all the questions I can handle! Thanks for participating.
Eric covers the L.A. Lakers, Clippers and NBA at large.
Eric!…..What it do!!!!!……..my question is that will any team consider signing Gilbert Arenas? I know teams may easily shy away from him because of his massive contract and past knee injury but I still think he can be useful to a team. I know he’s not the player he once was but I feel like he deserves a chance.
NBA summer – end of August – still, we chat!
T.J. – I think there’s a reasonable chance that Arenas ends up on an NBA roster at some point but he’s not going to be a priority for most teams. I’m not sure how useful he’ll be for a team – certainly not what he was – but down the road I imagine he’ll get another shot.
with SA trying to get rid of blair, and PHI needing at least 1 more PF. what do you think about blair to PHIL for a 2nd round pick and cash?
Is that enough for the Spurs?
what about derrick williams to CHA for biyombo, a pick, and cash?
Last check the Bobcats like Biyombo.
whats up? i read that mark cuban said he was close to trading for kobe bryant. so close that he thought it was done at one point. that caught my interest. do you happen to know what kind of package he was offering for kobe bryant? do you know what other offers were being made for kobe bryant back in 2007 during “Doomsday in LA” or whatever they called it?
I’d have to check my notes but my understanding is that Chicago was closer to happening than Dallas, back when – but that the Lakers never really intended to deal Kobe – though they thoroughly explored the possibility.
Do you feel that the various new players on the Lakers ie Howard and Nash in particular will successfully mesh with Bryant and Gasol? Also, will the Princeton Offense inhibit how Nash operates?
Yes – I see the pieces the Lakers have on paper as a nice blend – far more so than last year. I don’t see the Lakers putting anything in that inhibits Nash.
If the new parts to the Suns live up to their potential… where do you see the Suns finishing this coming season?
I have the Suns in the 8-13 range but I’d probably place them at about 10. This could/should be a fun/positive season for the organization as long as expectations are managed.
In the documentary by spike lee “kobe doin work”…. is it just me or did kobe do 3 illegal things… ran a red light, made a LEFT turn on a red light… and make a left turn from the far right lan of the road? lol…. skip to 5 minutes exactly thanks
Actually the road was closed both straight and to the right – the only turn is left. Was it illegal to go against a red – I mean really? I’m not sure where to go from here – strip him of one of his NBA Finals MVPs?
i tried this rade on excel
to atl d.williams, n.pekovic, l.ridnour, a.goudelock, d.cunnigham, m.morris, 2013 2nd rd picks from hou, min and por
to min p.gasol
to hou z.pachulia, e.williams
to lal l.aldridge, c.fortson, g.smith, w.barton
to por j.smith, c.budinger, p.patterson, m.lee, d.simpson
lakers then waive fortson and smith
atl waives goudelock
por waives simpson
Well considering the Lakers aren’t trade Gasol at this time – the Hawks aren’t trading Smith at this time – and as far as the Blazers are concerned, they aren’t trading Aldridge at any time – you kind of lost me at “rade.”
What do you think the Thunder ultimately do with James Harden? Harden likely gets max deal thrown his way like Eric Gordon. If the Thunder keep their four core players of Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka, and Durant they likely amount to about $60MM next year, not counting the other guaranteed contracts of say Perkins, Collison, Thabo, and Maynor if they bring him back. I believe that Harden’s future depends on how the Thunder do this season. To me it looks like the Thunder will have to be a luxury tax team if they want to keep up with the Lakers and Heat. I doubt the Thunder trade Harden for a high draft pick as the risk of not getting a similar impact player is too high and would set them back. On the other end they could trade him for an established big man to complement their other core players but this likely puts them in the luxury tax as well and they would probably get an older player where as Harden is still in his early twenties. Perhaps the Thunder keep their four core players and gut the quality of their bench? Your thoughts?
I think they pay him and the tax – at least for a few seasons.
1. When do you think Boozer will be amnestied?
2. When will Nikola Mirotic join the Bulls?
3. Is it possible the Bulls can sign Kevin Martin OR Al jefferson? They have the trade rxception on Rip and amnesty provision.
