Sheridan: NBA Offseason Report Cards

reportcard

It is late August. Everyone is on vacation. The NBA is quiet as a churchmouse. If you want to watch live basketball, you have to settle for Eurobasket qualifying and familiarize yourself with the likes of Iceland, Belgium, Belarus and Ukraine. Not much to do except look back over the past six weeks and cast judgment on all 30 NBA teams for their offseason moves. And lordy, lordy, there have been a ton of them. For a list of every team’s offseason moves,

Read more...

NBA Offseason Report Cards: Part II

reportcard

NBA OFFSEASON REPORT CARDS (Click here for Part I)Mark Cuban counting the number of championships he has won DALLAS MAVERICKS – Mark Cuban will not be raising Jason Kidd’s jersey to the rafters any time soon. He thought he had a deal in place – only to see Kidd bolt for the brighter lights of Madison Square Garden. This is a team that will be treading water all season, then looking to make a splash in free

Read more...

NBA Offseason Report Cards: Part III

reportcard

NBA OFFSEASON REPORT CARDS. Click here for Part I and here for Part II.Donnie Walsh is back at the helm for the Indiana Pacers INDIANA PACERS – Donnie Walsh is back, Larry Bird is gone, Roy Hibbert is staying, and – lest anyone forget – they had the Heat down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals (reminder: Dwyane Wade vs. Erik Spoesltra). Darren Collison, who wasn’t happy after losing his job to George Hill, has been swapped

Read more...

NBA Offseason Report Cards: Part IV

reportcard

NBA OFFSEASON REPORT CARDS. Click here for Part I, here for Part II, and here for Part III.Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Hornets NEW ORLEANS HORNETS — They were a punching bag around here, and rightfully so, but did turn it on quite admirably at the end of the season. They have a new owner in Tom Benson who brings more stability than they’ve ever had, they made the wise move of extending coach Monty Williams,

Read more...

NBA Offseason Report Cards: Part V

reportcard

NBA OFFSEASON REPORT CARDS: Click here for Part I, here for Part II, here for Part III and here for Part IV.New Blazers coach Terry Stotts PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS – There will come a time at some point during the season when one of the Vulcan vultures will fly down from Seattle, have a meeting with the coaching staff and front office, after which Neil Olshey, Terry Stotts and Jay Triano – three of the nicest guys

Read more...

Chris Paul undergoes thumb surgery, out 8 weeks

Chris Paul

Chris Paul underwent surgery this morning to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, the Los Angeles Clippers announced today, saying the injury occurred last month during Team USA training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada. The surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Shin, a hand specialist at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Paul is expected to be sidelined for approximately eight weeks, at which time he is projected to resume all basketball activities including full contact. Paul helped lead Team USA to the gold

Read more...

LeBron taking his talents to Ipanema Beach

IpanemaBeach

No American has ever played on four Olympic men’s basketball teams. LeBron James wants to be the first. In an interview with Tom Withers of the Associated Press, who just returned from covering the U.S. Olympic team at the London Games, James said he wants to play in the 2016 Olympics if he is healthy — and if the rules allow for it. Commissioner David Stern has proposed limiting the Olympics to players 23 and under, but FIBA secretary general David Baumann shot

Read more...

Tweet of the Day: Ryan Anderson

150px-Twitter_2012_logo.svg

About to fly out to NOLA to start my first chapter as a Hornet! — Ryan Anderson (@ryananderson33) August 19, 2012 Anderson will be playing for a coach, Monty Williams, who has some serious job security after signing a new four-year contract. Hornets GM Dell Demps pulled off a steal in acquiring the 3-point shooting machine from Orlando for Gustavo Ayon. But it bears mentioning that although Anderson won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award last season, he really didn’t improve much

Read more...