Join NBA Writer and Columnist Moke Hamilton for his weekly NBA chat on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8PM ET. Answering any and all questions related to the association.
good to have you back for another chat. I was heartbroken when NBA refused to let Sac move to Vancouver.From a business standpoint, it makes completely no sense cuz 1.Seattle group is willing to pay much more than the Sac group 2. seattle is a much bigger market than Sac which has loyal fans, without counting fans will come down to watch from vancouver canada 3. a broken franchise needs a fresh start more than anything. so WHY didnt NBA, or should i save David Stern , kill the deal? Thank you
A hearty thanks to you and to everyone else for joining me here this week in my weekly chat. Summer made a final stand in New York City the past two days, and we have some rain outside now… But Fall means hoops, so I’m looking forward to waving bye-bye to the Summer.
Tim, that is a very difficult question to answer. I feel your pain as a fan of the Supersonics and I saw the documentary about the circumstances surrounding the move to Oklahoma City. I that the arena was the biggest issue in Sacramento from what I understand. Mayor Kevin Johnson did a great job of getting local support and financing together to build a new building in that city, and that was one of the main reasons why the NBA’s Board of Governors decided to keep the team there.
I do believe that the NBA will return to Seattle one day. Personally, I thought it would have made a lot of sense for the Bobcats to explore the idea, as well… But I don’t really want to get into the business of suggesting that NBA fan bases lose their teams. I guess we just have to stay tuned.
Is Woodsen on the Hot Seat before season even starts?
Does Melo put the Knicks in position to trade him before the deadline?
Do you see Beno taking Felton’s starting spot?
Hi Tito. As usual, Knicks fans get my love. As a New York City resident, I experience you crazy and dedicated people every single day. Lol.
I do not think Mike Woodson is on the hot seat. James Dolan values loyalty and coaches who are willing to tow the company line. Woodson does that very well, and if Dolan’s support of Isiah Thomas and Scott Layden is any indication, I think the coach is relatively safe UNLESS the team severely underperforms. And we cannot judge that until games are played, so no, he is not on the hot seat, in my opinion. Not yet, at least.
I do not believe Carmelo Anthony is headed anywhere. Aside from the recent remarks he said, saying basically just that, the Knicks can offer him $30 million more than any other team in the league. The money mattered to him when he became a Knick, so I think the money matters now. Aside from that, the people I know that are close to Carmelo all say the same thing: He loves living in New York. He has friends and family here… I don’t see that changing.
Udrih starting for Felton? I suppose it is possible, but I would not bet on it. Felton struggled as a bench player as a member of the Denver Nuggets, sending him back to the bench may have a bad impact on his impact. I think Udrih off the bench is safer and smarter for the entire team.
What is your take on Jay-Z selling his share of the Nets to the coach, Jason Kidd?
Is there a precedent for coaches to be partial team owners?
Hey Dorion, hope all is well.
My take on it is that it is as surprising as Jason Kidd being named the head coach of the team. When my buddy Brian Geltzeiler called me and told me he was going to break the story, I was shocked. I felt the same way when I heard that Kidd was going to become a partial owner of the team. I think it sets up a very interesting dynamic between him and the majority owners, just because it is funny to think that you may be fired from a company of which you own a piece. That’s funny to me. Obviously, Kidd owns a very small percentage, so it’s not really significant, but it certainly presents an interesting dynamic.
Precedent? Not that I can think of. Because coaches would be considered “managers” from a labor/union law perspective, it’s actually pretty interesting to note that there has never been a more high-profile case of this happening. Magic Johnson owned a piece of the Lakers and coached them for a stint back in the mid-1990s, but that may have pre-dated him having an ownership stake. If there was a similar situation in the past, I certainly do not think we heard much about it.
Who wins this trade: Howard and Kemba for Hibbert and Rubio? (fantasy)
Good question, Kahl. I would be interested in hearing Tommy Beer’s answer to that one, but since I am going to mop the floor with Beer this season when I finally face him in a fantasy hoops league, I’ll answer it first…
I’d take Howard and Kemba. Howard and Rubio both have some injury concern, but I think Howard will return to form this season. He’s happy in Houston, we know he wants to be there and I think you will see a greater effort from him, solely based on that. I think playing with James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverly will get him easier shots, as well. As for Hibbert, he actually struggled mightily during the regular season and really turned it up in the playoffs. We actually do not know yet if Hibbert can play at a high-level for 82 games… Howard, we already know that (though we still have to consider his health).
