Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Chris Sheridan

Sheridan: Who is Kim Jong-Un’s new Neighbor? Gonzo is back on the bench

If Kim Jong-Un is wiped off the face of the earth by a thermonuclear attack from Donald Trump, coach Bobby Gonzalez — aka “Gonzo” — will likely be collateral damage. Gonzo is back on the bench doing what he does best — coaching — after signing with the Jilin Northeast Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association for the 2018-19 season. …

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Sheridan: To Understand LeBron v. Trump, You Gotta Understand Jordan and Ali

When Muhammad Ali tossed his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio River, social media did not exist in its current form. But make no mistake, it existed in a different form. Walter Cronkite then was Mark Zuckerberg now. When Michael Jordan said “Republicans buy sneakers, too,” Al Gore had only recently invented the Internet, and Bill Clinton was in the process …

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Sheridan: Examining NBA Expansion and old NBA Arenas with Danny Schayes

Of all the cities, large and small, where Danny Schayes played basketball, the worst NBA venue was undoubtedly the old Miami Arena. Keep that in mind when thinking about NBA Expansion. When it came to exhibition games, there were rodeo facilities in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana that all ended up in a relative tie. And then there was Marietta, Ohio: “It …

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Sheridan: If/When Team USA Goes to China, They Can Thank Jeff Van Gundy En Espanol

For more than a year, Jeff Van Gundy has been coaching a group of lesser-known Americans for Team USA in tiny bandbox arenas in North, South and Latin America. In Havana, he ate in one of the best restaurants on the island of Cuba, and learned from an American diplomat how folks with Ph.Ds sometimes work as maids in that …

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Sheridan: In America’s Gambling Capital, Godfather of Team USA Discusses Legalized Wagering

LAS VEGAS — Jerry Colangelo held court Friday between the two courts at the Mendenhall Center as Team USA wrapped up its two-day mini-camp, never at a loss for someone looking to shake his hand, bend his ear or curry his favor. A guy who once gambled on bringing an NBA team to Phoenix is now one of the most …

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Sheridan: Paul George Returns, But Doesn’t Return…To Thomas & Mack

LAS VEGAS — There is a 50-50 chance that Paul George returns to the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV late tonight or tomorrow. As of Thursday afternoon, he hadn’t been there since his leg snapped in half. On one hand, he could go back there and revisit the site where he suffered perhaps the most gruesome injury in USA …

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Sheridan: Dwyane Wade Will Play In China. Maybe. Someday.

Dwyane Wade might play in China someday. Got that? The operative word is might. The chances of it happening any time soon are about as remote as Xinjiang Province, which borders no less than nine countries and autonomous regions:  Tibet, India, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.     That was supposedly the location of the team offering …

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Sheridan: Who Would Steph Curry Pick to Win the British Open?

Steph Curry is a talker, and there are few things he enjoys talking about more than golf. I once spent a half-hour with him at Abdi Ipecki Arena in Istanbul going shot-by-shot over the round be had played earlier that day on a lovely Turkish morning, and he had shot even par from the tips. The difference between meters and …

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Sheridan: Post-Kawhi, Raptors’ Projected Win Total Not Best Bet on the Board

Kawhi Leonard’s new team has an over/under win total of 47.5, which does not account for the fact that he will not be a happy camper in The North, has an history of locking himself in his room in Toronto, and still yearns to play in a massive market in order to facilitate his uncle’s business growth plan. So consider …

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Sheridan: Team USA Roster Fluid as Las Vegas Mini-Camp Nears

LeBron James will not be there, nor will Stephen Curry. Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard are on the fence. DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Mike Conley and Gordon Hayward will be in attendance but sidelined by injuries. Gregg Popovich will be the ringleader, and the circus will be in town next week in Las Vegas as Team USA emerges …

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