Chat with Michael Wilbon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPN's Michael Wilbon stops by to chat and share his thoughts on the sports world.
Wilbon, a longtime Washington Post sports columnist, is co-host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, the popular weekday sports debate and discussion program, as well as an NBA studio analyst for both ESPN and ABC, in addition to writing for ESPNChicago.com. A pioneer in sports journalism, Wilbon was one of the first sports writers to broaden his success beyond newspapers to include television, radio and other media.
Send your questions now and join Wilbon Monday at 1 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:11 PM)
Hey everyone, Mike will be here at 1:30 p.m. ET to take your questions!
mike wilbon (1:39 PM)
Hi everybody...Hopefully there are a lot of you out there who aren't Darrelle Revis obsessed and feel like talking about other things, like the NBA playoffs...Granted, the openers were pretty much dreadful but it does set up a certain intrigue for Game 2s...
in your estimation, do you think the knicks are able to sweep Boston?
mike wilbon (1:42 PM)
No. I think you need certain things to exist before you can have a sweep...You can have one if one team is absolutely physically superior to another, like Miami-Milwaukee...But if we're talking 65-35 like Knicks-Celtics, then it's really difficult to get a sweep. PLUS, the Celtics are too proud an organization, PLUS the Knicks don't have the kind of team, yet, that can go out game after game in a playoff situation and be that razor sharp. Wouldn't surprise me to see the Celtics win Game 2. I think the Knicks win the series, but I think it'll take 6 or 7 games...
Rick (Salt Lake City)
Coming into the playoffs, I thought that Golden State had a good opportunity to beat Denver with all of Denver's injury woes. Now that David Lee is out for the season, do you think they still have a chance?
mike wilbon (1:44 PM)
No. None. The Warriors needed to win THAT game, at full strength with Denver's Kenneth Faried out...And now that Lee goes out, taking his 20 points and 10 rebounds a night with him, there's nobody to play that productively for Golden State...which is a shame. Goodness, that organization seems cursed...They make the playoffs for something like the second time in 17 years, overcoming all kinds of injuries (to Bogut and Curry) and then get this in the very first game...Wow...Really sad to see. I now think maybe the Warriors get one game, but not two or three.
What team benefits most from a short series? I am thinking the Spurs due to teir injuries.
mike wilbon (1:46 PM)
Yep, we know the Spurs like to rest. Pop creates ways to rest all the time, even when it leads him to shut people down...So, a long series isn't in the best interest of the Spurs. And from what we watched yesterday, I don't see a long series anyway...The Spurs didn't even play all that well yesterday...and if Ginobili and Parker are healthy it'll be 5 games max, in my opinion.
Please tell me there is some hope for the Bulls in the playoffs!
mike wilbon (1:52 PM)
Yes. Tonight. Look, the Bulls stunk the joint out the other night. That's the second worst playoff performance I can recall in Bulls history. Michael Jordan's Bulls once lost by 20 at home to the Clevland Cavaliers when the Bulls were defending champs, so I think it was 1992. Other than that, never, nothing. Total embarassment what the Bulls did the other night. Sooooo, I expect them to bounce back and win tonight. Yes, I'm serious. Playoff series often have wild swings...We'll see, but that's what I expect, a real professional effort tonight. Do I expect the Bulls to win the series? Not really. But the Bulls' season has been like this, embarassing losses followed by inspired victories. I see the pattern continuing...
I'm a huge Grizz fan that actually sees this thing ending in 5 games for the Clippers. I didn't see any passion from the Grizzlies and the Clippers bench is too deep. Do you think my Grizz have a shot?
mike wilbon (1:57 PM)
You can't treat these NBA series like football games. Look at the history of the league and series. Even the Lakers and Celtics have been blown out in Game 1s but come back the very next game. It's a series, not the NFL...The Grizzlies are hurt FINALLY by the loss of Rudy Gay because the Grizzlies have nobody who can get his own shot and create space (by drawing at least one defender) for Gasol and Zack Randolph...People made a big deal out of the Grizzlies winning in the regular season without himBut the Grizzlies will make some adjustments, too. And I expect them to win Game 2 in Los Angeles. I still see a long series there, at least 6 and maybe 7 games, just like last year...
Don't know if you've seen all the negative advanced stats stuff against David Lee. Seems like now those analysts will get their chance to see how GSW does without him...
mike wilbon (1:59 PM)
Yeah, I've seen it. And I think most of that analysis--while David Lee doesn't play much defense, it's true--is moronic...And yes, now we'll see how they do. I don't expect they'll do much...
You ever want to bite TK, Wilbon?
Who has a better supporting cast? MJ during his second three peat or Lebron now with Miami?
mike wilbon (2:10 PM)
Great question! Damn...hadn't thought of that before, to compare the supporting casts. Well, if we're just looking at individual resumes, you'd have to say LeBron, right? D-Wade is going to the Hall of Fame, right? I'm not going to say Wade is better than Scottie Pippen, but they're about even when it comes to the impact they had on the game...Ray Allen is goign to the HOF, right? You'd give him the edge over Steve Kerr, though Kerr retired as the greatest three-point shooter ever, by percentage, right? Still, Ray Allen, I think, is a better all-around player. Bosh or Rodman? Well, Bosh is the better all-around player and superior offensively, but Rodman was EXACTLY what the Bulls needed on that team and superior defensively and in rebounding...Toni Kukoc or Shae Battier? Boy, these are tough. Longley or Birdman? Hell, how do you assess that? The Bulls would go to Longly five times a game, all in the first quarter, and usually he'd deliver...Birdman doesn't even touch the ball on offense unless its to tip-dunk...Wasn't Ron Harper on that last three-peat team, too.See, I like the 1992 Bulls team better than the 1996 team, but I appear to be one of the only ones. Jordan has told me I'm insane for saying that...but Horace Grant was the most underrated player in the league from 1988-1993, I thought...Hell, I guess I just can't call it. This has to have more study! QUestion of the year, so far in the context of the NBA...LOVE THIS QUESTION. Thank you. You win!
