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Mike Bibby was the final piece in the Kings puzzle that led to the league's best record this year, coming over in a trade with the Grizzlies for Jason Williams. Now he's been the key piece in Sacramento's run to the Western Conference Finals. He averaged 14.0 points and 3.8 assists in the first round against the Jazz and then exploded for 21.8 points and 6.8 assists in five games against the Mavericks. Bibby continued his hot streak against the Lakers, where he scored 19 points in Game 1 and had 20 points plus eight assists in the Kings' Game 2 win..
After practice on Thursday as the Kings got ready to travel to Los Angeles, Bibby answered a selection of fan e-mail.
The Kings have great players and the Lakers have great players,
so what does it take for the Kings to stop the Lakers? The Lakers are
not invincible so what can be done that has not been done so far?
Silver Spring, Md.
Bibby: "We need to make their role players beat us instead of Shaq and Kobe, who
are going to get theirs anyways. There's always something different that we
can try if that doesn't work"
Just to ask you a question. How are you guys going to stop Bryant
and Shaq? Are you guys going to double team both of them? Or is it hard
to double team both of them and just let them go one on one with you
teammates? Thanks for your time.
Bibby: "I think we're going to use a lot of help defense. We're going to help each
other out a lot more, and try to force them to make the extra pass."
Mike, how does it feel to drive into the lane knowing that
Shaq is there? Don't leave we love you!
David, Tonya and Jacqueline
Bibby: "I just go in there trying to get fouls on him. Unfortunately, he's so big
that he doesn't even have to jump to change your shot, so it makes it
How will you respond to the crowd in Los Angeles and having to
go to their home court?
Bibby: "I think we're going to have fun. Our team just seems to have a lot of fun
when we're on the road. There will be a lot of jumping around and
I think your team has done an excellent job thus far.
Congratulations! How do your team members and you handle the articles
the comments about your team not having the winning drive that the
have and why do you think certain people feel that way about your team?
New Orleans, La.
Bibby: "I guess we're just going to have to show everybody. After we do that,
people will figure it out."
What is the best moment you had so far in the playoffs?
Bibby: "I would have to say making it to the Western Conference Finals, although a
lot of good stuff has happened to us in these playoffs."