Hey everyone. Glad to be here today. The league is exciting to watch right now, is it not?!! Let's get to business."I start the fire. Then I make the pizza".
How good can we be this year???
Very good, dangerous in a 7 game series.
Is Lebron still the best player in the NBA?
Not at this point, in terms of his production. But I suspect he'll get there.
Is Joakim Noah the best C behind Dwight Howard?
No, probably not. But he's up there. I'm getting higher and higher on B Lopez every week too.
Hey David, what are your thoughts on Roddy Beaubois' potential? Is he the next Jason Terry or can he be the long term answer at PG?
Not sure he shoots it well enough to be like Terry, but he will factor in there.
Coach Thorpe, I love hearing you on podcasts, like Russillo's the other day. I think you and Bill Simmons would be great together, especially if he ran all his ideas by you and you'd say whether or not they would work for a team. Will that happen?
Thanks, Ryen is great. I'm guessing Bill has scores of excellent choices to talk to, with a wider range of interest. Only serious fans who like the nuances of the game bother to listen/read me.
Now with Roy with no meniscus is Nicola Batum the future?
That would be bad for Blazers, and it's too early to tell.
Do you think the Bucks will be too cheap to trade Redd's expiring contract for an asset at the deadline?
Not if they are contending.
Eric Bledsoe the next Jrue Holiday?
I wrote that this summer, and I still think it. They are different players totally, but in terms of a guy who was much better as a rook than as a college player, you bet.
Do the Warriors have a shot at the playoffs?
Yes, not a great one, but they are in the mix.
Am I the MVP so far?
No, Pau, Paul, D12.
Coach, what are you thoughts on Michael Beasley -- Averaging nearly 30 in his last 5 games. Hot streak or is he for real?
He's been incredible on offense. I think he's got tons of talent there. Shoots it and knows how to get great shots too.
Thorpe, I see that Kevin Martin is actually contesting shots now. Has he learned from Battier? The Rockets d got much better once Brooks got hurt, coincidence?
As i often say, defense starts with coaching. Martin is doing what he did for Adelman when they were together in Sacto.
Would Miami consider a Bosh for Bynum trade? Does that deal strengthen or weaken the Lakers?
I doubt Miami is trading Bosh anytime this year.
Where would you put John Wall's potential based on what you've seen compared to the other elite young guards such as Rose, Westbrook etc.?
#1 on the list.
Is it because of his FG% or his rebounding that Lopez impresses you more and more?
His creativity in getting shots inside, and his ability to step outside and hit them as well.
I wouldn't know a good young point guard if one slapped me in the face
Jrue Holiday would be awfully good there.
what's the key that kevin love posses that gets him 30 boards?
Incredible hands, and a bloodhounds nose for the ball.
David, Are the Spurs a mirage or the real deal?
Neither, yet. But I think they can be legit contenders.
Why is this group of Warriors playing such better defense?
As previously stated, defense starts with coaching.
Hi David! What is the reason the Hornets are playing so well and why the drop off in minutes for Thorton? Thanks!
Not sure why Marcus is not playing as much, but their coach is getting them to defend every night.
What will Phx do with J Richs expiring contract. He is leading scorer for them this season and with the owner going into the cost cutting mode, I feel he is best tradable asset for phx to start a rebuilding process. Eventhough they beat LA and Denver, I don't think they are going to make any noise in the playoffs as they did last season.
Not sure where yet, but I do see a trade at some point.
Am I dreaming Darko had 13 and 12? What are the chances he throws his left shoulder out with his terrible 'shot attempts'? I do like Beasley's aggressiveness tho.
Darko may have played his best game last night. Of course, that wasn't too hard.
Why is it that the only thing people are talking about is how the Heat are 6-4? I have not heard maybe 3 experts talk about my 8-2 CELTICS!
Because we expected them to be very good.
B.Lopez hasn't been playing well this season (42% FG, 4.6 rebounds) PER almost 5 points off last seasons. So what are you impressed by exactly?
New coach, new system, new teammates. He's going to be a perennial all-star.
You ranked in your top 5 PGs: Paul, Rondo, Dwill, Nash, Curry. Fast forward FIVE years and what's that list look like
Paul, Wall, Curry, DWill, Holiday/Jennings/Rose/Westbrook.
Watching Blake Griffin play, he seems like the definition of a beast. Who's game does Griffin remind you of?
I'm not sure yet.
Hi Coach. With the coaching carousel seemingly at an end, I'd hoped for some tangible improvement from the Kings. But everything still seems to be in disarray. Greene and Thompson aren't seeing any burn and the roster seems to play confused and out of sync. Why do you think this is? And do you think Westphal is the long term solution for the Kings?
Hard for me to imagine they'd be 3-6 with the leagues easiest schedule to date. I was told they are 14-46 in 2010, is there any team worse than that since January 1?
