The Everyday Mailbag- 5/17/11

This weekend brought us the excitement of a Game 7 and the opening of one of the most exciting Eastern Conference Finals in a long time. And just like the NBA action, the mailbag is chalk full with exciting questions! Let's see what America wants to know!

Q: Spurs Celtics and Lakers. Are their runs over with their Big 3? Is this a new era starting?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I think that the Celtics, Lakers and Spurs all are veteran teams in need of youth. All three of these teams need to go get younger, but I wouldn't say all three team's runs are over. I would say the Spurs are closest to their run being over though.

Q: Do you think it's better for the NBA to have Kings in Sacramento or Anaheim?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: I think it would be better for the Kings to stay in Sacramento because the fans there are great, the team has a following built there and also, it looks very bad on the NBA that yet another market is losing a team.

Q: Here's my question: Has Lebron James really replaced Dwayne Wade as the closer of the Miami Heat?
-Ricky K., Staten Island, NY
A: I don't think so. D Wade is still the closer of choice in my opinion. He has a better closing history and I personally would trust him more in the clutch than LeBron.

Q: ‎​Does Kobe finally past the Legacy down and to who besides Lebron can carry the NBA as its feature star?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I think that Kobe has already shown signs that he is getting ready to pass down the mantle to the younger talents. I think players like Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and LeBron are players that can carry the mantle for the NBA.

Q: Can Rose actually bring down the East all by his lonesome? Granted he's filthy good, but do you think he can beat the three-headed Heat monster? He's up 1, but do you think he can seal the deal?
-Brandon E., Murfreesboro, TN

A: I don't think Derrick Rose will bring the Heat down all by his lonesome. He won't have to. He has an 18 point a game scorer w/ him (Luol Deng) and the Bulls play team basketball, where everyone contributes instead of all the scoring load being on 3 people. The Bulls will win this series in 6 games because of their stifling defense, deep bench and their rebounding.

Q: ‎​Roger Goodell is going around league areas answering live questions from fans. Does that change or affect the perception of the lockout?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I think that Goodell going around answering questions doesn't really change anything. The fact is that fans are becoming increasingly angry as the season get closer and closer and the reality that there may not be NFL football in the fall sets in.

Q: Why is baseball still raising ticket prices as economy robbing us wit gas, dairy products and foods?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I think the reason that baseball is raising prices is because of the lack of attendance in some markets and they have to compensate for it somewhere. Also, teams have to pay these salaries for players too. And if the attendance is low, the money has to be made up somewhere.

Thanks to all who participated in this week's mailbag. If you have any questions, feel free to send them to me at And remember, if you have questions, I have answers.

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