Greetings Sportsnation. Thanks for stopping by. Lots of questions pouring in. "Gin, Phil".
Your thoughts on the Lakers starting talks with the Nuggets about Melo.
the magic have to make a trade right? they need someone who can create their own shot. is kmart available with the rockets likely out of the playoffs? would mayo suffice? please give some good news thorpe!
They tried to get Martin, but didn't offer enough. JRich will have to do. Not sure what else they can do.
Do you think there will be an NBA lockout?
I think it depends somewhat on what happens with the NFL. If they come to terms quickly, then it puts extra pressure on the NBA to do likewise, or they run a huge risk going forward. If the NFL stuff drags on, so too will the NBA I think.
David, your note last week to your ?Main Man Max? touched my heart. My son is a Marine overseas and I couldn?t remember (sniff) the last time he called me ?daddy.? Man, those times went by in the blink of an eye. Anyway, please complete the newly formatted MVP ballot: If all the current players were put into a pool and you had the first pick to build your team, you would select:
I suspect he'll stop with the daddy stuff soon enough. Thanks for raising your son to help protect us all. I'd go with LBJ #1.
Is it possible that Blazers could try to get CP3 for a big trade, Oden, Miller and cash?
Is there interest from other teams in Jeff Foster? He's been playing well and would add nice depth and rebounding to a playoff team.
Are you hoping to land Melo with that?
Who is a better fit at SF for the Clippers from the available swingmen - T. Prince, J. Green, W. Chandler, C. Butler...does an acquisition from this group get them to the playoffs next year?
Chandler has become an intriguing guy. I like his fit out west.
Hi Thorpester, you're a huge hit here in the PI, college coaches often mention your name. Quick Q = What are Lebron's chances of winning MVP? Is he your MVP? If not who is?
I think he's better than 50% chance to win. As of now.
Thorpedo, i have a technical question and thought you'd be the best chatter to answer it. What's the difference between a pick and a screen? Thanks, love your articles & chats!
I actually started a new twitter account to answer basketball questions only-no NBA stuff. @askcoachthorpe. I'll spend an hour a week answering any technical questions, team or individual. Your answer is-there is none. It's the same thing.
I am interested in starting my own big/small camp locally, and wondered what the best way to get started was? I have a few friends and former coaches that were pretty prominant in the area when they played, should I get them involved? Do you recommend going to coaches camps held at local areas for ideas?
Send this to @askcoachthorpe.
The Flamingo Kid. Is the Bynum for Melo talk just to pump up other teams to provide a better offer? The Knicks offer is "gar-bage" don't you think?
Nice call. Very underrated movie. I don't believe that trade will happen.
Any insight to the Pacers new head coach?
Only that he seems a lot "nicer" than the old coach.
How much are the Sixers going to regret Turner over Cousins? Center is clearly their biggest weak spot and Turner (while I still think he will be a good pro) replicates a lot of the skills Iguadala gives them. If they had Cousins, I would be extremely excited about their future.
At the very least, Sixers and Minny have to be kicking themselves.
David, true or false: Magic would be better if they never made the trades and just played Bass and Anderson instead of Lewis.
I'd bet that if given a chance, Otis Smith would not make any deals following their loss to LA. He "fixed" something that was working extremely well, and had room for improvement.
Do the Grizzlies have a shot at landing Steve Nash? In my opinion that would be a great fit chemistry wise and they'd automatically be playoff bound maybe even capable of a first round upset. what's you take. Thanks!
Which point guard is better, Aaron Brooks or Kyle Lowry?
Lowry as a true lead guard, Brooks as a scorer.
Why would Wolves help in Three team deal and give up Brew (v good defender) and first to get back Curry and Randolph (we already have Tolliver who is better)? Makes no sense as reported.
Agreed. Makes no sense as reported.
What is undefeated Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger's potential at the next level in the NBA?
Elton Brand, who's reminding us how good he can be.
Are you excited for the dunk contest? I can't wait to see what Blake can pull off.
Have not watched it since Larry Nance.
Hey David! Do you think Haslem's return is going to take the Heat to the next level or is their improvement solely resting on the big three's chemistry? Thanks
Yes, I think he will make the team better. How much better remains to be seen.
Why won't the Suns trade Nash? He deserves a chance at winning a title.
He does not want to be traded.
What do you make of all the recent chatter about Kevin Garnett's on-court antics? Do you think his recent reputation is warranted?
Yes, he chooses to act like this.
I haven't read much from you lately on John Wall. He does not seem to be quite the same players since his spell of injuries. What are you thoughts on how he is progressing?
He's the feature for my rookie report tomorrow.
pau gasol and shannon brown for dwight howard, who says no?
Orlando, unless they know D12 does not want to come back.
If 'Melo gets traded and Nene really wants out, would he make sense for the Thunder for Jeff Green? Would Serge Ibaka and Nene be able to play together effectively?
