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April 5, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Chuck Cooperstein

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:00 PM)

Welcome in. Big win for the Mavs last night. Everyone feeling good. But if they don't take of business tomorrow night against Portland, we'll be right back where we started. Fire Away!

Kevin M (Jax, FL)

Hey Coop! I drove down to Orlando last Fri to check out Dirk be his usual clutch self and I had a blast! Anyway, at half time I met a Dallas fan and we started talking. He said he was close friends w/ JET and claimed that JET's wife has already made up their mind that they are staying in DAL. That he would take a major pay cut, that it's all about his two daughters and that they've found their home. Do you think this guy talking out of his rear end?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:01 PM)

I'll believe it when I see it. When you write CTC (Cut the Check, for the uninitiated) on your shoes, It tells me you're expecting to be paid by someone. I hope you're right, but I doubt it

KennyP. (DFW)

When Cubes rebuilds this team starting next year and Dirk is on the boot list what do the mavs get back for him

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:04 PM)

Since he's not on the boot list, your question is moot. He'll be rebuilding it, but Dirk will be acting as part of the transition. No way Mark would ever let Dirk leave on his own unless Dirk asked to be traded, which I find hard to believe will ever happen

Shawn Jacob (Carrollton, TX)

Either Carlisle didn't appreciate Delonte West missing a shot last night or Carlisle was trying to boost Rodrigue Beaubois' confidence. But when Jason Kidd returns, will it matter? Or is Carlisle trying to build Beaubois up to possibly interchange him and Vince Carter in the lineup?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:05 PM)

Had everything to do with Roddy's defense in the 4th quarter. He was hounding Conley and Mayo.

Dan (Dallas)

Hey Coop, was the 4th quarter by the Mavs a result of great hustle and pounding the boards or the Mavs being fresher than a Grizzly team on the end of back to back to back?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:06 PM)

Probably some of both, but I do think the play in which Odom, never put a body on Pondexter and then didn't jump for the rebound was a galvanizing moment that kind of said "Either we're going to do this right, Or not at all." fortunately they chose the latter

Junior (Dallas)

What's going on Coop. Deron Williams continues to make statements that would lead one to believe he is ready to bolt from New Jersey come July 1... so from what you're hearing Coop what would you put the odds at ...;percentage wise that Deron ends up a Mav this summer?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:07 PM)

I don't gamble on stuff like that, but if I had to guess, the odds are far greater that he will be here than he won't be

jason (new london tx)

will shawn marion be back next season? and i see deshawn stevenson is a f/a this summer could he be back?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:09 PM)

Remains to be seen on Marion. The way he has played has made him seemingly indispensable, but not sure how the cap will allow him to stay. His trade value, even at an advanced age could still be pretty good. I would say the Stevenson ship has sailed and that the Mavs got everything out of him that they could

g (fort worth)

Chuck this mavs team is similar to Roddy - you never know what you are going to get. It just seems when there is effort and focus this is a completely different team. Based on this seasons body of work it makes things very difficult to judge strengths and weaknesses. Do you think at this point they are just coasting until they absolutely have to ?? Example: last night.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:11 PM)

I wouldn't all it coasting through the year. I think it's been a frustrating year because they haven't been able to have everyone together for an extended period of time. But I do think we have seen that when they decide to get after it, they're pretty good. How that translates into some troublesome matchup issues over a 7 game series remains to be seen

Heathcliffe (ATX)

Chuck, if you were Carlisle, what would your ideal rotation look like--given you've got all hands on deck?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:14 PM)

Kidd/West/Roddy at PGCarter/Terry at SGHaywood/Mahinmi?Wright at CMarion/Odom at SFDirk/Odom/Marion at PF

Jason (Florida)

What do you think are the chances that Shawn Marion actually wins the defensive player of the year award? I know he has tremendous support locally and by the people that watch him play every night but will the national media take notice and vote for him?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:16 PM)

I think it's going to be hard because people are going to look at the numbers like steals, rebounds, and blocks and that's how often times, they vote. But if you're watching how someone actually GUARDS someone, then Marion has to be right there. He put on a clinic against Rudy Gay last night

clay (davis)

