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, in addition to writing for ESPNChicago.com. 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 1:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:19 PM)
Mike will be here at 1:30 p.m. ET to take your questions!
Don't Jeff Saturday, Dallas Clark and Mike Wallace make a lot of sense for the Broncos at this point?
mike wilbon (1:29 PM)
Hello Everybody...Hope you enjoyed the weekend of NCAA basketball, but I'm still digesting the Peyton Manning news...I must say, I have zero idea why Denver is so attractive...I don't mean the Rockies, which I love, but the team, the situation...I'm sure we'll find out from Peyton fairly soon, this afternoon or tomorrow, exactly why he chose Denver. John Elway must have had a ton to do with it, the credibility he has...Peyton is of an age where he must have grown up really admiring the guy I have thought is the greatest QB ever...(Brady is making me re-think this)...Anyway, I thought Tennessee would have an enormous pull on Peyton, and maybe it did...S.F. had to be appealing for the 49ers ability to win right now...Anyway, huge news obviously. Once again, college basketball gets pushed to the back burner...
Ian Murphy (Halifax)
Hi, Wilbon What would be the better story?: A) Tiger Woods winning this upcoming Masters in a playoff against Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson.B) Tim Tebow getting traded to the Jaguars, taking them to the playoffs, then knocking Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos out of the playoffs.
mike wilbon (1:35 PM)
Wow...You're setting up a scenario that won't happen in a million years of course, certainly not The Masters scenario...But what if we just take Tiger winning and those other guys being on the leader board and Tebow going to Jacksonville? I think I'd take the Tiger story internationally, because golf is so much bigger than American football, everywhere except here in the U.S. of course. Domestically, it's the Manning-Tebow displacement story because pro football here is the biggest thing going, period...Me personally, Tiger winning The Masters would be as big a shock to me as Peyton picking Denver...We presume Jax will jump on Tebow, but suppose Miami is quicker on the trigger?
OMARVLS (NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA)
Michael, watching Chicago play I just see a tough as nails team I believe they will win the Ring this year
mike wilbon (1:37 PM)
No question, the Bulls are the toughest and most resourceful team in the NBA this season. But if Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton aren't damn close to 100 percent the Bulls can't beat Miami, perhaps can't beat Orlando. Health is such a huge factor this season, more than others. The Clippers are struggling mightily without Chanucey Billups, out for the season...Sounds like Rose will miss the Orlando game tonight...Rose and Hamilton are going to have to be in the lineup at least two weeks before the playoffs to get on any kind of roll...But yes, if those guys are in there I think the Bulls can beat Orlando and Miami...Their mental toughness might be the team's greatest attribute.
D. Fisher just got bought out by the Rockets. ESPN article mentions he's looking at the Bulls and Heat. I know he would fit in great with the Heat, but why would he choose the Bulls?
mike wilbon (1:40 PM)
He's interested in the Bulls because Fisher's entire career was built on intelligence and resourcefulness...Look, Fisher in his prime could hit a shot. He did it countless times in the clutch. Guys like Fisher LOVE the Bulls because of the way they play, and because the Bulls are close...Thing is, the Bulls already have C.J. Watson and John Lucas III AND Mike James. I don't think the Bulls can afford the luxury of 4 point guards as is...so how can you fit Fisher? I don't see it...How about Oklahoma City, which lost Eric Maynor for the season before it even began? I think Fisher would be a great fit in OKC, and wouldn't that be interesting if OKC and the Lakers met in the playoffs with Fisher coming off the Thunder bench?
Why does Jon Barry such a hater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mike wilbon (1:43 PM)
Jon Barry isn't paid to cheerlead the Heat. Don't you have enough people doing that already? We're critics, Dude. Wake up. If Miami is your team, great. It doesn't mean Miami should be Jon Barry's team, or Magic's team or Barkley's team on TNT...JB offers plenty of insight into that team...By the way, Magic has been and will be critical of the Heat (just as he is of his own Lakers) but I see you didn't call him a "hater." That's because it wouldn't make any sense, seeing as one of his best friends in life is Pat Riley, the man who put it together. "Hater" talk is silly when it comes to doing the job of an analyst/critic. That's what he's supposed to do, comment with a critic's eye.
