Chat with Chuck Cooperstein
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPNDallas.com Dallas Mavericks reporter Chuck Cooperstein stops by to chat about the NBA season.
Cooperstein is in his eighth season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Mavericks for ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, where he has been since the station's inception in 2001. Cooperstein, a regular on the Dallas/Fort Worth sports scene since 1984, hosts his radio show weeknights from 6-8 p.m. CT. His extensive sports broadcasting background includes play-by-play stints with TCU and the University of Texas football, as well as TCU, Texas A&M and SMU basketball.
Send your questions now and join Cooperstein Thursday at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET!
Chuck Cooperstein (3:04 PM)
Hi from San Antonio where things are getting VERY interesting. Yes, the mavs have playoff hopes, and they are in control of them. the road will be VERY difficult, but all you ever want is a chance and the Mavs now have it. I know a lot of you are fixated on the summer and that's OK, but don't sleep on what is happening now. The Mavs are 17-10 in their last 27 and playing the away they were supposed to play when they put this together in the summer. On to your questions. Let's roll
Chuck Cooperstein (3:05 PM)
Sorry about the late start. Had some tech issues to get through
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Do you think that the Dallas Mavericks will make the Playoffs this season?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:06 PM)
Ultimately, I don't think they will. The schedule is VERY hard. Even with a 6 game home stand coming up. All of those teams are playoff teams. If they do make it, they truly will have earned it
Vince Carter has to be the MVP of the mavs this year, If they make a late push and slip into the playoffs and Vince keeps playing the way he's been playing do you think he'll grab some 6th man votes?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:12 PM)
I think He'll grab some, but by this time, many voters minds have been made up. Crawford, J.R. smith and Jarrett Jack will grab most of the votes, but Carter has been sensational, and worthy of every good mention that comes his way
Chuck Cooperstein (3:13 PM)
Again, apologize for the tech issues. Will stay around awhile to answer as many as I can
What is your honest opinion not your mavs favoritism, who will be the 6th 7th and 8th seed in western conference playoffs
Chuck Cooperstein (3:13 PM)
I think it will go Houston, Golden State and the Lakers
What's your favorite play-by-play moment of your career? And least favorite?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:15 PM)
Favorite, was when the Mavericks won the title. Least? A bunch of them, one of them was the other night where for some reason I couldn't figure out the math in my head in Milwaukee. Not good. But shrug it off and move on
Nathan [via mobile]
With things starting to look up in laker land , before last night anyway, Dwight seems much more happy in the last week or two and his box scores are showing it. Assuming Dwight doesn't leave, who are the players worth getting the power wet for? Any under the radar guys or guys with hidden upsides worth gambling for?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:17 PM)
There are no players worth giving max contracts to beyond Howard and CP3. What you have to determine is who are the next level players, and really, this summer might not be the time to consider that since the free agent class for 2014 will be considerably stronger. But I'm a fan of JJ Redick and Mike Dunleavy in Milwaukee, Jose Calderon in Detroit and jeff Teague who's restricted in Atlanta. And Earl Calrk has shown a little bit with the Lakers.
most people even the great mark jackson say danhtay jones play was dirty howcome you seem to not agree is it because he use to play for the mavs or your a kobe hater.
Chuck Cooperstein (3:19 PM)
Hardly a Kobe hater. Love watching Kobe play and compete. Just think Kobe created the contact with his kicked out leg, and at that point its very difficult for the defender to know exactly where he's coming to earth. If anything, he could have easily been called for an offensive foul.
Nathan MFFL GA [via mobile]
After having gained a game on the 9th and 8th seed in the last two days and Kobe going down last night, how much of an increase does that give Dirk and the gang's playoff run hopes?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:20 PM)
They have a lot of hope. They're loose and having fun for the first time really all season. No one is paying any attention to them so they're just letting it ride and seeing what happens. We'll get a much truer sense of all this tonight against the Spurs
mffl (AAC hiding out)
Coop, what can we expect to see out of the new pg wright? Will he see any PT?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:22 PM)
You won't see much of him. Not while the mavs are in the playoff push. But the one thing you notice immediately about him is how thick he is (Built like Derek Fisher) and how well he shoots it. Now can he run an NBA team (At least as a backup to start) only time will tell. But he seems like a great kid who is genuinely thankful for the chance and wants to make the most of the chance.
If every team in the West lost their best player for 30 games, where would the Mavs be in the standings? Hypothetical I know but 17-10 in their last 27 is pretty darned good isn't it?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:23 PM)
It most certainly is good, but can't play the what if game. Everyone has injuries. It's how you deal with them.
michelle (forth worth)
what makes you believe mavs are a legit playoff contender when the 9 teams in front of them are atleast 11 games over .500 at home and mavs are only 5 games if you cant win at home you dont deserve to think about playoffs.
