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August 22, 2:31 PM ET
Chat with David Thorpe

David Thorpe
  (12:00 PM)

We're golden. Feels great, too. Boy, did we d up. And yes, The Flash is back. As in all the way back. Good times. "That kid has alligator blood. Always 'check, check' ".

Daniel (San Antonio)

Which team has the best team of trainers in the NBA and what makes them best?

David Thorpe
  (12:01 PM)

I like what they are doing in Golden State. They take such pride in getting their guys to grow their games.

Marcus(Milwaukee,WI)

Hi Thorpe do you think scott Skiles can make the Bucks into a playoff team and will he make Bogut a 20 and 10 player this season and since mo id gone who will start at pg Ramon Sessions or Luke Ridnour.

David Thorpe
  (12:01 PM)

No. Maybe. Ridnour early, Sessions late.

Justin (Ohio)

David, with Coach K's success should the national team look to another college coach for their next coach?

David Thorpe
  (12:02 PM)

Absolutely. Pro coaches have too little time to recharge after their season.

Marsh (StL)

Rounders....great movie! Do you agree these comparisons of the Redeem Team to the Dream Team are a little ridiculous?

David Thorpe
  (12:03 PM)

Rounders!! Yes, absurd.

SteveFitz (Cicero, IL)

RIP Kevin Duckworth.

David Thorpe
  (12:03 PM)

A moment of silence.

Damien (St. John's, Newfoundland)

Hi Coache Thorpe, I was wondering what results you expect from Mo Williams going to Cleveland. Will it finally help their stagnant stand-around offense and help Lebron? Also, any chance of you doing some podcasts sometime? Thanks!

David Thorpe
  (12:04 PM)

Newfoundland in the house!! That's a first I think. I think he'll be part of a better offense there. As for podcasts, Chad Ford normally calls me when he exhausts all his a and b lists.

Aaron (Richmond, VA)

Is Dowdell working with you again this summer? Any chance he catches on somewhere?

David Thorpe
  (12:05 PM)

We didn't see him this summer. Heard he's headed back to Europe.

Tyler (St. Louis, MO)

What effect will a change of scenery (and Stan Van's coaching) have on Mickeal Pietrus? Will he ever reach his potential?

David Thorpe
  (12:05 PM)

SVG is great at getting the most from his guys. I expect the same for MP.

Daniel (San Antonio)

Any insight to Manu's injury and likely course of rehab?

David Thorpe
  (12:06 PM)

None. I'm a coach, not a medical trainer.

Steve, Cleveland

Can you expand on "he'll be part of a better offense"? What does Mo Williams do for the Cavaliers, and how many more wins can he bring them? And can Mike Brown get him to play some defense?

David Thorpe
  (12:06 PM)

He can score in traffic and is a good shooter. He can carry the offense some as well when Bron is resting.

Mike (Ohio)

Aside from having the worst pre-shot foul shooting routine I've seen, what do you see Marc Gasol doing in the NBA?

David Thorpe
  (12:07 PM)

Check out my rookie report.

rawls: (NYC NY)

thorpe-sauce, is it just me...or did melo not play any D at all in beijing? seems like boozer languished on the bench because he can't guard his own mom...but, neither can melo. what gives?

David Thorpe
  (12:08 PM)

Excellent point. But Melo served a better role on offense.

Mike Sarantos (Brooklyn, NYC)

Why is Argentina ranked number one in the world fiba rankings after the Olympics if the US beat them by 20 and won the gold!!

David Thorpe
  (12:08 PM)

I'm not sure how official those ranking are.

Jason, Virginia

Do you think Coach K with take his chances at the NBA in the future?

David Thorpe
  (12:08 PM)

No.

Nicky KGB (NJ)

What do you think of the Nets decision to send all of their bigs (Lopez/Anderson/Boone/Williams) and CDR to the big man development camp? Has a team ever sent such a large selection of players to a development camp like that before?

David Thorpe
  (12:09 PM)

I think you are paying too much attention.

