Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.
One bonus blogtable question (non-trade department): Not even a month ago, all y’all said that the Knicks would make the playoffs. Still convinced?
[Editor’s note: This question was asked and answered before Mike D’Antoni resigned as coach on Wednesday afternoon.]
Steve Aschburner: No. My hedge has more to do with the competition near the bottom of the Eastern Conference bracket than it does with the mixed-up Knicks, who might have had enough talent to qualify in spite of their drama, poor chemistry, inattention to defense and ill-fitting parts.
But Milwaukee made a move, with the Bogut trade, that could help immediately, assuming Monta Ellis gets worked into the Bucks’ schemes quickly. With forward-center Ekpe Udoh, that trade is all addition, no subtraction for Milwaukee, which was getting nothing from Bogut and Stephen Jackson. And heck, Cleveland might prove to be a little engine-that-can, in its low-profile, overlooked, Kyrie Irving way. New York’s record should have been flipped by now – 24-18, not 18-24 – and those six games in the standings will prove costly.
Fran Blinebury: To quote Gov. Rick Perry from here in Texas: “Oops!”
Scott Howard-Cooper: Yes. Still convinced they’re not as bad as Cleveland and Milwaukee. The talent level is good enough to put together something along the lines of four wins in seven games. That’s good enough to take control of No. 8 in the East.
Shaun Powell: The Knicks will make it. The schedule will lighten up, and Carmelo Anthony will figure it out, at least enough to get the seventh or eight seed. I will say this: Being unable to fend off the Bucks for a playoff spot is an occupational hazard, Mike D’Antoni.
John Schuhmann: I wondered why that was even a question back then. Nice job bringing it back up and making yourself look smart, Captain Blogtable. I’m not counting them out, but it’s clear that dysfunction has trumped talent over the last couple of weeks. The Bucks have upgraded their roster and also have an easier remaining schedule (14 home games, nine opponents over .500) than the Knicks (12 home games, 13 opponents over .500) , so I will change my mind and say that the Knicks will not make the playoffs. You win, cap’n.
Sekou Smith: Nope. During the height of Linsanity I believed that this team had a shot. The reality is the pieces just don’t fit. They didn’t before Jeremy Lin stormed into the picture and they don’t now that Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Lin are all trying to figure out how to coexist in Mike D’Antoni’s system. As much as I hate to admit it, this chemistry experiment just doesn’t work.