As for Kemba Walker… He’s a New York City kid, so you know I got love for him. I think he’s shown good progression thus far in the league and Al Jefferson being in the middle for the Bobcats should actually make the game easier for Kemba, so I’d stick with him and Howard on this one.
How good to you think Paul George can be with the return of Granger? Will it stunt his growth or is this now George’s team? (with a bit of Hibbert)
Hi Cain. Absolutely not. This is Paul George’s team and he is the small forward, period. At this point, it is up to Granger to find his niche on the team. He will have to adjust to George, not the other way around.
That said, I think Granger can provide a lot of value for the Pacers. He’s a spectacular three-point shooter and should be able to help the team score off of the bench. The other thing to consider, though, is that Granger is heading into the final year of his contract, so the Pacers could also use his expiring contract as an asset to further help construct their contender.
Either way, I don’t see Granger stunting George’s growth. The Pacers will sign him to a max. extension, and he will be there for years to come, in my mind.
Come on Moke. I saw your tweets. You gave the Hornets a high mark in offseason rankings, we have three young talents and Anthony Davis and you STILL don’t give us a shot at the playoffs?!
Mr. Demps, I think you have done a great job in New Orleans, that’s for sure. And for the record, I’m not sure if I ever said “no shot,” though I probably did intimate as much.
Here’s my thing. Six spots in the Western Conference are already taken, right? LAC, OKC, MEM, SAS, GSW and HOU. That really only leaves two spots for DEN, LAL, POR, MIN, and NOP (your team).
I think out West, things are going to be so tight, that a five-game losing streak in February may make all of the difference, and with a young coach, a young team, and three perimeter players who all love the ball (Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans), I think it will take the Pelicans at least 20 games to figure things out. There is also an appreciable lack of size after Anthony David and Greg Stiemsma.
With all due respect, sir, the cards are stacked against you guys winning the 45 games getting into the playoffs out west may require.
Why would the Knicks sign Chris Smith and Toure Murry? Isn’t a backup center a bigger need for the team? Are they even looking at other bigs?
Good question, Jared. I actually was discussing this very thing on Twitter yesterday. The Knicks already have a legion of guards… Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Beno Udrih, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway, Jr… That’s already six.
Especially with the injury to Jeremy Tyler, a big guy seems to make a lot of sense. Tyson Chandler is really the team’s only true center and Kenyon Martin (a power forward) is his backup. If you’re Mike Woodson, I don’t think you want Andrea Bargnani or Amar’e Stoudemire as your center, so yes, I agree.
As far as names? I can’t say I’ve heard anything new recently. Hamed Haddadi and Earl Barron are the only names I’ve heard mentioned.
Moke, do you see the Knicks being forced to trade Melo before the Deadline?
It is hard to imagine this happening, for reasons I have previously stated. What is interesting, though, is watching whether or not this becomes as big of a distraction as LeBron James’ free agency was back in 2010, or even Carmelo’s back in 2011.
One thing everyone needs to keep in mind, though, is that while Anthony could do the Knicks and his team a favor by saying “Hey, no worries, I promise I am re-signing,” things can change quite quickly in the NBA, including a player’s mind. Nobody who earns the right to be a free agent should minimize their options. The other thing is that this is very much a business. Anthony probably wants a five-year max. deal, which for him, would pay him roughly $130 million. If he proclaims love for the Knicks and promises to stay, they may be inclined to try to offer him less than the max.
Maybe unlikely, but something to consider…
I was reading an article about “tanking” on another site. It suggested removing salary restrictions on rookies and eliminating the draft completely. Because of a hard salary cap it would bring a competitive balance plus stop teams from tanking. Agree or Disagree
Hey James. Very interesting question. I do not like this idea mainly because the teams that should have best opportunity to draft a guy like LeBron James or Dwight Howard (or Andrew Wiggins) are the teams that are not good. If you eliminate the draft and make it a free-for-all, big market teams will have an unfair advantage over the youngsters entering the league. The proposal assumes that a young player will necessarily go play in a small market just because they are able to pay him more. That MAY be true, but it is not, necessarily.
What would also happen here would be teams clearing out their caps to make a run at an impactful rookie. I do not think that is good for the league, personally, so I’d stick with the current system as it is until we can think of a better solution.
I really dislike teams that tank. If the 76ers were trying to win and finished 5th and received the #1 pick, i would be fine with that. But blatantly trading away your best player to get the first pick seems dishonest. Agree or Disagree.
Another tanking question, huh?
Yea, I agree that trading Holiday for Nerlens Noel was a bit of a surprise, but it may also be the that the Sixers just think highly of Noel. If they were really intent on moving Holiday, I think they probably could have gotten a better package for him. He’s a young point guard coming off of his first All-Star appearance.