Brian (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Hey Michael you hear about Peyton Manning going to the Broncos? Im still in shock I was sure it was gonna be SF with Harbaugh and Manning.
mike wilbon (1:44 PM)
Well, it's the Broncos. I'm surprised, too. But Denver was the first place he visited, which must have meant something...a lot, as it turned out.
Hey Wilbon, do you think Cincy has a legit shot to upset the Buckeyes?
mike wilbon (1:45 PM)
Oh, yes, absolutely. And how about Ohio having four teams in the Sweet 16?
Disappointed Broncos Fan (Not so distant future)
Why exactly is it we are forced to trade Tebow when he really doesn't have a huge cap hit and our new QB is obviously not exactly a safe bet health wise? We don't have to structure the offense for Tebow again, but him hanging around is not near as bad as getting very little Denver will get for him when it's obviously a buyer's market in this case.
mike wilbon (1:47 PM)
"You" are trading Tebow, apparently, because the people who run the franchise say you are...That about covers it, right! If they can get a first-round pick from Jax...or even two No. 2s, Denver can add a couple of impact players over the next couple of seasons, right? I know this is going to be a sensitive issue for the people in the Rockies who fell in love with Tebow...But if he's sitting behind Peyton Manning, isn't that just drama any team would want to avoid?
Do you think UW is going to beat Syracuse? Also, is it better to try to limit their fast break opportunites or to hit the offensive glass? I feel UW will focus on getting back over getting offensive rebounds.
mike wilbon (1:49 PM)
Syracuse responded against K-State pretty darned well, didn't it? You're right about the rebounding vulnerability. Syracuse is near the bottom of Division 1 in offensive rebounds allowed...I'm done picking. I just want to watch and enjoy the games. I don't have Syracuse in my Final Four, and I scratched them when Fab Melo was declared ineligible. I've already lost Georgetown, but still have Michigan State, Kentucky and Wisconsin...so you see where I'm going...
Any reason for the Bulls to not amnesty Boozer this off-season and go after a more capable PF or SG?
mike wilbon (1:50 PM)
Really? The Bulls have the best record in the league. Boozer is one of the few players on the team (knock on wood) who has played in every single game...He's shooting, like, 53 percent...and you want to speculate on how to get rid of him? Seriously? Something that might happen next year is of greater interest to you than what the Bulls do NOW? I don't get these questions. Never, ever get them.
What NBA team do you think made the best deadline moves?
mike wilbon (1:53 PM)
Probably the Lakers...Ramon Sessions is a legit playmaker who was averaging 5 assists per game coming off the bench. So he knows how to run an offense. It means the Lakers don't have to ask Kobe to do literally everything. It means the Lakers can match up better against the likes of Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul in the playoffs. It means they don't have to ask World Metta Peace to score...Don't get me wrong, Nick Young can help the Clippers because he can flat-out shoot it and CP3 can both set him up and learn how to be a real professional, which he wasn't really in Washington.
Ron - Mesa, AZ [via mobile]
Wilbon, Gilbert Arenas is working out for the Memphis Grizzlies today. Are the Lakers making a mistake by not signing him? I feel that Arenas can provide a big boost to L.A's second unit.
mike wilbon (1:54 PM)
I don't know how ANYBODY can think Gilbert Arenas, from what we have seen the last two seasons, can help any unit with any serious contender. I don't know what the heck Memphis execs are thinking.
dont sleep on the knicks. we can play anyone. and i think that most teams want to avoid facing us in the playoffs first round, dont you think. knick hater.
mike wilbon (1:56 PM)
Remember, I don't hate the Knicks; I just like clowning guys like you, who go from despair to "raising banners" in three games. Don't you ever look at your own fan behavior and think, "Maybe I should just shut up." How did Linsanity work for the Knicks, huh? How about waiting for a larger sample size than three games before you pop your jersey and run around asking if Mike Woodson is better than Phil Jackson as a coach. Ask me again when the Knicks are out of the 8-spot. And they might well climb to the top of the division since the Sixers and Celtics aren't all that good...But I'll wait to see it happen first; I'll understand if you don't.