What will be the longterm outlook for pg Mike Conley in the NBA as compared to the young crop guards?
He has a chance to earn his crazy contract, to be honest. He's not there now, but he could get there. I like him.
Will Gary Forbes stick for a few years? Thoughts on him so far, nice story.
I hope so, he's a very good player on both ends. Always tough to make it as an undrafted player, but there are plenty of guys who have.
When will the 76ers be a Championship contender?
Not in the foreseeable future.
Speaking of coaching and D, what's the best way to teach 2nd graders man D?
Good luck with that. Best is to work on stance and hustle.
If you were gonna teach Bargnani how to set himself up on the weak side so he could grab a couple offensive boards a night, how would you go about doing it? And could you please come do it?
That all comes from watching tape and learning to track balls coming off of rim.
You think Holiday/Jennings will be better than me in 5 years? Why?!
My mistake RR!! I'm typing fast. I'd probably put you 4th.
Not likely you watched the Bobcats/Wolves game, but seriously, NBA refs need an upgrade. Agree?
I did watch it, actually. Didn't notice the refs though. Nice to Augustine make such a big layup in traffic, and Tyrus has improved dramatically. Larry has been great for him, as expected.
Do you think the Spurs could win a championship? Also how do you feel about Ishmael Smith replacing Aaron Brooks?
Yes, it's possible if their young un's keep getting better. Brooks is the vastly superior player, as long as his attitude is good.
Whose got bigger upside Nicolas Batum or Danilo Gallinari?
Do you think Amare regrets his decision to leave the Suns for the Knicks yet?
I do not.
Thoughts on DeRozan so far. See any improvement?
Yes, building nicely from summer league. Weems too.
I enjoyed your article on the Gasol/Bosh relationship. Do you really think Gasol got tougher? I personally think he is what he is but his perception changed strictly due to the fact that he won.
Without doubt he got tougher. Competed harder for important spots on the floor.
Kev Mart has the highest ts% out of the top 10 scorers in the NBA and he's also 2nd in pts per 48. Good work Coach Thorpe.
You can thank Houston's well spaced offense.
Glad you were not late for this chat or you would have been benched, believe me sir!
Thorpe - Just wanted to say you are by far my favorite basketball analyst to read and ask how define "best basketball player"? LeBron didn't become a worse player over the summer, did he? Isn't he still the best player just in a system that underutilizes him?
We have to make a distinction between best player overall, and the guy who's currently playing the best over a game, a week, or a month. Tiger was the best player in the world for years, but was he the best every week? Not remotely. This is a problem with Kobe nation. Is he the best player over the course of a game or a week, of course. Over a season, never.
Does the world have to admit we might have been a little better than people gave us credit for yet?
Didnt you get Munsoned by the Kings?
Derrick Favors has shown some some glimpses of what a dominant force he can be on the court. What are your thoughts on him for the present/future?
I never saw his talent in all the games I saw this summer and in October. I see it now. He's going to be very good.
At some point, D'Antoni HAS to give Anthony Randolph some legit PT, right?...he's way too talented to just waste away on the bench...thoughts?
One would think, yes.
Hi David!"At the NBA border": Paul Harris Vs. Joe Alexander: one of the two could one day average more than 5MPG in the league?
Negative. Joe's case is tragic. Another example of how you don't want a team to be in charge of developing a guy who needs lots of work.
Whats for lunch? Im getting hungry
Green beans and brown rice, plus some almonds.
I watch a lot of basketball and it never stops amazing me how many players stand competely vertical when they are on the weak side. Do they not know there man takes an extra step into the paint when they do it? The exception being Boston whose players are in an athletic stance all the time. Is it coaching?
Who should be more upset right now that the contract got matched this offseason: the Bulls that still have a hole at SG or JJ Redick who is only averaging 16.7 mpg this month?
JJ has been Adam Morrison bad. It's odd.
can the raptors reach .500 mark? all their losses are caused by of the lack of late 4th quarter closers.
Are you an MMA fan? Spectacular athletes, driven, respectful of the art and growing faster than any pro sport.
Never watched a second of it, except for the guy who was on "Entourage" once.
Sorry-I keep getting kicked out of my own chat room!!
What do you make of Fessenko's improvement this year?
Excellent in conditioning and defense, none on offense.
You seem to rank Rose very low on all PG projections, is it because he is more of a SG than a PG?
I'm more prone to love pure pg's, but Rose is terrific in his own way. Listen, there are lots of great pg's in the league, not everyone can be top 5.
What do you think of Mozgov?
Not rebounding nearly enough.
It looks like Johnny Flynn might be back tomorrow for the Wolves-Clippers game. What do you think he brings to this team? I'm worried about his perimeter D.
I'm afraid he'll be a downgrade to Ridnour, and actually, the Wolves may have held on last night of Gaines had been left in.
