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February 7, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with David Thorpe

David Thorpe
  (12:02 PM)

Greetings and salutations. Let's talk!! "Sixty two".

David (OKC)

Does James Harden make your All-Star reserves list?

David Thorpe
  (12:03 PM)

No, though he's been fantastic. I'm sure the coaches will go with the big brand names.

Tate (Motown)

Hey Thorpe....tell me what's going on with Brandon Knight. He's playing well, for the most part, but is really turn-over prone. Why do you think that is, and what can be done to help him in this area? Also do you think he has "star" potential? Thanks!

David Thorpe
  (12:04 PM)

He's a rookie on a terrible team. Turnovers are expected. I think he can be very good, maybe even a star. His work ethic is amazing.

Walter (Scranton, PA)

So, Lou Williams had a 'good night' last night, but in the grand scheme of things he has as many bad nights as good nights, the sixers should maximize his trade value now.

David Thorpe
  (12:04 PM)

He's their best player Walter.

John (Los Angeles, CA)

Do you agree with Shaq that Kobe is the greatest laker ever? Seems to me guys like Magic, Kareem, etc...might have something to say about that

David Thorpe
  (12:05 PM)

My guess is that I'd disagree with 95%+ of what Shaq says. Including this.

Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles, CA)

1 for 10 in the fourth quarter, at what point will Kobe realize that he's shooting us out of wins, and start passing to me and Pau when we have such INCREDIBLE mismatches?

David Thorpe
  (12:05 PM)

Are you really waiting for that to happen?

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

Do you think Dirk is rounding back into his old self or there some sort of technique problem occurring?

David Thorpe
  (12:06 PM)

I think he took the summer off, and paid a price. He'll be fine now.

Joey (SC)

What do you think about the Celtics and the run they are on right now? Was the early season woos just rust?

David Thorpe
  (12:07 PM)

I think Pierce took the summer off and paid the price. I think he, and they, will be fine now.

Richard (OKC way to be!)

Last nights OKC/POR game was terrible in the sense that there was no consistency in calls. Why doesn't the officials get punished? Also, what do yo think of the nickname "The Traveler" for James Harden?

David Thorpe
  (12:08 PM)

I've never noticed as many bad calls (or no calls) as I have this year. I do not like that nickname. Have any better one's for him, Sportsnation?

Web (Dallas)

How bright is the Spurs future with Splitter and Leonard growing into nightly contributors?

David Thorpe
  (12:08 PM)

They can be good role players, though Splitter has more upside than that.

Hugo (VA)

Do you think the heat would have won the championship last year if they had a veteran coach like: Phil Jack, Greg Pop? You says it is coaches league. How good a coach is Eric Spo?

David Thorpe
  (12:09 PM)

It's possible that they could have helped Lebron play better. That was Spo's only big fault, and I'm not sure any coach could have helped. It's a mystery.

Randy (LA)

Mr Thorpe, how can you put L James ahead of CP3 for mvp so far with how CP3 has turned around the Clips?

David Thorpe
  (12:09 PM)

So you're suggesting MVP's can only come from turnaround teams?

Chris (Fort Worth)

David, I think that your early chats were sub par, but they seem to be getting better. Did you just take the summer off and are now rounding into form? Will you be fine now?

David Thorpe
  (12:10 PM)

Indeed!

Jason (Cincy)

Gun to your head....Where is DH12 playing after the trade deadline?

David Thorpe
  (12:10 PM)

Nets.

Samuel P. (Tampa)

Coach Thorpe, I'm friendly with some of your former high school players, and I made them listen to your "Royal Jelly" podcast with Henry Abbott. They said playing for you and Coach Leath was the greatest experience of their lives. You guys helped them become men, with honor and respect and an understanding of how to succeed in life. Kudos to you coach. That Royal Jelly stuff is awesome.

David Thorpe
  (12:12 PM)

I get choked up when I think about my boys from Dixie and Countryside. There is no greater honor than getting the chance to help parents raise their kids into being special people.

Trevor (NY)

Jeremey Lin: Great NBA PG or Best NBA PG?

David Thorpe
  (12:13 PM)

HOF point guard. And our future President.

Doug (CA)

Has any player that you've coached actually gotten better? Tyrus Thomas, Fesenko... you don't have a very good track record.

David Thorpe
  (12:14 PM)

I'm sure I have failed more times than most.

Chris (Denver)

Ugh, now even Denver is being bitten by the injury bug, Missing 4 starters, how can they overcome, or is this just an inconvenience that might finally allow Kenneth Faried to get some run?

David Thorpe
  (12:14 PM)

Man do i love watching him play.

