Will this be the final straw for Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause and for the Knicks to scrap the Triangle offense for a proven winner in former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, the best available coach on the market?
Speaking of the Bulls, Derrick Rose is averaging 26 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game since returning from the All-Star break.
However, without a healthy Jimmy Butler, the Bulls would have a tough time giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a fight in a potential first-round matchup should the standings hold as present. For that matter, it remains to be seen if the Raptors can give the Cavaliers a run for their money in the East when Toronto has failed to advance past the first round since 2001.
If Cleveland makes it to the NBA Finals healthy, we’ll at least be able to answer a lingering question from last season: Could the Cavaliers, with a healthy LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, beat the Warriors for the title?
That ship appears to have sailed last season. With the Warriors on a historical pace this season as arguably the best team ever, Cleveland would be an underdog – even with James still in his prime.
With that in mind, I joined Yahoo Sports radio to discuss whether the Raptors can challenge the Cavaliers, what the future of the Bulls looks like for Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, potential trade markets for Blake Griffin and Kevin Love, the Knicks’ Triangle offense on and off the court and where Anthony Davis ranks among the game’s top players after scoring 59 points and grabbing 20 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons.
Here’s a link below to the podcast in its entirety: