PODCAST: Anthony Davis will be Team USA’s anchor

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It is always great going on the air with ESPN Radio in Lexington, Kentucky, because the hosts on that station know more about basketball than most folks have forgotten. Did you know that Anthony Davis used to be a ballhandler extraordinaire before undergoing a growth spurt that has turned him into one of the NBA’s top big men? That nugget of knowledge was one of many pieces of wisdom tossed around in this interview with hosts Chris Cross, Mike Cameron and Matthew

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Rose misses practice with knee soreness; Cousins 50-50 to play Wednesday

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Knee soreness kept Derrick Rose out of practice Tuesday, making it the third straight day he has not played any basketball. And that left Team USA officials wondering whether Rose will be capable of handling the rigorous World Cup schedule. Also, DeMarcus Cousins practiced Tuesday but listed himself as 50-50 for Wednesday night’s exhibition game against the Dominican Republic, an assessment that appeared to catch Mike Krzyzewski by surprise when the comment was relayed to the coach. It

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Kevin Durant cannot endorse products with sugar or preservatives

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Kevin Durant is prohibited from endorsing any food or drink product that contains sugar or preservatives, under terms of an endorsement deal with Kind Foods that was negotiated by his latest agency, Jay Z’s Roc Nation, a source tells SheridanHoops.com. The rare contractual language is part of Durant’s deal with Kind Foods, which markets healthy snack foods. Durant signed an endorsement deal with them in March. For the next three years, because of the contract language, you will not see Durant

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PODCAST: More on Kevin Durant, Jay Z and Team USA

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Not many people are criticizing Kevin Durant for quitting Team USA nearly two weeks after the team began training camp, but I am an exception. I thought it was a poor choice by a guy who let down his national team coach and teammates — even if the majority of folks want to give him a pass. But as we look closer at Durant’s decision, it raises some questions. Is he getting bad advice from Jay Z and Roc Nation, who

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Sheridan: Anthony Davis is the new Team USA Alpha Dog

CHICAGO – Usually, there are very few “Wow” moments in exhibitions, be they NBA games or FIBA games. This one bucked that trend. Anthony Davis diving into the stands, knocking over two of the hottest female fans in the building? Yeah, that was a “Wow” moment. Davis finishing a couple of fast breaks with rim-rattling slams while running at full speed? Yeah, that too brought out the ‘W’ word. There were enough “Wow” moments from that young man to leave you saying

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Sheridan: Jay-Z taking blame for Durant quitting Team USA

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CHICAGO – Not a lot of Jay-Z fans here. At least not among the U.S. federation. They aren’t exactly burning his CDs, but they are enumerating the burned bridges as the fallout from Kevin Durant’s abrupt departure from the U.S. national team continues to spread. Team USA is only the latest entity to be left with a sour taste after dealing with Durant and his latest agent. The folks at Nike aren’t exactly happy. The folks at Gatorade already were unhappy. “It’s like

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Free Agency Leftovers: Mid-August Edition – UPDATE

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Not much happening. Which leads us to a Sportswriting Etiquette 101 lesson: It is bad form for basketball writers who are covering a tight game to say: “Looks like it’ll go to overtime.” Same thing with baseball writers, who are forbidden in press boxes from mentioning the words “extra innings” prior to the start of the 10th. It s considered a jinx. OK, not forbidden. But it is frowned upon, heavily. Sportwriters like to go home to their families, especially those families with

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Sheridan: Cousins Injured at Team USA Practice as Post-Durant Era Begins

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CHICAGO – DeMarcus Cousins watched the end of practice sitting on a trainer’s table, his knee wrapped in an ice pack. A trip to a hospital awaited, where an MRI would bring further news: no structural damage. Nobody knew quite for sure earlier Thursday whether Cousins’ injury was serious as Team USA resumed training camp, but they did know one thing for certain: Never has there been a U.S. team preparation period quite like this one, with players dropping out, getting

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