Jeremy H (Minneapolis)

Every time I watch Harrison Barnes take one or two dribbles and pull up for a clutch Jumper I see Paul Pierce. I think it was you who first made the comaprison to Pierce with Barnes. Most people say Anthony Davis is the # 1 pick but I think Barnes deserves more consideration for the #1 pick than he is getting. Thoughts?

David Thorpe
  (12:15 PM)

I don't know if I was the first guy to write that he reminds of Pierce. But no, I do not think he projects better than Davis, though it's close.

Devlin (Minnesota)

Thorpe, Thanks for being my facebook friend. With Kevin Love getting a harsh 2 game suspension (I think an ejection and a fine would have sufficed) will Derrick Williams start getting more PT so he doesnt feel "Like a caged lion"

David Thorpe
  (12:17 PM)

The suspension was fair, and I tweeted he'd be gone the second I saw it live. It was grotesque. Scola's face was red and angry looking (far more than typical). Yes, this could help DW.

JJ (Detroit,MI)

I know you're not a doctor coach but whats up with all the injuries coach?! Ruining the season, I hate it!

David Thorpe
  (12:17 PM)

Honestly, guys are so beaten up and tired. Mentally, physically, emotionally.

Rob (NY)

There has to be a better nick-name for Lin than "Harvard Hurricane" What can your chatters come up with?

David Thorpe
  (12:18 PM)

Chatters, now you have two homework assignments.

Noah (Champaign)

Deng - as valuable as Rose to the bulls? Dropoff from Rose to Watson not as drastic as Deng To Brewer/Korver/Butler

David Thorpe
  (12:18 PM)

Valuable, yes. As good as Rose, no.

John (SD)

Thorpe, do you see Derrick Williams ever being able to play SF? Doesn't appear to be cut out for the position

David Thorpe
  (12:18 PM)

Not often, no.

Jay (Kalamazoo)

Rembert Browne over at Grantland came up with "The VioLin"

Zach (Sacramento)

Kings arfe on a 3 game winning streak and Demarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans are playing great. What the chances this continues and do either get love for the all star game?

David Thorpe
  (12:19 PM)

None.

MJ (New York)

Do you think some no calls from the refs in the Wolves/Rockets game contributed to thinks getting out of hand and the situation where Love stepped on Scola?

David Thorpe
  (12:20 PM)

I thought Love got away with an offensive foul prior to the play. Then the blatant foul on d as well.

Jay (Tacoma, WA)

Curry/Ellis backcourt...nobody seems to think it can work except the Warriors FO :/ Do you think they can pull it off? If not, which one needs to go?

David Thorpe
  (12:20 PM)

I think they will trade ME as soon as they can.

dave (denver)

I really enjoy watching Evan Turner play basketball; he does so many things well. Is there a specific feature of his game, however, on which he needs to focus in order to help translate his all-around game to the nba?

David Thorpe
  (12:21 PM)

Shooting well would be swell.

Mike (Chicago)

The Waterboy!!! Love it. If you ran the Bulls, would you go for a title with a one year rental of DH or just keep hoping for the long term? I'm not sure they can win as presently constructed.

David Thorpe
  (12:22 PM)

Great call Mike!! Yes I would.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Do you Agree with Charles Barkley he says that the 2011-2012 NBA Season Stinks?

David Thorpe
  (12:23 PM)

I think I'd disagree with 95% of what he says. Including this. Though the games have been ragged. He said the teams themselves stink.

Emils Landmanis (Latvia)

Who are the best 5 players in the world right NOW?

David Thorpe
  (12:24 PM)

Bron, Howard, Wade, CP3, probably Durant.

Chris (Oregon)

What are Portland's chances as a contender this year and what do you think their outlook is in the next few years? Any changes that you'd make if you were running the team?

David Thorpe
  (12:25 PM)

None. Outlook is mixed, they lack an identity and a plan.

Matt (Chicago)

David, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. I guess I have two questions for you, the first has been skipped over in a few chats. Should the Bulls be concerned that they haven't beaten one of the top three (in my opinion) teams in the East yet? Losses to Miami, Indy and Philly have me a little bit worried. Also, Tim Legler said on ESPN this morning that the Bulls aren't that deep of the team. I completely disagree with him. Asik-Gibson-Korver-Brewer-Watson seems like a pretty amazingly deep team to me. Thoughts on their depth? Thanks again.

David Thorpe
  (12:26 PM)

Miami struggled to beat good teams last year, until the playoffs. So I'm not worried about the Bulls. Bulls are very deep overall, but lack scoring punch off bench.

Jumpin' (Atlanta)

Believing in the 76ers yet?

David Thorpe
  (12:27 PM)

Not as a playoff team. Their bench is amazing, but their opponents will play the starters more in May.

John (Santa Barbara, CA)

Does the sixers depth (10 deep really) give them a shot in a 7 game series against the bulls / heat - or will the absence of 'star calls' cost them?

