Magloire
You watch the games, you see the scores, but how do you really know what's going on in NBA Playoffs 2004? NBA.com 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.

New Orleans' Jamaal Magloire ranks in the top 10 in rebounding and double-doubles. Send Jamaal a question via e-mail and we'll post his answers to the best questions at least once for each round of the Playoffs the Hornets reach.

Magloire answered your first round of questions on Thursday, April 22:

Q: Jamaal, great season my man. What did you learn in your first couple of years that made a big difference in you having such a breakout campaign?
- Ross (Boca Raton, Fla.)

Magloire: I think this progression to what has happened this year has not only been for the four years Iíve been here. Itís taken a long time. I remember back to my days at Kentucky where I used to shoot in the gym at 3, 4, or even 5 oíclock in the morning so I think itís not something that just happened. Itís just all the hard work and the perseverance that Iíve put into this game over the years since my days at Kentucky.

Q: I'm 14, do you have any advice on how to work on rebounding and playing inside?
- Cedric (New York, N.Y.)

Magloire: I think youíve got to watch some film on great rebounders in the league. With me, rebounding is about timing and about the will. Rebounding is not as flashy as scoring points so you really have to have the will and the demeanor to go out and be aggressive and try to have a mentality that you want every and any rebound that's out there.

Youíve always got to assume that a shot that goes up is a missed shot and thatís an opportunity for you to have a rebound. Again, I canít stress enough, itís about timing, when to jump, your positioning, your technique. Those are all thing you can see on film with some of the better rebounders.

Q: Who would you rather face in the west: Shaquille O'Neal or Yao Ming?
- Ryan (Charlotte, N.C.)

Magloire: Theyíre both really tough matchups. The reason I would like to face Shaquille more is because I like challenges and I like to play the best and heís definitely the best center in this league. I always take that as a challenge and the only way for me to get better is playing against the best.

Q: How does it feel now that your critics have been proven wrong with your outstanding play this season? You are truly an all-star.
-Tee (New Orleans, La.)

Magloire: I never really listened to the critics. I know that I can play in this league and Iím one of the better players in this league. Iíve put in the hard work. Iíve shown the progression over the years since Iíve been in this league and Iím not a complacent person. Iím going to work until I become the best and with that attitude alone and my demeanor, that alone, sets me apart.

Q: Congrats on your breakout season! I was just wondering how different it is to be one of the go to guys coming in rather than a role player like you were in the past playoffs?
- Sam (Madison, Wis.)

Magloire: Not much has changed. Iíve always believed in my routine in getting ready and focused for games. One thing I can say is that I know the demands have definitely increased. Iím being double-teamed and triple-teamed, so Iíve really got to focus on my intensity on the floor and continue to improve. Since the All-Star game, I found myself getting beat up a little bit more and Iíve been in the gym a lot more trying to find ways to counter that.