Houston is the likely landing spot for Nene if Denver sells it's parts. They have the picks and young talent to trump any likely OKC offer.
Hi Mr Thorpe, Out of the few french C/PF currently under contracts, is there any of them that could become a steady player? only Turiaf seems to have managed to find a niche for himself. Also will Diaw ever fulfill his potential?
I nodded my head as I wrote that.
Seraphin bears watching. I like Batum a lot. Diaw is long past his peak.
Thorpezilla! I just want to go on record as being mega-grateful for how chock-full of talent the NBA is these days. I've been watching since I was a kid and this is the most exciting era - Clippers-Wolves is a watchable game! We are super lucky!
We all need to be more like Eric. Finding joy in life always good.
Do you see the Bulls taking down the C's and Heat in the East? If I had to pick the east finals today, I'd take Bulls/Celtics. I need to see Miller and Haslem at full strength before I give the Heat a shot...
As of today, I'm leaning to Bulls as my east pick. I think Noah will re-energize them after the break.
But they need an answer at 2.
Who would you rather have for the rest of their careers Greg Oden, Yao Ming, or Tracy Mcgrady?
Thorpe, I saw Donald Trump on Oprah yesterday answer a cool question. What is the word or phrase that best defines your family? He said loyalty, and one of his sons said friendship. What would you say, and what's best for a team?
Love, and love. There is nothing that can compare.
Hibbert, Paul George and Jeff Foster's expiring for Kevin Martin. Pacers can use their remaining cap on one of the many quality free agent centers this summer, and Houston gets young talent. Who says no?
Houston. Martin has 30 in three of last 4, 3 wins and an OT loss in LA. They need a rebounder/shot blocker, not a passing big.
Paul George's upside = Rudy Gay. Agree or disagree?
Coach,Is it me or does John Henson remind you of a young (Pistons version) of Dennis Rodman? Wiry, always does the dirty work...etc. Thanks
It's just you. He's very different than Rodman.
Wait did u just say your taking the Bulls over the heat? Clearly their defense is not that good, and even with Noah coming back your telling me they can stop wade/lbj/ and bosh?!!!!!
I wrote that I'm leaning in that direction, with an upgrade at 2. I think they will be extremely tough to score on if healthy.
Batum called D Rose a great offensive player who can't play defense after last nights game. I thought Rose made great strides to get better on D, though he's still probably average or a little above average. Is that a fair assesment or is Batum right?
I see Rose as average, at best, right now. Which is fine. It's a team game anyway.
Chances of Nets coming back inot play for Melo?
Why is LaMarcus Aldridge crying about being snubbed? Steve Nash is the one who got snubbed, he's averaging 50-40-90!!
The west is LOADED. Lots of potential candidates.
C brewer to the bulls? Why not?
He's more of a 3, and they have Deng.
Kevin Love just tied KG's 37 consecutive double double record, is he a product of being the only player on a bad team or is his all around game really coming into form? Could he evolve into a Dirk type player and be able to be the star on a championship caliber team?
He's the product of being super freakin good.
What about the pistons trying to send Hamilton to Utah for Ak-47. Utah really needs a 2 like hamilton.
I like it, if they can get more than AK.
I know that Paul Pierce likes to go right and Dwyane Wade likes to do that dumb pump fake then jump into the defender. So why do players who's job it is to know tendencies not know that? Or is it just extremely hard to remember all that stuff at game speed?
Yes, plus great players are great at selling one move before going to their best stuff.
Are their any former NBA players that are serious and determined about making a comeback one day?
Karl Malone, right?
Aren't the odds of Carmelo not signing the extension and taking a chance on new free agent militations like zero percent? The Nuggets should just wait him out. No way he takes a chance on losing tens of millions. You agree?
Why would they want to overpay for a player who is only staying for the money? That has disaster all over it.
I've always had a hard time understanding why teams with top 5 picks go after "upside" rather than current production. Wouldn't it be safer to pick a guaranteed producer (Sullinger) rather than hope an "upside" guy reaches his potential (Perry Jones)?
Depends. Floors have to be considered along with ceilings.
Whats your thoughts on Brandon Roy coming back so soon? Before there was a chance he wouldnt be back this season and now he is coming before the All Star Break. What do you seem him doing?
Dang it Chris, I'm not a doctor!
How many years will it take for the Cavs to emerge again as a half decent team?
I was watching a game with my boyfriend and asked him if all the team owners high-five players after a game like the Mavericks owner. He said to ask you. So I am.
Very rarely, and never like Cuban. He's an original, and it works great in Dallas.
Ignore trade rules - Chuck Hayes for Ibaka, who says no?
Let's talk Raps for a sec. Playing terribly, but some of their younger guys give me hope for the future. Am I deluded?
No, DD and Davis have a chance to be very good.
Any comments on the Superbowl?
