PODCAST: Stanley Johnson will reinvigorate Deeeeetroit basketball


When the NBA’s incoming rookie class got together last month for rookie orientation, they were polled about a number of things — including which of them would be named the Rookie of the Year. The winner was Stanley Johnson, who went with the No. 8 overall pick to the Detroit Pistons. What are the Pistons getting from the PAC-10 Player of the Year out of Arizona who won four consecutive state titles at Mater Dei H.S. in California before doing his one-and-done?


PODCAST: Kobe’s future, the Olympics, and a Scalabrine story


Once upon a time, Jason Kidd’s son, T.J., dressed up as Brian Scalabrine for Halloween. This was back when T.J. was smallish, the Jason-Joumana marriage was rock solid, and the Nets played in the dreary confines of the Meadowlands, where T.J. had his own locker. I only got to make a brief reference to that small piece of Scalabrine history this morning in an interview on Sirius-XM NBA radio, partly because Scalabrine was busy predicting that Kobe Bryant will shoot 37


Tweet of the Night: Canada Basketball


The road to Rio made a stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico last night for the opener of the Marchand Cup, and Andrew Wiggins led Canada to an 85-80 victory over Luis Scola and Argentina. When you look around the globe and try to discern who the next basketball powerhouse will be, the best place to look is just north of the U.S. border. Canada will one day be able to field a tam of NBA players all in their primes


$50,000 Filmmaking Award Offered by 2XU Compression Shorts


Interested in filmmaking and basketball? Create a video and win up to $50,000 in awards for showing how the 2XU brand and basketball are driven by their love for the sport, and not by the hype that surrounds it. 2XU, a performance wear company, produces MCS (Muscle Containment Stamping) compression tights. This project is looking for short, documentary style videos that explain how 2XU is the favored brand for compression tights by many professional basketball players, but due to NBA brand endorsements are


Australia qualifies for Rio; Joins Hunt for Silver Medal


The field for the Rio Olympics is up to three, with Australia in. The race for the gold medal remains at one — as it will for the next calendar year. Nobody is going to come within 30 points of Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s SuperTeam next summer, and it will be five long years before we know whether Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Olynyk, Tristan Thompson and coach Jay Triano can build a team good enough to throw a scare into the Americans at


Will Online Gambling Sites and the NBA Combine Forces?

If you love basketball in the United States, you love the NBA. Many of the men and women who love basketball also love online gambling, and the two could be coming together in one of the biggest partnerships that either industry has ever seen. The truth is that gambling has not been able to be promoted or even used in the advertising of any sport in the United States because technically, online gambling is not legal there. With that being said,


Sheridan: From Lafayette to Las Vegas: Elfrid Payton’s Team USA Cameo


LAS VEGAS — It was a warm, muggy morning in Lafayette, Louisiana on Wednesday as Elfrid Payton was going through his usual daily workout when his cellphone rang. It was his agent, telling him he had been invited to Team USA training camp to help fill out the roster for the end-of-mini-camp exhibition game. A two-hour drive to New Orleans followed, then a restless night, then a 6 a.m. flight to Las Vegas where a room awaited him at the Wynn