It's on, baby. Well, at least on Courtside Live. So maybe we can't watch or even listen to NBA games yet, but they are being played. Sweet. Let's get to it. I have the ballet, "Giselle", playing from Itunes radio. Good stuff."That John Denver is really full of it".
Dave, it's sounding like a vast consensus of people are on the Lakers bandwagon (many as unwilling passengers) to win the Finals. Can you recall a team being predicted this strongly to win the finals during preseason?
Thorpe, do you think Danny Green can get meaningful minutes for the Cavs?
No, the guy in front of him at the 3 is pretty good. And they have two solid 2's, including West.
With the NBA bringing some pre-season games to our part of the world, what is the long term prospectus of the NBA going world-wide? What effect would such extreme travel have on the athletes, and thus, the game? Would it diminish the overall quality of the NBA?
I think it makes some sense if eastern teams took 10 day road trips over there before returning. Tougher for western teams. Still lots to work out.
I was gonna write in a question about Blair possibly breaking the most rebounds in a game by a rookie if he got more than 30 minutes one game. But I see Wilt hold the record at 45. So I will just sit back and enjoy the idea of Blair being a Spur.
Lots of DB questions.
David,In your opinion did the Bulls make a mistake not adding some pieces this offseason to build on the momentum of the Bulls / Celtics series last year or is it better to grow and add in 2010?
Possibly. But I still think they have some deals coming.
Anthony Randolph, Beasley.
i guess all you kobe haters and laker hater at espn have to eat crow. yall dont know anything about the nba you need to give your check back before they arrest you for grand left. idiots
Well said Gino. You have a way with words.
I missed your chats over the summer, how have you been?
I'm good Terry, thanks. How are you?
The early returns regarding S. Dalembert in the Princeton offense have been solid. Any chance you see this as working or is this something just being said to build his own confidence?
Probably not smart to bash your players in the pre-season.
Who's going to be left out of the Spurs frontcourt rotation? Mahinmi, McDyess, Blair, Haislip
Mahinmi probably, though I think there will be lots of rotation adjustments over the season.
Thorpe, how can I find you on Facebook? I hope to trash you "in person" rather than a chat.
Great!! David B. Thorpe. Bring it, but remember, I'm allowed to "de-friend" you.
Could Clippers make the playoffs?
Sure. It will be tough, but it's possible. They can pull some good trades to help as well.
Do you think Rambis is the righty guy to turn the T-wolves around?
Absolutely. He's the right guy.
Thorpedo! Tell an admin to fix this chat. The q's and a's aren't synced up!
Coach- I've never heard what you thought of Vlade as a player, but did you see Stein's story about him- he seems like your kind of guy; when getting taunted about rings in L.A. he responded "I have one, I got it from from my wife, that's the most important one." Good man, good player, and he would be an improvement over any of the pathetic Kings today!
Outside of the smoking thing, I always loved him.
will beasley be the beast this year?
Looking that way.
Are you excited for the new South Park tonight?
I have not watched it for years, but I heard one of the guys on the Simmons podcast recently and he was really funny and smart.
Your thoughts on Danny Green are Dumb. Your thoughts that the Cavs aren't going to win the championship are Dumber. Kidding about you being dumb, love you Thorpe. Thoughts on JJ Hickson...he looked good yesterday!!!
You lost me Mike. But I've been high on JJ since he came out. He could be a huge factor for them.
Greg Oden is looking more fit and polished offensively. Do you see him breaking out this year?
Yes, he's a MIP candidate too.
Hi, four rapid questions:Will Paul Harris find a roster spot somewhere in the NBA?Is Blair going to play 15-20 minutes at night for the Spurs?Is Richard Jefferson a better player than Geral Wallace (leaving their contracts apart)?No quotation to start the chat?
No, yes, yes, and yes. "That John Denver is really full of it". Didn't it post?
I was referring to your quote, I thought it was from Dumb and Dumber.
Boom!! Sorry, I got little sleep last night. Nicely done.
This is like Jeopardy... you give us the answers and we have to guess what the questions are! Best chat yet!!!
Is it that messed up?
Why is Dirk Nowitzki considered a superstar in the league but Pau Gasol isn't? Pau is a much better player then Dirk and has a ring now.
Pau is one of the best bigs on the planet. Period.
Thorpe, you are really bringing it in today's chat. It is obvious you don't have the flu.
Thanks. Hey, we want your dad back.
Thanks. Hey, we want your dad back.
Have you seen the Curb Your Enthusiam episodes with the Seinfeld cast?
Your close to a ban, JB.
First... thank you for putting family first! You are a great example to my sons, who don't have the blessing of many positive male influences. Secondly, do you hold the popular belief that the Ron Artest experiment will not work? Don't you think his intensity and overall talent will directly address last years greatest vulnerabilities--lack of consistency and intensity? Also, do you feel a healthy KG and company are better equipped to make the finals than either the Cavs and the Magic?
