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.
Dallas' Antawn Jamison has reached the postseason for the first time in his sixth season. Send Antawn 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 Mavericks reach.
Jamison answered your first round of questions on Thursday, April 22:
Q: Hi Antawn ! Congratulations on your first trip to the playoffs. Who do you think the team should contain defensively in order to get through the Kings in the series? Good Luck !
-- Jason L. (Makati, Philippines)
Jamison: Peja Stojakovic. Heís done a tremendous job all season and heís a MVP candidate. Heís one of those guys, offensively, that if you let get going, his success trickles down to the rest of the teamís success.
Q: How's it feel to be in the playoffs for the first time?
-- Brad (Fort Worth, Texas)
Jamison: Itís a great feeling. Iím really enjoying it. Itís been almost six years in the making. To finally get the opportunity to do something Iíve wanted to do since my NBA career began is a great feeling. The atmosphere and intensity is at an ultimate high. Itís pretty much everything I expected it to be and more!
Q: Coming from Golden State, how do you now prepare yourself mentally and
physically for a grueling post-season?
-- Gita (Dallas)
Jamison: You have to take care of your body because itís a long season. You have to get a lot of rest. I think taking care of yourself mentally is important. Mentally, if you are able to stay focused it makes things a lot easier. The most important thing is to take care of your body and get as much rest as possible.
Q: Congrats on all of your hard work this year Antawn!! The other day as the
team was going in to the locker room, I had a question... What do you
usually do during halftime? Do you all have your own time? Or do you have
pep talks? Is there anything that you especially like to do to get yourself
ready to come back out and play the second half? Good luck to you and the
team! I believe!
-- Jessica (Frisco, Texas)
Jamison: The coaches come in and speak for two or three minutes and then you have as much time as possible to get ready for the second half. I just think about what I did in the first half and what I need to do in the second half to get ready.
Q: Is it different playing in the playoffs than in the regular season, is it
hard to know what's going on because of all the noise?
-- Kelsey (Denton, Texas)
Jamison: Itís a little difficult with communicating with your teammates. But the playoffs are the playoffs. You are more tuned in mentally and well prepared with transitions, etc. Guys' intensity is at an ultimate high, but itís pretty much the same playing as the regular season. But there are a lot more details.
Q: How is it like working with so many great players? Do you hang out with
your teammates off the court?
-- Anthony (Pennsauken, N.J.)
Jamison: I hang out with a couple guys. They are kind of scared to hang out with me now that I always beat them in pool! Itís always good to be surrounded by a great group of talented guys. There are a lot of All-Stars on this team. It allows you to expand your game and you learn a lot. Itís been a very smooth transition and these guys have made me feel very welcome. They are not only a great group of guys on the court, but off the court as well.