Sheridan: Diary of the Uncredentialed, Edition II

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BARCELONA — Memo to Kevin Love: If you don’t knock someone on their ass tomorrow, and if you continue to play as though you have a sense of entitlement rather than a job to do, you are going to be watching Anthony Davis take your minutes as the last big man off the bench. That advice is based on solid intel, because the powers that be at USA Basketball are not happy that the Kevin Love they came to appreciate two

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Scola: Rockets said they wanted to go younger

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BARCELONA — Courtesy of Luis Scola, we bring you a small piece of tangential news today regarding the Dwight Howard saga, this from the player who was amnestied by the Houston Rockets in what appeared to be a clear cut attempt to clear cap space to acquire the Orlando Magic center. “They (general manager Daryl Morey and VP of player personnel Gersson Roses) called me right around draft day and they said they had drafted power forwards, and they told me

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Team USA wins by 6 vs. Argentina, but no need for panic

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// BARCELONA — “Was that was the final margin was? Six?” Usually the reporters ask the questions and the players provide the answers. But the tables were turned as I spoke with Chris Paul after Team USA’s 86-80 victory Sunday night over Argentina, and those questions came from him. Yes, the final margin was six – 86-80, to be precise. But the margin earlier was 20, and the score was 16-1 in the early going as the Americans were making their first seven

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Tweet of the Day: Manu Ginobili

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360 degree view of the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. We play USA here tonight. 360.io/CpmhQX — Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 22, 2012 The big game is not tonight. There is a game, yes, but it is not the big one. That’ll come Tuesday night when the Americans play Spain in Barcelona at the arena pictured in Manu’s tweet above. What is notable about tonight’s US-Argentina game is that it is the only friendly the Americans will play against a team they are

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Will LeBron be King of the Hill in Barcelona?

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BARCELONA — The building pictured to your left is the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, which sits atop one of the highest hills in this Spanish coastal city. To get there from the plaza below, they have a series of outdoor all-weather escalators. You can use those, or you can climb about 500 steps. Behind the museum is the Palau Sant Jordi, the modern arena where Team USA will play Argentina on Sunday night and Spain on Tuesday night. From

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Sheridan: Diary of the Uncredentialed: Edition 1

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Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square, seat of local governance, is an example of Victorian era Gothic revival architecture. MANCHESTER, England, July 19, 2012 _ Team USA is staying the night tonight. They will leave for Barcelona in the morning, refreshed or not. You don’t get many nights off on the way to the Olympics after 40-point wins, but Team USA got that rare treat tonight, and perhaps the paparazzi will tell us more tomorrow. This column is entitled

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Coach K says Team USA will have 7 starters, Love 10th man

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MANCHESTER, England — Kevin Durant replaced Carmelo Anthony as the starter at power forward, and Deron Williams took over the starting job at the point from Chris Paul. But despite the efficiency that those moves produced, there is no permanence to those moves, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Thursday night after the United States clobbered Great Britain 118-78, in its third tuneup game. Coach K said there will be seven starters, with Anthony getting the nod when the team needs a little more beef,

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Sheridan: Without changes, undersized Team USA is in trouble

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WASHINGTON — Someone has to say it first, so I’ll take the plunge. Team USA is in trouble unless changes are made. They are too small, they are bringing their best scorer off the bench and making him guard players much stronger than him, and they are brimming with so much overconfidence that they are practically blind to the reality of the situation. If they cannot impose their will on their opponents at the London Olympics, they will lose. They are a one-trick

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