Thanks Regina. Count me as an Artest doubtor. Sure, it can work. But I don't like the odds. Yes, I like the Celts to win the east.
Now that Kareem isn't gonna be working with Bynum much anymore why don't you go work with him? You can turn him into a 20 10 guy
Right, I want to move my family so I can work with one guy with shaky knees. Do I seem stupid, or are you trying to run me from Tampa?
David whats your thoughts on my Nuggets? Do they have wat it takes to win it all this season?
If I had to pick an "overrated" team, it would be them. Yes, they will make the playoffs, but I see them falling a bit.
If he can get healthy do you see Tyler Hansbrough doing anything this year? Do you think he will ever be a starter in the NBA?
Not likely a long term starter, but he'll be in rotations for a decade.
Hey Thorpe,Is there a strict diet you put your players on?
No. But we talk about what foods to avoid and what to take second helpings of.
Do you think the young Bucks can be competative in the East this season. I am a believer in Coach Skiles.
I know it's preseason and a small sample size but I have a feeling many teams are going to regret passing on Dejuan Blair, some multiple times.
Ask that in two years. That's why they didn't pick him-afraid he would not be walking then.
Hey Thorpedo, who do you like as the steal of the 2009 draft class?
Blair, of course.
Coach T, I heard you talk, back in June, about Dejuan Blair. How he should have gone just after the top 10 once it was discovered he had no knee's. Still think you are right?
Without doubt. How many guys drafted 11-20 will be in rotations in 2 years? To me, taking Blair was worth the risk.
What does Simmons say the NBA stands for?
What's your take on J-Fly (Johnny Flynn) this season? Dark Horse ROY or just sweet nickname? Or Both?
Thoughts on Lester Hudson?
He's much more than just a scorer. I love him. We coached him before his senior year. I thought he should have come out then.
If the Lakers can stay fairly healthy this year do you see them passing or tying the bulls 72 wins?
That's crazy talk.
According to the map we've only gone 2 inches.
My wife hates the movie, but I love it.
Do you see Stephen Curry being the best rookie this year?
No, but it is possible.
What kind of feelings should we have going into the '09 season?
Just over 20 minutes in and you've already taken more questions than Hollinger did in an hour yesterday. Should we be worried about Turkoglu fatigue/knee issues?
C'mon. I've published about 1000 words since July, he's at about 12 trillion. Yes, I'd be slightly concerned about that.
What do you make of Austin Daye for the Pistons? His block on Wade was pretty sick. Will he play and help the team this year?
He's better than I anticipated. I think he'll get some rotation time.
Hollinger's PER system predicts Lamarcus Aldridge will take a step back in efficiency, this season. As much as I like quantifying performance - this flies in the face of every player development axiom I can think of. 24, improving every year - and the work ethic/desire to be great.
You can't expect a formula to get everything right. He could have another year of improvement.
Could you explain further the foods to avoid and the ones to take second helpings of? I guess you mean pizza versus veggies?
It's common sense, but not always to players. Avoid fried foods, sugar, too much salt, etc.
How high of a chance is it for the heat to get amare, bosh, or boozer come 2010
Their chances of landing a star are high.
in or out thorpe, the bulls trade for boozer this year?
In, if Utah can get what it wants.
Is Ryan Anderson going to end up being a steal in the Vince trade for the Magic?
Last year, my Mavs killed the Spurs, albeit without Ginobilli, both teams have made similar upgrades yet the Spurs are seen as head and shoulders above the mavs...what gives Thorpedo??
Um, Manu is world class.
Thorpedo, with all of the offseason moves, I think the biggest contributor could end up being the most overlooked (Andre Miller to Portland).
Possibly. I think Wallace will make some huge plays in June for Boston.
Almost every team talks about improving their defense this time of year, but can the Bulls actually do it? They have some holdovers from the Skiles teams(Deng/Hinrich) and some capable defenders in Tyrus and Noah, but will we see some consistency on the defensive end?
It starts at the 1, and the coach too.
Do you think the addition of Shaq makes the Cavs the favorites in the Eastern Conference?
Hey Dave, how is your program different from what Tim Grover does in Chicago?
I don't really know, other than he gets a lot more all-stars than we do, and it sounds like they play a lot. We don't. But I love what he does, including things like acupuncture. There are so many ways to help players, so it's smart to offer lots of options.
What are James Harden's chances at ROY?
Not great, but he should be on the first team.
Biggest, most difficult problem for the Griz to overcome?
A lack of Gretzky's.
I am sure that I will ask a stupid question at some point, so if you go ahead and ban me we can save everyone some time.
I dare you to say something positive about the Milwaukee Bucks.
Brandon Jennings is fun to play with.
And I loved the atmosphere inside the arena last season (but the weather outside really sucked).
Will any big free agent names want to play for the Twolves after this year?
Most underrated team going into the season???
Will the Kings still be the worst team in the league?
