Sheridan: Predictions for the 2014-15 NBA Season

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Today’s New York Times brings the front page news that more people watched The Walking Dead and NCIS; New Orleans last week than Game 1 of the World Series. Which leads me to Prediction No. 1 for the 2014-15 NBA season: Commissioner Adam Silver is going to take on the national pastime, move up the start of the season by a week and see what happens. Which leads us to prediction No. 2: When Silver does this, his league will outdraw the

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Want to win $100,000 on Opening Night? Read this

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Fantasy basketball season is upon us, which for some of us is better than the basketball season itself. And on Oct. 29, DraftKings is conducting a contest you won’t want to miss — with a cool $100,000 going to the first-place finisher. For those who are accustomed to the old school types of fantasy leagues, we implore you to give this a try. You get to pick a new team every night. You can play every night. You get paid the following

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Lottery reform fails in vote by Board of Governors

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NEW YORK — The draft lottery will remain the same. In somewhat of a shocking development Wednesday, a proposal to alter the formula for determining the top of the draft order failed to draw the 23 votes needed to pass. The vote was reportedly 17-13 in favor of changing the system, with the “No” votes being cast by Phoenix, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Utah, Washington, Atlanta, Charlotte and Chicago. Under the proposal that failed to gain

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VIDEO: Changes coming to draft lottery?

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NEW YORK — The draft lottery is probably going to look a whole lot different by the time this week is over. Regarding the Philadelphia 76ers, it is going to ensure that their tank job for this upcoming season will not be replicated by anyone else anytime soon. Under a proposal scheduled to be voted upon by representatives of the 30 NBA ownership groups, the formula for the draft lottery will change. As first reported by Zach Lowe of Grantland, the

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PODCAST: Why Kobe Bryant Can (Will?) Win NBA Scoring Title

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Prediction season is almost in full swing, and here is one from me: Kobe Bryant is going to compete for the NBA scoring title all the way into April, and he might just win it. In fact, if I had to pick a favorite, I’d pick the Mamba. With all due respect to Kevin Durant, no one has been more of a pure scorer in the NBA longer than Kobe. Yes, the guy is 37 and is coming off a major knee

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Sheridan: Where Does Michele Roberts Stand on Key NBA Labor Issues?

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Michele Roberts, the person, believes an age limit that keeps 18-year-olds out of the NBA is un-American. She also believes a maximum salary in a thriving industry is abhorrent. And she feels a system set up to prevent owners from overspending is flat-out ludicrous. Again, those are the opinions of Michele Roberts, the person. Not Michele Roberts, the new boss of the National Basketball Players Association. In her new job, max salaries, salary caps, luxury taxes and age limits are economic realities

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VIDEO: Durant’s injury opens up MVP race to … Westbrook?

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Hard to get a feel yet whether there is a palpable sense of panic over Kevin Durant’s foot injury, or whether everyone is drinking Sam Presti’s Kool-Aid and expecting the reigning MVP back sometime around Dec. 1 — the best-case scenario laid out by the Thunder when the news of the injury broke Sunday. If Durant only misses the first four to five weeks of the season, OKC will be OK. The Thunder are already established as an elite Western Conference

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Sheridan: Looking at Projected Win/Loss Totals

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For those who gamble, the preseason over/under win projections are wondrous to pore over. It is the one point during the year when you can make an assessment of how the offseason went, and how it will translate into success — or lack hereof — on the court. Last season, two-thirds of the NBA teams failed to reach their projected win total. This season, nobody is projected to win 60 games by the oddsmakers in Las Vegas, which I find interesting. It

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