Another week. Another round of great sports questions! Let's see what the sports world wants to know!
Q: If there is a lockout for the whole NBA season will there be a draft and what would the order be?
-Neil C., New York, NY
A: There will be a draft next year. There's not question about that whether they have a season or not. In regards to the order, the order will reflect this year's draft to an extent. The only differences is the trades for picks next year will affect the draft. So, for example, if the Bulls had traded a player this year for a 2012 first round pick from the Timberwolves, the Bulls would have the second pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The other difference is that the teams that had the original pick would have them in the 2012 draft. Basically the Cavs pick at number one would be the Clippers pick because the Clippers traded that pick to Cleveland in the Baron Davis deal. Hopefully that brought a little clarity to the 2012 draft in the event of a lockout for the whole 2011-2012 season.
Q: Do you like the new Home Run Derby format?
-Andrew V, Frederick, MD
A: I like the new format. Having one captain from each league pick the team regardless of if they made the All-Star team was a great idea. It makes for a more competitive contest and it also opens up the field to who can participate.
Q: How do u see Georgetown doing in the next 4 years with regards to recruiting and players making it to the NBA via draft or FA?
-Neal C., New York, NY
A: I see Georgetown doing ok in the next few years in terms of the team, but as far as blue chip recruits and things like that, I think they may get a sprinkle of some here and there, but they will not dominate in that arena. As far as players making it to the NBA, I think that Georgetown won't have too many guys make NBA rosters in the next few years.
Q: Do you think the lockout has caused damage to the quality of football we will see this season?
-Russ G., Walpole, MA
A: I think the lockout will damage the quality of football we see. Football is a game of repetition. You get repetitions in practice and since there hasn't been any official off-season workouts organized by the teams, these reps and practices that teams are doing on their own are good for camaraderie, but not for repetition because the players can only do so much without the coaches there to instruct the players how they want things done.
Q: How do you feel about Kyrie Irving comparisons to Chris Paul? Do you think he'll be that good or is it just because he was a #1 pick?
-Mike D., Waldorf, MD
A: I think the comparisons are somewhat valid in terms of their game and their style of play. In terms of Irving being as good as Paul, I don't think he will be as good as Paul and I have serious doubts if he will live up to the expectations of being the number one pick. The first thing Irving has to do is stay healthy.
Q: How long do you think the NBA lockout will last?
-Jeremy W., Winnipeg, Canada
A: I think the lockout could go a lengthy time. The two sides are very far apart and it doesn't seem like they're getting closer anytime soon. If I had to guess, I would say late December/ Early January. Games being missed has shown to not be a factor in the NBA as opposed to the NFL.
Q: What should Orlando do with Dwight Howard?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA
A: Well, its becoming increasingly clear that he's not going to be there next year. He can say whatever he wants, but its clear he's not going to be there long-term. With that being said, Orlando should move him and get the best deal possible for him. Either New Jersey or LA would be the next destination, in my opinion, for D12.
Thanks for all the questions! And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!