So no, I wouldn’t say “dishonest,” but I do know that if I were a Sixers fan, I would probably be upset with the trade, mainly because you traded a guy who you KNOW is good for someone you hope will (A) return from his ACL tear at 100 percent and (B) actually be a good NBA pro.
Yo Moke whats up with the pink tie? Cancer awerness? Lol
Otherwise lookin sharp!
Do u think Bynum will play this year?
Why do people think Lebron will go back to Cavs? I mean they burned his jersey there. (I know its his home town which makes it even worse in my opinion)
Do u think Lakers can get Lowry and Monroe next year?
Will that be enough to contend? (Gasol and kobe stays for less money)
You got jokes, Optimus? That actually made me laugh out loud, thanks. Ummm… Real men wear pink!
Since you’re one of my loyal weekly guys, I will answer EVERY one of your questions, how’s that for some love?
Yes, I think Andrew Bynum will play this year. He’s motivated and he knows that the Cavaliers can accomplish something special. Like Dwight in Los Angeles, he did not CHOOSE to be dealt to Philadelphia. I think you’ll see a new focus since he was able to choose his own situation. Sad, I know, but these guys are human.
I think people think he may go back only because he could be seen as having unfinished business there. I don’t think it happens, personally, but I will say that back in 2010, before he left, he specifically said that he had one goal, and that was to bring a championship to Cleveland. “And I won’t stop until I get it,” those were his words. Look it up on YouTube.
Lowry is a possibility for the Lakers since he will be unrestricted. Greg Monroe? I’d say there is almost no shot. The Pistons are very much aware of how good he is. The Lakers can make it difficult by constructing his construct with up front bonuses and such, but it would be difficult to imagine the Pistons losing Monroe as a restricted free agent.
If the Lakers did manage to get both of those guys, I still think they would be the fifth or sixth best team in the conference. I think Kobe’s chance at a sixth championship is just about gone, personally.
If oden stays healthy and Beasley gets his act together
Are we screwed?
Hello Pau. I am assuming the “we” is the Los Angeles Lakers.
Um, to answer your question, YES. And that “YES” applies to not only the Los Angeles Lakers, but to the entire league.
If Oden stays healthy (big if), he would provide the Heat with the best defensive center the NBA has seen in a long, long, long time. Andrew Bynum’s timing, length and overall defensive awareness is superb. Ditto for Roy Hibbert, but neither showed the type of signs Oden showed as early in his career.
As for Beasley, I think he will provide the Heat with something, but I honestly don’t think that he is a game changer for them. It’s difficult to imagine him supplanting Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem or Ray Allen in the rotation, so once the playoffs begin, I think he will probably be getting spot minutes.
What he does do, however, is make the Heat a deeper team. So if someone gets hurt, they at least have a guy who can score some buckets.
So we all know the love LeBron has for the Dallas Cowboys. Do you see Cuban trying to get a little help from his city’s NFL team in trying to bring the man to the Big D if things don’t pan out with Miami? There’s still that ring they lost to them in 11′
Hey Aristotle. LeBron was also a Bulls fan and a New York Yankees fan. The guy likes Winners… There’s not much more to it.
As I’ve said before, I honestly think LeBron will look at all of his options when he becomes a free agent and I think he will do exactly what he did the last time he was a free agent… He will assess all of his options and choose the one that he thinks gives him the best chance at winning big.
I don’t know where he will end up, but I highly doubt that his choice will have anything to do with anyone aside from the owner of the NBA team he will be playing for.
If Lakers offer Monroe max u think Pistons Match? They have Drummond coming up and he plays the same position.
If Monroe does not sign an extension and actually becomes a restricted free agent, I think the Pistons would be wise to match the offer sheet and then trade either Drummond or Monroe. You simply cannot allow a talented, young big to walk away for nothing in the NBA.
The only shot I’d give Monroe at ending up a Laker is if he takes a one-year qualifying offer and eventually becomes an unrestricted free agent. That is more conceivable but less likely, I’d think.
Do you know much about Otto in this year’s draft? Not much is being said on him for a number 3 draft pick.
This is the final question for tonight. Thanks again for joining me, my friends. we’ll see you next week.
I’m not one who follows prospects and the draft very closely, but even I’d heard a lot said of Otto Porter heading into the draft. I can’t wait to see what he brings to the league.
This draft, I think, is similar to the 2009 draft in that there are a bunch of players out there from whom we do not necessarily know what to expect. It’ll be interesting, as always.
And as always, thanks again for spending the hour with me. See you guys next week.
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