The excitement of the NBA season has now ended. But just because that ended, doesn’t mean the excitement of sports has to end. The Everyday Mailbag is here still to quench your sports thirst. Here’s what Sports Nation wants to know!
Q: What type of effect do you see Mark Jackson having on Steph Curry and what do you thing about the Ellis Iguodola rumors?
-Mike, Waldorf, MD
A: This trade would add a defensive presence to an otherwise defenseless team in the Golden State Warriors, but they would lose some offense and play-making ability. For the Sixers, this would be like them having Allen Iverson again. Monta Ellis is an undersized SG with explosive leaping ability and quickness. This trade would give the Sixers more offense but make them smaller. I think that the Warriors should hang on to Ellis and only trade him for a big man that can score.
Q: Where will Dwight Howard playing next year?
-James R., Nashville, TN
A: Dwight Howard will be in Orlando next year. I think the Magic will make every attempt to re-sign him and if he is to leave Orlando, it will be in an off-season trade after the 2011-2012 season.
Q: Do u consider Jordan the Greatest or one of the Greatest?
-Jae N., Nashville, TN
A: Yes. Of course. He is the greatest basketball player of all time. 6 rings, multiple MVPs. All-NBA defensive team for most of his career, a leader and a champion.
Q: The NBA’s official stance is they would like to see kids stay in College longer, do you believe this and if so, what should they do?
-Ken L., Silver Valley, NC
A: I think they would like to see more kids stay in college longer but only because of money. Stern feels like the product is suffering b/c of too much young talent and not enough league ready talent. He feels that is affecting the fans because they aren’t as interested in watching What he perceives as a watered-down product. And when fans don’t like a product, they don’t watch and that is ultimately affecting revenue.
Q: Should the Mets trade Jose Reyes? If so, who should we trade him for?
-Damon J., Atlanta, GA
A: I think the Mets should trade him and the Mets should trade him for young pitching and prospects. The Mets are a few years away from contending in the East and they need pieces and pitching. Now as far as the team he could be traded to, I would say its possible that he Could be traded to a myriad of teams, but for some reason, I see him as a possible in LA if the ownership situation gets worked out.
Q: What do you think of Erik Spoelstra?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA
A:I think he’s a good coach. He, like the Miami team, learned some things in this series that will make him a better coach. But, like in everything, the coaches get too much credit and too much blame as well. The players have to accept some blame as well from fans.
Q: Whats the deal with the NFL lockout?
-T.J., Memphis, TN
A: No new news so far. I’m thinking that the lockout will go on for a while and that the possibility of some games being missed is looking more like a reality.
Q: Will the Miami Heat win the NBA Championship next year ?
-James R., Nashville, TN
A: The Heat will be the favorite and I think that if they learn from the events of this year, they will win the title.
Q: Does a certain big-time receiver get out of jail and make a great impact and pro bowl performance this NFL season?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY
A: I think that Plaxico Burress will have a good season, but he will not return to the Pro Bowl player he once was. Now I’m not saying he won’t be effective, but what I am saying is he will not be elite. Age isn’t on his side either.
Q: Yesterday, Jeff Van Gundy mentioned that during next year’s offseason, if Miami doesn’t win championship they should make a pass at Dwight Howard. So if you were Pat Riley, who would you give up, and who would you expect in return in addition to Dwight?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN
A: I don’t think Dwight Howard will be in Miami, but if that trade were to happen, I think they would need to give up Bosh or LeBron. D Wade is not going anywhere. He will retire as a member of the Miami Heat. As far as who the Heat would receive with Howard, I think they would get a lesser piece like maybe a backup PG or a backup big man. We still have an off-season to go thru so we will have to see what players make up each team before that time comes or even if that time comes.
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