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 seventh 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 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET!
Chuck Cooperstein (4:03 PM)
Hello from Miami, where the sun shines as brightly as the Mavericks smiles as they return for the first time since that glorious night of June 12. Let's go!
Peter (Dallas via Baton Rouge)
Two questions. I know Odom has struggled much more than people expected, but is it really a surprise? So many years in LA with the same team, coach, and system. It's tough to adjust your game after playing the same way for so long. He's always been inconsistent. I mean he only averaged 10 in LA a couple of years ago. Also, who are these fans wanting to amnesty Haywod to sign Chris Kaman? Please talk some sense into these Mavs fans. Can't believe he still gets no love when he's helped anchor a pretty darn good defense.
Chuck Cooperstein (4:05 PM)
Yes, it is a surprise, Odom has actually produced pretty consistent numbers in his career, although those numbers, given his skill level are lower than what they probably should be because doesn't always play as hard as he should. As for Haywood/Kaman. I'm a fan of Kaman, although the shooting % is much lower this year than usual, If you could get him for a lower price than what you're giving Haywood, I'd have to think about it
Shawn Jacob (Carrollton, TX)
Assuming that the Mavs can still make the playoffs, which team offers the Mavericks the best matchup in order to advance to the second-round?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:07 PM)
No doubt, playing the Clippers would be the best road. Yes, they have Chris Paul, and in a similar situation in 08 against New Orleans, it didn't work out too well, But I think the LA roster is way too thin, and the Mavs would have a HUGE coaching advantage in the series
The WAK (Grapevine)
Coop, can you tell us who is on the playoff roster for the Mavs?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:08 PM)
There is no such thing as a playoff roster anymore. You have a 15 man roster and you can dress out as many as 13 for any game
I love the NBA! [via mobile]
Coop, who's your MVP and why? I know Lebron and KD are the best players but isn't someone like Kevin Love really the most valuable cuz the heat and thunder would still be good with Wade and Bosh and the thunder with RW , JH , and Ibaka??? Thanks!!
Chuck Cooperstein (4:09 PM)
Love is starting to make a pretty powerful case, but with his team hovering around 500, it makes it unlikely that people will vote for him because on some level, your brilliant play should translate into more wins. But if somehow, the T-Wolves did make the post-season, you'd have to give him a VERY strong look. As it is, LeBron is having a totally monster season, and would be my choice as of today
Devin San Antonio [via mobile]
Are the spurs chances of playing for the NBA championship now greater with their recent additions?! Thanks Coop.
Chuck Cooperstein (4:10 PM)
I don't think any team helped themselves more in the last two weeks than the Spurs. LOVE their pickups, especially Capt Jack. Love how hard they play. Love how they're coached. They're going to be a pain for any team that plays them
Andre (Chicago) [via mobile]
Who do you think will win the championship? Bulls, thunder, heat or is there a major upset?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:11 PM)
Better throw the Spurs, Lakers and Mavericks into the mix
Boston,Ma, A Fan [via mobile]
If Dwight Howard went into free agency, how big of a chance would the Celtics have had of signing him with all their cap room?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:11 PM)
None. he didn't want to play there
Alexander (Gun Barrel City, TX)
When would they activate the new kid/Azubuke in the block?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:12 PM)
He won't be with the team this year. They're just trying to get him back into shape after two years away because of the knee. They look at him as part of the scene next year because who knows what the roster will look like in the Fall.
Zeeshan [via mobile]
Who you got to win it all this year? ECF? WCF?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:13 PM)
As of today, I have San Antonio beating Chicago. Subject to change of course
Colton (D-Town TX) [via mobile]
With Delonte and Haywood out as long as they've been, do you think the Carlisle can find a smooth rotation with Wright, Mahinmi and Haywood, and Kidd, Roddy, Delonte, Terry, and Carter?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:15 PM)
Haywood is the starter, the other two fall in behind given the situation on a particular night. The guards are going to be interesting to watch, because Roddy has earned the right to play more. Carter will see his minutes decrease, and that's OK because he probably has been playing too much and his Post All Start numbers reflect the production drop off. But he'll be swinging between the 2 and 3
Is there a slim chance that the Mavs miss the playoffs
Chuck Cooperstein (4:16 PM)
Yes there is. The race in West is incredibly tight. Any protracted losing streak would put them in jeopardy
Gary Patterson (Allen, TX)
How much do the Mavs miss Tyson Chandler?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:17 PM)
I think they miss him a lot. Mostly for his presence in the locker room. They've been able to fill in pretty nicely on the floor, but I wonder if all the stuff that popped up immediately after the ASB would have happened had Chandler been in the room to set it straight.
