The Everyday Mailbag-4/5/11

Another week, another round of interesting questions from across America and Canada. Let's see what America and Canada want to know!

Q: What do you think about the Lady Vols new recruits (Ariel Massengale, Cierra Burdick, Isabelle Harrison) and how do you think they will help in Knoxville ?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: Ariel Massengale will bring a more steady ball-handler to UT. Meghan Simmons is a shooting guard and not a point guard, so now she will be allowed to slide to the shooting guard position. Isabelle Harrison will bring more size (6'3") and depth to the frontcourt and hopefully she will bring some consistent scoring too. As far as Cierra Burdick, she is a 6'2" guard/forward who will bring some versatility to the Lady Vols and she will be a special player at UT.

Q: Is Derrick Rose the MVP? Who's the 6th Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, Coach of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I think that Derrick Rose is the unquestioned MVP. He's been the best player on arguably the most surprising team in the NBA this year.
As far as 6th man of the year, I would have to say Lamar Odom of the Lakers is the 6th man of the year. No one has brought more off the bench than Odom has. The Most Improved Player in the NBA this year is Celtics F Glen Davis. He has doubled his scoring output and he would be the 6th man of the year if Odom wasn't playing like he has been all year. The Coach of the Year is Tom Thibideaux. He has take the Bulls from a 41 win team last year to a 60 win team this year with his emphasis on defense. The Defensive Player of the Year is still Dwight Howard. He makes a porous defensive team pretty good with his presence inside.

Q: What do you think about Alex Rodriguez salary ? The Kansas City Royals are barely making more than he is, A-Rods makes $32million a year & the Kansas City Royals whole roster makes $36.1million.
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think its more of the usual in baseball. Its not all that uncommon for the Royals to have a low payroll. In baseball, there isn't a salary cap, so the rich continue to get richer. I think Alex Rodriguez isn't worth that amount of money, but the Yankees did what they thought they had to do at the time to keep him. The Royals don't have the resources to pay people, so they have to be creative like other small-market teams.

Q: Do you consider the Lakers the best team in the West or do you consider the Spurs the team to beat?
-Jeremy W., Winnepeg, Canada
A: I consider the Lakers the best team in the West. I never really considered the Spurs the team to beat because of the hole they have in the frontcourt. Besides Tim Duncan, there's no one in the post that scares anyone.

Q: The Lakers are showing absolute dominance in every aspect of the game, including busting you in the mouth if you come at us....does any team in the league even stand a chance in 7 gm series vs LA?
-Michael C., Las Vegas, NV

A: You have to throw Dallas in there as a team with a chance because of Dirk, Chandler and their better play on defense. I think the Bulls would have a chance against the Lakers because of their defense and their physical play. They have as much size as the Lakers frontcourt but they aren't as skilled though.

Q: Will Sacramento keep the Kings after twenty five years or are they headed to Anaheim ?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think the Kings are gone. The city either cannot afford or doesn't want to agree to build them a new arena for them and that's what the Maloofs want so I guess its time to call them the Anaheim Kings.

Thanks to all who participated in this week's round of the Everyday Mailbag. And remember, if you have any sports questions, send them to me at

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