Bucks catch Lebronchitis! (Miami)
Do you see James leaving after next season? Thanks.
mike wilbon (2:13 PM)
I'm not predicting it, but I could see it, yes...but only if Miami wins each of the next two seasons...I could see the Lakers, obviously Cleveland. But I think its a limited universe of places he could go...
When do you expect the first home team to lose?
mike wilbon (2:13 PM)
Brooklyn, tonight...then maybe the Knicks tomorrow night, then the Clippers after that...
Derek (work) [via mobile]
What are the odds Bynum play for the 76ers next year?
mike wilbon (2:16 PM)
I think the Sixers would be crazy to invest in Bynum at this point. He's been hurt almost every season...EVERY...and he hasn't delivered anything for them, nothing, hasn't even suited up...No, I wouldn't...
Brent (Hoboken, NJ)
Michael - Have you seen the movie 42? What were your thoughts on it? Friends are telling me that they are seeing the theater's packed with old AND young alike!
mike wilbon (2:18 PM)
Haven't seen it yet, I'm embarassed to say...I plan to see it one afternoon this week; can't see it at night now that the playoffs have started. I've seen very, very mixed reviews...some real criticism out there particularly from my friend Jason Whitlock...
Advise please! I have followed the Bucks since Kareem Jabbar vs. Dennis Autry. I can not take another decade of 500 ball. I think the team should be blown up, become the worst, then pray for a good #1 pick. Your thoughts?
mike wilbon (2:30 PM)
You better hope you HAVE the Bucks in a few years. I hear people talking about the Bucks being the team that moves to Seattle if the Kings don't. I don't know how legit that is, but it's part of the talk in basketball circles...Look, they're trying. Management shook up the team and made some nice acquisitions with Larry Sanders and Montae Ellis...I think they're trying, but like most NBA teams need to win in the lottery or make a blockbuster trade, or have a middle-of-the-pack draft pick emerge unexpectedly...
Isaac Clarke (Ishimura)
Hey Mike you gonna follow the Bears draft closely this weekend? Is there anyone you're rooting for them to take with their first pick?
mike wilbon (2:34 PM)
I'll follow the Bears pick, yes, but I won't watch the draft...hardly ever do after a dozen years of covering it. But I'll check in on it when it moves to the late teens, leading up to the Bears. I just hope one of the really good tackles slips to the Bears at #20...or that the pick a middle linebacker, maybe the kid from Georgia, Ogletree...But out of the three nights the draft is on, I might watch three to five minutes...just the Bears picking...
The Hawks seem to be on their last breath. Larry Drew has done well with the team during the regular season but injuries have hurt this team. Do you think Drew will be back next season and if not, other than Mike Brown, would Phil or Stan Van Gundy be open to Atlanta?
mike wilbon (2:36 PM)
Yes and yes, probably...And I really like Larry Drew so it's not like I'm rooting for this result...just ear to the ground, it's what you hear...And it's a job coaches out of work will certainly want...
Hi,Who is coming out of the West playoffs?
mike wilbon (2:41 PM)
OKC or the Spurs. I can't see anybody else...And of those two I'd give OKC about an 80 percent chance at this point...although if Ginobili and Parker and truly healthy and playing to form, I reserve the right to change my mind!
how many games does Miami lose in these playoffs?
mike wilbon (2:42 PM)
None in this round, one or two in the second round, one or two in the conference finals...and two in the finals to OKC or S.A. Hmmmmm...Six games total, I could see four, so between four and six. I'll go with Five. That's my final answer, Alex, five.
How great of a story is Andre Miller?
mike wilbon (2:48 PM)
Well, that damn sure is a great Game 1...Puts less pressure on Ty Lawson coming back from injury. Gives Denver another answer, another person as they try to make up for the loss of Galinari...
A little off-topic, but I just found out this morning that the wife and I are having a baby boy. Any advise??
mike wilbon (2:55 PM)
Name him Michael, for starters. Try to make certain he throws lefty...put a little basketball in his crib right away...let him feel the grain of it. Have him dribbling by two, left him hold a bat, golf club, tennis racket by 3, 3 1/2...Of coure, I'm kidding...kind of...well, okay, I'm not kidding, especially about the Michael part. Seriously, congratulations. Enjoy having him sleep on your chest, enjoy the baths, enjoy even getting peed on, enjoy reading him to sleep, enjoy watching your favorite teams with him in the room, and scream and holler your ass off...nothing in my life has been as cool as having my son, and doing all of the above. he made me promise I'd let him stay up with me and watch the Bulls game tonight and he just turned five. I gave in, happily. So what if he nods through the first 15 minutes of pre-K tomorrow. Big deal...
mike wilbon (2:55 PM)
I gotta run gang and prepare for PTI...Thanks, everybody...next Monday we'll do it again...thanks.