Does carlisle hate young guys, why does right have these 2-3 minute games meanwhile Ian is the worst vented on the roster yet he gets consistent minutes?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:18 PM)

Obviously, you were unimpressed with Ian's defense vs Dwight Howard in the 4th quarter on Friday, or His 10 rebounds in 24 minutes last night against one of the better rebounding front lines in the NBA. and oh, BTW, Ian is a 4th year player too. Just like Wright

Justin (Dallas)

What do you think Vince Carter has left in the tank for the rest of the season and the playoffs? Can the Mavs count on him to provide much help?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:19 PM)

Little concerned about VC. His Post ASB numbers are WAY down. Under 8 points a game 35% FG and 29% 3 pt. They need him to be a lot better than that

dc (Addison )

Deron Williams has really turned into a diva lately, I know he's a premier pg but is this really a guy we want to build around?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:20 PM)

He does have a diva quality, and the fact that Jerry Sloan walked away from the game rather than deal with him causes me more than just a little concern. But he is a GREAT player, and more importantly, Dirk loves him and wants to play with him. That pretty much ends the discussions about concern for me

Daniel (Sparta, TN)

Coop, which potential playoff matchups look worst for Dallas?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:22 PM)

Lakers would be the most difficult matchup. Their size across the front, especially with Bynum playing the way he is, is really tough. San Antonio as well because the Mavs have not played well down there recently and obviously would have to win at least once there to win a series. The spurs play a lot better in Dallas (games are far more competitive), tan the Mavs have in SA the last couple of years.

Jerry (Dallas)

Hey Coop, lifelong Spurs fan here, yet I think you are the best play by play guy on radio. You've seen the Spurs for a long time now, and while our defense isn't what it once was, do you think this is the deepest Spurs team you've ever seen, and will it be enough to get through the West playoffs and into the Finals? Thanks

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:24 PM)

Love their team. Love how hard they play, and how together they are. And yes, while they aren't as good defensively as they've been in the past, they have shown during the course of their nine game winning streak that they can put it on lockdown when they have to. They are my favorite right now to win it all.

Jared (Plano)

What can we expect from Jason Kidd after he comes back from his injury? I know he's still a solid floor general, but for the Mavs to have any shot in the playoffs, doesn't he have raise his level of play tenfold.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:26 PM)

He had been playing pretty well before the injury Had shot over 40 percent from the floor and from 3 in his prior 13 games. With Kidd it's always the same. Get the offense flowing. Be able to score enough that teams have to expect him when he has the ball in that position, and do all of those intangible things that have made him the player he's been for 18 years,

Matt (Stillwater)

Chuck, what do you think about Roddy's chances of having a noticeable impact this postseason? I could definitely see him coming out and having a big game or two, but will he even get the opportunity?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:28 PM)

There is always the possibility, but I don't think he's better than West, and I think Carlisle (with Justification) in a tight game is going to want Kidd's settling influence on the floor. Maybe there's a way they move him over and play him at the 2 in some spots, but again, Jason Terry is getting at least 30 minutes a night. Roddy is the wild card Carlisle can run out there, if he needs to find something different, but i don't see him being a regular part of the rotation.

Shawn Jacob (Carrollton, TX)

You mentioned in an earlier chat that the Clippers would be the best playoff matchup for Dallas. However after Monday's result, is that still the case? Or was the Clippers massive beatdown of the Mavs a fluke?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:29 PM)

I still believe the Clippers are the best option. If the Mavs had played great and lost, then maybe we'd have to rethink that, but they were so poor in the game it was impossible to draw any conclusions. CP3 scares me, but the rest of them do not.

Robert (Dallas)

There's still a lot of talk about the Mavs making a run at Dwight Howard NEXT off-season, but man he seems like a headache to deal with, not to mention his awful FT%. If the Mavs were decide to go in another direction, is there any way to "put the band back together," and bring anyone that left from the title team back?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:31 PM)

Chandler, Butler and Barea all signed multi year deals. Peja is retired. Brewer is under contract in Denver. Only Stevenson is free, and as we mentioned early, that ship has sailed

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:33 PM)

We'll wrap it for today! Thanks for the great questions. We'll be back next week