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david, love the chats. thoughts on anthony randolph and the type of player he could be with the wolves?
He'll help as a shot blocker and an athlete. He loves to shoot, but can't. I think he'll be excited to be playing again. Very talented guy.
Any news on the Cavs front, Brian Windhorst was interviewed saying they have a major deal on the table?
News to me. If Varejao was healthy I could see him being moved .
Bulls need a scoring #2 to be a title contender don't they? Who will they move on?
Probably no one this season. Just not deep enough to part with a big.
Greetings Mr. Thorpe. Melodrama is finally over and time for the real NBA season to begin. In your opinion, which teams are primed to separate themselves from the pack in the 2nd half of the season?
Heat and Bulls.
Hi David - can Billups play at a high enbough level for the Knicks to compete for a title next year, or does he just hold down the fort until we get one of the young point guards in 2012?
With that roster it does not matter. Need more help.
Thorpe, you are the best tweeter alive. No rumors, just great basketball insight. Why don't you do it more?
Thanks. I think about tweeting every summer for summer league, then rarely after that. Maybe I'll do more now. I'm @coachthorpe for NBA stuff, and @askcoachthorpe for pure basketball stuff.
Can a front line of Beasley Love and Randolph win a title; I say no, you?
Not way, unless two of those 3 grow a ton. Which is possible.
can the nuggets still make the playoffs with the lineup of Felton, Chandler, Gallinari, Martin, and Nene, with JR Smith, Ty Lawson, Birdman, and Mozgov off the bench?
I think so. I'd guess they'll make it.
Dear David,now that Gallinari seems available for anyone, would he be a good fit in Dallas next to Dirk? Thank you for your insight
My guess is he's not going anywhere. And if you like Facebook, I'm at David B. Thorpe.
Do you think the Spurs will make any moves before the deadline? It seems like something is missing with them. Manu has the killer instinct, but he is too inconsistant and when he has a bad night, it seems like the whole team shuts down.
Chris, how often does he have a bad night? They are the best team in the NBA right now.
Any chance the Lakers could pry Felton from Denver now?
Yes. But it would be very costly.
Nick Young for Galinari?
I'd give that a 0% chance.
If Troy Murphy lands in Orlando, does it make a difference? It seems to me that consistently knocking down shots as they have the past couple seasons is the bigger issue than lacking frontcourt depth...
Yes, I think it would help, though Ryan Anderson is very good.
"Eeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhh....... Guys, GUYS!!!" Dumb and Dumber. Ultimate Classic. Broussard tweeted that the Clippers are dangling Minny's #1 pick for Gallinari. Good deal for both teams?
Good call. Farrelly bro's chatting now on another page if you get bored here. I do not think DG is headed to LA.
David, You wrote in the preview for the rookie game that Wall would go for 20 assists. how in the world did you know Wall would dish out 20 assists? I've been reading you for years, and I think your most valuable talent is your insight into how players think. I'd love to see you on TV come playoff time breaking down the game. Any chance?
Thanks! It was just a hunch. And no, I'll not be doing any tv until my kids are grown, then who knows?
David, out of all of the NBA insiders who chat, your chat is by far the most efficient. You not only give great insight but you make it short and to the point which allows A TON of questions to be answers. Great job and keep up the good work.
Thanks, but not everyone agrees with you. I'm not smart enough to answer more in depth anyways.
Do you think the bulls would be wise to trade asik or taj gibson for a minor upgrade at the 2?
I do not.
Boston has the Fantastic 4, Miami has the Heatles, New York just got a lot better, and Chicago has the MVP; all Orlando has is Dwight Howard surrounded by inconsistent role players. How are they still considered contendors?
Rose is not the MVP in my eyes at all. He is fantastic though. And Howard makes them contenders, but not favorites.
Danny Green has been playing well in the D-League. Who picks him up for the second half?
I don't know, but I've liked him since the draft.
Do you see the Knicks getting some front court help, maybe Dalembert?
Now that is an excellent call!
so all those rumours of Gal and mosgov to the Nets for draft picks where fake? or did the nuggets back out when they got what they wanted from the knicks?
I think the Nets almost got Melo. But the Knicks had an excellent offer with very little downside. The weak draft this year did not help. 4 lottery protected first rounders in this draft is not that exciting.
What team could scare the top teams going into the playoffs...any upsets in sight?
I think the Bulls can win the East.
Thorpe, u said Rose is not the MVP in your eyes, if he's not who is? come on , the guy has not even been playing w/ the full team
I can't every figure out what "most valuable" means. I just look at best player. Rose is not the best player in the NBA. Lebron, Wade, Howard are.