Ben Gordon is painfully underused in Detroit. Do they have any plans or offers to move Rip Hamilton?
I'm guessing yes.
How do you feel about Pistons starting Austin Daye at PF? Does he have a promising outlook?
Not at pf, I wouldn't think.
No question, just wanted to say I am loving the Kingpin Munsoned reference. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for paying attention Sean.
Why did we pick Oden over Durant?
Because "big guys have to get drafted first". I didn't agree then, and I don't now.
Why has Demarcus Cousins been struggling so far? Are reports about his attitude true?
Struggling is too strong a word. He's playing fine, for the most part. True? Did you not see him play last year? There is no switch you can flip to make someone grow up. It takes time. But I wish he'd hurry up.
How terrible a coach is Mike D'Antoni? Isiah! Isiah!
Things are bad in NYC.
I'm not as terrible as I look, am I?
You are only as bad as you are playing.
I agree Rose is not a PURE PG like DWill, CP3 and Wall, however I prefer my stars to have that "killer" instinct to score and take the last shot, not look to set up others.
Nothing wrong with that!!
You have to remember Rose is scoring out of necessity. When Boozer comes back you will see his Pts go down and his Assts go wa up. Plus remember his performance against Boston in 09 and Cleveland in 10.
For the record, I have no issue with Rose, or his scoring. I don't think he see's the game as good as some of the other guys. Still, he's an all-star and a great teammate.
Agree or disagree. Reke is overrated.
Depends on who's rating him. If you think he's the next Bron or Wade, you are overrating him. If you think he's better off coming off the bench as a pure scorer, you are underrating him.
Is this the year that Tyrus Thomas stops teasing us and takes it to the next level? Seems like all he needs right now is a few more minutes per game.
Is Blatche ever going to figure out he should hit the glass?
Honestly, he's the laziest great talent guy in the league. The single worst defensive player I've seen so far this year, but extremely hard to guard on offense.
I agree that Rose may not "see the game" as players like Nash, Rondo, CP3 or DWill do, but have you been impressed with his play-making ability this year, WITHOUT Boozer? I think it has been noticeably better this year.
Who is the worst big-man rebounder in the NBA?
My first guess would be Ryan Hollins. Can someone look up rebound rate for centers on our site?
Why hasn't Evan Turner's game translated to the NBA?
Seems that teams are forcing him to shoot, and he's not the guy with the ball in his hands at all times.
I just wanted to give you your props! In one of your chats WAY BACK WHEN, you said that Noah was a "starting center on a championship caliber squad"! You my firend, have a great eye for talent. Did you ever think about becoming a GM?
Thanks, but believe me, that was easy to see. I'm far prouder of the guys like Haslem, Forbes, and Reggie Williams who made the league after going undrafted. No, I have no thoughts of being on the team side, save an extremely unlikely possibility or two. I have a great job(jobs) already.
What are your playoff predictions from 1-8 for both conferences?
Really Craig? Try your Magic 8 ball. Ask me again in March.
who is the front runner for rookie of the year wall or griffin
The worst big-man rebounder in the NBA is Andrea Bargnani, who also happens to be the worst help defender in the NBA too.
He's in the bottom 5 for sure.
David, you were right on about Ryan Hollins. Next worst five: Solomon Jones, Ronny Turiaf, Thabeet and Andrea Bargnani.
Sorry, we are kind in love with D-Rose? So anything less than he will be the best of all time is slap in the face.. Can you accept this apology?
Yes I can. He's easy to love.
What makes Paul Milsap so good. He is undersized and nor athletic, but he is really good.
When you can't explain how the sum is greater than the parts, it's called talent.
Who has the highest PER out of this group: Garnett, Odom, Bosh, David West and Taj Gibson.....Answer is Taj Gibson. I know it's early but do you think Taj ever projects to be an all star?
No i do not, but he's a very good player. I'm impressed with his poise and skills.
Looking back at the 07 draft, I am glad the Bulls picked Noah, imagine the team now with Spencer Hawes at center.
Or imagine the Kings said yes to the proposed Noah for Hawes straight up that I heard about from a friend in Chicago. Alas, they didn't.
Do you remember watching me play too?
Since you were 15, Mattie.
Is there anything you can't actually teach? Meaning, can you teach hustle, desire, work ethic?
Pretty much no, other than height.
When the sum is less than the parts its called Luol Deng!
He's been good this year, not as good as I expected.
"When you can't explain how the sum is greater than the parts, it's called talent." -- Great line.
Thanks Jason. Size, speed, skills-those are more easily identifiable. It's the production that counts.
Give me 35 minutes per game, I'll give you a double double!
I think you are the key guy in a big trade before February.
Time's up. Thanks everyone. Remember, I'm at David B. Thorpe on Facebook and @coachthorpe on twitter. Feel free to reach out to me. Have a great week. Be safe.