Sheridan chat wrap: May 24

This has been my Twitter picture since I first opened a Twitter account. Here it is in full detail. (Note: There are three ways to get down from the wall, which sits atop a mountain -- you can walk, you can take a tram, or you can sled down a stainless steel, twisting, turning luge track at pretty high speed in a teeny-tiny sled. I chose option #3, and it was my favorite moment of covering the 2008 Olympics in China.

Chris Sheridan chatted online with readers today about Team USA, the NBA playoffs, Jerry Sloan, Pau Gasol, Jim Dolan, Phil Jackson and a host of other topics.He will be hosting another live chat Friday to discuss the results of Game 6 of the Miami-Indiana series and Game 7 of the Celtics-Sixers series.Here is a transcript of Thursday’s chat.10:35Good morning, all. I will be live chatting NBA and anything else you want to talk about beginning at noon, EDT. You can


Sheridan: Shaq as Magic GM wouldn’t make Dwight stay


The relationship between Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard runs hot and cold, and to even describe it as lukewarm would be a bit of a stretch. Remember, part of the reason Howard wanted to be traded to the Nets over the Lakers was because he didn’t want to follow in Shaq’s footprints, and he doesn’t want to play second fiddle to anyone, even if it is Kobe Bryant.  But in the months since the trade deadline passed, Howard now feels the Lakers


Pittman suspended three games, Haslem for one


  NEW YORK — Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman has been suspended three games without pay for striking the neck and shoulders of Indiana guard Lance Stephenson, and Miami forward Udonis Haslem has been suspended one game without pay for striking the head and shoulders of Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough, it was announced today by NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson. Both Pittman and Haslem had their Flagrant Foul Ones upgraded to Flagrant Foul Twos, as did Indiana’s Hansbrough, who


Team USA’s Olympic Schedule unveiled


First up in the first round for Team USA at the London Olympics is France, and last is Argentina. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced pairings and game times for the 2012 Olympic men’s basketball tournament. Two of the USA’s opponents will be determined following the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, scheduled for June 2-8 in Caracas, Venezuela, with the top three finishing teams earning the final three Olympic qualifying berths. The top 2 teams will be in the Americans’


Sheridan: Can Miami close out Pacers without Haslem, Pittman?


// If Dexter Pittman had done what he did to Lance Stephenson on the street instead of on the basketball court, he’d be facing felony assault charges. As it is, Pittman’s cheap shot in the waning moments of Miami’s Game 5 beatdown of the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night is certain to earn him a multiple-game suspension. (On the Artest scale, this one is worthy of a 10-game suspension, IMHO, because of the degree of premeditation). If you haven’t seen the foul


Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando, and Nets or Knicks could get him

// I’ve already told you in no uncertain terms that Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando, and yesterday we took the story to it’s next logical place. Where will Howard end up? The first thing you need to realize is that his destination wish list has grown, because he wants a complete divorce from the Magic –more so than he did back at the trading deadline in March, when the threat of a trade (to the Lakers, Rockets, Warriors, depending on who


Playoffs Day 24: Bird calls Pacers “soft” after blowout loss

Pacers Bird Basketball

Larry Bird is entitled to his opinion. I just wish he’d explain it a little more clearly. Bird told Indianapolis Star beat writer Mike Wells that his team went “soft” in Game 5, which is a curious choice of words to say the least. Did Bird want the team’s self-described “smashmouth” style of play to become “smash-face?” Because Udonis Haslem and Dexter Pittman certainly played smash-face basketball, and the opinion here is that both will be sitting out Game 6 in Indiana