Sheridan: Reviewing the Report Cards for All 30 NBA Teams

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Way back in 1979, I got my first taste of Jesuit Education in 9th grade Ancient Greek class. On the first day of high school at Fordham Prep, professor Douglas Tobin gave us our first homework assignment: Learn the Greek alphabet, capital letters and small letters. “There will be a hit or miss quiz tomorrow,” he said. Hit or miss quiz? “You get either a 100 or a zero,” Tobin explained. “If you get one single thing wrong, you get a zero.” Every

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Sheridan: Midsummer Report Cards — Pacific Division

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Not too long ago, you could make the case that Rajon Rondo was the best point guard in the NBA. At the current moment, you could make the argument that DeMarcus Cousins is the best center in the NBA. And as far as pure scorers go, it is not a reach to say that Rudy Gay is in the top 10. Oh, and George Karl is a very good coach. Not many would dispute that. All of those guys are now members

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The Basketball Tournament Enters The Home Stretch, Four Teams Remain For $1 Million Prize

A new champion will be crowned in the second annual Basketball Tournament. The 97-team field is down to four, and the defending champs are not amongst the remaining squads. City of Gods, Team 23, Overseas Elite and The Ants Alumni all emerged from a weekend field of 17 that squared off on the campus of DePaul University in Chicago over the weekend to punch their tickets to New York City for the semifinals and finals of the $1 million, winner-take-all tourney. The semifinals will take place

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Sheridan: Midsummer Report Cards — Southwest Division

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No division in the NBA was more competitive last season than the Southwest. Every team made the playoffs, and the division champion was not decided until the final night of the season. Now, with the summer signing season all but complete, the division appears as though it will be as competitive in the upcoming season as it was in 2014-15. The San Antonio Spurs have added LaMarcus Aldridge and David West, the Houston Rockets have added Ty Lawson, the New Orleans Pelicans

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Sheridan: Midsummer Report Cards — Northwest Division

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We are now about to enter Year 6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dynasty … Oh, sorry about that. The James Harden trade slipped my mind. Allow me to begin again … We are now about to enter the final season of Kevin Durant’s career in Oklahoma City, and the clock is ticking as well on Russell Westbrook’s departure. In the summer of 2017, when the salary cap is nine figures, the NBA’s best-dressed man will be taking his talents elsewhere, too. And

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Sheridan: Midsummer Report Cards – Central Division

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Day 3 of our midsummer report card distribution process brings us to the Central Division, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers and owner Dan Gilbert, whose company, Quicken Loans, will soon be offering 24 percent mortgage rates in order to cover the boss’ luxury tax bill. Just kidding. We think. It has been a busy summer for the former top pizza deliveryman in Detroit. After watching his team lose to the Golden State Warriors in Games 4, 5 and 6 to surrender the

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Sheridan: Midsummer Report Cards – Southeast Division

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The latest NBA news is interesting: If you win your division, you can hang a banner from the rafters. But that doesn’t mean you are going to the playoffs. Which begs the question: Why even have divisions? It makes no sense. Then again, things that make no sense are part of the NBA landscape. Take Andrea Bargnani, for example. He should be playing in Europe. Or China. That has been clear for years and years and years. But the New York Knicks

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The Case For Rookie Of The Year Favorites

We spent much of July covering the Summer League, and as always, some of the most interesting stories revolved around the performances of the most prominent new rookies. Basketball fans know by now to take Summer League stats lightly, as they rarely translate to much more than the vaguest indication of what a player will do once the regular season rolls around. Case in point: Seth Curry is not about to average 25 PPG in the league. But he did earn

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