Michael (Los Angeles) [via mobile]
When is mike brown going to put sessions in front of Blake? I don't think the GM got rid of fish to make way for the emergence of Steve Blake as a starting PG
mike wilbon (1:57 PM)
The Lakers didn't make that trade to bring Sessions off the bench the rest of the season. Blake, who I've known and liked since his first day in college at the University of Maryland, can contribute big-time and is quite comfortable coming off the bench.
The Blazers waived Greg Oden last week to make room for Hasheem Thebeet. The sad end of the Oden era in Rip City, but brings up an interesting question. Which top 3 draft pick is the biggest bust?
mike wilbon (1:59 PM)
Thabeet, so far, qualifies. Kwame Brown...But he might have been taken off the hook by Greg Oden...Such an unfortunate turn for him...Nicest kid in the world, and he won't even play 100 games in his career, absent some miracle. I feel even more for the people of Portland, maybe the smartest basketball fans in the country...having to deal with this with Bill Walton, Sam Bowie, Oden, Brandon Roy...it's just sad...
Dont you wish Derrick Rose was as good a shooter and ball handler as Kyrie Irving?
mike wilbon (2:00 PM)
Are you a Knicks fan? You must be...
David (San Antonio)
The Spurs have beaten the Thunder 8 out of the last 10 meetings. After Friday's night game and the addition of Stephen Jackson, do you think the Spurs are now the favorite to come out of the West?
mike wilbon (2:02 PM)
No. OKC is the favorite. They're going to be the top seed in the west and they've been through a couple of playoffs together now...I'm not saying that the Spurs (or Lakers) can't beat OKC, because each can. But you ask me about the "favorite." That's OKC...
James (Hilton Head)
I've stuck with D.C. through EVERYTHING, so please tell me your opinion on who the best early draft pick would be?
mike wilbon (2:02 PM)
Anthony Davis. This isn't hard. You win the lottery, your franchise should be transformed.
Thanks for answering the Fisher question! Now, a baseball question! Why should anyone in Chicago pay attention to Baseball this summer? My Sox and your Cubs are both going to be terrible.
mike wilbon (2:04 PM)
Well, paying attention to the Cubs is about studying the process, about looking at what Theo Epstein does and how the team improves incrementally. I went to the White Sox-Seattle spring training game Saturday...Why wouldn't anybody be encouraged about Jake Peavy being healthy and ready to go. I don't accept the notion that the White Sox are going to be terrible. The Cubs, yes, are a ways away...But there are no expectations. I just want to see how Theo goes about building the team...That's very much worth watching.
What do you think of the Nuggets right now? getting Chandler back make them the deepest team in the league?
tony (san antonio)
Honest question, Jon Barry always trashes the Spurs on ESPN is it cause of Tony Parker?
Dr. H. Doofenshmirtz (Tri-State Area)
Peyton chose the Broncos over the 49ers because he felt that the 9ers would be fighting the Giants in the playoffs for the next few years. He's probably wrong about that, but do you agree that is what he was thinking?
Dallas (San Jose) [via mobile]
Hey Mike. When/if Bosh plays well consistently, can you see any team in the East as a potential roadblock for Miami to the Finals? Bosh had a great series last year against the C's and rendered Boozer useless against the Bulls
mike wilbon (2:14 PM)
If Miami plays up to its potential, meaning LeBron and Wade and Bosh, Miami will win, period...Problem is, Miami often doesn't and I don't understand why not. They don't like grinding out games and they lose regular season games...I don't know if it's disinterest or not...But "if" they play isn't automatic. They fell asleep against Dallas last year for a minute and the Mavericks seized control of that series and didn't let go. This isn't on Bosh, it's on all of them. Let's see.
