nomuskles: I'd love to be as limited as shaq. millions of dollars is so limiting.

mikeb: Mack-read the question-he wants them to beat the Yanks and Mets back to back playing Yans first

Bill Plaschke: ucla student, chow and neuheisel will be effective in a couple of years. but not so soon. usc will still win.

Fran 77: who do you think is the most under appriectaed athlete out there right now?

mikeb: Bill-there is no way they beat the Pistons-maybe not even Orlando or Cleveland

nomuskles: kwame brown

Bill Plaschke: most underappreciated athlete, believe it or not, is tiger woods. we cannot grasp his current greatness

mikeb: lunch bet? winners choice?

Ali: Is USC and Pete Carroll overrated because they reminded me of the University of Miami in the early 2000s with talent and overconfidence.

Bill Plaschke: mike, you don't think garnett wins east all by himself? then you don't know garnett.

Bill Plaschke: ali, usc was overconfident last year, but not anymore. they learned.

Stan1234: How did you find the style of short, single-sentence paragraphs?

Bill Plaschke: stan, my short style comes from the way I talk..and I think that's the way people listen today. We don't hear long paragraphs. we're a world of sound bites.

josh: The question was ment like Bill answered it. I want to see the Yanks play the dodgers again. Interleauge play or WS. Who cares about the mets.

Amir: Plaschke, why havent we seen too many Lakers articles from you this season?

mikeb: Do not think he can win east all by himself and I do know him-of course I must admit being from NY I am biased against Boston-helped me to big money in SB-which I congratulate you on for your pick-but I am ready to back up Celts opinion with lunch bet

Bill Plaschke: amir, because I'm the lead columnist and I have to be at all the national events, I usually start focusing on the lakers in march, then go with them during the playoffs.

UCLA student: Hi Bill again...how far do you see the UCLA basketball team getting in the NCAA tournament?

Bill Plaschke: ucla will WIN national basketball championship. write it down.

Mack: Bill- The Rockets have been on fire lately...do they have a chance of winning the West? Or will they get bounced in the semi's?