Chat with Chuck Cooperstein
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPNDallas.com Dallas Mavericks reporter Chuck Cooperstein stops by to chat about the NBA season.
Cooperstein is in his sixth season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Mavericks for ESPN 103.3 FM in Dallas, where he has been since the station?s inception in 2001. Cooperstein, a regular on the Dallas/Fort Worth sports scene since 1984, co-hosts the "Coop & Nate" show with Nate Newton weekday afternoons. His extensive sports broadcasting background includes play-by-play stints with TCU and the University of Texas football, as well as TCU, Texas A&M and SMU basketball.
Send your questions now and join Cooperstein Friday at noon ET/11 a.m. CT!
Chuck Cooperstein (12:00 PM)
Hey there. Interesting times for the Mavericks. All done with the East. 17 games left with the West. Memphis and Sacramento will be the only trams they don't see the rest of the way, and the Lakers are first up. Time to bring it. And time for your questions
Who shows more promise as a starter; Barea, Beaubois or Jones?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:02 PM)
Roddy is already starting. Enough said. JJ's case is interesting though, as he is a free agent at the end of the season. he has clearly proven his worth as a solid backup PG. The question for him (and the NBA) is will it be enough for him, or does he want to be a starter even though the team he may go to isn't nearly as good.
Oakley A. (Largo,FL)
Does Dirk Nowitzki meet Hall of fame criteria now, or does he need a ring?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:04 PM)
Clearly he is a HoFer. If for no other reason than he is the greatest international player to ever play in the NBA. Hakeem Olajuwon doesn't count here because he cut his teeth playing college ball at Houston and going to three Final Fours. But his incredibly consistent body of work is going to get him to Springfield. A ring would be the cherry on the sundae.
I love that Carlisle called out the team. I've felt them sinking into a lull and needed a hire lit under them. Love their response last night. Your thoughts?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:06 PM)
LOVED the response. When you can hold the Knicks to 42.5% shooting, you're doing something right. And the Knicks tried to play physically at the start of the game and the Mavs didn't back down from that and indeed took the fight to them. You know, Don Nelson used to say you have six bullets you can fire at your team in any season, after that the message is lost. Carlisle has fired at least two: The home game vs Washington and now this. So far, the team has responded just as you would have hoped they would
The Mavs defense has been giving up a lot of ppg. Do you think this has something to do with the reduced frequency of them playing zone. And is the reduced frequency of them playing zone have something to do with the new blood on the team or Carlisle not wanting other top teams getting use to the Mavs zone in time for the playoffs? Thanks.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:09 PM)
There may be some truth to what you say. There has been less zone, and there is some new blood that you're trying to work into it, and it takes time. Not sure about the holding back part. But things are better this week. The last three games the Mavericks have held their opponents to 43.5 percent shooting, and that's more notable even that the points they're giving up. You throw that number out there, you're going to do plenty of winning
What can we take from last night's game against the Knicks, just bad New York defense, or great response by the Mavericks after a tough loss? If you ask me it seems like they didn't earn the win, the Knicks just gave it to them.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:11 PM)
A little cynicism there? The Mavericks went out and took the fight to the Knicks. They were both playing the fourth game in five nights, so there was no rest advantage. The Knicks are a horrible defensive team for sure, but that doesn't explain how the Mavericks dominated them on the boards and in second chance points. Dallas just played with energy. The Knicks, save for Amare and Douglas, played with almost none
CT [via mobile]
What does that loss to the Mavs say about the Knicks? Do they still have a chance to get out of the first round ofthe east?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:12 PM)
It doesn't say anything other than what we already knew. the Knicks aren't going anywhere this season. Fun team to watch. But not a playoff winning team at all.
Keith (Washington, DC)
I noticed that Roddy B. and Corey B. got more minutes last night. Was last night just a good match up for them or should we expect to see them play more in the next few weeks?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:14 PM)
In Brewer's case I think it varies from game to game depending on the matchup. Remember, Peja was not available so it opened up some opportunity for him. In Roddy's case, i think it's a matter of him getting into better shape so that Carlisle doesn't have to pull him out of games so quickly. Loved Roddy's game last night. Six assists and one turnover
Matthew (Los Angeles,CA)
Do you agree with Rick Carlisle's comments about the Mavs?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:17 PM)
Generally speaking, no I don't. But I think Carlisle was dealing in the short term, and from that standpoint the answer was yes. their defense wasn't nearly good enough even as they were winning all these games. They were shooting such a high percentage that it really didn't matter. But Carlisle knows in the long run, you've got to defend and you've got to rebound. His team made some big time strides last night, but tomorrow night they'll be stepping up in class and will need to have the same kind of effort.
Brandon Jamison (Dallas )
I heard your interview with Carlisle before the Hornets game. And rick sounded a little testy about the Roddy B questions. but when will he start giving Roddy some signficant time in the 4th. i know its hard with Jet. And why does he not play Roddy with anybody else in the backcourt outside of Kidd
Chuck Cooperstein (12:20 PM)
He was/is testy about the Roddy questions because we see the obvious stuff, and he thinks there is other stuff that we don't see. I don't think roddy will be a big fourth quarter player for the Mavericks. Dirk and Jet have done this for too long and are just too effective (They are the second highest 4th quarter scoring duo in the NBA behind Miami's James and Wade). He doesn't play with anyone other than Kidd because Rick wants a sure lead ballhandler which Terry isn't
This is a big month for the Mavs for next 10 games 6 teams are above .500. To this point can they hold on to the 2nd seed or drop?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:21 PM)
Of course they can. Wy do you think they shouldn't? The Lakers have a schedule that's just as hard, and until recently hadn't played all that great with teams at .500 or better
How can you say the Knicks aren't going anywhere? The Mavs are a better team clearly, but the Knicks didn't have Billups also. This Knicks team will be winning championships in 5 years when the Mavs will be rebouilding.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:22 PM)
The Knicks won't have Billups in five years. You probably won't have him after next year. You should hope that Stoudemire's knees hold up. And the bottom line is that they play NO defense. Can't win playing that style.
Temporal Inquriy (Gallefry)
So it's now 12:15 eastern time. And no word huh. Very professional ESPN, VERY professional
Chuck Cooperstein (12:23 PM)
What are you worried about? Are you in the right place?
Why are you so biased about the Mavs? Just because you write for them and talk about them doesn't give you the right to spread Maverick "Propoganda".
Chuck Cooperstein (12:25 PM)
This is a Mavericks chat, with some other NBA stuff thrown in. Sorry. I don't like the team to win a title. I think the team is fun to watch. I like the fact that they're finally a little more relevant than they've been. and there's nothing like the Garden. And growing up on Long Island as a huge fan of the 70 and 73 teams, I know what New Yorkers like in their basketball. Those teams provided it. This team doesn't
Lucky Albright (NorCal)
Chucky C,How important is it for the Mavies to get the #2 seed? I think the Lakers are beatable, but it's essential we have that homecourt advantage. LA in the playoffs is a hard place to win for the visiting team. Agree?Second, do you think there's any way for this team to cure, or at least treat the symptoms, their frustrating inability to keep large leads? The New York game was a start, but we still almost let them back in it.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:27 PM)
I think it would help to be number two, but it's not essential. The Mavericks are a great road team, they can win out there if they have to.
Hello Chuck you got to admit gotta show some love to Big Wood he has playing well of late and I mean consistently, yesterday he performed like we are expecting about him. He is going to be a key in playoffs plus have you seen he is attacking the rim better and finishing that hook shoot he made yesterday was alright plus a basket ala Dirk!
Chuck Cooperstein (12:29 PM)
Loving what Haywood is doing the last ten games. This is EXACTLY what they need out of him. Especially, now that it seems like Chandler has been getting into more foul trouble of late. But when the Mavs were playing their best at the beginning of the season, you had Chandler playing about 28 minutes and Haywood 20. If they can get back to that, the Mavericks are going to be VERY difficult to deal with.
Rob (Akron, OH)
Maybe this is old news now but that New Orleans loss upset me more than any other Mavs loss, excluding playoffs, in the past 10 years. I am still really bothered by the David West bulldoze on Dirk and the cheap 3-point foul on Kidd. I hate that foul! What do you think?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:31 PM)
It's not cheap. It was a foul. Kidd got tricked. Doesn't happen every often. And David West doesn't bother me either. He's a fake tough like how Durant described Chris Bosh. The bad pass by Dirk. the Chandler missed FT's. The Kidd foul. All of those should disturb you. And I think it disturbed them too.
jason (new london tx)
the last 3 mav loses hav been by a point and they had a double didget in the 4th in each of them, is this a good thing or bad? and do you think that n.o. has the mavs number?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:33 PM)
New Orleans has the Mavericks number in New Orleans, but not in Dallas. The last 15 games they have played against each other, the home team has won 14 of those games. The last three blown double figure leads are all bad, no way to get around them, but more disturbing, especially in the Denver and New Orleans games was that they had big leads with little time left on the clock and they didn't win them where one or two plays made would have taken care of it
How are the Mavericks' starting five expected to defend the Lakers' starting five, presuming that Peja is ready to go tomorrow night? Roddy is a very undersized two-guard and Peja doesn't have the footing to defend on the perimeter.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:35 PM)
We we don't know on Peja,and it might very well be that this is one of those games where Peja might not be as much of a factor even if he was healthy. But I would think that Kidd and Marion would switch off on Artest and Kobe. Roddy would guard Fisher. And don't forget the zone
Ian (Fort Worth)
Do you think that Brewer could start over Peja, Peja seems to kill the defense at the start of games
Chuck Cooperstein (12:36 PM)
No doubt, he's an issue on defense, but the Mavs also love the way he spreads the floor for them on offense even when he's not shooting great. And most assuredly, he's not shooting great in the last five games he's played (30 percent)
Roddy and Dirks pick n roll looks pretty nice. Will they be doing more of that because Roddy has been passing the ball to Dirk for a wide open shot. I think the Def. has to respect Roddy coming off a pick.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:38 PM)
I would expect so since that's been such a pet play that dirk and Jet run, and roddy has as much ability to turn the corner and either pull up or get all the way to the rim.. Defenses are NOT going to leave Dirk. It's a great play for a guard
Chuck Cooperstein (12:40 PM)
Dirk never professes to be anything other than what he is. And Dirk usually takes care of West (And everyone else) by pouring the ball into the basket. When is Dirk in the business of regularly trying to punk people?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:42 PM)
Kidd should have been able to play Jack. He had bad game. It should be noted that Jack also put 23 on Derrick Rose, who we'd both agree has a lot more quickness than Kidd. Would like to have seen more of Brewer, but Bellinelli did hit some ridiculous shots. It's not like he had all kind of room all night long
Chuck Cooperstein (12:44 PM)
Got to run. Thanks for the questions and I hoped you're fired up for tomorrow night. I have a feeling we're going to see the AAC different and more intense than for any regular season game since it opened. To quote the great Bart Scott, "CAN'T WAIT" We'll have it for you at 8:00 on 103.3 ESPN. And I'll be be back here again next Friday after the road trip to Portland and Golden State