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 sixth season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Mavericks for ESPN 103.3 FM in Dallas, where he has been since the station's inception in 2001. Cooperstein, a regular on the Dallas/Fort Worth sports scene since 1984, co-hosts the "Coop & Nate" show with Nate Newton weekday afternoons. 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 10 a.m. CT/11 a.m. ET!
Chuck Cooperstein (11:00 AM)
Greetings from Portland. Excitement in the air for Game 3 tonight. The Mavericks have control, and they have the Blazers wondering. But the hard work starts now. Portland has the best home court advantage in the league. The Rose Garden is going to ROCK. Can't wait to see how the Mavericks handle this
Josh (Chicago, IL)
Mavs look great through two games while the Lakers are stumbling...is my daydreaming getting the best of me?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:01 AM)
Lakers didn't stumble last night. They dialed up the defense the way you have to at this time of the year. They're still the Lakers. But you have to like what the Mavericks are doing right now.
Rob (Akron, OH)
Hi Chuck, do you think the new CBA will hurt the Mavs more than most teams given our relatively high payroll? So far from what I hear, I have good reason to be concerned about getting back the same team next year that we have now.
Chuck Cooperstein (11:05 AM)
No one knows what this is going to look like. One thing I think you'll see is a team being able to jettison one player like what happened the last time around when the Mavericks let Michael Finley go, and not have it count against the Cap.
Rob (Akron, OH)
In yesterday's chat, McMahon stated that he "doesn't cheer for the Mavs (or for their opponents)." Is that generally true for you and others who focus their reporting/broadcasting on a certain team? I just find it hard to believe that a reporter could do that kind of job without a (biased) passion for that team. Maybe you can help me understand?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:09 AM)
Brad Sham (from whom I have learned just about everything I know in this business says it best. "I try to present an objective broadcast from the Cowboys point of view." Substitute Mavericks for Cowboys and that's me. I know my audience is a Mavericks audience, but it's my job to tell you what's going on with the team: Good, Bad, or otherwise. I'll tell you when a guy is shooting 60 percent over the last ten games or whether he's shooting 20. The thing you have to avoid is making comments personal. Tim has a different job as a writer and a columnist. But i will say this, all of us enjoy covering a winning team. Just imagine if we were covering the T-Wolves or the Wizards?
Danny (Los Angeles)
Chuck, I'm stuck in LA and I'll I hear from people out here is how bad it is to play at the Rose Garden!!! Do people forget that Dirk is only shooting 38%, that both Terry and Marion haven't got it going yet and that all the Portland starters are averaging 34+ minutes? Is it just me or does this team look better and deeper than the 06' finals team?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:12 AM)
This team is deeper and better than the 06 team. And all of your points are indisputable. Having said that, the Rose Garden is the best home court advantage in the league. Portland is 30-11 there this year including 10 of their last 11 that includes wins over the Spurs, Lakers, Mavs, OKC and Memphis. I think the Blazers will make a huge push tonight. We'll see if the Mavs can handle it
Chuck, will we be seeing more of corey brewer as the series shifts to Portland? I think that home, Wallace and Matthews especially will be tougher to defend. I know Stevenson did a great job on them in game 1, but I think now is the time we will need him, and he should be on the court at least 10-12 min in the first half. Your thoughts?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:14 AM)
I think Brewer will see some spot minutes. But not much more than that. His biggest issue is fouls. He picked up two quick ones when he came in the game in the second quarter.
I don't understand why Portland doesn't get the ball to LaMarcus Aldridge when the game is on the line? He has proven himself as a very effective and strong scorer, do you think he needs more looks? The Dallas defense hasn't had much of an answer for him.
Chuck Cooperstein (11:16 AM)
That was one of the biggest issues coming out of Game 2. Aldridge didn't touch it in the last 3:15 of the game. And took only two shots. When he's the big dog, you've got to feed the big dog. Don't think they'll make that mistake tonight. Now whether it's enough to counter what Dirk is doing.
Are you shocked by Jason Kidd's ability to time travel? It's pretty awesome considering that time travel hasn't been invented yet, but clearly it has because this is not a 38 year old Jason Kidd.
Chuck Cooperstein (11:19 AM)
This has been pretty extraordinary. Kidd hasn't had a combined 42 points in a playoff game since games 5 and 6 of the 03 NBA Finals. He hasn't had 42 combined points in a regular season since January of 2007. I still don't think we can rely on this type of production, but I've always believed that kidd had to score just enough to make people respect him and thus, the rest of the offense. With what he's done so far, he may not have to do anything the rest of the series because Portland has to know they can be burned if they leave him alone.
