Chat with Chuck Cooperstein
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, 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 Thursday at noon ET/11 a.m. CT!
Chuck Cooperstein (12:02 PM)
Hey there. What a week it's been for the Mavericks and their fans. Maybe the best week in franchise history. And now we wait....and wait...and wait...
Joe Gibson (Kansas City, MO.)
Do you think the Mavs success against LA was more a product of their own play, or the lack of resistance from the Lakers? It seems the Mavs still get very little respect. Talks of no team being able to take more than 2 games from the Heat from here on out (which I have been hearing) seem a bit premature.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:06 PM)
Both were factors. The Mavericks played better, more often, than the Lakers did. LA probably should have won Games 1 and 3. They blew a huge lead in Game 1, and Game 3 was played at their pace and in their style, and yet the Mavericks still found a way to win and that should get a lot more respect than it has. But it's also the nature of the media beast (Of which the Mavs have little concern right now). Now as for Miami. There will be no talk of any Eastern Conference teams as it relates to the Mavericks until we have that to worry about. Let's take a page from the team itself on this one, OK
James (Flower Mound)
Why is Dirk suddenly driving to the basket instead of his normal one-foot jump shots?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:08 PM)
He's been doing it as much as he always has. Notice that in the LA series he shot only 15 FT in the four games. He didn't have to against the Lakers because the ball movement was so perfect. But if he needs to, he will. The Portland series showed that
Who should we want: Thunder or Grizzlies? I say Thunder. They only have 2 guys.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:11 PM)
I think OKC would be the better draw, although, I do think the confidence that Durant and Westbrook play with is something that can't be ignored. Dirk has simply owned OKC the last eight games vs the Thunder (Prior to his injury in Dec) he averaged 33.8 on 53.8 shooting and at least 10 free throw attempts in five of those eight games.
How much is fatigue going to be a factor for the Mavs' next opponent? I understand both teams are young, but they have really battled it out this series. Is it an opportunity for the Mavs to jump on their opponent early at home?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:13 PM)
Hard to say. Mavericks haven't lost at home in the post season, and that's great, but it's hard to imagine them playing, at the start, with the crispness they showed in the LA series. Neither OKC or Memphis will have a lot of turnaround time before the WCF begins so that certainly should work in Dallas' favor. But at this point, it's simply a matter of playing. All that other stuff is for you and me to talk about
Where do you see Butler playing if he returns? I was thinking Stephenson role but a little more but not much more because of the amount of pressure playing defense puts on his knee.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:14 PM)
You won't be seeing Butler so there's no issue here
Luke ((Eureka IL))
Is Dirk a top 10 player of all time? first of in the whole player population and the of foregin born player.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:16 PM)
He may not be right now, but when it's all said and done, I think you will look at him as a top ten player. Without question, he is the greatest international player ever. You can't count people like Hakeem and Steve Nash, both of whom had American collegiate training. He was already better than Pau Gasol, even before the last series confirmed what was already evident
Its starting to look like OKC in the WCF. Does Kidd/Barea have any shot at slowing down Westbrook on the perimeter? I can picture him going off for 40.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:19 PM)
Well Westbrook in 10 career games against the Mavs has averaged 18 a game on 37 percent shooting. This year 14.3 on 31.8. I think the Mavs coaching staff has figured out how to check him, using the same team defensive concepts they have been preaching all year
Marion has been able to hold his own against Durant in the past. If OKC makes it to the WCF, who should the Mavs be on watch for assuming Westbrook gets his points. Harden? Ibaka? Perkins?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:20 PM)
Again, no reason to ASSUME Westbrook would get his points. James Harden has played well against the Mavericks, and while he isn't as explosive as Jason Terry, has become a VERY good 6th man. And Nick Collison is a guy who has always played well against the Mavs. His dirty work is something the Mavs must concern themselves with
Chuck Cooperstein (12:21 PM)
Lots of assuming on OKC, I'm not sure anyone should be going there just yet
the new CBA proposal allows for each team to shed one contract, I'm assuming that contract would be Haywood's......is that correct and would we bring him back at a lower price or would he walk???
Chuck Cooperstein (12:23 PM)
Assuming that is part of the new CBA, I think it's safe to say they would rid themselves of it, but you have to be careful because Chandler is free and without a guarantee that Chandler is coming back, you would be left without a center and that would be even worse. Having said that, every indication is that Chandler loves it here, and wants to stay here.
How much fan cross-pollination do you expect if we play OKC? And how does that affect home court? After all, it's only 2.5 hours drive up/down I-35.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:25 PM)
I would imagine that there would be some both ways. There were a lot of Lakers fans in the building for games 3&4. But you didn't hear them very much through the din of the Mavericks fans. It was the best the AAC has even been in its nearly ten years of existence.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:25 PM)
He's a little sore, but he'll be good to go when the series begins. That's one tough kid
Lyndon (Knox City)
If Kidd gets a ring this year does that put him ahead of stockton?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:27 PM)
Don't think so. Stockton's offense will still carry the day. I've never been a huge fan of Titles being the ultimate argument ender. You have to watch how they play
Ryan (Oklahoma City)
All the analysts here have mentioned Dallas hasn't played OKC since the Perkins trade and that Durant can't be checked by anyone on the Mavs. Also...they're saying Durant can and will guard Dirk. Your thoughts?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:30 PM)
They don't want Durant guarding Dirk. The last thing they want is for anything to take away from Durant's ability to score and guarding Dirk would do just that. And it should be noted that OKC's only win over Dallas came with Dirk hurt, and that the second Dallas win over OKC came with Dirk basically hurt after he left with 9:00 to play in the second quarter. He had already scored 13 points in the first 15 minutes of that game
Jarad (Fort Worth)
Let's turn the focus to defensive matchups. Between OKC and MEM, who would you expect would give the mavs the most problems to score and why?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:32 PM)
Memphis is the type of team that give Dallas more trouble because of the way they hack and whack at you and force turnovers. That concerns me far more than how OKC plays. Frankly OKC hasn't been nearly as good defensively this year as they were last year. For the Mavericks, it's all about taking care of the ball. When they do, their shotmaking is such that they're almost impossible to beat.
If we end up playing Memphis, do we have answer for Z-Bo? They don't have an answer for Dirk, so does it just become a duel between the two teams' stars?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:34 PM)
The Mavericks have had NO answer for Randolph, regardless of who he is playing for. In his last 16 games against Dallas, he has scored at least 20 in 15 of them, and has had a double-double in 11 of them. The Mavericks lost a pair of games at home to Memphis because they didn't take care of the ball. If they do that, regardless of who they play, I don't see them losing
Peja seemed to hurt his back a little in G4. Anything to worry about there?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:39 PM)
Always a little bit of a concern with Peja's back, but I don't think there's anything too serious that it would keep him out
Gab (San Juan)
How do you see Barea playing against a quicker PG in Westbrook? Fisher and Blake looked like 47 year olds out there.
Chuck Cooperstein (12:40 PM)
The better question is how will JJ match up with Eric Maynor? And the answer is: Just Fine
Assuming the Hawks can't be a part of the 17%, how do you see the Bulls/Heat series playing out?
Chuck Cooperstein (12:42 PM)
Miami is playing better than the Bulls are right now. Miami is a two man team (maybe a two and a half man team if Bosh decides to make an appearance). The Bulls have degenerated into a one man team, and I did like the point I heard earlier this morning that playing the Celtics gives the Heat more time to really try to solve the Bulls defense since they are one and the same. I do love the energy Chicago's second team brings defensively, but if Kyle Korver can't score, I don't know what they're going to be able to do
Chuck Cooperstein (12:52 PM)
Thanks for the great questions! Tom Petty said "The waiting is the hardest part," and he was dead right about that.Sunday...Tuesday...Whenever. Can't wait to get the WCF started, and I know you can't either. Back next thursday to talk about it