Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix joined Friday's edition of SportsTalk Live to discuss a number of NBA topics, including the Bulls-Wizards matchup, Finals predictions and a guess on where impending free agent Carmelo Anthony may be playing next season. Check out the video above for all he had to say, including:
How far the Bulls can advance: "I think the Bulls are the ultimate wildcard out there. Offensively they're going to struggle to score in the postseason, like we saw in the second round last year against Miami. But defensively they are still that scrappy, tough, disciplined bunch that is going to get after you on every single possession. I think the evolution of Joakim Noah this yer has made them a little bit more dangerous offensively and certainly Jimmy Butler's development on both sides of the ball is a step in the right direction."
Wizards happy to be playing Bulls: "There's a lot of confidence in that Washington locker room about what they can do against the Bulls. They believe Nene, with his physicality, is a good matchup for Washington against Joakim Noah and the Bulls. In addition, they think John Wall, who averaged close to 20 points per game against Chicago in the regular season, is a type of player that the Bulls are going to have a hard time defending in transition and in creating havoc in the paint."
Chances Melo comes to the Bulls: "I think there's a possibility. Now, I don't know how strong it is because I'm not in Carmelo Anthony's inner circle, and I think Carmelo's keeping his feelings on the future pretty close to the vest. I think we're going to know very quickly what matters to Carmelo Anthony. Is it winning? If he wants to win, Chicago offers that best opprtunity. They've got a gaping hole at small forward, they've got a second superstar in Derrick Rose and they play elite level, championship defense."