4. Rudy Gay or Luol Deng?
1) I don’t have any expectation at this time. Down the road, next July when he’s eligible, we’ll all see where the Bulls are re: cap/tax/offseason/etc.
2) Not sure when he’s coming frankly.
3) The Bulls don’t look like a real cap team next year, even if they amnesty Boozer unless they trade away more salary and don’t keep Taj Gibson. There’s no trade exception on Rip, not sure what that means.
4) Deng is the better defender and role player.
Are the Lakers going to retire Derek Fisher’s jersey?
Not unless he’s named to the NBA Hall of Fame – that’s been the Laker standard thus far.
I find it amusing to hear people, not necessarily the media but more the fans, saying that it would actually HURT Kobe’s legacy if he wins a 6th or 7th ring with Dwight Howard without being Finals MVP.
I just can’t rationalize a 5 ring Kobe < a 6 or 7 ring Kobe.
I haven’t heard anyone say that and it’s silly.
As a Verizon Fios subscriber I’m curious to see if you know anything about a deal between TWC and Verizon to license the right to have this channel on Fios? Do you subscribe to TWC or another provider, if so maybe you have this same question?
The Lakers and TWC haven’t really announced what’s to come – so there’s no real answer yet. My understanding is that it should be available with most cable providers, naturally for a fee of some sort. It may be part of “basic cable” but if so then “basic cable” may cost a few dollars more.
Hi Eric, I know it’s still a few weeks away, but do you know if the Lakers are inviting any notable names to training camp or just rolling with their 16 guys? Thanks for your time!
Most teams go with 16-20 players – closer to 20. I wouldn’t expect “notable” names as much as guys who are just looking for some exposure internationally – knowing there is almost no shot they make the team. I do see the Lakers inking Sacre and Johnson-Odom – who, along with Andrew Goudelock, will probably fight for the final two spots on the roster.
Also, is there any interest for Barbosa around the league?
I would say there’s interest but not yet at the price/years that Barbosa would prefer.
B4 i start i wana thank u for not beinf bias and enrertaining all nba questions not only LA one’s and one of those who dedicate alot of time on your work.u go the extra mile for your readers. Well eric, (onced called u erik) my bad, fantasy question, if harden is traded, wouldbit make sensed for okc to trade him for jj barrea and derick williams? Derwill can play durant back up and ibaka back up while jj can give the scoring and penetration harden is giving right now.. make sense or no dice?
Thank you – it makes sense, in my mind, for the Thunder to keep Harden. Harden is more valuable to the Thunder than Barea/Williams. If you wan tot talk about the economics of it, perhaps you can argue it – but I think this goes beyond money.
do you think the jazz will move millsap or jefferson before the season starts.Also, what do you think of a hayword and millsap for danny granger trade…how do you see the jazz going forward?
I’m not sure they make a deal before the season starts, especially with Jefferson who I don’t see as an pressing issue. I think Millsap will be on the block some with a reasonable chance of actually being dealt. That’s an interesting idea – I’m just not sure where the Pacers are on Granger and what they’d want back, if they look to move him. I’d argue that makes some real sense for Utah if they value Granger.
What contributions do you see Clark and Duhon making this season?
I’m not sure Clark will make much of a dent although the opportunity may be there in spot minutes. Duhon can shoot a bit from outside and has been known as a defender – although his time in Orlando wasn’t exactly spectacular. Between Duhon and Blake, the Lakers should be sufficient but not spectacular behind Nash.
Do you think if the Bobcats signed Brian Scalabrine they could beat the Heat?
Mr. Pincus, I loved the video “Jordan and Bryant are mirror images” that you guys posted. It’s amazing how similar their play was. In your opinion, are these two the greatest shooting guards that ever laced them up for the NBA or do you have someone else in mind?
It’s hard to come up with another shooting guard that has done what MJ and Bryant have done.
Hi! what do you think about this trade:
Afflalo for Sefolosha and Eric Maynor. orl saves some money and okc improves the starting sg and can see what R. Jackson can do as a back up pg. thank you
I don’t. The Magic got Afflalo for a reason and the Thunder need to spend less, not more.
Mr. Pincus, why don’t we have The Mexicali Aztecs or The Tijuana Cartels(haha) in the NBA? Canada has teams why can’t Mexico?
I don’t know if those names would be in consideration but it’s a valid question and one that is definitely under consideration. It becomes a question of arena, market viability and travel. The league won’t expand but if a franchise had financial incentive, they’d look at Mexico. I just don’t think that’s come together to date.
Great chats. RAPS. fan . How do u see big VAL. and BARG. fit to play together? and r they a playoff team?
I don’t have the Raptors as a playoff team but they’ll be better than were last year. It’s a work in progress.
Hey Eric, what do you make of Blake publicly coming out and supporting Gary Sacks. I thought his comments were very interesting. When do you expect a decision to be made? Thanks.
The Clippers aren’t in a rush but there’s a reasonable shot that Gary gets the job. He’s been with the organization a long time and knows his stuff.
How’s it going Eric?
Do you think that with a healthy roster(esp. Bogut and Curry), do the warriors have a legitimate shot at the playoffs and if they do make it, how far will advance? Their roster is stacked and they can easily be the second best team in the pacific division.
Yes, if healthy, I see the Warriors as a team with a real shot at playoffs. The key is health – and if that’s not an issue – I have Golden State in the 6-10 range. I haven’t thought about advancing just yet but that’s always based on match-ups.
I have more of a statement and a related question for you…
A couple months ago (or whenever it was) I was criticized by a couple of people on this site for suggesting that with the additions of Nash, Jamison etc that Lakers have not addressed what I think is a “clay feet,” (hidden weakness) problem; namely their or lack thereof athleticism. (Particularly on the defensive side) Taking a look at Heat or OKC for example is kind of the new paradigm for teams. Quick mobile defenders are “gold,” (particularly on the wing) in today’s league and I don’t see this anywhere on the Lakers roster.
By no means am I a chicken little, but I am also not a kool aid drinker.
The related question is thus; if we deduce that “foot speed,” is a concern particularly on defense, is there any thoughts of moving Kobe more to a 3 (not talking about cross match ups) to utilize his foot speed vs. bigger 3′s and brining in a quicker 2? Or is this sacrilege?
Kobe has played three regularly for the Lakers over the years, this is nothing new. It just depends on opponent, who else on the Lakers is being productive and the individual match ups.
The Lakers have some athleticism but they’re certainly not the HEAT or Thunder. I actually think they may give Darius Johnson-Odom a serious look given he was rated the top athlete in the Chicago Combine before the NBA Draft.
I will say having Howard at center solves a big part of the problem – in that as capable Bynum was as a low-post scorer, he was generally slow-footed.
First, multiple thanks for all your timely, accurate salary updates this summer. Second, any update on Dwight rehab situation/approx. date he ready for play? Third, your take on viability/role he will fill for LAC’s Lamar Odom?
Thanks – and there’s not an exact date for Howard’s return. He’s gradually increased his workouts over the last month but I can’t say they have an exact target yet. Certainly everyone involved would like to see him ready by opening night but it’s not – and can’t be – the the top priority.
Are you asking how will Odom fit in with the Clippers? I expect him to be with the closing unit next to Griffin. Lamar will need to be a rebounder and, in theory, their primary low-post defender (outside of DeAndre Jordan).
End of Aug. 2012, how do you West Conf. finish for 12/13, regarding seeds 1 through 5? Which two teams do you see finishing 14 and 15?
I’ll say – without putting them in an exact order – I have Lakers, Thunder, Spurs, Clippers and Grizzlies as the top five. If a team bumps one of those five to six, it’s the Denver Nuggets. I also have Mavericks in the top eight. The bubble teams would be Jazz, Timberwolves and Warriors. Bottom = Hornets with Rockets and Kings. Also floating around there somewhere = Suns/Blazers. Hmm, is that 15?
What do you think if at the end of next season the Bulls and OKC do a sign and trade around Harden. Possibly Noah and the improving Butler with their 1st pick most likely in the teens for the overpriced contract of Perkins along with Harden signing a max deal. Harden would start and be a nice sidekick to DRose when he comes back for 2013-2014. The Bulls then amnesty Boozer and sign Gibson to a Ryan Anderson type contract in range of 4 yr/36 million. Noah is a much better all around center then Perkins and I think Butler’s stock will improve this year with increased minutes thoughts?
I don’t see the Thunder adding more salary in a Noah but instead find a way to keep Harden – which I’ve said many times this chat – and down the road look for a cheaper alternative perhaps to Perkins.
Many people are still high up on the Bulls but forget that their bench, which was a strength last season, has been switched up. Do you think the new Chicago bench will perform as well as last season’s bench? If not, do you still see them contending for a title?
Because Derrick Rose is essentially a question mark for most of the season, I see this is a down year for the Bulls – at least when it comes to lengthy playoff success.
How would you compare the laker’s medical staff versus Phoenix’s medical staff. I hear that Phoenix’s staff is the best in the league. Will the lakers’s medical staff be able to provide the same results for Nash and to some extent Howard as Phoenix was able to do?
The Lakers are well-respected as well although the Suns are often considered “tops.”
Hi Eric, everyone seems to be thrilled with the Clips, and I get that after decades of futility, making deep runs into the playoffs is great. But let’s be honest, the team is the new Atlanta Hawks-West, good enough to be in consideration but not good enough to actually contend. Given their cap situation, current roster, and management; I don’t see how that changes. Thoughts?
You can argue the Clippers are good but not great. I’m not sure either way just yet. Obviously Grant Hill is older – as is Lamar Odom coming off off a down season. I will say I think they’re improve from this last year but does that mean getting past the second-round? Depends on match ups. Still – this is a big step for the Clippers after many years of lottery play.
If Dwight is still recovering, Pau will probably start at center. Why not let the bench fill the center position while the other 4 starters get accustomed to the new offense at their normal positions?
I’m thinking the Lakers will probably try to stick with as close to their normal rotation as possible if Dwight isn’t ready – which could mean Jamison stays on the bench and Jordan Hill fills in at center. Arguably Hill might play four with Gasol at five but that may be semantics more than anything else.
I can’t remember where I read this recently about the 2010 Finals match up between Lakers and Celtics was one of the worst ever. I can’t believe anyone would say that. Aside from Game 7 when both teams were clearly drained, the entire series was one of the classics of all time with the way the seires went back and forth. What do you think?
I thought it was a tremendous series. I don’t know who/what you’re referring to but that was a enjoyable painful series – by the end those two teams were completely punched out.
Not that the Lakers need to spend more money this summer, but I hear the interest between Kenyon Martin and the Lakers is real. Do you think he could help the Lakers bench? He’s one of those players you love to have on your team and hate to play against. Should the Lakers sing him? He could be better than keeping a second round draft pick!
I haven’t heard anything yet to know that Martin and the Lakers are having serious talks. I do know that Kenyon has his kids in Los Angeles so if it comes down to a minimum deal somewhere else or the Lakers – LA may make sense.
Hello Eric. Just based off of what you’ve seen so far, who do you think can be the best understudy for 3 years with Nash: Darius Morris, Goudelock or Johnson-Odom?
Only Morris is a point guard in the NBA so I think he’s the only one who applies.
pau and bynum took a while for them to adjust together.. how different will it be for pau and dwight to mesh well quickly?
I don’t expect any lag.
Everyone including Durant and Bosh are saying the Lakers have the best roster on paper. Is this their way of redirecting the pressure from their own teams onto the Lakers? No doubt that there will be pressure on Lakers to win it all this year. But do you think it’s fair to redirect the pressure from the Heat for repeating and Thunder to win it all onto the Lakers? Let’s not forget that Lakers need to learn to play together first. My opinion is that not this year, but next year will be the season when the Lakers will win it all.
I don’t take much of that seriously. Each team goes out and focuses on what they need to do win the title. How they’re perceived externally isn’t important. The Thunder and HEAT have a real chance to meet again in the NBA Finals but there’s months and months of work to put in before we see that. Health and luck play a factor as well naturally.
After all that Jeremy Lin has done, even playing at an historic level, why are there still so many doubters? Please remember he has already dominated John Wall in summer league and then has outplayed him during their head to head NBA meeting.
