Chat with Michael Wilbon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, 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 Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:14 PM)
Hey everyone, Mike's stuck in a long voting line, so we're going to push his chat back to 2:30 ET.
mike wilbon (2:16 PM)
Hi there everybody...let's jump into a bunch of different things, even some NBA chat now that we're a week into the new season...
Hey Michael, what should the Eagles do with their offensive line to start protecting Vick so he can do his thing
mike wilbon (2:18 PM)
Is there anything a team can do, substantively, DURING the season to overhaul the line? And let's be clear; that line is suffering through multiple injuries but CANNOT protect Michael Vick. He had no chance last night, none at all...They can practice and get better. they can bring somebody off the practice squad...but that would help, what, 20 percent? Any improvement would be good, but I don't see the Eagles, without getting people back, having any kind of success this season with that OL...
How about those 3-0 Knicks? Do you think they can stay on a roll without Amare?
mike wilbon (2:23 PM)
There are those who think the Knicks are better off with either Amare or Carmelo but not both, essentially because they occupy the same spaces on the floor offensively. There are those--my man Bill Simmons is among them--who say that the real test for the Knicks will be when Amare comes back...I tend to disagree with that because the NBA is a talent league and the more you have the more likely you are to have success. Now, Amare is clearly on the downside of his career. The knee issues he's having are the reason the Suns didn't re-sign him two years ago...But he can still score 17, 18 points per game and still occupies the defense's attention. But the answer to your question is the answer to whether Carmelo and Amare can play together successfully...I don't know. I think it's a very good thing that the Knicks, given what's happened in New York/New Jersey?Connecticut, have started hot...The NBA is always more interesting when the Knicks are relevent...It would be nice to stay that way for awhile...
I know the Spurs have looiked good so far, but the regular season does not really matter as long as you make the playoffs. Do you think they will make any significant trades, like getting rid of Matt (can't hit a wide open shot to save his life in the post season!) Bonner along with Blair and few other players for someone like josh Smith? Danny Ferry used to work for the SPurs. Any chance or am I just dreaming? I am just tired if seeing them lose in the playoffs because they lack a big man to help Duncan.
mike wilbon (2:27 PM)
You ask a interesting question...I just don't know that the Spurs, given the way that club operates, is up for the kind of splashy moves you suggest. Okay, they can trade Bonner but you couldn't possibly expect an all-star quality big-man in return for Bonner! The Hawks would be looking for somebody like, oh, Pau Gasol in exchange for Josh Smith, not spare parts. I don't think we're going to see the Spurs make huge moves. I think they'll try to get to the playoffs and do better than they did last year...Seems to be the Spurs will be as good as last year. Seems to me OKC, without James Harden, won't be quite as good...and God only knows about the Lakers...
Rob (San Antonio)
Bigger 1st week story long term; Lakers age (Nash injured) or Harden trade?
mike wilbon (2:32 PM)
Harden Trade...Great question, by the way...Nash is out one week and we already knew the Lakers would be old...not as old as the Knicks, but old. So, there's no news there...and the Lakers will gradually, incrementally get to the point most of us expect...But Harden...seriously, this is amazing. To go 37 and then 45 is unreal...The thing people have to remember is Harden, in addition to being a huge scorer, was OKC's best passer. Yes, I said best. I gotta check to see how many times in his career Russell Westbrook has had 12 assts in a game...I knew it's a few, but I'm guessing not many. Anyway, Harden might be better as a leading man than he was as a supporting actor...and if that's the case, Houston comes into play in the Western Conference. I'd say it's a pretty good long-term story...
Hello Mike. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are getting all of the "rookie hype" right now. Do you think that Doug Martin has passed them as the favorite for Rookie of the Year?
mike wilbon (2:34 PM)
No, Doug Martin hasn't passed them. Martin may lead his team to the playoffs...not just that; Tampa could win a game in the playoffs given that the defense is pretty good and Josh Freeman already proved himself to be pretty good two years ago...So, Martin may be the centerpiece of a wild-card playoff team (Tampa ain't catching Atlanta) but he's not going to get the votes to high-profile QBs are goign to get, even if those teams do NOT make the playoffs...
