PODCAST: Michael Scotto Previews the NBA Season With FOX Sports Radio

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In my latest SheridanHoops previews for the upcoming season I have the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks as playoff teams. What about the rest of the league? Can Kobe Bryant carry the Lakers to the playoffs with Steve Nash now out for the season? Is this the year the Chicago Bulls fulfill their potential and reach the NBA Finals? Are the Cleveland Cavaliers the title favorites with LeBron James and Kevin Love joining forces with Kyrie Irving? With that in mind, I joined FOX

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PODCAST: Why Kobe Bryant Can (Will?) Win NBA Scoring Title

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Prediction season is almost in full swing, and here is one from me: Kobe Bryant is going to compete for the NBA scoring title all the way into April, and he might just win it. In fact, if I had to pick a favorite, I’d pick the Mamba. With all due respect to Kevin Durant, no one has been more of a pure scorer in the NBA longer than Kobe. Yes, the guy is 37 and is coming off a major knee

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PODCAST: Why Damian Lillard is a Top 10 Point Guard – and Deron Williams isn’t

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If you visit this site with any regularity, then you know I recently wrote a piece listing the NBA’s top 10 point guards. The list includes some relative newbies such as John Wall and Kyrie Irving. It also does not include Deron Williams and Derrick Rose, who in my opinion have not done enough of late to merit inclusion among the best players at arguably the most talented position in the league. Apparently, the folks at Rip City Radio 620 in Portland

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PODCAST: Kenneth Faried is MVP of World Cup so far

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When you shoot 8-for-11 from the field, as Kenneth Faried did Wednesday in Team USA’s 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic, and your shooting percentage for the tournament actually goes down … well, that says something about the kind of tournament you are having. Faried is unquestionably the leading candidate to be MVP of the 2014 FIBA World Cup after four games of pool play. The question is whether he will be able to keep it up over Team USA’s next

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PODCAST: Is Derrick Rose healthy enough to play for Team USA?

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Derrick Rose expects to play Friday night for Team USA against Puerto Rico, which will end a six-day reprieve from actually playing basketball. He has not taken part in scrimmages at practice since playing 24 minutes in a victory over Brazil last Saturday. Knee soreness and general precautionary reasons are what is keeping Rose sidelined, and should that really be a surprise? He has had surgery on each of his knees overt the past two seasons, and it takes players time

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PODCAST: Anthony Davis will be Team USA’s anchor

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It is always great going on the air with ESPN Radio in Lexington, Kentucky, because the hosts on that station know more about basketball than most folks have forgotten. Did you know that Anthony Davis used to be a ballhandler extraordinaire before undergoing a growth spurt that has turned him into one of the NBA’s top big men? That nugget of knowledge was one of many pieces of wisdom tossed around in this interview with hosts Chris Cross, Mike Cameron and Matthew

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PODCAST: More on Kevin Durant, Jay Z and Team USA

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Not many people are criticizing Kevin Durant for quitting Team USA nearly two weeks after the team began training camp, but I am an exception. I thought it was a poor choice by a guy who let down his national team coach and teammates — even if the majority of folks want to give him a pass. But as we look closer at Durant’s decision, it raises some questions. Is he getting bad advice from Jay Z and Roc Nation, who

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PODCAST: Canada thrilled with Raptors Respect in new NBA schedule

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Lots of different ways to look at the NBA schedule. Myself, I chose to write about the 10 best game nights, rather than the 10 best games. People have caleders they need to circle … ok, people my age who have actual calerdars on their wall. So who do we want to watch? We want to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East. Everyone else? Not so much. In the West, we want to watch Kobe Bryant, aka basketball’s Tiger Woods. Will Kobe be that

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