The Everyday Mailbag- 3/15/11

This week was another great week in sports. And with great weeks in sports, great questions are created. Here's what America wants to know!

Q: Kevin Love just surpassed Moses Malone for the most consecutive double-doubles in NBA history. Do you think he could have accomplished that feat on a winning team ?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: Yes I do. Rebounding is all about desire and positioning and he does both well enough to offset his lack of athleticism. The only opposition he may have to getting those numbers on a winning team would be minutes. If there are more good players on a team, less minute means less chances for rebounds.

Q: Who do you have coming out of the NBA's Eastern Conference this year? Boston, Miami or Chicago?
-Chad W., Des Moines, IA

A: I had the Miami Heat at the beginning of the year, but I have changed my mind. The Bulls have defense, bench scoring, rebounding and chemistry that the other teams do not have. I see the Bulls coming out of the East. Boston traded their chance to win the East when they moved Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City. The Heat don't rebound well enough consistently in my opinion.

Q: If Cam Newton is available for the Titans, will it be a mistake if they pass on him?
-David D., Murfreesboro, TN

A: I think it would be because they need a QB but do I think they will draft Cam? No.

Q: My pops made a point that the reason why the kids of average joe athletes do a lot better than the kids of superstars is because the average athlete has a lot more time to teach their kids their game and their craft and they aren't interrupted by constant travel for games, endorsements and TV appearances. Would you agree?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: I would agree with you for the most part. There are rare cases where Dell Curry spent time to teach his sons the game, but for the most part, pro athletes and their schedules prohibit them from being able to fully teach their kids their game or just being around as much in general to be honest. No knock to pro athletes, but most of their time is taken up by athletics in most cases.

Q: Who would you list as the potential candidates as the next GT basketball coach? I want to see if you include my first choice.
-Ryan M., Franklin, TN

A: I would say that Bobby Cremins would get a call. Also, some small school coaches will get a call. I wouldn't be surprised if Old Dominion's Blaine Taylor get a call. Another possibility is for an assistant like North Carolina's Steve Robinson to get a call.

Q: How did Florida's Chandler Parsons get voted the SEC Player of the Year in the SEC and he's not even the leading scorer on his team?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: Its not necessarily about who's the best scorer. He actually was the most indispensable player on the best team record-wise in the East, which was the stronger division. With the best record comes the awards.

Q: Shaquille O'Neal (while in Orlando) vs. Dwight Howard. Who would prevail?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: I think Shaq would dominate because he was 7'1,300+ pounds and young in Orlando and he would wear on Dwight Howard even though Howard is a big guy himself. Now if they were shooting free throws, I would think Dwight would have a shot, but they both shoot horribly from the line.

Q: I'm interested in seeing who you have the Falcons picking in the 1st round of this year's NFL draft?
-Dave C., Portsmouth, NH

A:I think the Falcons will draft either CB Jimmy Smith from Colorado or DE Adrian Clayborne from Iowa. Both positions are needs for them.

Q: How long will it be before a 16 seed upsets a number 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?
-Nic R., Lenexa, KS

A: I don't think its close to happening, even with the deteriorating state of college basketball. In fact, I don't see it happening at all.

Q: Who do you think should be named the Player of the Year ?? Dukes Nolan Smith or Jimmer Fredette?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think that Jimmer Fredette will be named the Player of the Year because if you take him off of BYU's team, they aren't very good. If you take Nolan Smith off of Duke, you still have Kyle Singler and the crew there and the Blue Devils would still be successful.

Q: How good is Kemba Walker ? And will he make a good professional on the next level?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think Kemba Walker is a very good college player, but I think he is very similar to former Syracuse star Johnny Flynn. He will need time to adjust his game to the next level, but he has the potential to be a good professional NBA player. He has to work on his shooting.

Q: What do you think about the supposed "east coast bias"? Do you think there is legitimacy to it, or do you think that the SEC and Big East are just better than the West Coast teams?
-Robert B., Los Angeles, CA

A: I think that the Big East is definitely better than the West Coast teams, but as far as the SEC, the West Coast teams matchup better there. So, in essence, I don't think there's an East Coast bias. If you're a good team or player, you will get recognized wherever you play. For example, Jimmer Fredette is one of the leading candidates for Player of the Year and he plays on the West Coast.

If you have any sports questions, feel free to e-mail me at dangerous_316@yahoo.com. All questions get answered.

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