Yalina (Yauco, Puerto Rico)

I thought the Suns were high on Strawberry being the next Raja Bell. What happened to him?

David Thorpe
  (12:10 PM)

It's a mystery to me. I was really impressed with him in Vegas.

Chris (Yonkers, NY)

Thorpe: Did you watch the gold medal game live, or did you TIVO? What did u think of it?

David Thorpe
  (12:10 PM)

DVR. Great stuff. Spain played really well in the spots they needed to.

Ben (MN)

Help me out, Thorpe! I often find myself thinking about (and second guessing) my shooting form when I practice, but when I play in a game and stop thinking I'm money. Any tips on how to clear my mind while practicing?

David Thorpe
  (12:11 PM)

Just trust it. Focus on the whole flow.

Jeff, Holland

Dave, Why is it that in international play Europeans have the reputation as physical, but when the come to the NBA they are known as soft?

David Thorpe
  (12:12 PM)

Because we are reading American writers covering an American league.

Charles (Orlando)

Thorpe, what did you think of Rubio? Isn't the Pistol Pete comparison a little premature for a kid who's not a good scorer?

David Thorpe
  (12:13 PM)

Do you think Pistol would have scored a lot when he was 17, playing with the top men from his country, and against the world's best men? Check out Ricky's stats against kids his own age.

Alex ( Portland, OR )

On a sad note what is your reaction to the sudden death of Kevin Duckworth?

David Thorpe
  (12:15 PM)

I suffered through a 3 week period last year with a cancer issue. I learned how precious every day is. I hope Kevin enjoyed every moment of his life. We never know when our last breath is coming.

Chris (Orlando, FL)

Mr. Thorpe, how impressed were you with Dwyane Wade's performances in the Olympics, weren't you one of the guys questioning his spot on the squad..hmm?? And how far will the Heat go this season with Wade playing at the level he is right now?

David Thorpe
  (12:16 PM)

You obviously have not been reading my work. So now you have some serious reading to do.

Charles (Orlando)

I know his stats. 50+ points, quadruple-double, etc. However, Pistol Pete avg 40+ ppg in college. Rubio will be 18 in 2 months. There's no way he could score like that if he went to college.

David Thorpe
  (12:16 PM)

Not if the colleges he was playing had guys as good as Kobe and Bron and Wade!!

Hayden (Logan,UT)

Is Boozer going overseas? Please say you dont think so.

David Thorpe
  (12:17 PM)

I don't think so.

david (tallahassee)

coach, prettiest jumper... Walter Davis, or World B.Free?

David Thorpe
  (12:17 PM)

Ben Gordon.

Tom (Toledo, OH)

Why does everyone think that DWade was the most important player on Team USA? LeBron did everything, score, rebound, pass, and defend. All Wade had to do when he came in was score and be aggressive on D (which he did do really well, but still). It seems to me that people are really hesistant to give LeBron any credit at all, perhaps b/c he is so hyped up all the time. But to say that he was the 3rd most valuable player (behind DWade and Kobe) is ridulous!!!

David Thorpe
  (12:18 PM)

I thought Wade and Bron were our best players, overall. Then Kobe and Bosh.

RW Seattle

What is going to happen with Ben Gordon? Bull or trade? If trade who could be the teams involved?

David Thorpe
  (12:19 PM)

Unless and until his side is willing to take less than what they claim is his bottom line, nothing will happen.

Eric (Detroit, Michigan)

So who do you like for the 2012 olympic team? Think Rodney Stuckey has a realistic shot?

David Thorpe
  (12:20 PM)

No. But ask me again when he starts getting 25+ mins for Detroit.

John (Miami, FL)

Will the Heat make the play-offs this year with a core consisting of Chalmers, Wade, Marion, Beasley, and a ? for a big..what are your thoughts?

David Thorpe
  (12:21 PM)

I think they can be a very surprising team. Their new coach is going to be really good, and Wade is just so special. Still, a hole at center and pg is scary for anyone.

Joe Zimmer (ND)

Why do the forgein playes shoot the running jumper and American players never shoot it?