David Thorpe
  (12:27 PM)

I'd pick either of them in 5 games.

Brice (NN)

When I see Evan Turner, I see Scottie Pippen. Would he not look great next to D Rose in CHicago?

David Thorpe
  (12:28 PM)

I have no idea what you are talking about.

Xander (Philly)

I love Lou Will, but gotta take issue with the "best player" label. Hugs Collins has turned Iggy into a machine. Helped him realize he doesnt need to score 20 a game to be the teams best player. Dude can do it all.

David Thorpe
  (12:28 PM)

That's great, but Sixers would not be a top 10 offense without Lou.

Eric (MPLS)

How would you fix Wes Johnson?

David Thorpe
  (12:29 PM)

I would bench him every time he took and early clock jumper, and give him a cupcake every time he drove to the rim.

Rich (PDX)

Harden = The Beard; he could use slogans like "Fear the beard!" He does travel a lot.

Eric Truett (Chicago)

How about the "Management Consultant" because Harden is an efficiency expert?

max (florida)

do you think minosota will be a playoff team?or evan has a chance

David Thorpe
  (12:31 PM)

I fear that this Max is a 4th grader I know who just got back from a doctor appointment. Clearly he needs to get back to school for more spelling help. And no I don't, unless they make a big trade.

Monika (Poland)

I have this sneaking suspicion that Luol Deng won't make the all-star team. Name me a more deserving forward besides Bosh??

David Thorpe
  (12:31 PM)

I can not.

David (Johnson)

Why is Jimmer not playing more minutes?

David Thorpe
  (12:32 PM)

Have you seen Jimmer play?

Jim (DC)

If you were starting a franchise, would you rather start with John Wall or Kyrie Irving as your PG?

David Thorpe
  (12:33 PM)

Coin flip. Wall has more upside because he's the far superior athlete. But Irving has so much skill and has an edge in leadership, maturity, etc.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Who is the most likely candidate to be the late game, clutch scorer for the Nuggets - Gallo or Lawson?

David Thorpe
  (12:34 PM)

They have more weapons than that. If they play unselfishly, many guys can make big shots.

Monika (Poland)

How good would Hinrich fit on the Lakers?

David Thorpe
  (12:35 PM)

He's better than their rookie. But they can wait for a better choice.

alex (DC)

will we see the NBA in Seattle anytime soon ?

David Thorpe
  (12:36 PM)

I don't know but I hope so.

Adonis (Perth Australia)

Your royal jelly pod just made me hungry for sandwiches. As a suns fan, I cringe every time they win a game as it just propels them away from what will be an amazing draft. Can you see Nash getting traded before the deadline? Please? PLEASE!!

David Thorpe
  (12:37 PM)

They should, but I have no clue about what their plan is.

Kyle (Cleveland, OH)

Can you picture Varejao at the all star game? He'd actually be trying to play defense and rebound. He'd really tick off the entire west roster.

David Thorpe
  (12:37 PM)

Great point.

Anthony (Cali)

You think Isaiah Thomas could be a legit starter in this league?

David Thorpe
  (12:37 PM)

No. But he looks to have a chance as a nice guy in a 2nd unit.

Stephan (Oaktown)

If the Warriors have to trade Monta, who do you see them getting in return, or going after?

David Thorpe
  (12:38 PM)

He's not as valued by teams as much as his fans think. I think they'd take help anywhere.

Rob (Chandler)

so what would you work on with Jimmer to help his game? thanks!

David Thorpe
  (12:39 PM)

Shot selection. Early in the clock ball movement. Defending in space.

Matt (Syracuse)

Smooth Operator = James HardenLin-Bo = Jeremy Lin

Matt (Chicago)

Despite the Rip Hamilton signing, the Bulls still need a quality 2-guard, right?

David Thorpe
  (12:39 PM)

Right.

James (NYC)

What would you focus on when coaching 2nd and 3rd graders?

David Thorpe
  (12:40 PM)

Terminology. Catching, passing, running, dribbling.

Ken (Miami)

Haslem's jumper has been falling at a higher clip lately. Have you noticed an improvement in his follow-through?

David Thorpe
  (12:40 PM)

Yes.

JWR (Chicago)

So do you disagree with Chuck or Shaq more often? 95% for both?

David Thorpe
  (12:40 PM)

To be fair, I rarely listen to them. I mostly just watch games.

Blake (Chicago)

Monta Ellis for Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer and Charlotte's 1st round pick (Bulls own it, top 10 protected this year). Who says no?

David Thorpe
  (12:41 PM)

Bulls. Too high a salary for an off the bench scorer.

Junior J. (Los Angeles, CA)

I'm an assistant coach of a girl's college bball team and I gave the staff and players the article you wrote on Cousin regarding pre-game prep. They loved it, so thanks.

