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The Everyday Mailbag- 4/19/2011

Another week, another exciting edition of the Everyday Mailbag! Let’s see what America wants to know!

Q: What’s up with JaMarcus Russell?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I don’t know what’s up with him. Maybe its a case of too much too soon. I wish he would get it together. He needs a mentor right now because he has no structure from the looks of it. And the news doesn’t seem to get any better by the day.

Q: What do you make of Tiger’s performance in the Masters? As a golf enthusiast, the swing is looking good. Once the confidence comes back with the putter, could be 2000 all over again.
-Justin U., Jacksonville, FL

A: I think Tiger had a great performance and he is showing signs of getting back to being his old self. But, like always, the putting part of his game is the place where he needs to do some work. I think he could win a tournament by the end of the year.

Q: What’s next after the verdict given on the Bonds trial? Does he serve any jail time?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: Bonds was charged with 3 counts of obstructing justice and faces a maximum of 5 years in prison, but from what I’m hearing, Bonds is highly unlikely to serve any jail time on the charges.

Q: Do you watch hockey? If so, who you got in the Stanly Cup this year?
-Kareem H., Nashville,TN

A: I really don’t watch hockey that much and I’m still trying to understand the game, but from what I’ve heard, the Capitals and Rangers winner could end up being the champion. I’ll take the Rangers to win the championship no matter who they play out of the West.

Q: What’s next on the NFL lockout?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: Well, the two sides are about to meet again. I don’t know both sides are any closer on reaching an agreement, but from what I’ve heard, they are trying to scale back the money the pay the rookies get when they first come into the league. Other than that, the same issues are still being argued.

Q: They are saying JaMarcus Russell is the biggest NFL bust in history, what do you think ? Is he worst than Ryan Leaf ??
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think Leaf and former number 1 pick Courtney Brown are up there with him. I would say Brown is by far the worst number one pick.

Q: I’m wondering how far you think the Lakers really can go, and how long it will take them to flip the switch in this year’s playoffs, if they even do.
-Robert B., Los Angeles, CA

A: I think the Lakers are still going to win the title this year. The thing with them is they always have to be backed into a hard place before you see the best out of them. I expect the switch to continue to be flipped on and off all post-season long until they win the championship.

Q: Who worked with Derrick Rose to develop a decent and more consistent jump shot ?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: Derrick actually worked out in LA. I’m not sure who he specifically worked out with, but he did work hard all summer on putting up shots to improve his jump shot.

Q: How long can the Laker defense continue to cover up the huge liability of Derek Fisher?
-Michael C., Las Vegas, NV

A: I think this may be the last year that they can cover up for it. I think they can win the championship with him this year. But next year, they have to add a quicker PG. Prime example is Chris Paul is a quick PG, but he isn’t as fast as PGs like Russell Westbrook and Fisher is struggling to keep up with him. I think the absence of Steve Blake is hurting the Lakers. Also, look to see more Shannon Brown on Chris Paul.

Thanks to all who participated! And remember, if you have any sports questions during the week, feel free to e-mail me at


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