Chuck Cooperstein (3:27 PM)
Better way to judge is to subtract home losses from road wins. Using that metric, as of today, the Mavs are +1 (13 road wins, 12 home losses). Lakers are 1. Utah is 2. You have to be able to win on the road in playoffs (especially if you're the team without home court). So it's reasonable to consider the Mavs contenders for a playoff spot. Now what they would do with it once they got there and faced either OKC or SA is an entirely different question
mffl (AAC hiding out)
Because of you I am drooling even more, hoping, and praying somehow some way the mavs can trade a pick or two in order to move up and select Marcus Smart I think he would be the perfect fit to come in and play Pg right away and have a kyrie like (so far without the injuries) career.
Chuck Cooperstein (3:28 PM)
Not even close to Kyrie Irving as far as offensive explosiveness is concerned. Irving was a much surer shot (even playing just 11 games at Duke) than Smart is. and even as good as Irving has been, His team's record still isn't great. Smart has all those intangibles that we all love, but I'm not sure how that will translate. At least in the short term
To the untrained eye, it seems like PG and C are the Mavs' two weakest areas. With the way the Celts have been playing lately, any chance they consider moving Rondo in the off-season, and do the Mavs have anything to offer that they would consider?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:29 PM)
I think Rondo is always in play, although with the injury, Danny Ainge might not like the package of players that would come back to Boston. I don't think he's going anywhere
It seem last night on twitter you was happy kobe got hurt
Chuck Cooperstein (3:31 PM)
Not happy at all. Again, love watching Kobe play. Who doesn't? Just stating the obvious that Kobe not playing hurts the Lakers and helps the Mavs
Is it true that because Lakers's TV deal is so lucrative, that they would be quite comfortable with paying luxury taxes?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:32 PM)
I don't think "comfortable" is the right term. There's no doubt they can handle it. The only question really is what type of profit margin does Jim Buss demand?
Joe S (Flower Mound)
Coop,I realize that Carlise is winning with small lineups But it is Frustrating to see those line ups aganist bigger line ups. Do you think that will change starting to night aganist the Spurs?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:34 PM)
I think we've seen with Carlisle that he will play ANY lineup he feels gives his team the best chance to win. I think you will see Kaman start the game, and I think he will play quite a bit. But as it relates to a bigger lineup, are you wanting Dirk, kaman and Brand/Wright up front at the same time? You will NOT see that, I can assure you
Hey Coop, I wanna know what you think about the possibility of the Mavs going after Mo Williams this summer?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:35 PM)
Mo Williams is another good name to look at. don't discount the fact he has had some MONSTER games against the Mavericks, and the Mavericks are partial to those type of players
Chris Stanley (Ft Worth TX)
Given how well he has played this season, especially as of late, what are the chances Vince Carter as well as Oj Mayo both return to themavs next season?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:37 PM)
Vince will be back. The Mavs have the option on his contract and they surely will pick it up, as right now, he may own the best bang for the buck contract in the NBA. Mayo is much less certain, a lot will depend on what the market determines. But I would think right now, the chances are better that he will be back than not. Someone has to be able to score besides Dirk.
Come Monday, are the Mavs clean shaven?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:38 PM)
I would say probably not, but I will be surprised if the beards aren't shaved by the end of next week
mffl (AAC hiding out)
Chances of trading for Boogie cousins, Iman S. or even Evan T. phillie hasnt been happy with his inconsistant play as of late.
Chuck Cooperstein (3:41 PM)
Of those 3, give me Turner because he can play 3 positions. I love Cousins talent, but I'm now convinced after his nonsense earlier this week against Milwaukee that he just doesn't, and won't, get it. Knicks aren't dealing Shumpert. They need ONE player who might be able to guard someone
Coop - it was rumored that the Mavs were extremely close on a trade right before the deadline that would have brought P Pierce here. Let me be the first one to say i am glad this deal did not happen - but i am also concerned that this is a move the front office would even think would be the right step in the right direction. I mean bringing a aging veteran in here to a already old team what good is that? This team needs to get younger not older
Chuck Cooperstein (3:43 PM)
Pierce's contract, like Dirk's would be up after next year. And Outside of Howard and Paul, there would be no player in the FA class who would be better than Pierce. Yes, they need to get younger, but that means getting it done in the draft.
Chuck Cooperstein (3:44 PM)
We'll end it here. Thanks for checking in. You can always reach me on Twitter @CoopMavs. Really looking forward to tonight and seeing just exactly where the Mavericks are. 7:15 tip on ESPNDallas 103.3