Chat with Chuck Cooperstein
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, 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 Wednesday at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET!
Chuck Cooperstein (3:03 PM)
Greetings from Memphis. Home of the Blues. The Mavericks are singing the blues right now after crushing back to back losses. 5 out of 8th with 26 to play, and a brutal March schedule on the way. But we're excited to be here and talk with you so let's go
chuck as bad as things have gone for dwight im wondering if he's looking at dallas and seeing that it doesnt look much better here ! they cant afford both cp3 and dwight no chance so make me feel better and give me hope why howard will choose the mavs over the lakers, rockets, and hawks who have better supporting cast ? i cant see him coming here who else interest you this offseason ?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:06 PM)
Here's the thing with Dwight. Dallas is on that list because he said it was one of three places he wanted to live. He never talked about Atlanta. He never talked about Houston. He talked about the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks. He wasn't worried about the cap situation per se, or the quality of the team. At least to my knowledge, that hasn't changed. Perhaps it will as we get to the summer. I still think ultimately he'll remain with the Lakers.
assuming he opts out, resign Mayo or would Redick be a target for sg? think I might opt for JJ, as neither can get their own shot, and Redick doesn't turn it over (and better shooter)
Chuck Cooperstein (3:09 PM)
I don't think either is a starter on a good team. Redick has accepted his role of coming off the bench and being an igniter. Mayo never did that in Memphis, and maybe its just not in his constitution. Neither are guys I'd pay huge money to, but I really like what Redick has become. Not only is he a great shooter, but because he moves so well without the ball, he's a benefit to any style of offense. and your point about the turnovers is very well taken.
Being that Kaman got a DNP-CD in the last game - do you think he deserves to play now that the Playoffs are a super-miracle away? Maybe even play Sarge 20+ minutes with EB giving time at his natural 4 position? I think it is time to rest Matrix as well. Your thoughts?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:12 PM)
Kaman is pretty much a non factor now. He'll be free next year and headed to a different team. Mavs started playing better defense when he was out of the lineup, although he still has some value playing against certain bigs. I wouldn't mind seeing some more minutes from B James since he'll probably be here next year (barring a trade) Why rest Marion? He's still playing at a high level, and clearly Rick Carlisle loves Brand, and his competitiveness.
Hey Coop, I'm not throwing in the towel on this season yet (call me crazy) but I wanna talk about this summer. In your mind is the summer of 2013 makeor break for the Mavs organization going forward?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:14 PM)
I wouldn't say next summer is the be all or end all. The Summer of 14 is slated to be loaded in free agency, much more so than this summer is. The most important thing for the Mavericks right now is to be able to start drafting better because young, cheap and good (Outside of having the true superstar) is the way this league is headed
The trade deadline was uneventful do you think the Mavs could possibly get involved in a draft day trade? Ex: Jamison for D. Harris
Chuck Cooperstein (3:16 PM)
Could see it, although the consensus seems to suggest that this year's draft has more value between picks 8-20 than it does at the very top. Next year with the likelihood of Wiggins, Parker, the Harrison Twins, Randle, et al is the year you want to be at the very top of the draft
Albert G. (EPT)
I also assume Dwight will stay with the Lakers, shouldn't the Mavs go after Nikola Pekovic of the Timberwolves? He's a solid rebounder and is a good defender.
Chuck Cooperstein (3:18 PM)
Pek isn't really a great pick and roll defender or a shot blocker, although he clearly does clog the lane. He's a good rebounder, and has fantastic hands. Curious to see what the market will be.
Coop, if you could fix one thing about the Mavs right now what would it be?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:20 PM)
Improved guard play. Mayo was great for the first 20 games. Collison was great for about 25 games, but neither have been nearly consistent enough. Mavs definitely miss both D West and Fisher just for the toughness they brought to the floor.
Coop other than dwight and cp3 who would you like to see the mavs go after i like al jefferson a big man who is versitile down low and wont get in dirks way, Imn shumpert (via trade of course) a lock own wing defensive player who can also spread the floor, tyreke evans (yes i know he cant shoot) he canconsisantly get in the paint and score and gaurd bigger gaurds like himself. Not big fans of josh smith and or jennings while i think they are good talents i dont see them fitting in with the carlisle and the mavs
Chuck Cooperstein (3:23 PM)
Evans is an interesting case. He really isn't a pure PG, and yet as a rookie averaged better than 20 pts 5 rebs and 5 assists in winning Rookie of the Year. I don't see why you couldn't develop an offense that at times ran through him as either a PG or SF. I think Carlisle is creative enough to come up with something like that. also remember,the Mavs always seem to acquired players that have played well against them. Evans, in 11 games vs Dallas has averaged 19 a game with over 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
since i'm moving on to 2013-2014, I also say we target the grindfather, Tony Allen. Would give the mavs defense, attitude and athleticism. He also shouldn't cost a lot since he is 30+ in age.
Chuck Cooperstein (3:25 PM)
And that last point is why the Mavs might balk on giving him a longer deal. Allen's value comes on a team like Memphis which is mature and has its players roles and futures clearly defined. With the mavs being in a state of flux, his value to them might not be as great
Whose the one free agent this summer, not on the mavs roster now that the mavs have the best chance to sign?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:26 PM)
Can't answer the question. Not like the Mavericks broadcast who their targets are. They do a pretty good job of being on lock down that way
time for anthony marrow in at end of game for OJ?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:27 PM)
I don't think you'll be seeing that, but I do think we'll get more of a look at Morrow here before too long. Got a little bit last night, and there wasn't much there. Also a lot of rust on him because of the hip and back injuries from earlier this year
Coop do you envision the Mavs if all else fails going after Bynum? Certainly a big risk, but is also (when healthy) the game changer the Mavs need
Chuck Cooperstein (3:31 PM)
They might try but I would think Philly would try to keep him. After all, they made the big deal, and given their season, Bynum represents their hope.
Sonos (Spring, CO)
I believe the Mavs are going to a wrong direction, Dirk even mentioned that you can not build a team on hope. So what is Mark all up to?
Chuck Cooperstein (3:32 PM)
He's trying to walk the line of putting a competitive team on the floor for Dirk in his waning years, while at the same time trying to get the team younger amid the realities of the new NBA order. VERY difficult task
Chuck Cooperstein (3:33 PM)
On that note we will wrap it for today. Hope you'll join Brad Davis and me tonight at 7:00 on ESPN Dallas 103.3 for Mavs-Grizzlies, as the Mavs start a stretch of 7 road games in their next 8, against a Grizzlies team that has won 7 straight.