Heisler: On the bright side for lockout-shortened 2010-11 season, it’s over!

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I finally figured out the problem with the NBA’s lockout-shortened 2011-12 season … They didn’t shorten it enough. These days, all sports’ regular seasons seem like interminable waits for the real deal, even if they’re cut from 82 games to 66, crammed into 123 days that started on Christmas, fooling the veterans, most of whom apparently stopped working out at Thanksgiving. If it was an inelegant rush to put this mess behind them, you could see the season as a triumph… if you fell

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Heisler’s Wednesday Power Rankings

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At this point of every season, even 66-game ones, I like to offer a little prayer of thanksgiving: Thank heavens that’s over! If you want to know who I ranked first, instead of copping out again with a 12-way tie, the answer is San Antonio. If you want to know who proved themselves to be best, that would be no one. Not that the regular season was going to tell much about the elite teams, unless one went 60-6. For all the opinions spouted from

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Heisler: Kobe or not Kobe: The answer’s finally in the affirmative

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LOS ANGELES — I didn’t set out to major in Kobe Bryant, having long since graduated when he showed up here at 17. Things just led that way. I covered his father, Joe, whom he called Jellybean, as a 76ers rookie in the 1970s. I knew the family from Baker League games, where I met Joe’s gregarious father, Big Joe. After not having seen Joe for decades, I ran into him at the 1995 Adidas camp at Fairleigh Dickinson where his

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Heisler’s Wednesday Power Rankings

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As the drama builds for the ultimate honor that Sheridan Power Rankings (Wednesday Edition) can confer, the leader going into the last week is…. What leader? I can’t think of anyone who should be No. 1, or at least who deserves to have it to itself, so I have a five-way tie for No. 1. No one has led anything lately. Chicago has the best record, plays the best ball night-in and night-out and would be an easy pick… if Derrick Rose didn’t keep

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Heisler: It’s Magic! Now you see 7-foot superstar, now you don’t

Dwight Howard’s decision to stay another season didn’t turn out to be such good news for the Magic, after all? Gosh, who’d have thunk it? Before zeroing in on the Magic, I should note, in fairness, it’s hardly the NBA’s only dysfunctional organization. Actually, as a former GM noted the other day, dysfunction is the rule, not the exception. Take the Lakers. They’ve been as sharp as anyone despite a sibling rivalry between Jim and Jeannie Buss, with father Jerry supporting Jim and former coach

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Heisler’s Wednesday Power Rankings

We have a little shakeup at the top of the rankings, or say good-bye to the Thunder (now No. 3), Bulls (5) and Heat (6). And our newest leader, and The New Team No One Wants to Meet in the Playoffs is…. The Spurs? OK, there’s a stipulation. This is only if Gregg Popovich brings his whole team, since he doesn’t always. While the other good teams have been taking it between the eyeballs, the Spurs coach saw his team win 11 in a

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Heisler: A rivalry indeed exists, and the Lakers still own the Clippers

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LOS ANGELES — If we’ve yet to see if the road to the Finals still leads through Los Angeles, the road to Los Angeles still leads through the Lakers. The once-and-perhaps-future local kingpins beat their new local rivals, the Clippers, 113-108, moving 2 1/2 games ahead of them in the Pacific Division, locking up the season series, 2-1. Even if it was a Clipper home game, one-third of the crowd was rooting for the Lakers, greeting Andrew Bynum’s put-back for a 2-0

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Heisler’s Wednesday Power Rankings

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Shortly after its debut, Sheridan Hoops’ Power Rankings (Wednesday Edition) gave the top spot to Oklahoma City. The Thunder then lost their next two games, after which we here at SHWE vowed never to put them at No. 1 again. What we meant was we wouldn’t put them No. 1 until the end of the season or we ran out of teams to put there, whichever came first. Right now, it’s not even close, if you approach it as we—actually, it’s just

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