Zzzzzzz. Kidding. I watched the first half with my family because my son wanted to watch. Then, because I love my wife, we watched "Four Weddings and a Funeral", which ended in time for me to see the last Packers drive. So a great night overall.
Hey David, what do you think about Earl Clark's ceiling, and what can he do for the Magic this season?
He could be Lamar Odom. And under SVG he may get there.
Hi David - Which current players are most frustrating for not putting in the necessary work to live up to their potential?
Darko in a landslide.
How good can Blake Griffin become? I think he has some legitimate game in his repertoire.
The Kings are staying competetive. They're losing games by less than 5 points. Should I atl east be happy about that?
Has it gotten that bad that just not getting blown out is good enough? Relax, another top 5 pick is coming.
Do you think Griffin's name - at the end of his career - will be spoken in the same breath as Karl Malone's?
Is Blatche too much of a bonehead to make it work? He's sooo talented, but spends a lot of his time throwing the ball out of bounds or turning it over trying to go 1-on-3.
I just don't think be cares.
Do you think D-will is going to stick around in Utah after 2011-2012?
Who has the most potential Monroe, Daye, Jerebko?
Player with most range? JR Smith?
Probably. Maybe JJ.
Who has the best uni's in the NBA?
I like Magic's back pinstripes.
I read a previous chat referencing Kevin Martin's work ethic and I loved to see someone so determined to improve. Did Kevin seek you out when you initially started working with him, or did you see some areas you could help Kevin with and contact him?
His college coach sent him to me after his frosh year, where he strictly made perimeter shots. He hit for 46 his first game as a soph, and the rest is history.
Four weddings and a Funeral. Great English movie! Have you visited England?
No, but my wife did last July. She loved it.
Is Eddy Curry's NBA career over after his contract expires this year?
I would think so.
will LBJ ever go to the NFL? He would be dominant in every skill position!
No, but he would be a beast as a DE or OT.
Which NBA big finishes the best with his weak hand?
Boozer or Lee.
Nene dunks best with it.
Um. Most OTs outweigh LBJ by 100 lbs.
Um, LBJ could easily weigh 315.
A Sac Bee columist was mentioning last season that Tyreke Evans was getting special treatment with regards to practices and such; creating barrier with other team members (some asking and getting traded). Don't you think that type of environement would be a nagative things for Cousins to be around?
Nocioni was quoted the other day talking about how bad things were out there. Maybe things are changing now. Cousins is doing ok.
D-will, memo and fes to NY for Felton, fields, Randolph, and Chandler. What do you think?
At first glance, I like it. Utah is the one team that can win without stars.
Is Jonny Flynn improving? Or are his stats misleading?
I am totally unimpressed. He is really struggling.
who could be Miami future PG?
Thoughts on Harrison Barnes? Does he really have the talent he was hyped to have? Clearly mentally he's not there yet
Chad Ford has an update today. Barnes is coming on!!
Bucher thinks the Bulls acquiring JR Smith or OJ Mayo would totally screw up what they have going. Thoughts?
Is Hayward ever going to make it?
I'd guess yes, but it's not a sure thing by any means. He's really really weak, which can be fixed.
Deng, Brewer, Taj for Tyreke Evans and casspi
are the bulls finally wearing down?
I think so, which is why after the break, with Noah's return, they'll be a new team.
why ugh?? D rose and Evans both from Coach Cal....could rule the NBA
What do the Heat have that could get them Rubio's rights?
I have no idea how that could happen. But I hope it does.
Can Steph Curry become an All-Star?
Casspi anywhere would be a nice addition though...
Yes, once he stops kicking his right leg forward on his perimeter shot.
As a Bulls fan I second your double ugh.
You and the rest of Bulls nation.
Cousins - more like Kemp at his best or Coleman at his worst?
I think he can be better than both.
Thoughts on Amir Johnsons improved play of late?
I watched him the other day. Impressive. He's still a young guy, amazingly enough.
Can you explain the Ugh? and why it would be a bad move?
Rose is the best one on one dribble drive player in the world. Evans likes to dribble a lot too. It's a bad combo.
Does portland hang on to number 8 spot?
A lot depends on if Houston can trade for a legit 5.
Does Jerry Sloan really want to come back next year? I wouldn't.
I have my doubts. They are the worst 1st qtr team in the league. That's on the coach.
Noah is ridiculously underrated. He is easily a top five center. People forget they went 0-10 when he sat with injury last year. He is the HEART of this team, and will anchor an ALREADY top defensive system (with Boozer in it). Chicago looks like a dark horse.
Better one on one dribble driver: Wade or Rose? Those are the two best right?
I meant Rose is best as a pg. I'd rank him even with Wade overall.
You like Noah over Horford? Surely not.
Depends on who else is on the team. It's very very close.
Time's up for me. Thanks everyone. Have a great week. Be safe.