David Thorpe
  (12:21 PM)

Plenty of Americans shoot it.

Dan (NY)

Lays down a monster! DT, how do you think Miles will do in Boston?

David Thorpe
  (12:22 PM)

Well, you shouldn't have been eating those Oreos! I don't see a future for him in Boston.

George (LA)

David, I really believe with another Big man like Bynum or Oden in the mix this team will crush the original Dream Team, that team back in 92 was old aside from MJ & Barkley, Malone, Magic. This team is not as bad as everyone is making it out to be.

David Thorpe
  (12:23 PM)

Just remember, this team's strongest suit was forcing turnovers, but the Dreamsrs had Magic and MJ controlling the ball.

Bob, Denver

Coach...Five(!!) ACL tears for the Gators this camp? Any chance they can still grab the BCS crown?

David Thorpe
  (12:25 PM)

Five?!! My two brothers normally keep me better informed. Still, with TT and Percy, the Gators may average 40+ a game.

rick (summit,ms)

but magic never had to play against this level of defense

David Thorpe
  (12:25 PM)

Right. Those Detroit Bad Boys never really defended much.

Harry Olas

Ben Gordon over the Greyhound!!?? Can you be banned from your own chat?

David Thorpe
  (12:26 PM)

No. Can someone look up their perimeter shooting numbers for me?

oakland ca

i think espn needs to have a show just on high school basktball what u think

David Thorpe
  (12:26 PM)

Ugh.

Cosmo (Anytown, USA)

"I caught a hanger, Sarge." What do you think of the job Stefanski is doing with the Sixers?

David Thorpe
  (12:27 PM)

Full house. Maybe a straight flush.

Ted, The SLC

Don't forget, Stockton could handle the rock as well.

David Thorpe
  (12:27 PM)

Oops. Right you are.

Jason (Brooklyn)

THOOORRPPEE! You're back! Wednesday just jumped up a notch!

David Thorpe
  (12:28 PM)

Beem here for weeks my man!!

Benny: (Indianapolis)

Who will get the starting job at center, Foster, Rasho, or Hibbert?

David Thorpe
  (12:28 PM)

Rasho today. I like Hibbert tomorrow.

nate (omaha)

Kobe can score and defend, but Wade/LBJ are the best all around players on the planet, right now.

David Thorpe
  (12:29 PM)

I agree, but the differences are microscopic.

Kerry (Atlanta, GA)

Is King James Moving to Europe?

David Thorpe
  (12:29 PM)

Negative.

Charles (Orlando)

Knicks question (try not to laugh): Will MD and Walsh right the ship?

David Thorpe
  (12:30 PM)

Yes.

Daniel (San Antonio)

Dave, you're just an old guy living in the past about the Dream Team. you probably think Babe Ruth would be a great player today too.

David Thorpe
  (12:31 PM)

Indeed. And if the Babe grew up in the 90's, I'd guess he'd be awesome now.

Patty (LA, CA)

David, The lack of a low post game beyond the dunk for Dwight Howard, seemed to really make him struggle on Team USA - he just didn't look good, though I'm sure that will change. Many are saying Greg Oden should be on the next team, but I'm thinking Andrew Bynum along with Howard is the better choice, given Andrew's far more extensive low post game and sheer size. What are your thoughts?

David Thorpe
  (12:31 PM)

I think we should see how they develop over the next 2 years and then decide.

MC Welk (SLC)

Davis: 51% FG but only 27% from 3. Gordon: 43% FG, 41% 3s

David Thorpe
  (12:31 PM)

Yup.

Josh Schmidt

If Wade brings the Heat to the playoffs and goes crazy like he did in the Olympics, you think he should get MVP or MVP will go to someone else?

David Thorpe
  (12:32 PM)

I think they'd have to win 45+ games for him to have a chance.

Tom (Cleveland)

Don't let that MSG bleep up your head, Thorpe. Let's wait till Wade plays 82 games before we crown him the best. He still puts down his head and goes flailing towards the hoop on every other possession. INJURY PRONE.