Oh, great, yet ANOTHER NBA chat that is dying from 'technical difficulties'? 12 minutes in and only 1 question posted with no answer yet?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:20 AM)
Sorry, I'm seeing the whole transcript posted. Hopefully my good folks will work on whatever issues you're having
How important do you think it is for us to finish this series in 4-5 games? For the rest of Jason Kidd and the potential comeback of Caron Butler, for the potential Mavs-Lakers matchup?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:21 AM)
Any rest is good rest. No need to prolong things. Lakers could just as easily knock off NO in five
Shawn Jacob (Carrollton, TX)
Chuck, the Mavs had the best road record in the NBA, but can that carry into the playoffs (since it apparently didn't work last postseason with Dallas losing all three games in San Antonio)?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:23 AM)
Well, the Mavericks not only lost all three games to the Spurs last year (Games that were all quite winnable), but starting with the 06 Finals, they are just 2-16 with the two wins coming in the 09 first round with the Spurs. And Portland has always been a difficult place for the Mavericks to play. I believe only the Lakers have been more dominant against the Mavericks in home games through the years
How do you think Brandon Roy's comments will affect the Portland team and coaching staff if at all?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:26 AM)
I don't think they'll affect Nate McMillan at all. He's just trying to do what's best for the team. Right now, Roy is a shadow of his former self, and the coach knows this. He's putting him in the games to see if he can recapture anything (It worked against the Mavericks on March 15). But when you get to the playoffs, you don't have the luxury of waiting around to see if someone can get it back. Mavericks fans ought to remember this when they consider the possibility of a Caron Butler comeback
If they were to make the Finals, would this Mavs team prefer to play the Heat and enact a little '06 revenge?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:27 AM)
Do you REALLY think they care who they play if they got to the Finals? They'd play the Pismo Beach Panthers if it meant getting to the Finals and hopefully winning them
Looks like it was on my end, all of a sudden everything showed up on the next refresh. Question : why is there still a huge negative cloud over this team? Teams don't win 50+ by accident, but it's still like they are 2-0 only because of Portland's mistakes or something
Chuck Cooperstein (11:28 AM)
You know the answer to that. They haven't won in the playoffs. No one wants to read the whole book, they just want to know how the book ended. That's the case with the Mavericks. The moment they start winning some playoff series they'll quiet down a whole lot of folks
What more can Dirk do to garner respect? The man has constantly proved to be a leader and dominant playoff performer, yet he still gets bashed by non-local media. A championship would change things, but I STILL think people would bash him, which is COMPLETELY undeserved.
Chuck Cooperstein (11:33 AM)
The more the Mavs win, the more people will wake up and smell the coffee. But there will always be some who don't like the his style of play no matter how successful he is. They're the ones who are losing out
Any status on Caron? Do you think he can be back for the 2nd round?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:33 AM)
See my post above regarding Brandon Roy...
Shawn Jacob (Carrollton, TX)
According to coach Nate McMillan, the Trailblazers did not practice on Wednesday. Will the Mavs find a golden opportunity to go 3-0 with that or is that just fools gold?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:37 AM)
The Mavericks didn't practice either. No big thing. Both teams watched tape. At this point, that's probably more important then actually going out on the floor
Chuck, did you notice the foul call discrepancy in Game 1? Not saying those fouls weren't earned but some of those calls should have went towards the Portland side, no?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:38 AM)
No. It's not like the Blazers were doing anything to earn foul calls. And they did even out in Game 2 and it still didn't matter
Are the starts of San Antonio and LA a big concern to them or do you see them turning it on soon?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:40 AM)
Not so concerned about the Lakers. They were great defensively last night. Spurs should be VERY concerned. Their defense was better as well, but they still couldn't put away Memphis until the last few seconds. The Grizzlies size is a big problem for Sa. Just as it was for the Mavericks this season
Rob (Akron, OH)
Dirk is the only famous person I would ever care to meet if I had the chance. My love for Dallas (my real hometown) is a huge factor in this but he has gained my respect as a person and obviously as a player. It would be fantastic if he could win one with the Mavs given what he's done for them. Do you think this year is his best chance? Or is it too early to say?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:41 AM)
Too early. We know how close they were in 06. Hopefully they're in that situation again with a better result
In your opinion, how important is home court in the playoffs? Hypothetical: in the WCF, would the Mavs rather play home against the Thunder, or away against the Spurs? Curious for your answer.
Chuck Cooperstein (11:49 AM)
Home court matters. But it matters most when you have Game 7 on your home floor. Other than that, you get to that level and any tam is usually capable of winning on the road. But one game to win a series, don't you think you'd rather be at home?
If the Mavs can keep up this defense and 3 point shooting, how do you see a Lakers-Mavs showdown ending up?
Chuck Cooperstein (11:52 AM)
I still think that would be a very hard series. The Lakers length and size gives them an edge over anyone they play.
Chuck Cooperstein (11:58 AM)
Thanks for all the great questions today. Hope you'll join me tonight on 103.3 ESPN for Game 3 starting around 9:45 or whenever TNT says we can play. See you here next week