I was just wondering if you read Ball Don't Lie over at Yahoo! and what do you think of the writers there?
Actually, I just read Henry. Whatever he links to is what I read, beyond all the team beat writers and our team.
What's the one movie that if someone doesn't like, basically ruins anything good about them. Mine is Shawshank.
Would you ever want to work on a coaching staff for a team again?
No, never, never.
David, any thoughts on the new Rockets members? Budinger seems to be shooting well, at least.
he was impressive in Vegas too.
As an opera fan, what say you about the recent brouhaha at the opening of Tosca? Ever booed an opera?
I missed that. But in Europe I think it's normal for them to boo.
How is my game any different from Austin Croshere's?
You are more a more athletic and fluid guy.
What is the one rule you would change about the NBA if you could?
No limitations on defense.
Ouch. posting my question without answering. You make me sad
Just getting back into Basketball after a couple years off. I have been working out, but I find I am having trouble getting any "lift" when I am driving to the basket.
Practice jumping each morning before you play.
James Johnson chances for ROY?
Is LeBron that powerful that he can have players from OTHER teams in his city traded???
I don't think you can be a superstar in this league and #2 on your own team. All Star Sure. But Superstar? No.
So which guy is not a super, KG or PP?
Just to understand your reasoning, what makes you think Beasley will be one of the most improved and a "beast" this season?
Beasley is so good that he tends to float a lot. But with purpose added to his game, and some maturity, he'll float less.
Thorpedo - Which rookie could make a surprise challenge to B Griffin for the ROY?
Blair, if he got 25 mins a game. Harden, if Durant or Green got hurt.
bigger legacy jason kidd or derrick rose?
Thorpedo, you think Shannon Brown can have a breakout year this year and give the Lakers the type of energy, hustle and defense that we lost with Ariza?
Rondo AllStar this year yes/no?
Getting a little a head of ourselves, but what trade do you see coming in the future? I think that the Cavs could really use a jump-shooting 4 - is Troy Murphy available?
That's the hole they need to fill. The stretch 4. Can you say Rob Kurz?
Do you think the Knicks could sneak into the playoffs?
Sure. And Gallo is an MIP guy.
WHOA!!!! Stretch 4? JJ HICKSON!! you know, the guy you were really high on!
Is he making 3's now?
Be a man Thorpe and admit that the Hawks had the underrated offseason and Joe Johnson has help now
I'm not convinced.
Derrick Rose allstar this year or in a couple more years?
Nelson, Harris, Rondo, Mo Williams-has to beat out a few of those guys. Not easy to do.
Outside of the ESPN crew, what other basketball writers and blogs do you read on a regular basis?
I mostly just read the stats guys. The rest is up to me to decipher.
Am I inheriting a team that is going in the right direction with a legitimate young core in Harris, Lee, and Lopez? Will my Ny-ets be championship contenders in a few years?
I like their foundation.
You will be convinced once the Hawks win the East
Yes, that would do it.
Rose can't beat out Nelson and Mo? Come on. He also went toe to toe with Rando, but Rando and Harris will be tough to beat this year, for sure.
It's not just the players, it's how their teams are doing.
Will we ever get out of our brother's shadows?
Can the Wizards compete in the Southeeast this year? #8 seed in the Eastern Playoffs maybe?
Rub Kurz? Really? No knock on Rob, but I don't see him getting more than 10 min a game in that rotation...
That would be great, actually. But that's what stretch 4's do-make long shots in tight games.
Bucks next playoff appearence will be with Redd or after his contract is done and he is gone?
Avoid sugar? Look at me David!
Why is no one talking about Dejaun Blair, and how he's the next charles barkley? He had 16 points, 19 boards in 22 mins, and dominated thabeet everytime they played heads up, he's by far the single most impressive rookie, yet you don't hear much... why???
Because the game just ended 15 hours ago, and it's the preseason.
Stats guys seem to be really down on The Raps. Can they go against the grain? Is Bargnani going to prove he was worth the number one pick this year?
No, he won't play to his draft spot. But he should be very good.
Nobody talking about Blair? 1/3 of this chat has been about him! David, can you name some players you expect to have a breakout year this year? Thanks.
I have, just read this chat.
Are you drinking the Gallinari kool-aid?
Gulping it, actually.
Thorpedo! Somewhat off topic, what are thoughts on the NBA Draft Lottery system? Keep it or switch to record based system? Seems so silly to have a closed doors lottery?
I'd change it.
Bogut, one of the more underrated centers in the league? His numbers have continued to improve each year before his injury this past year.
Yes he is.
whats your take on the spurs this year?
Meeting Boston in the Finals.
carl landry mip?
Good call. Seems ready to be a beast, again.
Are there any possible trade scenarios in which the Jazz can trade Boozer for a wing that can shoot a basketball and defend a little bit?
Think Adam Morrison can score any playing time this year?
That's it for me. Thanks to all, and have a great rest of the week. Be safe.