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 11 a.m. CT/noon ET!
Chuck Cooperstein (11:59 AM)
Hi there. Tough morning for Mavs. The end of a great 12 year run of playoff appearances is over, and the reality of trying to build something for the future is upon them. Lots of questions to be asked and answered so lets go!
who do you think will the mavs draft with there draft picks 2013 ? I think with there 2 Round pick they could Draft a Center like Zeke Marshall what do you think ?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:03 PM)
Are you at all related to Zeke? Not sure he's a draft able player, but one who would probably be brought to some team's summer league. The Center who intrigues me the most is Gorgui Dieng from Louisville. He's older (23) so I'm sure that will knock him down a few pegs with scouts, but really, does age matter in the draft anymore? Given the short nature of contracts, either players perform and get extensions or they don't and you release them. Dieng has some heft (245 lbs), can obviously block shots, and like a Tyson Chandler, can hit a foul line jumper, and put the ball on the floor to set up a dribble hand off.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:04 PM)
Also, the fact that Rick Pitino coached him, and that Rick Carlisle has the highest possible regard for Pitino and his ability to get players to do things they don't think they're capable of doing, I would believe, would play a role in any decision making in the room
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Do you think that the Dallas Mavericks will Receive a Lottery Pick in the 2013 NBA Draft?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:05 PM)
Chris, they are in the lottery, since they won't be making the playoffs. If form holds in the lottery, they would have the 13th pick.
MFFL (Omar the barbers chair.)
Tell Timmy Mac thanks for jynxing the mavs with his post saying its all but over the .500 beards....
Chuck Cooperstein (12:07 PM)
Don't blame Timmy Mac. All on the Mavs for what was, arguably, the single worst performance of the season. And there have been some really bad ones this year
Kim (Austin, TX)
The big question is besides than hope, what do you think Mark Cuban is planning to do with the Mavs this off season?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:10 PM)
He's planning to build a team that will be a far better one than this year's edition. How he and Donnie Nelson will do it is anyone's guess since they're not in the habit of laying out their specifics to us. But clearly, the goal has to be to acquire a pass first PG who can make the game easier for Dirk, and a defensive oriented center who can clog the lane and grab some rebounds. Scoring would be a nice benefit but is not mandatory. Even watching Jermaine O'Neal last night for the Suns, while almost older than the sun (No pun intended), his defensive presence was a huge part of the Phoenix win
How many Mavericks do you see returning next year besides Dirk?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:13 PM)
Lots of questions in the queue about this. The only ones you can say for sure are Dirk and Carter. Marion is a terrific player, but he may have more value in a deal with one year left on his contract. With the flourish with which he's finishing the season, Trix is letting everyone know he's got plenty left in the tank. The three rookies are also under contract, but could be used as filler in any possible trade
Toby L (TX)
Fans are understandably upset w Cuban's inability to add a marquee player or two via free agency this past offseason but isn't the bigger issue the Maverick's incredibly poor drafting history? Especially w harsher taxes, cheap talent from the draft is essential to fill your roster yet Nowitzki and Jae Crowder were the only two home grown talents in their 9 man rotation (Beaubois and James also played sparingly but arent exactly huge contributors) while a team like the Spurs had 8 regulars drafted by the club.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:15 PM)
No question, the Mavs have had a poor history. Some of it is related to draft position, some of it has been utter indifference toward the draft and developing players since they have been in a 12 year run of trying to win championships. This isn't a very deep draft, but its up to the Mavs to try to find young players to develop. Crowder looks like a keeper, especially given where he was selected, and even though he barely saw the floor this year, they are still high on Cunningham, and the athleticism he can bring to the team
Coop- Cuban has struck out on the big free agents the last few years and it doesn't appear that the big ones will be here again this time. We know he is a gambler...so why not offer Andrew Bynum a big deal. It is hit and miss but hit and you hit HUGE, miss and its not like this team is going to beat OKC, SA, Miami, etc... anyway in the near future.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:18 PM)
I don't think Philly will let Bynum get away. Again, like Howard in LA, the sixes own his Bird rights and can offer him the most $$, and they might have to do that as he is the only tangible asset for them giving up Iguodala. If I'm the Mavs I certainly would be interested in Bynum, and certainly willing to go near 8 figures to do it, injuries and all. But no way would I attempt to max him out.
Do you think there is a snowballs chance in heck that D.Howard ends up here in Dallas?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:18 PM)
There's always the chance...
How should we pick in round 1, michael carter william the point guard?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:24 PM)
Man scares me TO DEATH. Other than Sherman Douglas, name a Syracuse guard who has been worth anything in the NBA. None of their guards know how to play man to man defense. And with MCW there are major offensive issues as well. If there is a guard to be taken, give me CJ McCollum
Do you think Cuban will publicly own up to the fact that letting Chandler go has been his biggest mistake since becoming the Mavs owner. Now it seems there is so much talk of how to get a center when they had in their possession the best center in team history and a dominant defensive presence to this day - which is exactly what they need. It would be much easier to fill out a team around Dirk and Chandler than the pipe dreams of free agents that will not sign here.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:26 PM)
No, I don't think you will ever hear him admit it, but I think you're right for all the reasons you mention. And also the intangible he provided in the locker room that they didn't have before, and have not had since. How much is that worth? Few teams factor that in, and I don't believe the Mavs did in this case
What do you think about Peyton Siva as a pass-first point guard. He doesn't shoot very well, but does he have a future in the NBA? He can get to the rack, man.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:29 PM)
Don't see much except as a possible backup. Which BTW, is what I think Trey Burke ultimately is in the NBA. Tough as nails kid, and you can have him on your team and win. But if you're RELYING on him to win, you're probably going to be in the lottery for awhile. He's JJ Barea. Not bad at all, but not a lead dog in the NBA
parker (new london tx)
if the mavs miss out on howard or paul will mark be willing to trade for players that involve taking back bad contracts along with the desired talent?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:32 PM)
I think there's a possibility of that, but as much as it pains Mavs fans who want the problem solved now, this isn't the summer where a lot of problems can be solved. 2014 IS that year with a bevy of high value free agents as well as the likelihood of the best draft in a decade (One which could ultimately be compared with the 2003 draft). We all have to hang in there and hope for the best.
Bob (Broken Bow Lake)
Getting back to the top of the mountain seems almost impossible now. The Mavericks had plenty of ammunition, after pitiful seasons, with JJJ and hit a home run on Dirk. Will it take 4 years of lottery picks to begin that climb again?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:37 PM)
I don't think it will take 4 years. They barely missed this year, with Dirk missing 27 games. I fully expect them back in the post season next year
Unless we are really lucky with the ping pong balls leading up to the draft do you think there is a possible shot of Cuban being able to money whip a team in the top 5 of the draft that may be in financial trouble and trade them our pick and a load of cash to move up and draft a far more impactfull player than we could at say the 13th pick?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:39 PM)
I don't think any of those teams are in such serious $$ trouble that the Mavs will be doing that.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:40 PM)
On that note will say so long for now. 4 game left. Nothing but pride to play for. At the very least trying to finish 500 or better, but they'll need either 3 or 4 wins to do it. Starting with Denver tomorrow night. Hope you'll spend some time with Brad and me at 7:30 on ESPNDallas 103.3