Sheridan: In three-team trade, Phil Jackson gives gifts to contenders

Phil Jackson Knicks

Is this some sort of way to earn a quasi 12th ring? New York Knicks president Phil Jackson could not have done much worse Monday night in dealing away Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-way trade that netted the Knicks three non-guaranteed contracts and a second-round draft pick in 2019. We’ve all heard of selling low, but this? This was a gift to the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers, who just became the first team to lose in


How individual businessmen can use their wealth to encourage sport in society

There has been ongoing controversy for many years concerning the size of the ‘wealth gap’ in the US. Indeed, figures published early in 2014 show that the gap between the wealthiest and poorest members of society have actually increased over the past couple of years and that the richest one percent are now wealthier than the bottom 90 percent. While such statistics may cause a degree of concern, it is not all bad news, because it is also true to say


LeBron Out 2 Weeks With Knee, Back Strains


Superstar LeBron James will miss at least two weeks while he recovers from knee and back strains, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced Thursday. The seemingly indestructible James sat out the last two games with what was called soreness in his left knee. He underwent a barrage of tests at the Cleveland Clinic that included an MRI and revealed strains to his left knee and lower back, the team said in a statement. Treatment will include anti-inflammatories, rehabilitation, training room treatments and rest. James’


Dead money: Pistons waive Josh Smith


In an unprecedented and bold move, the Detroit Pistons today waived starting power forward Josh Smith — a decision that will cost them roughly $36 million over the next 2 1/2 seasons. The news came in a press release from the team: “Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction,” said Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach and President of


Three-Man Weave: Conference Calls


We are less than four weeks into the NBA season. And while it is a small sample size, it is large enough to determine whether teams are off to good starts or bad starts. The bigger question is how long can these teams sustain their starts? For that, we have brought back the Three-Man Weave, where three Sheridan Hoops staff members answer three questions. Making his Weave debut is columnist Ben DuBose, who also handles our Tuesday blog. He was able to


Can Miami Heat handle the LA Clippers?

Just a few weeks into the National Basketball Association 2014 season, Miami Heat are now looking to take on the LA Clippers on 21st November. After failing to win the NBA finals two years in a row, the Heat are still feeling particularly sore about the final result of the 2013 season. The season before last, the team came up against the San Antonio Spurs and managed to walk away victorious with 95 points to the Spurs’ 88. However, in the


Drug use in sports: Strategies to tackle the problem moving into the future

Everyone wants to see their team win, from players and coaches to spectators. Without a desire to win, it is not worth the coaches preparing the players for the game, the supporters spending their hard-earned cash on tickets or even the team attempting to play at all. However, winning a game through sheer hard work and talent is one thing, winning by cheating is quite another. One of the worst forms of cheating in modern sport is a player taking performance