Farhan [via mobile]
ANY CHANCE COACH BROWN GETS LET GO AFTER FIRST OR SECOND ROUND EXIT FOR LA?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:18 PM)
Nope. Jim Buss isn't paying someone almost $15 million NOT to work. He's shown he wants to pay as little as possible. Not as much
Whats up, Coop? Who's your preferred starting 2: Roddy B, Vince C or Delonte (all healthy)?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:19 PM)
Depends on the matchup and whether or not there is another big guard as a starter. The lineup with Carter as the starter has been the Mavs best this season, so I guess I would go with that
Don't u think Ian should keep starting over Haywood?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:20 PM)
No. Ian has been very good in the last month. A nice bounce back after a bad February. But Haywood has the bulk you need , and also stays out of foul trouble far better.
Do you feel Jason Terry may be playing his last games here in Dallas assuming the Mavericks do pursue Deron Williams in the offseason. Was that why he was running his mouth couple of weeks ago and his numbers were declining a bit on the court?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:23 PM)
Yes, JET wants a contract. Yes, JET very much wants to retire in Dallas. Yes, JET says he thinks about this stuff all the time. He knows what's happening, but that doesn't mean it's going to stop the Mavs from pursuing DWill. But it seems like it has only affected him on the road. His home numbers 17 are almost 50 % FG and 45 % 3 pt.
Matt (San Antonio)
What does the Mavericks roster look like next year?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:23 PM)
Your guess is as a good as mine. Dirk is the only one I can say for sure is going to be here.
Looking at the rest of the schedule, do you see the Mavs reaching the 3-4 seed or just limping in? Thanks Coop.
Chuck Cooperstein (4:26 PM)
Well they're tied for 4th right now. Their schedule is the most difficult among the West playoff contenders. I don't think if they fell to say, 6th, that that would mean they've limped into the playoffs. I will say these next nine days are huge, with the two Florida games, the Clippers at home, and two games with Memphis on the docket
Who will guard Wade tonight when Kidd is off the floor and Matrix on Lebron?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:26 PM)
A little Carter, A little West, and maybe a little bit of matchup zone
Everyone knows that at this point every game is important. Am I wrong for placing more emphasis on the upcoming games against LAC and MEM? Not to mention we play MEM twice in a short span. Do you think the Mavs would approach those as must-win?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:27 PM)
With the West being what it is, EVERY game is a must game at this point. Especially the home games. Can't be losing them
Are any of the players stashed over in Europe ready to contribute next season?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:29 PM)
Haven't heard anything about anyone being ready or for that matter, wanting to come back. Also Calathes is making a lot of money in Greece. making more than he would make were he to come bak to the NBA.
Do you think they will amnesty Haywood or Marion next year? Tim MacMahon said Marion would, but I think that it'd be smarter to dump Haywood than Marion, seeing as Marion is the anchor for Dallas' defense this year.
Chuck Cooperstein (4:30 PM)
I think we need to see how the playoffs play out. It may be easier to amnesty Haywood, since the way Marion is going, he actually might have a little trade value despite his age,
Who do you have in the Final Four? Probably still smarting about Florida losing, huh?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:31 PM)
At least I didn't slit my wrists. Actually more disappointed with last year's Florida team not making the Final Four because they had the right mix of inside and outside players. This year, they were way too dependent on the 3. And way too dependent on hot and cold guys like Walker and Boynton to make the necessary shots. But they played much better in March than I thought they would
What is Mahinmi's upside? Are we see it now, or can he get better?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:32 PM)
He can get better if he can learn how to play without fouling. He's got quickness, he's learned hope to use his body in post defense, but it's when he doesn't move his feet and reaches that he gets into trouble. I think he's made himself some money this year whether it comes from the Mavericks or someone else
Assuming Mavs can get a firmer grip on a playoff spot in next few weeks will Kidd get a week off?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:33 PM)
I don't think so. The last week of the season, the Mavericks play in on Saturday and then not again until the last game of the year in the ATL. Plenty of down time at that point to get him ready. I don't think you'll see him miss any time
Thoughts on Jason Terry and his gold shoes. Is it really the smartest thing for him to be doing when this team is on the verge of missing the playoffs. This is not last year, and the play of the Mavs has been nowhere close to a team that is capable of repeating. Can he just stop with the antics and focus on playing ball and help getting this team back to a championship level
Chuck Cooperstein (4:35 PM)
He HAS been playing ball. Right now he's in his best stretch of the season. He's feeling it. so the Mavericks will give him plenty of rope
Matt (San Antonio)
Can Dallas get Nash and Dwill next year? I don't think Kidd will be back.
Chuck Cooperstein (4:36 PM)
Nash isn't going to want to play for the mini mid level, which is what he would have to do coming here. We'll see about Kidd. he says he feels great and wants to play two more years. And don't rule tout because the has the same agent (Jeff Schwartz) as Williams
To echo the previous question, what is Brandan Wright's upside? Would seem to be a lot higher than Ian's?
Chuck Cooperstein (4:38 PM)
Somehow, the Mavs have made it work with Wright as a center. He's way too skinny to do it for a long stretch of time. I think the biggest concern with Wright would be, what would happen if he played 20 minutes a night every night.
Chuck Cooperstein (4:38 PM)
We'll wrap it up here. Thanks for checking in. Chat again next week
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