Have you seen evan turner's recently improved play. Should the sixers give him the ball at the end of games and see if his combination of ball handling and size can solve their late game problems?
mike wilbon (2:16 PM)
Yeah, he might be the most improved player in the league...certainly in the running...They do need better late-game play, no doubt. I don't know that in his first year as a dependable player he can be the closer. It's a lot to ask. But that's keeping Philly from taking control of that Atlantic Division, losing all those close games.
Cmon Mike....it is hard to say this to you because I USED TO RESPECT your unbiased approach but you have turned into the BIGGEST Bulls homer on the air! Why not see if you can have the color job w/ the Bulls tv brodcast. You would fit in perfect!
mike wilbon (2:19 PM)
Dude, how lost are you. I've NEVER had an unbiased approach and anybody who knows me or my work knows that. I've been a columnist for 20 years. I'm paid TO GIVE MY OPINIONS. By definition, opinions carry bias. What are you talking about. I came out as a homer for ALL Chicago teams on PTI, where that personal approach is the tone of the show. When I was added to the NBA coverage, was I supposed to lie or act like what I did at 5:30 eastern didn't exist at 7 p.m. on the same network. Then you'd be whining about how I was a hypocrite. Anyway, you think Jon Barry and Magic and Broussard would let me off the hook, knowing that. The point is to be able to be critical of teams, coaches, players even if you like them...or dislike them personally. Stop with "objective" talk. It just shows, generally speaking, what people don't know about shows that call for opinion...or for that matter how media works at the most basic level...
Jayson (New Jersey)
Jeff Van Gundy recently stated some things he would change in the NBA like; increase the size of the court & increasing the number of personal fouls. Do you see the NBA making a change to improve at some point?
mike wilbon (2:21 PM)
Ah, no. Like Jeff, everybody who follows the league closely has changes he/she would like to see made...Jeff has tons of good suggestions, but it doesn't mean the league will make what it sees as major changes.
Mike, do the Cavs look good to you following the Sessions trade? We've seen building through the draft work in some cases (e.g., Oklahoma City), but can it work in Cleveland? Do you think Luke Walton will help them? He played well for L.A. a few seasons ago...
mike wilbon (2:22 PM)
I love Luke Walton...but he has barely played in a couple of seasons...not because he lost it but because of injuries. If Walton could still play at the level he did four, five years ago...don't you think the Lakers would have used him? The Cavs' hopes aren't pinned on Luke Walton. Their pinned on Kyrie Irving, who is rookie-of-the-year...and the draft picks they'll have the next couple of seasons.
So Larry Ellison wants the buy the Grizz and move them to San Jose. How worried should us Grizz fans be? With our luck, I hardly see the NBA stepping in to save us like they did the Hornets.
mike wilbon (2:24 PM)
You think San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose can support 2 NBA teams? I don't think there's a chance in the world that's going to happen.
kathy (memphis) [via mobile]
Do you think the grizzlies can beat okc in playoffs with a healthy gay & randolph?
mike wilbon (2:26 PM)
I had, when the season began, Memphis and OKC in the Western Conference finals...Gonna be really difficult for that to happen unless the Grizzlies finish 3rd, which is possible...I don't know about beating OKC, which could be the best team in the league...Let's just see if they can work Randolph, who had 13 and 9 last night, back into the lineup and figure out how to maximize the presence of Rudy Gay and Randolph...
Theory...Calipari wins the NCAA title then comes and coackes the Wiz. How far off am I?
mike wilbon (2:28 PM)
I'm ENTIRELY with you on this...especially if the Wizards win the lottery and take Anthony Davis...(Well, they HAVE to take Anthony Davis if they win the lottery)...Anyway, with John Wall and Davis, why would Cal, especially if he wins the NCAAs this year, go back to college? To be fair, I broached this subject with him not long ago and he talked about how much he loves Kentucky and plays to be there...BUT, let's see what happens if Kentucky wins? I like that scenario and I think it would be really exciting in Washington, if that's what Ted Leonsis wants to do.
mike wilbon (2:29 PM)
Okay, I gotta run and prepare for PTI...which I'm sure will be chock full of NCAA talk, Peyton Manning talk, a little NBA...Thanks for chatting...Catch up with you guys next week...MW