MVP Rankings, Edition IV: From New York to Slovenia to Cuba

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Been too long since the last MVP rankings, nearly two whole weeks. A lot has been happening during that time, and I have a few stories to tell — new and old, before we get into the latest rankings. This morning’s New York Times brings news that the United and Cuba will restore full diplomatic relations. But wait … no tourism for Americans, and no democracy for Cubans? Hey, you never know what kind of a surprise the Old Gray Lady

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Sheridan: Top trade candidates include Stephenson, Rondo

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Anybody who signed an NBA contract prior to Sept. 16 is now eligible to be traded. And the “Most Likely” list begins and ends with Lance Stephenson … sort of. In the NBA, you never really know when someone will have a hair trigger and pull off a deal that becomes addition by subtraction (yes, we are talking about you, Stan Van Gundy/Josh Smith). But the primary guy who fits under that subcategory is Stephenson, the prized offseason acquisition of the Charlotte

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Sheridan: Aside from Kirilenko, What Trades Can Nets Actually Make?

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We have our first trade speculation frenzy of the 2014-15 NBA season courtesy of Marc Stein of ESPN.com, who is using his bully pulpit at the Worldwide Leader to throw a little something against the wall, saying the Brooklyn Nets have made it known around the league that Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez are available via trades. But as Stein reports, nothing is imminent. And we should further remind you that players who signed contracts over the summer are

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition III; Prince William sees LeBron

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The Prince will go see the King tonight in Brooklyn, and William should see a show from LeBron. The biggest Brit of them all should also take a look at the baseline photographers to see something else that is a freak show: The shutterbugs will be all spiffed up. Word was passed along to the fotogs last week that jeans and sneakers will not be tolerated if they plan to take their usual cross-legged seats along the baseline for Monday night’s

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PODCAST: Who is better: Grizzlies or Warriors?

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The best record in the NBA is now shared by the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors, thanks to Stephen Curry finally sinking a game-winning 3-pointer for the ‘Dubs to give them a victory over the Orlando Magic last night. At 15-2, the teams sit atop the Western Conference. Both were highly regarded coming into this season, but neither was expected to get off to a start this good. We will get to judge them against each other in a

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Sheridan: Steve Clifford on the Hot Seat in Charlotte

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The team formerly known as the Charlotte Bobcats was supposed to be a heck of a lot better than they are. The Hornets begin this week with a nine-game losing streak, and compounding the misery is the fact that coach Steve Clifford has benched prized offseason acquisition Lance Stephenson in the fourth quarters of several games, including two last week. Under the “we’ve seen this movie before” theory, when a star play is at odds with a losing coach, there is

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings; Edition II: Headline Porn For Cuban Indeed

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So Mark Cuban wants to move his Mavericks, the Spurs, the Rockets and the Pelicans to the Eastern Conference, replacing them in the West with the Bucks, the Bulls, the Pacers and the Pistons. And as he predicted after making that suggestion to New York and Dallas reporters as he did one of his StairMaster workouts Wednesday night, his idea will turn into “headline porn.” As a publisher, I get what he means. If I publish “The 10 Hottest NBA Cheerleaders” it

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PODCAST: Kobe Bryant among Top 5 players of all time

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Kobe Bryant is now within 219 points of surpassing Michael Jordan (32,292) on the career scoring list. I covered all five of Kobe’s championships, along with the final three of Jordan’s six. I was a little kid when I watched Oscar Robertson play in person, and I grew up watching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominate the NBA, both with the Bucks and the Lakers. I have only faint memories of watching Wilt Chamberlain play on TV, and I never saw Bill Russell play —

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