Lin has a lot to prove because every player has a lot to prove. A stretch of brilliance is just that a stretch. It took years to know that guys like Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter weren’t on Kobe Bryant’s level. We may see that Lin is very much the real deal – and honestly I hope he is. I pull for players to reach their potential regardless of team.
The Clippers keep saying that they’re not affraid of Lakers. If that’s so, then why bring it up? Just go our there and compete. I think deep down the Clippers (i.e. Paul and Billups) think the Lakers shakeup just crushed their dream of getting into the finals and possibly winning it. What do you think?
If you ask a player – they’ll often answer it – so why bring it up? Ask the reporter? I don’t really pay too much attention to this sort of thing. I think deep down the Clippers think they have a real shot to win and will do everything they can to try and realize that. Will they succeed? That’s immaterial at this point.
Eric, how do you see the Lakers new additions impact Meta World-Peace play? Do you think he’ll play closer to his old self? Or, is he really done? He seems to be very excited about the new-look Lakers. If you don’t think MWP is the answer at small forward for the Lakers, who, at reasonable price, could replace him? …assuming the Lakers are willing to spend a little more (or maybe get something in return if they chose to Trade Gasol later in the year).
I expect Metta to improve slightly but to still be the same guy – good and bad – that he’s been the past few years. As far as replacement, the Lakers need an athletic defender who can spot up at the three. Brandon Rush would have been a nice get but the Warriors knew that and had plenty of reason to keep him.
At the beginning of the season, the Lakers front office got so much heat for trading Lamar to Dallas for TPE and late draft pick. Everyone said it was a pure salary dump. That action turned into Steve Nash. I wonder what those critics say now. Some people are so quick to pass judgement. They just refuse to think outside the box. Same thing was said when Shaq was traded…that the Lakers got screwed. They essentially got Pau and two titles from that trade. Not bad at all!
I wrote numerous times the benefit of dealing Odom at the time. I would say my writing did not seem to be well received – at least to the more reactionary types.
What do you think about the timing of putting Kareem’s statue at the Staple Center? Is it really because it’s the right thing to do? Or, is it a publicity move to show Howard that this is how we reward our big men and when you retire, we will do the same for you? Let’s not forget that they will also retire Shaq’s jersey this year. Another move to appeal to Howard!
It would have happened at some point. I don’t think Kareem helped the situation by commenting on it. He deserves one for being one of the greatest Lakers historically. This has nothing to do with Dwight Howard.
Eric, months ago it was rumored that Mitch Kupchek might leave the Lakers. And, you confirmed the reports. Seems like all the frictions between him and the Buss family were overblown. Do you still think he could leave the team? If you remember, Jerry West did after the first championship. Do you think same thing will happen to Mitch?
That was a long time ago and I confirmed that there was some consideration on Kupchak’s part but things change quickly in the NBA. I don’t know that he’s looking to move at this time.
Eric, Derek Fisher has not singed with any team yet. I’m sure he will with some contender (maybe he’ll sign with the Clippers??. But eventhough he was surprisingly upset about being traded from the Lakers (not sure why he was so sore about it), do you think at some point he’ll come back to the Lakers in some front office capacity? Or maybe an assistant coach job like Brian Shaw received? And, why do you think he took it so personnally when he was traded. The Lakers were more than good to him over the years.
So far Fisher has indicated that he’s not considering coaching but certainly that could change. I think Derek will end up on a playoff-bound team – though I don’t think Lakers or Clippers.
Eric, I have a fun question. Who would win in a 3 vs 3 basketball game between these Hoopsworld writers in a 3 game series and why?
Team 1: C-Yannis,F-Greene, G-Bible
Team 2: C-Page,F-Kyler,G-Pincus
I gotta go with Steve, Derek and myself – come on now. Why? Well Kyler’s kind of the boss – so you know Yannis, Lang and Susan will have to pull some of their punches
Are LA fans really as stupid as they make themselves out to be, has LA bought themselves another NBA championship this year and who leads in the purchase of championships, baseballs Yankees or the Lakers?
