PODCAST: Kobe Bryant among Top 5 players of all time

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Kobe Bryant is now within 219 points of surpassing Michael Jordan (32,292) on the career scoring list. I covered all five of Kobe’s championships, along with the final three of Jordan’s six. I was a little kid when I watched Oscar Robertson play in person, and I grew up watching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominate the NBA, both with the Bucks and the Lakers. I have only faint memories of watching Wilt Chamberlain play on TV, and I never saw Bill Russell play —

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Sheridan: Why are Cavs so “Fragile?”

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It all starts with LeBron James in Cleveland, and when the Chosen One comes out and says he is playing for a “fragile” team, panic buttons start to be pressed. We’ll see what kind of buttons coach David Blatt pushes Monday night against Orlando after saying he expects to tinker with his starting lineup, but this comes down to a bigger question: Why is LeBron James playing in November mode this November? It was understandable the last couple of seasons in

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Can Miami Heat handle the LA Clippers?

Just a few weeks into the National Basketball Association 2014 season, Miami Heat are now looking to take on the LA Clippers on 21st November. After failing to win the NBA finals two years in a row, the Heat are still feeling particularly sore about the final result of the 2013 season. The season before last, the team came up against the San Antonio Spurs and managed to walk away victorious with 95 points to the Spurs’ 88. However, in the

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Drug use in sports: Strategies to tackle the problem moving into the future

Everyone wants to see their team win, from players and coaches to spectators. Without a desire to win, it is not worth the coaches preparing the players for the game, the supporters spending their hard-earned cash on tickets or even the team attempting to play at all. However, winning a game through sheer hard work and talent is one thing, winning by cheating is quite another. One of the worst forms of cheating in modern sport is a player taking performance

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition I: Ode to Vancouver

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It is too early in the season to start ranking the MVP candidates. Or is it? Hey, how many chances to you get to say the Grizzlies and Raptors are on course to meet in the NBA Finals? It would be like one big Canadian reunion. There will be Vancouver nostalgia columns run amok. (The Grizzlies moved from Vancouver to Memphis in 2001). Well, if that is going to be the case, we may as well beat everyone to the punch. My

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Sheridan: Nothing “Un-American” About Michele Roberts’ Posturing

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Michele Roberts is a smart person. You don’t go from being a public defender to major law form partner to becoming the first female head of a major professional sports union without having a healthy combination of savvy, smarts and substance. So what was she doing last week when she told ESPN that the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, with its maximum salaries, age limit and rookie salary scale, is “un-American?” (And by the way, that “un-American” comment clearly struck a nerve with

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VIDEO: DeMarcus Cousins the early leader in MVP race

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DeMarcus Cousins has not picked up a single technical foul yet, which means he is on pace to accomplish his self-proclaimed goal of getting whistled for a maximum of five “T”s all season. His team is the surprise of the Western Conference, with all due respect to the conference-leading Grizzlies, Rockets and Warriors, and he is in the top 10 in scoring (23.0 ppg, 9th) and rebounding (11.1, 8th) following a summer in which he went through a much-needed maturation process

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