PODCAST: Why Kevin Ollie Remains the No. 1 Choice to replace Scott Brooks

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If Sam Presti does not hire a coach that Kevin Durant is happy with, chances are Durant will leave Oklahoma City as an unrestricted free agent in July, 2016. That is a fact. Kevin Durant likes Kevin Ollie. That is a fact, too. And Kevin Ollie is Presti’s No. 1 choice for the job. That fact was first reported by respected colleague Adam Zagoria, and it is 100 percent on the money. So what to make of Ollie’s statement today, tactfully written in

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PODCAST: Michael Scotto on 2015 and 2016 Free Agency

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Five top sleeper free agents are all playing in the playoffs with the hope of cashing in big this summer as I outlined in a previous SheridanHoops column. With the NBA projected to increase the salary cap to roughly $90 million in 2016, teams will spend big this summer with the hope those deals will be bargains in retrospect once the new salary cap kicks in. Despite the anticipated gold rush for free agents in 2016, there are some players who would

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PODCAST: NBA Playoffs Opening Weekend in Review

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How many of the 16 teams in the NBA playoffs have a legitimate shot at the championship? It is a fair question, and it was posed to me this morning on NBC Sports Radio by host Erik Kuselias. Just to give you a preview, I did not answer “Trail Blazers,” “Pelicans” or “Celtics.” But I did give an answer that reflects what an odd situation we have on our hands after the first two days of the NBA playoffs. Clearly, the Los

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PODCAST: Autopsy of Duke’s NCAA Championship win over Wisconsin

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I did pick Duke in last night’s NCAA Championship game, in large part because I felt Wisconsin won a sort of national championship of their own on Saturday night when they beat the 38-0 Kentucky Wildcats. Duke cruised into the final after a 20-point win over Michigan State, and I thought it really showed last night in final stretch of the game as Duke had a little more in the tank to close it out. In this interview with Robin Lundberg on

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PODCAST: Changing the format of the NBA Playoffs

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Adam Silver has been commissioner of the NBA for 14 months now. He has been forceful on one issue — the lifetime suspension of Donald Sterling, which led to the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to billionaire Steve Ballmer. It is time for Silver to stand a stand again, and this time it has to do with reformatting the playoffs. I wrote an open letter to Silver about this very issue less than a month ago, and it is certain to

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PODCAST: Kentucky-Wisconsin autopsy with Bobby Gonzalez

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Yes, I picked Kentucky to go all the way … but I always included the caveat that a lot would have to go wrong for them to lose in this tourney, and a lot would have to go right for someone else to beat them. That’s exactly what happened last night. Kentucky only made three 3-pointers, only shot 10 free throws, got outrebounded by 12 … but more than anything else, they did not do the things they were known for, the

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Gonzo Podcast: The time I met a happy Vincent “the Chin” Gigante

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I have great New York story. Years ago, having dinner in the famous Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side, Campagnola’s as I was out celebrating our second NCAA run as the coach of the Manhattan Jaspers, the maitre d came over said some gentlemen at a nearby table would like to send over a bottle of wine, and would like to meet and thank you. So I naively looked at the table full of recognizable characters with pinkie rings and said

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PODCAST: Vince McKee on writing “The Redemption of the King”

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Vince McKee (pictured to your right) was on the Sports Beat with Nick Camino & Andre Knott on WTAM 1100 in Cleveland last night to discuss the excerpts on SheridanHoops.com this week from his new book “The Redemption of the King.” Highlights from the interview include the meaning behind the title, and McKee’s original inspiration to write the book. They also covered the best parts of the book — but also the most difficult parts of the book to write. Among topics discussed

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