David Thorpe
  (12:33 PM)

You are right. I think, when healthy, he's in the top 2. But staying healthy is a true concern for this unofficial ranking.

Eddie (Fresno)

Do you thhink Mark Cuban is regretting that trade for Kidd? It was sad watching him in the Olympics.

David Thorpe
  (12:33 PM)

Yes.

Clement(Phils)

If ever Ricky Rubio plays in the NBA, which team will his game fit in? I think the Orlando Magic might benefit more with him playing alongside the Turkman and Dwight Howie?

David Thorpe
  (12:34 PM)

He's going top 3, so it only matters which of those 3 teams need a pg.

Brandon (Sacramento)

Reports say that Baron Davis wants in on the 2012 Olympics. Any chance for him?

David Thorpe
  (12:35 PM)

Little.

Jazz Maniac

I know you were high on Ronnie Brewer last year. What do you expect from him this season?

David Thorpe
  (12:35 PM)

Better shooting, or a smaller role.

nate (omaha)

What NBA agent(s) would you allow to represent your son?

David Thorpe
  (12:35 PM)

More than you'd guess.

sean( MA)

how about al horford as a big on the next team? i feel he should be mentioned along with a bynum and oden who has yet to play a pro game. he has expressed interest in getting the necesary paperwork in to be a US citizen

David Thorpe
  (12:36 PM)

I'd love to see him help his own country. They are getting more serious about hoops.

Seattle Fan

Don't give me a wise guy response... cuz I'm serious. What team should I root for next year? You get to pick.

David Thorpe
  (12:37 PM)

Just start watching games and see where your heart leads you.

Phil (sterling, IL)

what do you think about the Blazers reportedly offering Pryz and Travis Outlaw for Hinrich?

David Thorpe
  (12:38 PM)

Kirk would upgrade their d.

Tom (Cleveland)

What do you think about hiring a permanent full-time national coach?

David Thorpe
  (12:38 PM)

a coach without players makes little sense.

Beasley (Miami, FL)

Will I win ROY this upcoming season, and will I flourish playing alongside D-Wade?

David Thorpe
  (12:39 PM)

You should be right there, if you learn how to be a pro.

David Behboudi

All year i heard Celtic players preach about how great Tom Thibodeau defensive scheme was. I was wondering what he was doing that was so effective? I know some might argue that Garnett was the key to the scheme however even when he was out do to injury they performed very well. Also, if you look at the teams Thibodeau has been with they have all done very well defensively. What's the formula?

David Thorpe
  (12:40 PM)

he did a great job of selling a gameplan to his guys, then helping them to execute it possession by possession.

Cullen (Atlanta, GA)

Hey Dave Did the Suns give up on DJ Strawberry too early?

David Thorpe
  (12:41 PM)

In my eyes, yes.

Tyler (Detroit)

Now that J.R. Smith has seem to matured somewhat do you think this guy could be a future all-star or even superstar in this league?

David Thorpe
  (12:42 PM)

Ask me in March, when I can actually observe this "maturity".

Nick (Syracuse, NY)

Dave the DOMINATOR!!! please tell me there is some truth to NY and MEM thinking about a trade involving Randolph...who do you think NY would get back and what could we expect?

David Thorpe
  (12:43 PM)

I've heard the rumblings, but know nothing of the discussions.

Steve, Chicago

Why do you so frequently give ambiguous answers? The guy asked for what the C's were doing that was so effective, and you spout of some useless coach-speak

David Thorpe
  (12:45 PM)

Sorry. Many players don't buy in to playing defense every possession. he got Boston to do that, then helped them execute their strategy each time down the floor. He was the little guy standing up next to the bench screaming at his players. They did as he asked more often than not. Understand?

Ariel (Albany, NY)

Can stephon Marbury help any NBA team?

David Thorpe
  (12:45 PM)

No.

Matt Anchorage

David, is coaching basketball more of an art or a science?

David Thorpe
  (12:47 PM)

Here's a line from Mike Moreau (who knows more about basketball than anyone in this chat room, including me. "Football is military precision, baseball is math and angles, basketball is jazz". Perfect description.

David Thorpe
  (12:47 PM)

I don't know if he made that line up, or was quoting someone else, by the way.

Jackson (IA)

In the game of life, women are the rake...

David Thorpe
  (12:48 PM)

Sure, to a loser like 'Worm".

Steven (Toronto)

I coach a boys HS basketball team which gets going next week. Is it better to run practice before or after school?

David Thorpe
  (12:49 PM)

I liked to mix it up. Try 6 am practices on Saturday, it helps to ensure early Friday nights and keeps them from trouble.

Joe (Portsmouth)

Funny quote, given that the Jazz run most like a military unit of any team in the game (and do pretty well at it!!!).

David Thorpe
  (12:49 PM)

Almost ironic.

Jesse (San Antonio)

NBA Live or NBA 2K?

David Thorpe
  (12:50 PM)

I've never played either. But we got a Wii for my twins 7th b-day. What hoops game would be best for them?

Justin (Ohio)

What did you think about parents in Connecticut wanting the 9 year old not being able to play Little League. What a nation of sissys we are raising.

David Thorpe
  (12:51 PM)

Shocking. Failure and disappointment are 2 of our best teachers. And motivators.

Hayden (Logan,UT)

6am saturday practice?? Sig Hail!! Thats lame, ya gotta let your kids have fun and play or else they will resent you and probably quit.

David Thorpe
  (12:52 PM)

Depends on the kids.

Ariel (Albany, NY)

Does Coach D'Antoni deserve any credit for the gold medal?

David Thorpe
  (12:52 PM)

I'd think so.

Jim (Boston, MA)

What kind of players can Giddens, O'Bryant, and Walker become in the NBA as far as you know right now?

David Thorpe
  (12:53 PM)

I'm down on all 3.

Dan (Houston)

Do Artest and crew have a chance at winning the Western Conference?

David Thorpe
  (12:53 PM)

Of course.

Joe (Charlotte, NC)

The Suns seem to be putting together a solid offseason. Is there any chance this team can surprise some people this year?

David Thorpe
  (12:54 PM)

I think yes, surprisingly bad.

Eric, Houston

Does Al jefferson make the all star game this season?

David Thorpe
  (12:54 PM)

Yes.

Tenorca (SF CA)

Thorepetto: I asked already, but I hear Rob Kurz is over with you guys at IMG. He's got a camp invite with the Warriors, so I'm curious: What do you think of him?

David Thorpe
  (12:55 PM)

Been here for 2 weeks. I love him. Shoot it extremely well-maybe the best I've had here. More agile and athletic than people think. It will be tough for him to make that team, but just as hard to cut him. He's a special kid.

abe(mn)

Does Kevin Love have any shot at ROY?

David Thorpe
  (12:56 PM)

30+ minutes and some good production= a real ROY chance. So, yes.

Chris (LA)

Is it possible the Bulls regain their form that won 49 games?

David Thorpe
  (12:57 PM)

Yes, but it won't be easy. 42-45 is more likely.

Steven (Toronto)

Have you happened to see JO at all this summer? Apparently he's been in Vegas training for months now.

David Thorpe
  (12:58 PM)

I've heard good things, though the idea of tough training and "Vegas" seem oxymoronish.

Brian (Orlando, FL)

If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker.

David Thorpe
  (12:59 PM)

I know the feeling, from both perspectives.

justin (miami)

Every time you throw Wade's name out as one of the top 3 players in the league you get destroyed for it in this chat. Feeling any vindication today?

David Thorpe
  (1:00 PM)

No. I've been coaching for 24 years. I'm wrong plenty of times, but on this topic the evidence is so clear.

reg memphis

David, what would you recommend to help lose weight. I've started running recently and watching what food I eat. Anything else.

David Thorpe
  (1:01 PM)

Get active early each day. Start your engine running hot. Avoid naps, or if you take one, get another quick workout in. And get good sleep each night.

David Thorpe
  (1:02 PM)

Be well everyone!! See you next week.