Hmm – I would counter and say Knicks. Look at the numbers, salary and championships don’t typically go together. Certainly they do sometimes (HEAT most recently) but Spurs, Pistons and even Celtics I wouldn’t qualify as “bought” championships. Teams do what they can to win – sometimes it means taking on salary – sometimes it means hitting the draft multiple times in a row (Thunder, although they haven’t won yet).
I know I sound like a fat cat begging for food after eating a thanksgiving feast, but is there any opportunity that the Lakers can somehow trade Steve Blake and get a better match up for Nash? Surpisingly, nobody is talking about Nash’s minutes and how he’s usually had a fairly decent back up, and Blake’s days as solid are looooong gone. It would be nice to have a young atlethic guard backing him up…a la Johnny Flynn. Thanks!
Blake is a better fit than Flynn – who is not, in any way – a good fit for this squad.
Thanks Eric again for the chat and insight. always gotta thank you sincerely first, you put in the most work of anyone.
Now to my questions.
1) What is your general assessment of Demar DeRozan?
2) im not as high on the Sixers and Denver as most(namely, their fans). I think Philly will miss Andre out there on the perimeter down the stretch, and Denver wont have the necessary scoring punch to contend with the top 4 of the west. yes, Denver will run and be very free offensively, but who gets you easy buckets? Who can just flat out score the ball? I think the loss of harrington and Afflao will hurt more than people realize. How do you assess these teams after their acquisitions?
Thanks Matthew. I like DeRozan but he’s not going to help you win if he’s the team’s best perimeter player. He needs to be a with a star.
The Sixers have a great combination of size and athleticism. I’m not sure they’re elite yet but they’re strong. The Nuggets are all athletes (except Andre Miller, but he’s as steady a point as there is in this game).
Both will be strong – but will both get far in postseason? Not so sold yet either.
Lakers-Heat final as of today, given both teams are healthy. Who do you take?
I’ll go Lakers with their size but it’s no cake-walk.
Eric, when the Lakers signed Mike Brown last year, they never envisioned the type of roster they have now. Otherwise, they would probably hire Adelman. Do you think if MB doesn’t produce fast enough or struggles with this team, the Lakers will replace him with Phil Jackson in the middle of the season or for next season? Afterall, Phil is part of the Buss family, you know! Why go else where, when you have a legend in the house?
I recommended Adelman but they made their choice. I would seriously consider looking at Phil again – but the Lakers have Brown and he’ll have every chance to turn this team into a winner.
Do you think the Lakers should try to add Kenyon Martin or Barbosa? Or get Both? If we can only get one, then which can we afford? Is there anyone else that we can get?
I mentioned Martin already and if he’s open to the minimum and a small role, then I’d say go ahead. He’s a multifaceted defender with experience in the Princeton offense. I don’t see how Barbosa would help the Lakers. He’s not really a spot-up shooter. He doesn’t defend and can’t play point guard. The Lakers put their money into Meeks – who is a better fit as a shooter.
Hey Eric, What do you think about the Bucks summer moves? Re-signing Ersan Ilyasova, trading for Samuel Dalembert, and drafting John Henson and Doron Lamb? Do you think they will be a playoff team?
The Bucks are better and have a real shot to climb into the spot likely vacated by the Magic. I’m not sure they’re talented enough to get out of the first round but I like Henson and Dalembert is needed size. Lamb, as a role-player, was a nice get.
Hi Mr. Pincus thamks for this weekly chat. My question, if Howard resign at max and nobody is traded Laker´s payroll will be around 105-110 M, true? But how much they´ll have to pay in taxes? i made my own maths and is around 175 M only in taxes, i´m right? Thanks again
Actually I see as closer to $110 mil in tax if they’re at $110 mil in salary.
I know they have probably been working on it all summer, but do you know if the Clippers have made any improvements on their free throw shooting? Blake becomes really passive at the end of the games when he knows the foul is coming.
I know both Blake and Jordan have worked on free throw shooting this summer. Will it bear fruit? we’ll see.
How much credit does Mitch & Jim Buss really deserve on the acquisitions of Nash & Howard? With Nash, if it wasn’t for Nash, Phoenix’s GM & Kobe, Nash wouldn’t have been traded to the Lakers. It was Nash convincing Phoenix to trade him to L.A. With the Howard trade, it was Orlando that made the call to the Lakers once Orlando was ready to pull the trigger.
