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Playoffs Mailbox: Tyrone Hill

You watch the games, you see the scores, but how do you really know what's going on in the NBA Playoffs 2003? has infiltrated the action with the ultimate insiders -- the players themselves. We're giving you an exclusive look at the postseason with a roster of player mailboxes.

Tryone Hill returned to Philly this season, where he was a part of the 2001 Eastern Conference champion Sixers.

Tyrone answered your second round of questions on Monday, April 28:

Q: Now that you all have gone up two games to zero in the series do you think that you all have the killer instinct to close out the series against a good team like New Orleans?
--Lamont (Richmond, Va.)

Hill: We are still taking it one game at a time. If we get a sweep great. But if we don't, we don't want to get too lackadaisical.

Q: On the court what would you say you can do best? Canada loves the Sixers!
--KC (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Hill: I rebound and I play defense.

Q: Glad to see you back with the 76ers! Do you feel the fans in Philly really have an impact on a game? Explain the difference between playing at home and on the road in the playoffs?
--Bryan (Philadelphia)

Hill: At home, it's like playing in front of friends and family. You feel more comfortable at home, much safer than on the road. Philly fans have a big impact. They are wild and crazy. You don't know what you are going to get out of them.

Q: What's it like to play against George Lynch in this series, since he was such a big part of that team that you went to the Finals with?
--Karen (Philadelphia)

Hill: On the court, we hate his guts. Off the court, we are like best friends.

Q: What's the hardest thing about gaurding the Hornets forwards?
--Josh (Wayland, Mass.)

Hill: They play the same style that we play. So, it's always going to be harder.

Q: What kind of relationship do you have with your teamates? Considering you spend so much time with them, are they like your second family?
--Sarah (Philadelphia)

Hill: They are like family. You are with them on the bus, at the hotel and on the plane. And you go to "war" with them.


Tyrone answered your first round of questions on Monday, April 21:

Q: How do you feel when you are on the court and a player of Allen Iverson's ability is on fire like he was in game one against the Hornets? Good luck and I am glad you came back to Philly. We needed a vetern leader on the inside that is not scared to mix it up.
--Dan (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.)

Hill: It gives the team a lot of confidence when you see your best player and the way he played last night. It gives the whole team a boost and a lot of confidence. It's like a statement. He's ready to play, and he expects everybody to step up and do their role and go from there. It's always a good confidence builder, especially for the first playoff game.

Q: How do you feel about being part of the Eastern Conferance champs in 2001, leaving the team, then rejoining the team this season for what hopefully will be a NBA Finals championship?
--Rob (Columbus, Ohio)

Hill: It's no different. The only difference is that we are a lot older. I am a lot older. It's just good to be back here and just be playing with Aaron, A.I. and E-Snow and also be back in Philly. It's not much different. It was different at first when I got here because I was away for a year and a half. Once I got settled in, it felt like I was home again.

Q: It was said by the announcers in yesterday's game that during the time you were a free agent...Iverson and Snow made numerous calls to you in attempt to get you to come back to Philly. What does that say to you in terms of how they view you? How valuable do you see yourself now?
--Kieshla (Dallas)

Hill: It's a respect thing. When you have been playing with a bunch of guys for a number of years, you (develop) team chemistry. We went to the Finals, and they know your personality. They know what they are going to get from you night in and night out.