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December 6, 7:42 AM ET
Chat with David Thorpe

David Thorpe
  (12:00 PM)

Back from Chicago and a trip to the beach for a 2 day timeout with my wife. Ready to dig into the NBA again. Let's get to it. "Oh yea, oh yea". (say it really fast)

Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

Do you think the Cavs have the pieces in place to make a serious run at the title. i know that they have a good record to start the season but there are alot of games left.

David Thorpe
  (12:01 PM)

I do, but I'd feel better with one more big that can shoot.

Dan (Buffalo, NY)

Thorpedo, The Cavs will win 62 gaems this season and beat out Boston for homecourt while LeBron wins the MVP.

David Thorpe
  (12:01 PM)

My 8 ball said something similar today.

BRAD MILLER (KINGS PRACTICE FACILITY)

Dave, When am I getting traded? What should I pack in my suitcase...winter clothes or beach attire?

David Thorpe
  (12:02 PM)

I'd guess winter clothees, but for today, relax and enjoy the win over LA.

Shaq-Tastic (Cactus-Ville)

I ain't dead yet...

David Thorpe
  (12:02 PM)

Old guys have always been able to put together great games here and there.

Pat (Cleveland)

Hey Thorpedo! Getting valuable minutes with all the blowouts, How do you think JJ Hickson and Darnell Jackdon would be come playoff time?

David Thorpe
  (12:03 PM)

I'm a big JJ fan. Jackson not as much. But depending on 2 rookies come playoff time is awfully risky.

Paul (Chicago)

Did you envision b/f the season started that D. Rose would adjust to the NBA game so quickly and smoothly? I have Rose as the second best PG in the East only behind Devin Harris. Lastly, will Rose be an All-Star this season barring injury? Thanks...

David Thorpe
  (12:05 PM)

I didn't expect him to be the focus of the offense, since Kirk was supposedly really ready. And Rose is definitely behind Rondo too. And Caldreron.

Pat (Berkley, MA)

Was last night's game evidence that the Laker's may be too reliant on outside shooting? If they can't create easy shots against the Kings how do they plan on doing it against the Cavs or Celts when two of that trio inevitably meet in the finals?

David Thorpe
  (12:05 PM)

I think the Kings were sky high and LA was just super flat. Don't panic.

Tyler (St. Louis, Mo.)

Is there any actual advantage to being a left-handed shooter?

David Thorpe
  (12:05 PM)

No.

Ray (Chicago)

David, I love me my Bulls and I read everything about them. I know you came here last week, and since then Deng has been scoring better and playing fantastic defense. What's up?

David Thorpe
  (12:07 PM)

He's everything right about the NBA. Very coachable and a sponge for knowledge. We talked about being more active on d, more acountable to his teammates. He had just 4 blocks going into last week, now has 7 in a week. That's a locked in dude.

nick (Evansville Indiana)

are you sick of KG's "passion" yet? When will they start calling taunting?

David Thorpe
  (12:07 PM)

No, never, never.

Courtney Lee (Orlando, FL)

Time for me to move up in your rookie rankings, don't ya think? If not this year, by this time next year, I'll be averaging 15 pts, 3 boards, 5 assists, and about a bajillion steals.

David Thorpe
  (12:08 PM)

I'm impressed, yes.

Kevin (OC)

Am I really stuck with watching Mike Dunleavy's clueless expressions for another two seasons? Serenity now!

David Thorpe
  (12:08 PM)

Ouch babe.

Stan Van Gundy (Orlando, FL)

Chad Ford said I don't deserve Coach of the Year honors because my team isn't impressive. Do you agree?

David Thorpe
  (12:08 PM)

No.

Marcel Mansour (Los Angeles, CA)

Is Dwight Howard really at the same level as Wilt and Shaq? He may have good regular season numbers but when he's matched up with 7 footers in the playoffs his performances fall off? Remember when Sheed was defending him last spring?

David Thorpe
  (12:09 PM)

He's not in either players level right now. No way.

Will J (Portland, OR)

Do you think Brandon Roy can ever win the MVP award, or does he just not fill the stat colum enough?

David Thorpe
  (12:09 PM)

I've suggested he'll be a Finals MVP, but not a league one.

Coach Lawrence Frank (NJ)

Did someone mention Coach of the Year? I thought I heard my name.

David Thorpe
  (12:09 PM)

You have my vote!!

Dan (FL)

What about it's harder for right-handed players to guard left-handed shooters?

David Thorpe
  (12:10 PM)

Maybe in middle school.

RJ (Oxnard,Ca)

Cleveland ROCKS! I think we are going to witness a Lakers Cavs finals rather than Lakers Celtics finals. Your thoughts Thorpe?

David Thorpe
  (12:11 PM)

Coin flip, barring injuries, between Cavs and Boston.

Jason (NYC)

What's your take on the Larry Hughes this year? Is he just on a hot streak or has he significantly improved his jumper?

David Thorpe
  (12:11 PM)

Hot streak, and no conscience.

Rob (Chicago)

Has Larry Hughes always been such a selfish player? How can you coach a player who insists on taking shots "outside the offensive." More times than not, after he gets a defensive rebound, he dribbles into the front court and launches a bad shot. I just can't take it anymore.

David Thorpe
  (12:11 PM)

Yes, it's very difficult to watch.

Eric (Long Island, NY)

Thorpie... how good do you think Wilson Chandler can be? He seems to be on the cusp. He's very good.

David Thorpe
  (12:12 PM)

I don't love him.

Chris Bosh, Toronto

Feels like a trade is imminent.. Who can the Raptors possibly bring in to help me out? (Because if they don't do anything, they can start printing the "LBJ + CB4 = New banner at MSG" T-shirts).

David Thorpe
  (12:12 PM)

I've said repeatedly that Linas Kleiza is the guy there for Toronto.

Julius(Springfield,MASS

With the champs on a record pace right now whats teams can beat the celtics in the playoffs OUT OF THE EAST? Are the lakers better than celtics?

David Thorpe
  (12:13 PM)

One, the Lakers are in the west. Cavs seem the only possibility from the east.

Chris, Toronto

David, please tell me why Luke Ridnour plays so much over Ramon Sessions?

David Thorpe
  (12:14 PM)

I wonder the same thing.

David Thorpe
  (12:15 PM)

But let me say, for the record, that I absolutely loved going to a game there last week, despite the snowy car ride from Chicago. Great atmosphere inside, great Jazz band, and I even loved the Simon Sez guy.

G (Miami, FL)

Dave, are you impressed with Mario Chalmers? IMO he is the Heat's REAL draft pick this year.

David Thorpe
  (12:15 PM)

I am.

chad oakland

do you see the bulls making the playoffs? winning a series maybe?

David Thorpe
  (12:16 PM)

Not as presently constructed. I still see selfish players on offense. They are a hard team to watch. There is talent there, to be sure.

Younger (Los Angeles, CA)

Can you comment on KG as a leader? I love KG and I'm a Laker fan. It was classic seeing Big Baby cry after he was scolded by KG. I personally think he is the best leader in the NBA.

David Thorpe
  (12:17 PM)

You are probably right, just behind Tebow as the best leader in sports.

Duncan (NY, NY)

I was the fastest guy in Mr. Bevalaqua's class, no matter what Jerry says. Who is the fastest guy in the league right now? parker?

David Thorpe
  (12:17 PM)

Barbosa maybe? or Ariza.

david, Austin, Texas

Hi. David. I have read your rookie report and saw you ranked George Hill of the Spurs very high at #3. Some ppl think that's too high on the list. How would you respond to that? I know he played pretty good in the absence of Manu and Tony and had put very impressive games together but some ppl might say that was just a fluke for a very short stretch. Plus, how do you think he will do now that he won't get as many minutes as he used to as Manu and Tony came back? BTW, there are some Spurs fans who think his dribbling skill is pretty bad as a guard. What is your take on that(this is the one I really want your take the most)? If you can, can you verbalize his BB skill sets and level as a guard from what you have observed?

David Thorpe
  (12:18 PM)

He's a good driver and finisher. Sure he can improve his handle, and I'm sure he will.

Paul (Chicago)

D-Man please teach Ben Gordon how to dribble a basketball without always turning it over!!!!!!! He makes me cringe everytime he starts dribbling the ball.....

David Thorpe
  (12:18 PM)

I prefer his dribbling to his passing.

Al (Chicago)

Fastest 94 foot guy in the league is still LeBron.

David Thorpe
  (12:19 PM)

Perhaps. Rondo is a jet too.

Rondo

I'd run circles around those guys. Am i going to the all-star game?

David Thorpe
  (12:19 PM)

Probably.

jimmy cleveland

it's easy to grin when ...spalding get your foot off the boat. any chance lebron let's this team get smug.

David Thorpe
  (12:20 PM)

Probably not.

Al (DC)

Why doesn't Mo Williams get more love after being the key reason the Cavs are playing incredible basketball. He's never in the All Star or Top PGs in the Eastern Conference conversations. My guy's getting overlooked.

David Thorpe
  (12:20 PM)

The key reason? Or a nice 2nd/3rd option?

Devin Harris (NJ)

I'm so fast I was in the conversation and left before anyone noticed.

David Thorpe
  (12:21 PM)

Good point.

Derrick (Toronto)

Most likely to be coaching by start of 09-10?: Eddie Jordan, Flip Saunders, Avery Johnson, Jeff Van Gundy or Sam Mitchell.

David Thorpe
  (12:21 PM)

Jordan.

Brad (SLC)

If Boozer leaves the Jazz, can Millsap step into a starter's role and really contribute?

David Thorpe
  (12:21 PM)

Yes.

JJ Redick (Orlando)

David, i'm depressed. That rookie stole my job. Why does the world hate me?

David Thorpe
  (12:22 PM)

You had lots of chances this year JJ.

Jameer Nelson

Am I going to the all star game? LOL But really, I'm playing pretty good, and more importantly, pretty consistent don't you think?

David Thorpe
  (12:22 PM)

I do.

Paul (Trenton, NJ)

Mo Cheeks. Does he figure this out or is he one of the next coaches fired?

David Thorpe
  (12:22 PM)

Let's just say his realtor is happy.

Brian (Boston, MA)

Chris Duhon looks like a great pick up at the moment. Or, do you think his stats are inflated because of the system he plays in? Will he regress to backup status when the Knicks pick up a "real" point guard?

David Thorpe
  (12:23 PM)

I think he'll be a nice backup and an important part of a good team down the road.

Peyton Manning (IN)

*coughing...um best leader in sports

David Thorpe
  (12:23 PM)

Tebow would kick your Volunteer butt.

Brian (Orlando)

Your pick for Heisman trophy winner...

David Thorpe
  (12:23 PM)

Need you ask?

Bob (Oakland, CA)

Is Philly just experiencing growing pains with Brand or will this grouping simply not work as constituted? Oh, and remember, it's not a lie if you believe it.

David Thorpe
  (12:24 PM)

Definitely growing pains. It takes time to adjust to a true post presence.

Younger (Los Angeles, CA)

What is wrong with the Raptors? This team has plenty of talent but looks horrible. Do you think they will fix things starting today against the Pacers?

David Thorpe
  (12:25 PM)

Soft. I've heard great things about Triano.

John Paxson (Chicago)

What do you think it will take for me to get Amare from Phx. Maybe Hughes, Thomas, and my 2010 first round pick.

David Thorpe
  (12:25 PM)

Your not even close yet.

Danny Ferry, Cleveland, OH-IO

should i make a roster move to add a big man even thought the CAVS are laying nightly smack downs on opponents?

David Thorpe
  (12:25 PM)

Yes. June is different than December.

Victor (San Juan, PR)

Is JJ Barea a poor man's AI?

David Thorpe
  (12:26 PM)

More like a poor man's Arroya.

get at the kid

stop doin chats...just let adande take your place hes way better

David Thorpe
  (12:26 PM)

He's too busy to do more than one a week. You're stuck with me.

Stephen Curry

Any chance I play with my boy Lebron in the NBA?

David Thorpe
  (12:27 PM)

I doubt you fall that far.

Chuck (Los Angeles)

If you can coach one team this season, which team would it be and why?

David Thorpe
  (12:28 PM)

OKC (though I wouldn't want to replace my friend Scotty Brooks). It's fun turning around bad teams.

Tom Brady (Foxboro, MA)

Stop right now. Everyone knows I am the best leader in sports.

David Thorpe
  (12:29 PM)

I've heard the same thing.

Mike ( Alaska)

No way Dave, your much more efficient. Adande talks so much that he gets to only like 10 to 15 questions

David Thorpe
  (12:29 PM)

Hard doing chats in between taping tv shows!!

Kevin Durant

Why did I have to pretend to be a shooting guard my entire rookie season?

David Thorpe
  (12:30 PM)

I really don't know.

Mike

So who would the Bulls have to give up for Amare?

David Thorpe
  (12:30 PM)

Rose and Deng. Still interested?

Darin (Nashville, TN)

BTW- If you haven't already, check out Miles Davis Quintet Complete Columbia Studio Sessions 1965-1968

David Thorpe
  (12:31 PM)

Thanks. I'm getting the dual biography on him and Coltrane just released.

Goodie (Tampa)

Ok... Does Lebron have a chance to be the best ever? 6'10 and 270 and covers ground like he does... are you kidding me?

David Thorpe
  (12:32 PM)

He does. In 10 years, it's possible that the "Jordan, Magic, Bird, Kareem" club starts with "LeBron".

Alex (Bay Area)

Was Air Bud more realistic than Teen Wolf?

David Thorpe
  (12:33 PM)

Not sure. I've seen some pretty wolfie looking dudes in my time, but they rarely played basketball.

Cody (Utah)

Any word on Fesenko? Permanant fixture at the end of the bench until he returns to Europe?

David Thorpe
  (12:33 PM)

That would be my guess.

Gavin (Chicago)

The debate before the draft was Rose or Beasley. However, do you think the Heat made a mistake by not taking Mayo instead of Beasley?

David Thorpe
  (12:33 PM)

No.

Jay Triano (Toronto)

How do you see Linus Kleiza helping our team?

David Thorpe
  (12:33 PM)

Great shooter and hugely tough.

Maikl: (Würzburg, Germany)

Hi Thorpedo. Do you think it is possible for Dirk to win a championship? i know, they are not contenders right now, but could a trade make it happen? or do you think, too much has happened (consecutive first round exits) and Dirk and the Mavs need to move on

David Thorpe
  (12:35 PM)

he might yet win one, sure. But probably not on this Dallas team.

Gurshan (Toronto)

Thorpedo, long time fan. You have any drills that emphasize moving w/o the ball. What about 3 on 3 on one side of the court and then incorporating the other two guys after?

David Thorpe
  (12:36 PM)

Sure. Practice passing and cutting without defenders for a week or so. Just simple 2 man stuff. Then keep adding an offensive player and do the same thing. Ultimately start adding defenders too. Build the habit of moving to be a receiver.

Bulls Fan

Dirk for Deng, Gordon or Noah and 1st rounder work for you?

David Thorpe
  (12:37 PM)

Sure,, but not if I was speaking as a Dallas fan.

Bob (AZ)

Amare doesn't want to be here. Trade him while we can.

David Thorpe
  (12:37 PM)

It might happen.

Kevin Durant

Please come coach us then.

David Thorpe
  (12:37 PM)

I love your guy. You will too.

Stephon Marbuy (New York, NY)

What's my future looking like?

David Thorpe
  (12:38 PM)

Just like your past. Lots of self-made drama.

hector (irving)

who in the west has a shot at eliminating the lakers in the playoffs

David Thorpe
  (12:38 PM)

Utah. Houston. Spurs.

Paul (Chicago)

Dave u on adderall?? you might be going for the most answered questions in history.

David Thorpe
  (12:38 PM)

No chance. I did 110 once or twice.

Jimbo (MPLS)

Is Popovich a hall of fame coach??

David Thorpe
  (12:39 PM)

Your risking a ban Jimbo.

Ryan (Cleveland)

Does Mike Brown deserve more credit? He has always been defense-minded, but it looks like the Cavs' offensive playbook has opened up a lot this year.

David Thorpe
  (12:39 PM)

Good call.

Reggie Theus (Sacramento, CA)

How many more games did I buy myself last night?

David Thorpe
  (12:40 PM)

I hope the rest of the season. Not sure what firing you accomplishes.

Ben (Baltimore)

I have a theory: Otis Smith is actually trying to slowly wreck Dwight Howard's life. It's the only explanation I can think of for his apparent refusal to sign a single competent rebounder to put next to him and make his life easier. Please tell me I'm wrong.

David Thorpe
  (12:40 PM)

I think SVG likes putting 4 shooters around him.

Eric (Syracuse, New York)

Do you know any good weight lifting programs for a basketball player? There is a nice gym near my home but our team never lifts together and to be honest I'm a little clueless.

David Thorpe
  (12:41 PM)

Hit me in my mailbag and I'll hook you up with our specialists at the PTC.

Adam brooklyn

I can't stand you, man..Lebron has nowhere near the basketball moves and toughness and greatness of Jordan..He is a great athlete, who is babied by refs and the media.Joprdan not only was a great athlete but he had great skillful moves that Lebron does not have..Mike is also a much more clutch shooter..Dude, Wade is better than 'Bron

David Thorpe
  (12:41 PM)

Adam, check with me in 10 years.

jordan (watertown)

do you think mchale made the right desicion going into coaching

David Thorpe
  (12:42 PM)

No.

Mike (Minneapolis)

How many questions about Minnesota have you ignored? You really have NO opinion about the coaching change they made this week?

David Thorpe
  (12:42 PM)

Not really. Maybe they'll play better and it will be deemed smart.

Kevin: (Toledo)

Who is the worst player on a NBA roster right now?

David Thorpe
  (12:43 PM)

Scalabrine?

Cullen (Atlanta)

I coach a team who need some work on their mental and physical toughness. Are there any drills you can do to work on this, or is it just a matter of them needing to grown into this?

David Thorpe
  (12:44 PM)

Yes, if they're in high school, no if they're not. Let them play a game of 3 on 3 with no fouls being called. See who survives. No biting or punching.

Ethan (Austin, TX)

It is incredible to me that people describe LeBron as lacking in skill. When did passing stop mattering? His court vision and unselfishness is incredible in his physical package.

David Thorpe
  (12:45 PM)

Some people are just blind, figuratively speaking.

Will J (Portland, OR)

Thorpedo, how good of a coach do you think Nate McMillan is? Top 10? Top 5?

David Thorpe
  (12:45 PM)

Top 15.

JIM, Birmingham

Last night's performance by Josh Smith ranks up there as one of the top 2-3 as far as being the sole reason for a player losing a game for his team. I know he's only 23, what in the world can he do to be more consistent. He has all the talent in the world, but last night's performance really made me wonder if he's going to develop any further!!!

David Thorpe
  (12:46 PM)

I've often wondered the same thing.

Carlos (San Antonio)

Thorpester!!!! Hey man what do you think about this Spurs team, do you think they will start to click once the season get's deeper. I think as long as we have Duncan, Parker, and Manu..not to mention a sick bearded coach we might have a chance this year! your take?

David Thorpe
  (12:46 PM)

I still see them as the team to beat in the west, come June.

David (Houston, TX)

Who is the best coach not in the league right now? ...what about current college coaches?

David Thorpe
  (12:47 PM)

My friend Stan Jones at Florida State is a natural NBA guy. Sean Miller at Xavier might be the most underrated coach in America.

Andy (Denver)

Is there a bigger headcase in the NBA than JR Smith? Crazy talent and crazy brain -- what gives?

David Thorpe
  (12:47 PM)

here's your answer...

Stephon Marbury

Anyone need a talented, unreliable, slightly crazy point guard?

David Thorpe
  (12:47 PM)

:)

Martin (LA, CA)

Simmons had a marathon chat last year for like 7 hours, I think that was the record for questions answered. But you can break it in 3 hours

David Thorpe
  (12:48 PM)

But it would also break the "least amount of traffic" record.

Charlie (Bored at work)

How come the NBA doesn't have meetings like baseball (Winter Meetings)? Can you imagine "Summer Meetings" where GM's meet and discuss trades and signings?

David Thorpe
  (12:49 PM)

They have that. It's called the pre-draft camp and summer leagues.

Espurvoa(San Antonio)

If you were starting a franchise today and had to choose Tim Dunca or Kevin Garnett who would it be??? GO!!!!!

David Thorpe
  (12:49 PM)

KG, only due to age.

nick(brooklyn, ny)

earlier u mentioned lebron might be in the jordan, magic, bird, kareem group in 10 years, by you not mentioning kobe in there, im guessing you dont think he will be?

David Thorpe
  (12:49 PM)

No.

Neil (Chicago)

Should the Bulls play at a much faster rate instead of trying to mix half court sets?

David Thorpe
  (12:50 PM)

I think they are 5th in pace already. Can someone check?

Will J (Portland, OR)

So which NBA writer/columnist do you least like?

David Thorpe
  (12:50 PM)

I'd rather not say.

Nate (Madison)

So you actually enjoyed a game at the Bradley Center? Just surprised because I constently hear people bashing it.

David Thorpe
  (12:51 PM)

I've been to hundreds of sporting events in my life, and for a snowy night 5 weeks into a long season, I think the Bucks put on as good a show as possible.

Mike (Mpls)

Mark Madsen isn't worse than Scalabrine?

David Thorpe
  (12:52 PM)

He's still in the league?

shawn (ocala,fl)

are the magic a top 5 team

David Thorpe
  (12:52 PM)

No.

Will J (Portland, OR)

Who do you like the best J.A. Adande, Chad Ford, Chris Sheridan, or Marc Stein?

David Thorpe
  (12:53 PM)

That's like asking me who is my favorite comedian or my fave movie? I love 'em all!

Raymond (Baltimore)

Thorpe, That Nate McMillan statement, is that top 15 in the league now or all time? I'm hard pressed to find 5 coaches currently better then him, Phil Jax, Pops and Sloan, but those are all time greats as well.

David Thorpe
  (12:54 PM)

Frank, SVG, Brown off the top of my head.

Jason (NYC)

Who is your favorite comedian?

David Thorpe
  (12:54 PM)

Pryor.

Michael(Los Angeles, CA)

Do you think Wright and Randolph will every get PT, and if they do, how good can they be?

David Thorpe
  (12:55 PM)

Nelie seems to like Randolph a great deal, and I think he can be really good.

Kyron (Toronto)

Love your chats for your questions answered volume, and your short and sweet answers. Just wanted to mention that.

David Thorpe
  (12:55 PM)

Thanks friend!!

Jay (Texas)

Do you like Eddie Murphy?

David Thorpe
  (12:55 PM)

Of course. I'm a karate man!!

Ding Ding Ding

Bulls are 5th in pace, per Knickerblogger.net

David Thorpe
  (12:56 PM)

I think I heard that mentioned recently on tv.

Jason (NYC)

Is Chicago a playoff team this year? Is there any trade value on this team for them to improve this year?

David Thorpe
  (12:57 PM)

Not sure, but moving Wright makes some sense. Teams would value him.

Alex (Bay Area)

How can a Quarterback have the University of Florida's Leg Press record? It makes no sense!

David Thorpe
  (12:57 PM)

I did not know that.

Kurt (Miami)

Name the 5 most athletic players in the NBA.

David Thorpe
  (12:58 PM)

Ariza. James. Howard. Gay. Thomas?

John (San Antonio)

The Iranian dude on Memphis HAS to be the worst player, hands down.

David Thorpe
  (12:58 PM)

You are right. My bad. Great call.

Soren (LA)

Which rookie this year has most surprised you and which are you most dissapointed in?

David Thorpe
  (12:59 PM)

OJ has been better than I expected out of the gates. Bayless hasn't, but it's not all his fault.

PJ

Fastest guy = Monta Ellis

David Thorpe
  (1:00 PM)

When healthy, yes, he'd be in the race.

David Thorpe
  (1:00 PM)

Gotta go. Thanks everyone. Back next week.