Drom John (Macon, Georgia)
Who's the best professional undefeated team: Bucks, Falcons, Knicks, Magic or Spurs?
mike wilbon (2:34 PM)
Duncan-Parker-Ginobili or Garnett-Pierce-Allen or James-Wade-Bosh are unselfish trio. Do you think Kobe Bryant could be unselfish in the new trio in LA ?
mike wilbon (2:37 PM)
Ring you up! Great question...really good. Kobe is so determined to pass Magic and catch michael Jordan when it comes to championship rings, I think he'll be more unselfish than he's ever been. Now, I'm speaking relatively, of course. Kobe's not going to be a totally different person, but I think he knows--I'm sure he does--he's going to have to facilitate more and score a little less in order for Dwight Howard and Steve nash to play anywhere near peak effectiveness...At this point, I think Kobe is playing more for another ring or two than anything else.
Why don't people like you do your job, and chat at 1;00 eastern
mike wilbon (2:41 PM)
Because I was seeing an eye specialist to see if I need surgery or nothing or something in between...or should I go blind so you can have me at 1 p.m. This is the part, formerly, where I'd staart spewing some hyphenated stuff...but the new disciplined me won't...Have a good day!
George (Miami Beach)
Hello Mr. Wilbon, What do you think is the reasoning behind the Miami Heat starting out 30th in the league in defensive efficiency? The last couple of years they were one of the best defensive teams.
mike wilbon (2:43 PM)
I just think Miami isn't the team that's ever going to come out hot out of the gates...We didn't see that last year or the year before. I think they have to play their way into it, which is fine...it might be individual personalities. It might be that they realize the regular season is a grind and there's no prize for getting off to a hot start or even being the No. 1 seed...I just think they see no value in obsessing over the regular season and my bet is that despite a noticeable lack of size, which could be exploited by the Celtics and Pacers, miami will be just fine defensively...among the best teams in the league by the time we get to April...
Wilbon! Love your chats and am curious about your preference between the NFL and the NBA on one specific topic: Parity. Do you prefer the parity of the NFL (i.e. the bounce-back season of the Colts) or do you prefer the sustained-excellence of the NBA (Spurs, OKC, Heat)?
mike wilbon (2:45 PM)
great question...I like both. Not trying to walk the fence, I just don't see the need for the leagues to be the same. I like and appreciate the differences between them...The NFL parity set-up works because it's a true national league, and people nation-wide are interested in teams that aren't theirs. The NBA's success if based on star players and dominant teams and that's what appeals, by and large, to basketball junkies. I'm good with both, and don't need either to change to fit the other model.
Now I know your a big bears fan and have talked about their defense alot but you cant go through this chat and not mention what tillman did this past week.. and how urlacher running spped looked (which to me signifys that its his last season as a bear at least)
mike wilbon (2:49 PM)
As long as the Bears can put Peppers and Idanoje, Briggs and Urlacher, and Peanut Tillman on the field defensively, healthy, they'll likely have a great defense this season. Peppers told me a few weeks ago that, yes, they acknowledge being old but that they are at the point where the KNOW just what they want to do against every offense they play...Tillman, right now, is defensive player of the year in my mind...though JJ Watt will have a lot to say about that this weekend when Houston and the Bears play Sunday night in Chicago...All I've heard this week was how slow Urlacher appeared...but what I notice is he intercepted a ball and took it to the end zone and recovered a fumble and I think caused one...I think there are a lot of young and unproductive studs who would die for a week like the one brittle old Hall of Fame-bound Brian Urlacher just had.
I have a very hard time getting into NBA basketball in November. The regular season really doesn't pick up until Christmas and with over half the league making the playoffs the regular season doesn't really seem to matter.
mike wilbon (2:50 PM)
Okay...and your point is...
Keith Law (ESPN MLB analyst) said in a chat last week he'd be willing to discuss the AL MVP with you and why he thinks Mike Trout should win it over Cabera. You willing to set this up?
mike wilbon (2:51 PM)
Probably not. You think that would be a good use of time for me...Let me rephrase: you think I THINK that would be a good use of my time. Let me answer: No, it wouldn't...
tdiddy (winnipeg) [via mobile]
Does anything but a (HIGHLY UNLIKELY) Super Bowl title this year save Andy Reid's job?
If you're reading this chat and haven't voted, get out there! You've got the time!
mike wilbon (2:54 PM)
What, your alarm set for 1 p.m.? I voted at 7 a.m. so that was hours ago...Question is, since you're in Chicago, are you voting for the second time today? now, that would be great!
mike wilbon (2:55 PM)
okay, gotta run to prepare for PTI...Have a great week everybody...we'll be back Monday...Have a great week! Thanks. MW