How do you see Corey Brewer impacting the Knicks? I can see them having a scary small ball lineup with Billups, Fields, Brewer, Melo, STAT.
I think he could be a huge help on d, and he's the ultimate selfless winner that's been stuck on a terrible team. I see him finishing games, especially if his 3 pt shot returns to where it was last yr. They will love him in NY if he stays there.
David please help clear up this debate for us, Who you taking right now Kevin Love or Amar Stoudermine?
Amare today. Love in a few yrs.
Did the Knicks even get any better?
They did. And their future is brighter. One problem though-Miami's guys all conspired to take less money because they all signed at the same time. NY does not have that option, so how can they afford a third monster?
If the playoffs started today the Knicks would play the C's. Could the Celtics wina 7 game series against them - old vs young?
They'd win in 5.
(1) How good do you expect Omer Asik to be? (2) Do you think it's realistic to project him to eventually start alongside Noah, with the latter sliding to the 4?
I think he has a chance to be very good, and yes, they can play together.
How badly did Derozan get jobbed this year? Seems like that's 2 years in a row the Compton Kid has been screwed!
I have not seen the contest yet. Went out to eat with my wife and parents. It was my moms first night out since having her hip replaced. My son taped it and he'll fill me in on who should have won.
Is it time to start calling the 76ers the darkhorse in the East?
Probably. I like their athleticism.
Any news on the Kings to Aneheim?
Only what I've been reading.
More likely to pull off a first round upset: Atlanta or New York?
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?A: To get away from all the annoying Carmelo talk.
More will come as the Knicks become a more interesting story.
Two things: I know Joakim Noah spent some time with you on the court this weeknd. All you Thorpe haters, please consider that every trainer in America would want that guy in their gym, and he knows it. But he spend his All-Star break in Tampa with Thorpe. That tells us all we need to know about how much you are respected by real players David. Secondly, how did our boy look?
Wow, the all-star break has made everyone so nice. He literally shocked me. Looks incredible. His strength coach videtaped some of the sessions, so I'd guess they will be online soon. He's a beast in every sense, and has the best motor I've ever been on the court with.
Do the Knicks even need a third "monster"? Why does everyone assume that teams need 3 all stars to win a championship? just build around the 2 guys!
Not with the other 12 there now.
I might be "misremembering" but I seem to recall you had your doubts after watching Paul George in the summer league. He's been inching up your rookie rankings the past few weeks, and seems to be growing on you. Is he doing anything differently, or have you just had more time to evaluate him?
All he did was jack jumpers this summer. He's playing smarter now and driving more.
What do you think about LaMarcus' development? What's his ceiling?
He's made an effort to bang more and settle less. He's an excellent player with all-star caliber production.
Still think the most important story is Noah's comeback... we are talking about 1 of 6 teams that can really win it all... Melo to NY good Page 6 story at least for this and next year..
Excellent analysis. You gunning for my job?!
Dwade and Lebron are better than both knicks superstars.....do people not realize this?
Of course they do. But Bulls fans will say their guy is better than those two in Miami...combined. Kidding!! (kind of)
Coach, Please tell me what make Noah so amazing. I fail to see anything more then an above average energy guy. His numbers indicate the same. His defensive rotations are not much butter then Joel Anthony's. Please explain
Hmmm, super athletic and coordinated 7 footer with excellent passing talent, good ball skills, great hoops IQ, won a state title and 2 national titles within 4 yrs of each other, who is the second best help defender in the league and plays as hard as possible every possession while not at all caring about personal stats? Oh, and he's the best NBA teammate behind Tim Duncan.
You said a little earlier that the Knicks' future is bright. Can we still say that knowing that Isiah is pulling the strings and has a strong chance at replacing Walsh?
No, we can't if that's the case.
Should the Nuggets have gotten Landry Fields instead of Gallo?
Coach, I bet Darko explodes in 2nd half of the season!!
I'll take that bet.
I don't tweet so can't ask you there. What is the best way to teach a newbie to my kids team the basics without disrupting the short practice time for kids who have played for four years with me?
Get someone to come help you and spend 20 mins at practice with him. Then just throw him in and watch him grow.
David, you really wouldnt trade Asik for Courtney Lee? Asik will be lucky to play 10mpg....Lee would solve the Bulls SG issues.
Easier to find a C Lee than a 7 footer with defensive talent and a big upside.
Do you overvalue big guys? You praised Brook Lopez and now what has he done? And while I admit, Noah is a much better player than I originally thought he would be, you just gave glowing praise that I do not think you would ever give Rose from that same team.
