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February 3, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Chuck Cooperstein

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:02 PM)

Hello from Boston, where it's frigid, but stillm warmer tyhan the folks in DFW. How crazy is that. Great game on the big stage at the Garden last night. I know I'm reverential abvout it since it's where I cut my hoops teeth, but to heat those who didn't grow up there talk about it, and feel it the way I do was pretty mind blowing. No one more so than Dirk. He's averaging over 29 in his last ten at MSG. On to the questions

Michael C. (Westport, CT)

What's the story with Tyson Chandler after this season? After watching him dominate the Knicks last night I think he'd be a better fit for NY than Carmelo. He's unrestricted. Does Cuban plan on keeping him?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:04 PM)

Indeed, he does. He's going to have to move some contracts to do it, but there is little doubt that outside of Dirk, there is no player more valuable to these Mavs, and their chances than Chandler.

John Wayne (Dallas)

Stephen Jackson is almost like adding another Dirk, almost i said. I know for sure he can do more then broke foot Roddy. Will cuban get Jackson's 19pts a game 6'8 length I mean come on.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:07 PM)

Don't you think you're a little over the top, Cowboy? (Sorry, couldn't resist a little John Waune imitation). I don't think Jackson is going anywhere. First, his contract is not something Mark appears to want to take on at this time. Two, and maybe more important to the discussion, Charlotte is a playoff tysam right now in the East, and for that franchise, and its owner, it's more important for them to get to the post season, than it is to tear it down.

Chad L. (Midlothian)

Coop, Do you think it is more important to fill the hole for the mavs at the two guard position or the small forward? I am wondering due to the return of Peja and Roddy because Peja will play the three and isn't Roddy going to be the backup PG?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:09 PM)

Roddy isn't going to be playing much point guard, if any. He's a two for the forseeable future. Peja allows the Mavericks to keep the rotation that has been kind to them all season. he'll play about 15-20 minutes. He'll help spread the floor, Shawn Marion is still going to play the majority of the fourth qwuarter minutes at the small forward.

pedro (texas)

Hey Chuck, hope all is well today, I was wondering, Mark wont give up Roddy for Melo right?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:10 PM)

He would do it in a New York second

Adrian (West texas)

The Mavs seem to have a good outside game but can there inside game help them in the playoffs?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:13 PM)

They don't have much of an inside game. They're last in points in the paint. But they are shooting more free throws of late, and they're making them. They're throwing it to Chandler more, and he's doing something with it. Color it a work in progress

Ebenezer (Dallas)

Can we really expect Roddy to have any impact this season? A trade will mess with our chemistry just as much as bringing him back right?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:15 PM)

I don't think anyone really knows what, if any, impact Roddy can have, but if he is all back when he finally returns, he does give the Mavs that dimension of creating his own shot and driving the ball. But it sure looks like the Mavericks are waiting as long as they are to unveil Roddy, that they are clearly expecting him to be an impactful player

pedro (texas)

sorry to bother again, lol but for Roddy, either the foot is healed and there is stuff goin on we dont know about or the foot is worse than people think, what is your opinion on that?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:19 PM)

My opinion is that his particular injury is one that needs to be fully healed because the risk of a re-break (which happened here is so great). Given that, he needs to take all the time he needs. It's frustrating for all of us who are so tantalized by his game. But patience is something out society doesn't have in anything we do, so why should this be any different?

Will (Uganda)

How hoes the permiter rotation of of Kidd (~35mpg), Stevenson (~25), Terry (~33), and Barea (~20) change with the additions of Peja and Roddy, both of whom seem to warrant at least 15-20 a night? Does that many floor spacers allow Kidd to get back to making two or three 3's a game?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:23 PM)

Hopefully, the Mavs will be able to somehow get Kidd's minutes down to about 30 with Roddy's return. All the guys you mention will lose a few minutes in the process. Peja basically takes on the Butler role, so remember how the mavs played with Butler, that's wehat they'll do here, although Stevenson might wind up playing some minutes in a specialty role given a particular matchup

Sal (Dallas)

Coop, is there something more to the Roddy B injury than just a broker foot? From reports, Brandon Jennings had the same injury and only missed 19 games.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:24 PM)

Nope. It is what it is. Fortunately for Jennings, he didn't re-injure his foot. Roddy did.

David (Dallas)

Does Dirk have a lot of respect from players around the league?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:25 PM)

Incredibly so. Why would you think he doesn't?

John (Dallas)

Im hearing Rip is available for only expirings and a 2nd rounder. Why wont the Mavs jump on this? Melo, Granger and others arent gonna be avaliable at a cheap price. Rip brings another guy who can fill it up and play defense. And money shouldnt be an issue with the age of this team. He has 2 years left but after resigning Chandler the Mavs probably wont have cap room. Your thoughts?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:29 PM)

Rip isn't a better defender than Stevenson, and his shooting pct is the worst of his career. It also would affect the chemistry of this team, and while that can be overblown to some degree, hanging around THIS team tells me it's a real factor in their success. Let's get this clear, the Mavericks aren't making a deal unless they feel like they will be getting a no brainer that is putting them over the top. Right now, all the players that are being talked about, don't do that

mike (hamburg)

if this would be a dream world: which 2 players would be the best on court partners for dirk? wade and Howard?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:30 PM)

That's a start

Dominique (Snowy Dallas, TX)

Who do you think Dallas has a better chance of keeping in the off season, Caron Butler or Tyson Chandler? And is there any trade chatter happening right now?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:32 PM)

Hard to answer the question because we don't know what the new CBA is going to look like, but the priority is going to be keeping Chandler. It's why everyone tries to draft centers even when their might be another option. Bottom line in the NBA, you don't win without a good one. And after 31 seasons, the Mavericks finally have a good one

Megan (Utah)

peja as a starter is a serious downgrade, esp. defensively. can we do better than him?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:33 PM)

I guess we're about to find out, how much of a downgrade, if any, he is. Looks like they're shooting for a Monday night appearance vs the Cavaliers

David (Dallas)

Well David West Slapped his face. He's called soft nationally. Everyone nationally says he can't take a team to a championship. Seems like his respect isn't there so much.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:36 PM)

And they all know he's an impossible cover. A player who steps up in the playoffs. Career numbers better than his regular season numbers. Who needs help, the way all the other greats have needed help to win a title (With the possible exception of Jordan).

Will (Uganda)

Peja was best in that movement-based Princeton hybrid in Sacramento and not really as a stand still shooter. Do the Mavs change anything to incorporate his strengths in cutting and passing? Or do they just set him down in the corner?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:41 PM)

But when he was shooting it, it wasn't off the bounce, he was moving to a spot to to get hismelf set. That's what the mavericks do. Who knows if he has anything left. His back. His knee. But if its there, they have a big threat. We're about to find out

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:43 PM)

That's all for today. Thanks. Big one tomorrow night in Boston. Hope you'll check us out at 7:00 on 103.3 ESPN, and we'll be back here again next Thursday at 11 AM CT.