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The Everyday Mailbag- 3/29/11

NCAA Tournament action was great this weekend. And just like the NCAA Tournament, the Everyday Mailbag is a non-stop thriller. Without further adieu, here what America and Canada wants to know!

Q: What’s up with the Knicks?
-Herman P., LaVergne, TN

A: I think the Knicks can’t close games. This all stems back to the two issues that were created with the trade: less defense and too many ball-stoppers on the floor. Until they get those two issues taken care of, they won’t get off the snide. In crunch time these issues are exposed.

Q: When is Tiger Woods going to get his game back ?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: That’s a good question. I think by the end of the year he will start to figure it out again. The thing that’s been so disconcerting is that he plays in too much of a spurt now and the bad spurts are outweighing the good ones.

Q: Without looking any NBA stats, who do you think was the best PG for coach Cal……Derrick Rose, John Wall, or Brandon Knight?
-Kareem H, Nashville, TN

A: As far as athleticism, Derrick Rose is the better athlete by a hair over John Wall. I would have to say Derrick Rose because he came into a veteran team, took over that team, made it his own and led them to the National Title game. Knight and Wall are good PGs, but not near the leader that Rose is.

Q: With the recent events that have happened in the NCAA Tournament and with the teams that are left, who’s your pick to win the National Championship?
-Jeremy W., Winnepeg, Canada
A: With who all is left in the Tournament, I will say that UConn is the prohibited favorite. However, when it comes down to team play, shooting and defense, I think Butler will win the National Championship.

Q: What do the Celtics need to do to get it together?
-Herman P., LaVergne, TN

A: The Celtics lost their physical identity when Perkins was traded. As a result, down the stretch, they can’t get the rebounds they need to get or stop the opposing team’s low-post scorer in crunch time. I don’t know if that issue gets solved this year.

Q: How far can Derrick Rose take the Bulls in the playoffs after they have now become the hunted team in the Eastern Conference?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I think that Derrick Rose by himself won’t take them far, but the Chicago Bulls as a team have great success in the playoffs. What I mean by that is that Derrick Rose can’t take him anywhere by himself because basketball is a team sport and their team is the most solid team in the Eastern Conference. I can see them winning the Eastern Conference.

Q: Who do u think the Cavs should select if their Top 3 lottery pick?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I couldn’t really give you a clear answer on that one because their aren’t any clear decisions on who is coming out, but what I can tell you is that Cleveland needs a big guard who can be a franchise style player and can create his own shot. I’m not sure if that player will be available in this draft.

Q: Do you agree that if your point guard is your leading scorer your team will not win a championship?
-Lyorant T., Nashville, TN

A: I don’t agree with that statement. I will say that its not the conventional way to win a championship, but Earl Monroe and Walt Frazier were basically co-PGs and they won a championship. The thing that’s most important is that you have a balanced team. And I think that is most important. And if you’re insinuating about a certain team, they are balanced. Take a look at the inside and outside production.

Q: Your thoughts on Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel? Is he going to stay or should they fire him?
-Corey C., Ashland, KY

A: I think it all depends on the sanctions that are put on UT’s program. If UT get heavy sanctions, Ohio State may be forced to fire him.

Q: What happened to the Lady Vols? They seemed to have been picked apart against Notre Dame ?
-James R., Nashville,TN
A: Pat Summitt said it best at halftime when she said it just seemed like Notre Dame wanted it more. Some bad shot selection hurt them and they just got out-worked all game.

Thanks to all the participants in this week’s mailbag! And remember, if you have any sports questions, feel free to send them to me at dangerous_316@yahoo.com.

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