You watch the games, you see the scores, but how do you really know what's going on in NBA Playoffs 2006? 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.
Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut averaged 9.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in his rookie season with the eighth-seeded Bucks this season.
Q: What has been the toughest adjustment from college to the NBA and now to the playoffs?
-- Rob Perth, Australia
Bogut: The biggest adjustment has been the travel with 41 road games. Every week you're on a plane sometimes three or four or five times in a week. You get into cities at 2 or 3am and then have a shootaround in the morning. Having the rest of the day to yourself then isn't as easy as it sounds.
Q: Hey Andrew, all the people here in Australia are right behind you and the Bucks, going into the playoffs, so keep going mate and show the world your true Aussie fighting spirit. My question is, this being your first playoff series, did you find a great lift in intensity compared to the regular season matches?
-- Gerald, Sydney, Australia
Bogut: With the Playoffs, you're still playing basketball. I think the intensity lifts a bit. There's sold out arenas and national television. Some guys may play a bit harder than they did in the regular season, but to me it's still just about playing basketball.
Q: What was your favorite dunk of the season?
-- Justin, Salt Lake City, UT
Bogut: I had a couple I liked, but the one that stands out was an alley-oop from Mo Williams against Charlotte. I got up pretty high on that one.
Q: I have followed the Bucks all season because you are an Aussie. How does it feel flying the Aussie flag and congrats on an already great season.
-- Peter, Queensland, Australia
Bogut: It feels great. It's a tremendous honor and I take a lot of pride in being from Australia. For me to be part of one of the best leagues in the world and have the whole country following. Essentially it's me and Luke Schenscher as the only Aussies in the league. I'm very proud to have kids back home wearing my jersey.
Q: You had a great start to your NBA career. It's a lot different to what you would have experienced in College and in Australia, particularly the number of games played in a season and the scheduling. How has your body held up and was your first play-off game a step up from the regular season play?
-- Rick Barrack, Point, Australia
Bogut: My body has held up pretty well, as I haven't missed any practices or games. I try to get in the cold tub (where I'm answering these mailbox questions) and use ice and the steam room after practices. Use those types of little things to help my body. I've held up better than I thought, but I've looked after myself and it's been a great ride so far.
Q: What adjustments are the bucks making?
-- Zach Camp, Pendleton, CA
Bogut: I think we need to limit our turnovers which have hurt us in the first two games. Bad shots have led to them getting some fast breaks. We just have to continue to play hard on a consistent basis. When we slip a little, they go on a 10-0 run and we're really playing from behind.
Q: G'day Andrew! What do you personally think is the missing link when it comes to the Bucks transition defense?? How can it improve?
-- Matt, Kenosha, WI
Bogut: It may be as simple as sending three guys back (on defense). I think Jamaal (Magloire) and I have a role to hit the offensive boards, but with Detroit having Ben (Wallace) and Rasheed (Wallace) it's easy for them to get quick outlets. So we have to put some pressure on them to make sure they're boxing us out while having our guys get back quickly to limit their run-outs.
Q: Andrew, me being a basketball player myself I constantly ask myself how you can always find yourself in the perfect place for blocks, points, or rebounds?
-- Matt, Fond de Luc, WI
Bogut: I think it comes from trying to know the game. I'm not the best shot blocker, for instance, but I'm a good position defender because I try and anticipate what is going to happen before it happens. It's not something that can be taught, really, it's more just working hard at it, studying film and tendencies of your opponent. Strength, agility and quickness all help, but it's not so much a physical thing as it is watching game film and learning from that.
Q: Do you feel you met your own expectations of your rookie year in the NBA? If so in what way and if not what do you feel you'll have to improve on to meet your personal goals/expectations of year two?
-- Nicholas, Los Angeles, CA
Bogut: There are a lot of areas I need to improve on. I don't think I've met my personal expectations necessarily and I am fairly critical of myself in a way. I plan on working on all aspects of my game over the summer and hopefully come into next season and advance my game from where it is now.
Q: Who did you look up to as an idol before entering the draft?
-- Andy, Bloomfield, MI
Bogut: Growing up, Drazen Petrovic was someone I really liked because of his work ethic and what he did for European basketball. Toni Kukoc was a guy who I liked the way he played. He was a taller guy who could handle the ball, pass it and shoot it well. As a kid I tried to emulate him because I was skinny like he was. You obviously have the greats like (Michael) Jordan, (Larry) Bird and Magic (Johnson), but those two would probably be more close to home for me.