David Thorpe
  (12:42 PM)

You are welcome. Seems so long ago, but it was just last season.

Jonny H (Milwaukee)

Why CP3 over Rose? How close is it?

David Thorpe
  (12:43 PM)

Close. CP3 does more. Rose is a scoring guard, always will be. Nothing wrong with that. CP3 controls the whole game and is a better defender most of the time.

Chris Baker (England)

Steve Nash turns 38 today...he's shooting a career high 55% this season, unbelievable. Just wanted to say.

David Thorpe
  (12:44 PM)

I ran out of adjectives for Nash long ago.

James (Lake)

Will Anthony Davis be the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 over Howard?

David Thorpe
  (12:44 PM)

No.

Patrick (Chicago)

For the next 5 years would you rather have LeBron, Wade, & Bosh or Durant, Westbrook,

David Thorpe
  (12:44 PM)

Miami dudes.

James (NYC)

Would you use shorter rims and smaller basketballs for 2nd and 3rd graders as well?

David Thorpe
  (12:44 PM)

Without doubt.

alex (DC)

If Indiana can somehow obtain the services of Eric Gordon do you see them make some damage to Miami and Chicago in the playoffs ?

David Thorpe
  (12:46 PM)

What can EJ do on the bench?

Anthony (Cali)

What's the easiest way to work on speed? Sprints? Suicides?

David Thorpe
  (12:46 PM)

Yes, lots of running fast. Focus on picking up feet off floor as soon as they touch the ground.

Sean (On a court literally!)

Is there a secret to focusing that I can practice? Thx thorpedo!

David Thorpe
  (12:47 PM)

Have a plan. Stick to the plan.

Matt (NYC)

People in New York are obviously getting a little carried away but Lin's shown some things that are hard to fake. Do you think he can be a quality backup?

David Thorpe
  (12:48 PM)

To0 early to say. A month into last season Aminu looked like a great prospect.

Kev (Texas State University)

What say you when I say: Tony Parker is steadfastly proving to be the most under appreciated, underrated PG to EVER play the game. (3 rings, 1 Finals MVP, Spurs leading assist man).

David Thorpe
  (12:48 PM)

I say "agreed".

Stewart (Phila)

Rod Thorn hasn't made a single move yet (kudos for a good draft). At some point he has to pull the trigger on a deal. What direction do they need to go in personnel wise?

David Thorpe
  (12:49 PM)

Not trading Iggy for Ellis was smart. I think they need an upgrade to the starting unit. 2, 4, 5 all upgradeable.

jay (pdx)

Who is a better Power Forward than Lamarcus Aldridge right NOW?

David Thorpe
  (12:50 PM)

Love, Kevin.

Ryan (Chicago)

Why does Rose dominate CP3 every time they play head to head if CP3 is better? Or do you conveniently miss those games?

David Thorpe
  (12:52 PM)

Basketball is 5 on 5. The NBA is 82 games long. Have some perspective. Mitch Richmond game Michael Jordan trouble, does this mean he was better?

Brandon Jennings (WI)

If Donnie Walsh had drafted me and been allowed to keep Gallinari, the Knicks would be...

David Thorpe
  (12:52 PM)

Way way better.

Brad (Toronto)

Whats the most popular drills/exercises among the players you coach?

David Thorpe
  (12:53 PM)

They all like to stand around and shoot. But when I get them flying around, after a while they are happy.

GS (Minneapolis)

Thoughts on Pekovic? Is he figuring it out or is the recent success more of an aberration?

David Thorpe
  (12:54 PM)

Figuring it out, getting better coaching, and Rubio.

Shane (Louisville)

What is your take on Battier getting "stressed" and over playing? Anything advice for him?

David Thorpe
  (12:54 PM)

He has a huge problem-wherever he catches the ball, that is where he starts his shot from.

Cosmo (Anytown, USA)

Reggie Evans v. Craig Smith in an MMA fight. Who wins (survives)?

David Thorpe
  (12:55 PM)

Haslem or Kleiza.

GS (Minneapolis)

Are the Wolves an interesting case study in the importance of coaching? Would Rubio have helped Rambis or would Rambis have hurt Ruibo?

David Thorpe
  (12:56 PM)

Yes, there are examples everywhere.

steve battle creek (battle creek, mi)

LOL! you said mitch richmond gave jordan trouble.... you are banned from your own chat!

David Thorpe
  (12:57 PM)

I was quoting Jordan.

Manu Ginobili (San Antonio)

With the development of Tiago Splitter, Danny Green, and Kawhi Leonard, when I return within the next 14 days or so, I will make San Antonio the deepest team in the league.

David Thorpe
  (12:57 PM)

No, but the Spurs will be a factor.

David Thorpe
  (12:58 PM)

That's all I have for today. Thanks everyone. Have a great week. Be safe.