PODCAST: Michael Scotto on the Possibility of Carmelo Anthony Joining the Chicago Bulls

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New York’s worst nightmare became a reality when the Knicks were officially eliminated from the playoffs.

“The beginning of the season, nobody ever thought we would be in this situation, this position that we’re in right now,” Carmelo Anthony said Sunday.

After missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, Anthony appears further from competing for a championship than ever before.

As a result, the Chicago Bulls have become New York’s top competition for Anthony’s services this summer.

Anthony spoke glowingly of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as Frank Isola wrote for the New York Daily News.

Will Anthony leave New York for Chicago?

I joined Chicago’s 670 The Score and host Joe Ostrowski to discuss the chances of Anthony leaving, what will factor into his decision and Phil Jackson believes he’s a fit for his Triangle offense.

Here’s a link below to the podcast in its entirety:

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Michael Scotto is a Sheridan Hoops NBA columnist. You can follow him on Twitter.

PODCAST: Michael Scotto on Brooklyn’s Playoff Chances and Fixing the Knicks

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The Brooklyn Nets are legitimate contenders to dethrone the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference – whether or not LeBron James wants to admit it – as I outlined in my latest column.

As for New York, the futures of Carmelo Anthony and Mike Woodson will be impacted heavily if the Knicks fail to reach the playoffs – a likely scenario.

With the Nets seemingly entrenched as the fifth seed and the Knicks on the brink of mathematical elimination, I joined WFAN Sports Radio 660 AM and host Demetri Adrahtas. We discussed Brooklyn’s playoffs chances and the team’s x-factors along with a blueprint for Phil Jackson to fix the Knicks and what to do with Carmelo Anthony.

Here’s the podcast in its entirety:

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Michael Scotto is a Sheridan Hoops NBA columnist. You can follow him on Twitter

Scotto: Brooklyn Nets are Legit Contenders After Sweeping LeBron — UPDATED

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LeBron James trophyNo team has done what the Nets have done. And going into the playoffs, what they’ve done should not be dismissed.

On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets became the first team ever to post a 4-0 season series sweep over LeBron James since he entered the league more than a decade ago.

After being crowned by the Nets, James took out his frustration on TNT’s Craig Sager during a postgame interview when asked if Brooklyn was Miami’s biggest challenge in the East.

“Get out of here, Craig,” James replied. “Next question.”

While James avoided the question, there’s no denying it – Brooklyn has a legitimate chance to win the East now.

Scotto: Knicks’ Season, Futures of Melo, Woodson On the Line — UPDATED

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knicksNEW YORK — For Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony, making the playoffs is all that matters.

The same can be said for coach Mike Woodson.

However, after a heartbreaking one-point loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night, the Knicks find themselves one game behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot — and two games behind in the loss column — with only five remaining games.

Anthony’s desire to reach the postseason is understandable. Since entering the NBA as part of the heralded draft class of 2003, he has never missed the playoffs. Not even the Big Three in Miami can say that.

If Anthony reaches the postseason again, he’ll have to do it with a strained right shoulder that “gave out” against the Wizards.

“Throughout the course of the game there was no strength on the passes, causing turnovers and things like that,” Anthony said. “But hopefully I’ll be alright.”

NYK_Woodson_MikeFor Woodson, however, making the playoffs means much more. His job is on the line.

“No playoffs, no Woody,” one league source told SheridanHoops.

“Without question he’s fired (if they miss the playoffs),” one Eastern Conference scout also told SheridanHoops.

DraftStreet Fantasy Spin: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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draftstreet Paul Pierce killed my DraftStreet.com fantasy team last night. Just when I thought I found someone special for cheap ($11,277) he turns his play around and stabbed me in the back. But I’m a sucker for punishment and I’m using PP again tonight.

Last night at DraftStreet I fared pretty well but didn’t make any money. I was in the top 20% in a few of my pools and if Pierce would’ve showed up I probably would have won some cash.

Anyways, on to the next one.

Tonight I’ll be playing with a bonafide fantasy machine, that is when he’s not suspended or rapping on the side. Guess who yet? That’s right, DeMarcus Cousins.

Boogie, as he’s known to many, is the perfect fantasy player because he can score, rebound and block shots. I paid $21,008 for him but I think it will be worth it if he can stay in the game. Side note: Cousins only plays about 32 minutes per game, yet he averages 22 points and 12 rebounds a night, crazy.

My DraftStreet Lineup Today
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Fresh off giving away $150,000, DraftStreet is running satellites for yet another $100,000 contest. Look for them in the NBA lobby for a chance to win a voucher to the NBA $100K Playoffs Big Score and a $20,000 first place prize. This one starts on April 19 and finishes on April 20, the two-day format being a wrinkle common to NBA playoff leagues. If you don’t have a DraftStreet account, you can sign up using this link.

Remember to register at least 10 minutes before the roster deadlines. Wednesday’s games begin at 7:00 PM EDT.

Wednesday’s NBA games

Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers
If Indiana lost would it really surprise anyone? They have been dreadful over the last three weeks. Sadly, I think they’re beginning to realize they can’t score and lost all confidence. If you want fantasy, you don’t want the Pacers.

Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks
The Nets are a better team with equal talent. New York is so terribly coached they risk falling from the playoffs with the second best scorer in the game.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic
The Cavs have been without Kyrie Irving on and off for some time now. Folks in Cleveland, thank Luol Deng for his services and say your farewells because the door won’t hit him on the way out.

Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards:
Jared Sullinger at $11,069 is a great fantasy option. He’s proven a lot of people wrong this year overcoming a back injury and being able to stay healthy during the latter part of the season.

Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors
The Rockets are without Dwight Howard, look for Omer Asik ($8,262) to step up. Kyle Lowry isn’t playing, so keep him off your team.

Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks haven’t defeated the Bulls this season and that isn’t changing tonight. The Bulls have been on a tear since January and the Hawks have been slowly on the decline.

Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat
Does this game even need a preview? Miami can make Milwaukee its puppet if they want but chances are LeBron James will only play a few quarters because it’s a blowout. If you’re looking for fantasy on the Heat, look at the bench.

Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves
This is one game where Kevin Love isn’t a good fantasy option. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are a tough pair to score on and surely have plans to deny Love at the rim.

Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs.
This is fun. The most well-organized team against one of the most exciting teams. Golden State stole a game in Dallas last night (literally) and have momentum, but wait, so does San Antonio, the winners of 18-straight.

New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets
Anthony Davis can score 30 all day against Denver. They will try but will fail to keep one of the league’s best young big-men off the glass. The Nuggets have fallen off this year, maybe they shouldn’t have fired George Karl.

LA Clippers at Phoenix Suns
The Clippers are having another great season with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul leading the charge. Paul will play but Griffin is out. For Phoenix, Goran Dragic at $15,098 isn’t a bad purchase.

LA Lakers at Sacramento Kings
I hope Chris Kaman put Icy Hot on today. DeMarcus Cousins will be attacking him all night. An easy choice for fantasy is Cousins, as I mentioned above.

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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops.