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January 26, 10:35 AM ET
Chat with David Thorpe

David Thorpe
  (12:00 PM)

Greetings and salutations, my friends. Hope everyone is happy today. Let's have some fun, but please, no silly trade suggestions. Like the one Henry Abbott sent me, with the Kings sending half their roster to Miami, the Kings get Lafrentz, and Marion going to Portland. Gotta do better than that. "Ample. Ample".

Brian (Orlando, FL)

Dave, DirecTV is running a special for NBA League Pass, $99 for the rest of the season. Should I order it? (I'm going on whatever you say) Thanks!

David Thorpe
  (12:00 PM)

Yes!! The last few months should be terrific hoops, with great battles in both conferences. if you are married, though, then no.

Dan ,Boston

what do you think about marbury to boston? do you think it will happen?

David Thorpe
  (12:01 PM)

No.

Jerome (Toronto,Ontario)

What do the Spurs need to be a contender in the west with the Lakers?

David Thorpe
  (12:01 PM)

Hill and Mason to play well and shoot well. And Manu must return to his old glorious self.

Chris (Orlando, FL)

David, your big on rookies, what do you think of Beasley's performances this season..is he in the right system in Miami? Sometimes I wonder if Riley was right and maybe we should have drafted Mayo to run the pg position...

David Thorpe
  (12:02 PM)

Riley made the wise move. Mayo and Wade? ugh.

Mike (Chicago)

Should the Bulls make a legitimate play to acquire Elton Brand from Philadelphia?

David Thorpe
  (12:03 PM)

It's certainly worth studying.

Joe (Columbus, OH)

You often use the term "ball screens"- can you explain to a layperson what this means (as opposed to a regular screen)?

David Thorpe
  (12:04 PM)

Easy-it's when a player sets a screen for a guy with the ball. They can also be called pick and rolls or pick and pops, depending on the personnel involved and their actions.

Luke, Texas

Hey David, I am going to be graduating soon in May and I was wondering if there were any jobs that you know of that are available in basketball.

David Thorpe
  (12:05 PM)

Not at this time. Stay tuned.

Ricky (The Chi)

Impressions of Gallo?

David Thorpe
  (12:05 PM)

Love.

Anthony (Cali)

David, I'm hearing a lot of rumors regarding the Kings ... Salmons to Portland and Miller to Miami. Any truth to these, do you think?

David Thorpe
  (12:06 PM)

I think Sacramento will be considering lots of offers for Miller.

Roy (Cyberspace)

I think you should start a blog on the new true hoops network

David Thorpe
  (12:07 PM)

"Basketball is Jazz" is coming, though I'm not sure it will be worthy of that network. Can you put in a good word for me to Henry, I mean, since I rejected his 9 player deal?

Tyler (Citrus Heights, CA)

"He likes to butt things, with his head." So what are the chances the coaches pick Mo Williams to be in the All-Star game. He deserves it.

David Thorpe
  (12:08 PM)

Nice. "Parenthood "got even better once I became a dad. Mo, Rondo, Jameer. Let's just do a Rock, paper, scissors contest and declare a winner.

Brian (Orlando, FL)

Alright Dave, I'm giving them a call as I type this. And don't worry, not married, but I am in graduate school.

David Thorpe
  (12:09 PM)

Tell them I helped close the deal!!

Ludwig (Germany)

Next week you HAVE to bring up a CLEVER nine player trade yourself!

David Thorpe
  (12:09 PM)

Will do.

John (Philadelphia Pa)

Thad Young will be on the sophmore team, right?

David Thorpe
  (12:10 PM)

Starting perhaps.

Tyreke Evans (Memphis)

Mr. Thorpe should I enter the draft next season. What position will I play?

David Thorpe
  (12:10 PM)

Not sure. I'll start watching the college kids next week.

Mason (Indiana)

Would you trade Luol Deng if you were the Bulls to fill a hole in the frontcourt?

David Thorpe
  (12:10 PM)

For the right guy, yes.

Terry (Madison)

Hey David, I was just wondering if you had XBox Live and if so do you want to play me in a game of NBA 2K9?

David Thorpe
  (12:11 PM)

No. We have Wii, and my son loves to play it. I have not played a video game since The Legend of Zelda on Nintendo.

Jim (Orlando)

Hi Coach Thorpe, I thank you for believing in JJ redick when no one else did. He's not a star, but he is an important part of this team. Why did you like him-who did he remind you of?

David Thorpe
  (12:12 PM)

Loved his shotmaking and toughness. Thought he could be a Hornacek type of guy. Needs the right system, but I still think that.

Tyler (St. Louis, Mo.)

Have you seen Obama's shot? What would you suggest to the President?

David Thorpe
  (12:13 PM)

It looks like he does not get a full extension after his release. Makes for an inconsistent result, typically.

Rocko (New York)

Should the Bulls be encouraged by the recent play of Tyrus Thomas or is he just teasing the Bulls into Stromile Swift territory?

Sarvesh (Chicago, IL)

Do you think Tyrus Thomas will be a star in this league?

David Thorpe
  (12:14 PM)

He has a solid chance to be the closest thing to Marion was when he was very good in Phoenix. Tyrus has really improved since mid-November, but will still need to grow more. He's trying.

Derek (Mpls, MN)

Hey David! Over the last 17 our boy Kevin Love has been an impressive +53 in only 23 minutes per game. Should we be considering him as a potential ROY candidate?

David Thorpe
  (12:14 PM)

Check out my latest rookie report.

Charles (Cleveland, OH)

Hi Mr. Thorpe, love the chats! I'm dying to hear what you think of J.J. Hickson's recent play! Have you seen him lately?

David Thorpe
  (12:15 PM)

Yes. He has a lively and big body, and knows how to play down low. I like him a lot.

May (Charlote)

Larry Brown: Coach of the Year Candidate?

David Thorpe
  (12:15 PM)

He's certainly making progress.

Alex (Orlando, FL)

Thorpedo, I don't tell you this enough, but you are the best chatter on ESPN.com. How big was the return of Mickael Pietrus last night for the Magic? I know he isn't going to score 27 and 10 everynight, but with his defense and slashing, he is an ignored element many analysts forgot to mention while they were talking about the Magic. Now, what happens to JJ and Lee's minutes?

David Thorpe
  (12:17 PM)

i texted my guy Ryen Russillo that the other day. Pietrus is their best slasher. if he can finish (a fair question) then the Magic have an important weapon to counter Cleveland and Boston. That's why the last few months are must see tv.

Shawn (Rochester, MN)

Mike Miller is only 28. How can you go through a season-long shooting slump? He is doing a good job contributing in other ways, but the Wolves need him to make shots. Either as a key component of the team or as player that can be traded to a contender for a younger player/pick.

David Thorpe
  (12:18 PM)

He's a marvelous shooter and a very hard worker. I love Mike. When a guy like that can't make shots, it's normally injury related.

Paul(Lithuania)

Hey David, how to save more energy in a ball game. I do so much driving and running without the ball, that I get pretty tired at the last few minutes of the game, I sometimes can't get the necessary lift when trying to finish?

David Thorpe
  (12:19 PM)

Eat some carb products at half. Try it in practice first. And stop drinking beer and eating pizza every night.

David (Bloomington)

Hey Thorpe, as a basketball junkie I know all about "coaching trees". Knight. Pitino. Coach K. Sloan. Pop. But it seems to me that the new kind of tree will come from the newest part of coaching, and that's player development. Your boys, Moreau, Barto, and Macri (I saw he had a chat yesterday) all come from your program, so that means you have your own tree. how does that feel, and who's next?

David Thorpe
  (12:21 PM)

I have a few former players doing well now. One was the first high school coach for Marreese Speights. Another is an assistant at Clemson. The PTC at IMG guys are all special. But who's to say what tree they are from. We're all in this together.

eric, cleveland

you're a beautiful man mr. thorpe. who you have in the finals? i've got cleveland and houston...

David Thorpe
  (12:22 PM)

No. Not Houston. Still think I'm beautiful (as in cool, right?).

John (Philadelphia Pa)

David!!!! Please answer this question which i have sent in about 5 times!!!!! Which teams have shown interest in Dalembert?

David Thorpe
  (12:23 PM)

I have not answered it because I have no idea. You know, those kinds of things are not passed around in memo form.

Sarvesh (Chicago, IL)

What's more important for the Bulls, a tall shooting guard, or a low post scorer?

David Thorpe
  (12:23 PM)

Low post.

Jada (CT)

Any word from the higher ups regarding a David Thorpe Sophomore Report? Why are the rookies so much more deserving of progress reports than the sophs or even the juniors?

David Thorpe
  (12:24 PM)

We'll do one after the all-star break. Perhaps more frequently next year.

Glendon (AL)

Dave, who's your MVP so far? I got LeBron

David Thorpe
  (12:24 PM)

Me too.

sacramento,ca

what do you think the kings need to draft this coming year

David Thorpe
  (12:25 PM)

1 or 5.

Chad (Grand Rapids, MI)

Larry Brown is Frank Costanza.. Chris Kaman is Kramer!!

David Thorpe
  (12:25 PM)

Here we go again. Lamar Odom is Elaine. Did I write that last week?

Chris (PHL)

Is Greg Oden still in the NBA?

David Thorpe
  (12:26 PM)

Time to start paying those power bills dude.

Nikki(dubuque)

Is eric from cleveland joking?! Not about you being beautiful(I agree with that) but he actually thinks Houston has a shot at the finals!? Hugs and kisses-Nikki;)

David Thorpe
  (12:26 PM)

I'm not sure what he's thinking, but he's clearly a mad genius.

Jason, Houston

As a Timberwolves fan what should I take form this current hot streak? Is this a serious step forward, or a case of catching some teams at a good time. Seems like Jefferson is becoming more dominant by the week!

David Thorpe
  (12:28 PM)

Here's the thing. Having a guy that is basically unguardable inside is a huge net positive. Having a guy that gets 1 rebound for every 5 shots taken in the game is another huge positive.

Zan Tabak

I make baskets.

David Thorpe
  (12:29 PM)

Mazel Tov!! (Jewish talk for congratulations)

Richard (Hoboken)

What are the chances Dirk and Nash join up in 2010? (If you want to do the odds that it would make Stein's head explode too, feel free)

David Thorpe
  (12:29 PM)

Not bad I'd guess.

Kevin (charlotte)

You said Sasha Vujacic was Elaine, although it should really be Mark Madsen, same dance moves!

David Thorpe
  (12:30 PM)

I was more right last week.

Chris, Seattle

Can we finally put the thought that "Brandon Roy is not a great athlete" to bed? Did you see that monster dunk on the 7 '1' Guy. That was crazy!!!

David Thorpe
  (12:30 PM)

No. Great ahtlete is not just about a vert. He's a very good athlete.

John (LA)

Interesting MVP Argument - LeBron has a +521 this year, but his team is -65 when he's not on the floor. CP3 has a +240 this year, but his team is a -100.6 when he's not on the floor. Kobe is a +344, but his team is actually a +30 when he's not playing. Wouldn't this imply that Kobe's not as important to his team's success as LeBron or Paul are?

David Thorpe
  (12:31 PM)

I'd like those stats to not include any minutes once a game is decided.

Ben (St. Paul)

My 3 on 3 team just got worked down low by a team with a 6'7" guy. Any tips on how to guard someone that size in a 3 on 3 league when our tallest is 6'3"?

David Thorpe
  (12:32 PM)

Is their a limit on fouls? Or recruiting?

Jeff (Kansas)

Most disappointing Rookie so far this season is...?

David Thorpe
  (12:32 PM)

Gotta be Joe Alexander. Though he is playing a bit now.

Jason (OH)

Did you see kevin martin last night, he was amazing. Also, in your experience, can guys like McGrady and Artest suddenly get, and stay, healthy for the 2nd half? Thanks, you rock!!

David Thorpe
  (12:33 PM)

35, 7, 7, and 4 in Cleveland. Yep, that'll (almost) do it. Sure, guys can get healthy.

Brad (Rock Hill, SC)

Wanted your opinion on two things...First, do you agree that R.Westbrook can be a higher scoring version of R.Rondo? And secondly, what do you think of Oden's progress this year? Seems to me his ceiling is where D.Howard is now....which isn't bad at all

David Thorpe
  (12:34 PM)

Yes, and I'm thrilled at what Oden is doing. He certainly could be a D Howard level of impact guy.

Mike: (Pasadena, Texas)

The league has had many dynamic duos in the past (i.e. Kobe and Shaq). If you could choose two players today, who are both superstars and compliment each others' games, which two would you choose?

David Thorpe
  (12:35 PM)

Easiest question I've ever seen. CP3 and D12. Over and out. Done and done.

Dean (Stockton, California)

What does one have to do to achieve a negative PER?

David Thorpe
  (12:36 PM)

A game like the Collins' bro's have.

Matt (Facebook)

David, Any revised estimates on Eric Gordon? Mitch Richmond possible talent, heart and future? Thanks, love your stuff! Serenity NOW, says Clipper fans!

David Thorpe
  (12:36 PM)

He's a bit quicker than Mitch. Maybe a bit shorter. But enormously talented as a scorer.

Kevin Love (Minneapolis)

Do you think Big Al and I can be a formidable front court duo, even though were both under 6'11?

David Thorpe
  (12:37 PM)

Without a doubt. A super athletic 3 would help. Corey Brewer could end up being lucky.

Fitzgerald (New Orleans)

Does Chris Paul have a chance to finish as the Greatest Point Guard of All-Time?

David Thorpe
  (12:38 PM)

Yes, but he's in mile 2 of a marathon. Lots of time to go before he crosses that finish line.

John (Philadelphia Pa)

Is Blake Griffin going to be a 20-10 guy in the nba?

David Thorpe
  (12:39 PM)

Almost definitely not.

Mikey (NOLA)

Mr. Thorpe the Collins punch line was classic!

David Thorpe
  (12:39 PM)

I save those for rainy days.

Josh UT

Hollinger's PER is just biased against Jarron's ability to draw a mean charge. Its not his fault he's in a flawed system.

David Thorpe
  (12:40 PM)

Nice comeback.

JY (TO)

How come you dont ban people anymore? That was one of the best parts of your chats.... bring it back! ps- Seinfeld sucks

David Thorpe
  (12:40 PM)

You want a fresh one?

Ludwig (Germany)

What do you mean by "almost definitly not"?

David Thorpe
  (12:41 PM)

How many 20 and 10 guys do we have?

Justin (Cucamonga)

So you are saying Chris Paul has a chance at being better then Magic. That's a ban email me with how to proceed with your Chats next week.

David Thorpe
  (12:41 PM)

Actually, not at all. I was thinking about any pg under 6'5. Stockton. Isiah. Oscar.

John (Philadelphia Pa)

Well if Griffin wont be a 20-10 guy why he is more than likely going to be the 1st pick?

David Thorpe
  (12:41 PM)

It's a weak draft.

Seth(NY)

David, I recently saw City Slickers for the first time(amazing I know). What was your best and worst day?

David Thorpe
  (12:45 PM)

Not including the obvious (marriage day, kids being born)- worst day was 9-11, my beautiful mother n law was flying home that morning and we didn't hear from her until 1pm. Just awful. Best day-i spent 3 hours getting a PET scan to see if I had cancer, after a tumour that was removed was deemed malignant. My loving brother Mike set everything up and got the best doctors to evaluate the exams. When everything came back "negative", well let's just say it was nice to know I can expect to see my daughter and son grow up.

Morris (Columbus, OH)

What type of ceiling does Bayless have? A Roy/Bayless backcourt could be scary-good once Bayless learns the NBA game.

David Thorpe
  (12:46 PM)

He's got that special gift on offense.

abdullah (Kuwait)

hi david, how much is Howard winning the slam dunk last year factors in him being the leading vote getter this year? and do you think it is good for the game?

David Thorpe
  (12:47 PM)

Great point-yes I think it's a factor and yes I think it's great for the game.

Joey (Kent, OH)

With how well the Cavs have been playing, should they still move Wally? I know chemistry is huge, but if they could replace him with someone like Camby or Miller it puts them as the favorite to win the title.

David Thorpe
  (12:47 PM)

I don't see how they don't make a move. i really don't.

MC Welk (SLC)

How can you say it's a weak draft when you don't start watching "the kids" until next week? Bad Chad Ford says there's a plethora of point guards ?

David Thorpe
  (12:48 PM)

I meant in terms of high impact guys at the top.

Brandon tracy,california

Hello there mr thorpe any chance jr rider well be back in the nba. he is better then kobe

David Thorpe
  (12:49 PM)

I'd ban you, but something tells me you are already locked up.

Paul (Phoenix)

Coach Thorpe, one day I hope to coach players in the league like you do. Not with a team, but as my own business. If you don't mind giving away a secret, what's yours? I've studied your story, and the list of guys who you have helped make the league that were not considered NBA players blows me away.

David Thorpe
  (12:50 PM)

Try this-Kevin Martin had an awful game in Toronto on Sunday. His team had the day off on Monday. He texted me after the game to tell me he'll be working out at 8am sharp Monday morning. He has his best game of the year the next night in Cleveland. Got it?

Nick (NJ)

So it looks like Brandon Jennings is second-guessing going to Europe to play for a year. Maybe he should have tried a little harder and actually gotten academically qualified to play in college here.

David Thorpe
  (12:51 PM)

I doubt he's calling the shots in his life.

John (North Carolina)

If Lebron entered the dunk contest he wouldn't even have to dunk and he would walk away with the trophy just cause his name's lebron.

David Thorpe
  (12:51 PM)

Yea, but i think he can dunk too.

dave (largo,fl)

Hi neighbor. Given a similar front court, who would you rather have on your team, C Paul or D Wade?

David Thorpe
  (12:52 PM)

Wade.

Josh (Columbus)

Are you saying choosing to work with players who take responsibility for their own improvement has helped your success rate?

David Thorpe
  (12:52 PM)

Yes!!

Alex (Orlando, FL)

Thorpedo, you have 5 minutes to decide what TV series boxsets you bring with you on a deserted island (which of course has electricity, a 52 inch LCD, and a DVD player). Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, or It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia are your choices. What do you do sir. What..do..you..do?

David Thorpe
  (12:53 PM)

Not even close. But I may sneak in some Entourage.

Mike (CT)

If Boozer can be a 20 and 10 guy, why can't Blake Griffin?

David Thorpe
  (12:53 PM)

I'm not saying he can't be. I just think it's very unlikely.

An Huu (DC)

Hi David- having gone through half a season, do you think the Kevin Love for Mayo trade was good for the Twolves?

David Thorpe
  (12:54 PM)

I'm holding judgement until May.

Kevin (NY)

David- Have you seen much of Gallinari since he's been healthy? What are your thoughts? The Knicks are eventually gonna need to choose between him and Wil Chandler, right?

David Thorpe
  (12:54 PM)

Gallo will win.

Kantad (NYC)

David - can you use your pull with Stern to get A. Morrow into the 3-point contest?

David Thorpe
  (12:55 PM)

Honestly, i think Morrow should forget about that silly contest and use the time off more wisely. Think Gerald Green.

Christopher, Germany

Can you explain, why you would take Dwyane over Paul?

David Thorpe
  (12:56 PM)

Wade is just so dynamic.

Rodrigo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

David, What's Durant's celling in a couple of years? MVP? Leading Scorer? Is it me or is he becoming a good rebounder?

David Thorpe
  (12:57 PM)

There isn't any meaningful award he can't win.

D Miz (Breakin Down The Game)

You watch those clowns last night on NBA TV? It's like watching Napoleon Dynamite, meets Inside the NBA, lol.

David Thorpe
  (12:57 PM)

No, never, never.

Steve (Vancouver)

Thorpedo: Bargnani's averaging 20/7 in his last 15 games. What's changed about him?

David Thorpe
  (12:58 PM)

Honestly, I'm so impressed with his resurgence. He looks terrific. Credit their coaches. And him, of course.

Frank

You have the rooster, the hen, and the chicken. The rooster goes with the chicken... So who's having sex with the hen?

David Thorpe
  (12:58 PM)

All of them.

Paul (Oak Park, IL, formerly Portland)

I know you're a Tampa fan, but are you going to watch the Super Bowl? Rooting for anyone, or just watching for the entertainment?

David Thorpe
  (12:59 PM)

I'm proud of our community. It's a great place to raise a family and live a great life. Glad the weather is so spectacular, as usual. But I may not watch a single play of the game.

Matt (SLC)

Did I get a ban that I just don't know about? I post questions in every chat and never get one answered!

David Thorpe
  (1:00 PM)

Sorry Matt-you're my guy!!!

Wade (Toronto)

Why isn't there talk of the Raptors trading Chris Bosh, if its true he is going to play w/ LBJ in 2010? What do u think of Bosh for Nene and JR Smith? Or, would Miami give up Mike Beasley to become an instant contender?

David Thorpe
  (1:01 PM)

I can only guess this, but I doubt Bosh returns to Toronto. So trading him makes some sense.

David Thorpe
  (1:02 PM)

Thanks everyone. 800+ questions in January is cool. Sorry I couldn't get to more. See you all next week. Be safe.