Far more credit than it appears you are giving.
Hey Eric, Chances Coach Brown wins coach of the year award IF the Lakers happen to win 70 games? Is he going to suffer the
“Phil Jackson curse” you know where they look at expectations because of the star studded roster as opposed to the difficult task of managing egos and making them work as one
I don’t expect Brown to win Coach of the Year.
Do you think deandre jordan can have a break out season? what do yiu believe he needs to take that next step forward
I don’t. I expect him to a have a solid season. Instead of thinking “break-out” season, I’d think DeAndre should be averaging 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 2+ blocks a game.
Do you think bledsoe can play the two as a starter while billups is recovering?
I don’t think they go there. Certainly he could, but I’m not sure they do. It’s too early to say – VDN hasn’t made those kinds of decisions yet.
Besides the injury bug, what’s your biggest concern that could hinder the Clippers playoff run?
Is Griffin amd Jordan good enough on D in order to win the west?
I’m not sure they are.
Who do u think will lead the east in rebounding and blocks?
Could be Bynum.
Always a pleasure reading your chats Eric! I feel the Clippers chances to compete with the elite really rely on DeAndre dominating the paint on the defensive end. do you have any idea on what he’s been working on in the off season and any improvements we can expect to see (if any)?
He’s been working on everything – post moves, free throw shooting, etc. It’s difficult to really improve defensively over the offseason. I don’t see DeAndre as the main reason the Clippers succeed or fail. He can raise their level by improving his game but most players are who they are – they can just increase around the 10% margins.
Why havent the Blazers signed a true center to help with Leonard? If Leonard ever goes down with an injury we’re screwed! Also will Lamarcus ever ask for a trade since he’s 27 and probably 2 years from the playoffs?
I don’t think Aldridge is thinking trade. Last check he was happy with the Blazers and the organization’s direction. I’m sure Portland will pick up some size along the way to help.
Whats your expectation on bynum’s new side kick jrue holiday, that dude is crafty and fast. Maybe bynum’s media exposure can bring jrue to the spotlight a bit?
If the Sixers are an elite regular season team and advance far in the playoffs, Holiday will get more exposure.
Was loosing kenyon and evans for the clipps be compared to boston loosing kperkins for the first time. They lost edge and tougness. Will cp3 and billups bring that edgyness and be enough to be so called tough team in the nba?
Eh, I don’t think it’s that significant frankly.
Will amare and melo ever beat the celtics or heat?
Sure, in a game. In a serious? Not sold yet on Knicks vs. those two.
If the wiz or cavs get the first pick,will they take shabazz?
Too early but Shabazz is an early possibility at the top pick.
Any chance the Lakers somehow get rid of Steve Blake?
This will have to do for the week. Let’s do it again next Tuesday!
Mansa – I will say that I’ve noticed, through my many years of reporting, that fans need one player to fixate all their negativity on. It’s just the nature of things. The Lakers can win back to back but they have Luke Walton. If they didn’t win the title it’s because Derek Fisher isn’t fast enough. For the Clippers it was Ryan Gomes. The Magic fans had Chris Duhon last year. Go team-by-team and there’s always a couple of guys just like that.
My answer is – lighten up – Blake is a good dude who hit some very crucial shots in the playoffs last year. He missed one big one that would have elevated him to an entirely different level – but alas, it didn’t fall.
I don’t see the Lakers finding a taker any time soon although certainly it’s possible as we near the trade deadline.
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After a slow start to the season, the Memphis Grizzlies are remembering how to close out teams in the fourth quarter.
10:30am - Steve Kyler
3:00pm - Yannis Koutroupis
8:00pm - Jessica Camerato
11:00am - Nate Duncan
8:00pm - Bill Ingram
12:00pm - Travis Heath***
8:00pm - Lang Greene
1:00pm - Joel Brigham
3:00pm - Jabari Davis
1:00pm - Moke Hamilton
3:00pm - Larry Coon
8:00pm - Alex Kennedy
11:00am - Susan Bible ***
*** denotes chats that are held bi-weekly