Rose is their best player, without a shadow of a doubt. He's second or third best pg in league right now, and could end up as the #1 guy by seasons end. I love everything about the guy. Is that enough praise?
What do you think about the knicks maybe trying to pick up perkins this offseason? Hes a free agent and they need a big man. Turiafs a solid back up but not much of a starter
Great thought. This offseason will be hot!
If you say Noah is the 2nd best help defender in the league (and I pretty much agree), should I guess that KG is #1 in your book? Probably Timmy was up there before he lost a step.
Yes and yes.
Rose is not the best player, he is the most valuable player to his team. Do you not get the difference?
I do not. Sorry.
I feel like youre not giving the new Knicks roster enough of a chance at scoring a first round upset if they play the bulls. The knicks will ahve defensive issues and depth issues, but their two superstars are great at drawing fouls and getting to the line. If they can get chicagos frontcourt in foul trouble, you telling me that chauncy, fields, carmelo, and amare cant beat rose
Yes, that's what I'm saying.
Which state has produced the best NBA players?
Great question. North Carolina has Paul, Jordan, Worthy. That's pretty darn good.
Granger for Gallo & Nene. Who says no?
Denver slams down the phone.
By your analysis Michael Jordan should have been MVP almost every year he was in the league...however he was not.
You are correct, though early in his career he was the best scorer, not the best overall player.
All this love for Rose (lot of it is rightly deserved) - is it because Chicago have sucked since Jordan and need a new hero. Even Kobe doesn't get so much love from Lakers fan.
Well that's not entirely true. Laker fan is just fat and happy now.
Are Noah's minutes going to be limited for the first few games back? I'd think the Bulls really need him against Miami Thursday.
He looked capable of playing 30+ mins to me. No clue what they will do.
What do we do?
Hope that Harrison Barnes and Perry Jones keep getting better.
I was wondering if, purely from a business point of view, if it would be beneficial for Dolan to pick up Casspi this summer, with the new york jewish fan base?
Really? MSG won't support the two best scorers in their respective positions in the league, playing for an offensive minded coach?
Hey Coach, taking aside attitude and just going by athletic ability and skill set (if that's possible) who had/has a higher ceiling going into their third year Rose or Steve Francis?
Francis, from the neck down. Overall, Rose by a mile.
Why is everyone assuming Brewer won't be on the move again?
What are the chances Boston get Shane Battier?
Which NBA player do you think will have a breakout season next year either through increased playing time or improvement (ala Kevin Love, this year)??
Could be Anthony Randolph. But Knicks staff can help Brewer a ton. They loved him in the draft when they were in Phx.
So did the Nuggets get the max value for Melo or should they have looked elsewhere before signing off? I'm inclined to think Mark Cuban would have jumped if given the chance.
I think Denver hit a home run.
Will Carmelo , and Chauncey billups start on wed. Vs. The bucks
I'd guess yes, as long as trade gets approved soon.
Who's the next superstar to move ? C.Paul ? D.Williams ? and where ? Orlando ? Chicago ? NY ?
I'd guess D Will.
"He loves to shoot but can't". Sounds like Josh Smith!
WHat do you see Denver doing with Felton?
Nothing by Thursday.
The Knicks are 2-0 against the Bulls. Granted once was without Boozer and once without Noah. And now we have Melo. Just sayin
Excellent point. I'd still guess Bulls in 5.
Hey Thorpedo, I have 2 midterms and a paper due in the next 2 days, why are your chats so entertaining?
Compared to college classes, I look good!
Thorpy..do you just not care about the Pacers? Too small a market for you to cover?
Not at all. I just see them being relevant yet. Worth watching with one eye though.
How many NBA games do you watch a night?
I average between 3 and 4 typically. I have 2 on simultaneously most evenings.
Just Barnes and Jones need to get better? What about Kyrie Iriving? Are you shilling for Coach K, trying to convince Irving to return!
No. He and Sullinger are locked into top 3 if they enter the draft.
Most underrated interesting thing to look for when watching an NBA game?
How many guys fake playing defense to avoid fouling so they can earn more mins.
Thorpedo, give us Nets fan some hope for the future. Please?
I simply can't. Sorry.
What is the key to setting a solid screen?
Is breaking up Curry and Ellis really inevitable or can the Warriors improve to consistent playoff team keeping both of them?
I'd say it's very likely. Ellis is my pick for most likely top scorer for his team to be moved next.
answer 10 questions real quick for us. Speed round!
The 70+ I've done are not enough?
Is Melo better than Lebron?
DT - You have three times as many facebook friends as me. How do I become you?
I have a big advantage Karan. It's called espn chats. David B. Thorpe on Fbook. Be good everyone. Be safe. Have a great week.