Chat with Michael Wilbon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPN's Michael Wilbon stops by to chat and share his thoughts on the sports world.
Wilbon, a longtime Washington Post sports columnist, is co-host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, the popular weekday sports debate and discussion program, as well as an NBA studio analyst for both ESPN and ABC. A pioneer in sports journalism, Wilbon was one of the first sports writers to broaden his success beyond newspapers to include television, radio and other media.
Send your questions now and join Wilbon Monday at 1 p.m. ET!
mike wilbon (1:04 PM)
Good afternoon everybody...We'll jump right into dealing with the first weekend of the NBA playoffs...Best opening weekend I can remember...Ever. Every one of the lower seeded teams had a chance to win the game into the final two minutes...or actually DID win the game, which is insane. It's never happened before and made for an incredibly dramatic first two days...
Eleazar (Santa Cruz )
Do you think the Grizzlies can put out San Antonio?
mike wilbon (1:06 PM)
Hi Everybody...we'll jump right into the NBA and an incredibly dramatic weekend with every single one of the lower seeded teams having a chance to win in the final two minutes, which is unprecedented...And yes, I think the Grizzlies can win, particularly with Manu Ginobili either out of the lineup altogether or struggling with that elbow injury...
Even if the Pacers get swept by Chicago, am I crazy to think that this young team is one or two players away from being a legit contender? With the money coming off the books this offseason it seems to me that the Pacers have an opportunity to get better quickly. Thoughts?
mike wilbon (1:09 PM)
In Chicago hoping to do this but having technical issues...Sorry, please bear with me for a second...
Hansbrough appeared to be knocked out cold on Saturday but was able to return just minutes later. In a time where concussions and their longterm effect seem to be a hot topic in sports, do you think the NBA needs to takes steps similar to the NHL (mandatory 15 sitout time) when it comes to injuries like this?
Justin (Mountain Home, AR)
What a start to the playoffs! Just for nostalgia reasons I'm really pulling for the Bulls. Anyway, on to my questions for you...what team do you think has the biggest chance to be upset in the playoffs? I'm thinking the Lakers could be sent packing early if they continue to play like they did last night. Also I saw on one of your last chats about how you only seem to get mostly basketball questions so I'm going to ask something other than just basketball...with Mayweather Jr's current legal issues, do you think we'll ever see him step in the ring with Manny? I think not personally.
mike wilbon (1:11 PM)
Hang on a second folks. Working on some issues here.
Rnealdo (Los Angeles)
Wilbon, it's so refreshing to see a basketball mind as astute as yours on these chats. I'm a die hard laker fan, but I believe that completely that Derrick Rose is the best basketball player in the world. What do you think he ran
James Fung (Cleveland)
Seeing as the first round games have been so close, which team has the best chance of upsetting the higher seed?
Will Collins (Little Rock)
Finally Memphis gets some credit from the 'Worldwide Leader'! I am frankly amazed that ESPN--with its countless analysts and sports nuts--couldn't find the time to give the Grizzlies some props in the last month of the season. Do you attribute this lack of coverage to Memphis being too small a market, or did ESPN fail to do its due diligence in recognizing the talent of the GRRRizzlies?
mike wilbon (1:16 PM)
I'm not a patient guy when it comes to technical issues, and especially not today with so much to talk about regarding the NBA and the playoffs...I see all of your questions, but unfortunately cannot post them...and have talked with Bristol and they can't do anything about it either...I'm terribly sorry...We'll have to abandon today's effort and try again Wednesday or Thursday when I'm back at PTI headquarters...thanks for trying...MW
mike wilbon (1:19 PM)
one more note: yes, I think the Grizzlies can win the series, especially if Ginobili is out or really limited in what he can do. I hate the shot Melo took...He went to a prescribed "hot spot" he's been shooting from at end of games recently instead of taking the ball to the basket...and YES I think the Pacers have the nucleus of something good...Tyler H. has certainly put to rest the notion he can't play in the NBA...And there's a very smart question about the doubts that dogged Michael Jordan through his first six full seasons in the NBA and whether there are similarities with D-Rose's situation...YES, I see the similarities to the point it's scary...though Rose is in only his third season. In Jordan's third season he'd won a total of one playoff game...