Sheridan Hoops Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:44:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tweet of the Night: Manu Ginobili provides update after getting testicular surgery Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:44:50 +0000

ManuGinobiliSH1ParkIt’s inevitable that players will suffer one injury or another during the course of a season, be it minor, serious or even career-threatening.

For San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s latest injury, it’s simply cringeworthy.

On February 3, Ginobili suffered – and here comes the cringeworthy part – a testicular injury that forced him to get surgery and will sideline him for at least a month. There are no details as far as what exactly happened to the area, but you can only assume the worst if surgery was required. Here’s how the injury occurred:


That’s a tough blow to deal with for the ageless guard, but he did appear to be in good spirits after the successful surgery:   

Certainly, Ryan Anderson has no fault as incidental contact happens all the time. Still, he should send the poor man some flowers or a phone call, at least, for causing one of the most disturbing and uncomfortable injuries known to mankind.

Jim Park is a blogger and Tweet of the Night author of Sheridan Hoops. Follow him on twitter @SheridanBlog.

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DeMarcus Cousins Tops $225K Contest At DraftKings; Win $15,000 Free Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:22:52 +0000

KentHope you had a good Thursday night at DraftKings and won the extra $3 for beating Chris Sheridan, who posted a respectable 279.5 points to finish in the money.

Friday’s ten-game NBA slate is unusual because the highest scores may come early in the evening. The games in the West feature defense for a change.

John Wall $9700 scored 41 on Wednesday, while the 76ers were destroyed by Atlanta. Ish Smith $7100 and Robert Covington $6200 should bounce back, while Nik Stauskas $4000 may be heating up. The Wizards need to turn things around after losing five of six. Marcin Gortat $6800 and Bradley Beal $6100 are the logical plays.

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lineup-2-5DeMarcus Cousins $11300 leads the Kings into Brooklyn. With Rajon Rondo $8200 (toe) not 100%, Darren Collison $4600 scored 19 points in 30 minutes on Wednesday and Marco Belinelli $4500 added 18 in his second solid game as a starter. Brook Lopez $7700 and Thaddeus Young $6200 are usually playable for the Nets.

The Celtics use a deep rotation, making it difficult  to predict individual heroes. Out of nowhere, Tyler Zeller $3100 has been effective in two straight, and Evan Turner $5100 continues to pay his way in DFS. LeBron James $9600 and Kyrie Irving $6800 are both reasonably priced; Kevin Love $7800 has also been playing well since the coaching change.

Chris Paul $9500 and DeAndre Jordan $7900 need a bit more help from their teammates to avoid another upset. Wesley Johnson $4200 and Jamal Crawford $4800 are possibilities, while J.J. Redick $4900 can only improve on a 1-for-9 outing. For the Magic, Victor Oladipo $6900 is on fire, Nikola Vucevic $7300 is a model of consistency and Tobias Harris $5800 has a good matchup. Before that off-night (1-for-10) in Oklahoma City, Aaron Gordon $5600 had two straight huge double-doubles.

With Jeremy Lin $5800 starting in place of Kemba Walker $8300 (knee) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $5200 notching a second straight double-double, the Hornets shocked Cleveland on Wednesday. Nicolas Batum $6300 (toe) still isn’t 100%, so Marvin Williams $5300 has been shooting more. For Miami, Hassan Whiteside $7400 played just 17 minutes off the bench after missing six games but scored 34.3 fantasy points with a near double-double and five blocks.

If Jimmy Butler $8600 (knee) sits out again, E’Twaun Moore $4200 will have another opportunity. Moore scored a career-high 24 in 38 minutes on Wednesday to lead a balanced Bulls attack. With Pau Gasol $8700 (hand) questionable, Taj Gibson $5800 is worth considering.

The Jazz are on a four-game win streak thanks to Derrick Favors $7000, who had a double-double with six blocks on Wednesday. Rudy Gobert $6700 looks even better since Favors returned, Gordon Hayward $7400 is getting more open looks and Raul Neto $3400 has been profitable to own for three straight games.

For once, the Spurs starters dominated Wednesday’s win, with LaMarcus Aldridge $7100 dropping a season-high 36 and Kawhi Leonard $7800 adding 26 points. David West $4300 had a good night and a long-overdue Danny Green $4600 is showing signs of life. Dallas has lost two straight and have scored 100 just once in six games.

Pos Premium Midrange Bargain
PG John Wall $9700 Jeremy Lin $5800 Raul Neto $3400
SG Victor Oladipo $6900 Marco Belinelli $4500 E’Twaun Moore $4200
SF LeBron James $9600 M. Kidd-Gilchrist $5200 Wesley Johnson $4200
PF DeMarcus Cousins $11300 Derrick Favors $7000 David West $4300
C DeAndre Jordan $7900 Brook Lopez $7700 Tyler Zeller $3100

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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Sources: Brandon Jennings to Brooklyn Being Discussed Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:49:57 +0000

SheridanheBrandon Jennings could very well end up in Brooklyn two weeks from now in a trade that would send Thaddeus Young to the Detroit Pistons, sources tell

There are several teams looking to acquire Jennings, who has been a starter most of his career but is currently stuck behind Reggie Jackson on Detroit’s depth chart. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Brooklyn is one of the teams with the biggest need at point guard after losing Jarrett Jack for the season to a knee injury. The Nets are willing to give Jennings a long-term contract as they begin the process of rebuilding following the reign of error directed by Billy King.

jennings tattooThe Nets may need to give the Pistons an additional player, the source said, adding that the back end of the trade would be where the Nets could outbid another team. Detroit has Steve Blake to plug in behind Jackson in the playoffs, but Blake is on an expiring contract. Shane Larkin, who has a $1.5 million player option for next season, could be added to the trade.

Or Brooklyn could throw in Jack, who would serve as Jackson’s backup next season if the Pistons picked up his $6.3 million team option. Detroit would have to add additional salary to make such a deal work, but they have two expendable big contracts in Jodie Meeks and Reggie Bullock.

The trade talks were disclosed by a league source who spoke on condition of anonymity. The source said numerous other teams were also pursuing Jennings.

In Young, the Pistons would be acquiring a more conventional power forward with a decent mid-range game to play alongside Andre Drummond. Current starters (Ersan Ilyasova 11.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Marcus Morris (13.7 points, 5.2 rebounds) are nowhere near as productive down low as Young, who averages 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting just under 51 percent.

Young has 22 double-doubles this season for the Nets, who fired coach Lionel Hollins last month and are desperate to bring in established NBA players due to their dearth of upcoming draft picks.

Having a veteran point guard-center tandem in Jennings and Brook Lopez would make Brooklyn a more attractive destination for free agents, which owner Mikhael Prokhorov said was the quickest path to rebuilding in his stating-the-obvious news conference following the firing of King and Hollins.

Here is what one deal centered around Jennings and Young would look like in the ESPN trade machine:


More on this possible trade in this interview with Justin Shackil of CineSport:

Chris Sheridan is publisher and editor-in-chief of Follow him on Twitter.

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Beat Chris Sheridan For Money; Win Up To $10,000 Free At DraftKings Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:34:48 +0000

KentIt’s a relatively easy three bucks, plus eternal bragging rights if you finish ahead of Chris Sheridan tonight at DraftKings. Click here to enter, pick an 8-man lineup without exceeding the $50K salary cap, make your first deposit ($5 or more) and cheer on your players. 

Our publisher has already picked his team — that’s like playing his hole cards face up. There’s $200,000 in guaranteed cash prizes, plus an additional $3 will be added to the account of everyone with a higher score than my boss.

I agree with many of his selections, especially the Suns. Markieff Morris $5700 was superb in his first start for interim coach Earl Watson. Interim PG Archie Goodwin $5900 played almost the entire game and Devin Booker $6000 keeps improving; unfortunately they are both SG-eligible. P.J. Tucker $5400 is also worth the money playing 40 minutes a night. That’s a big game in daily fantasy on a light NBA slate.

James Harden $10800 dished out 14 assists in addition to his 26 points in Tuesday’s win. Josh Smith $4800 impressed in a spot start at center and Marcus Thornton $3700 was sharp off the bench. Dwight Howard $7400 is very well rested after two ejections and a suspension; he’ll get extra run as Terrence Jones (car accident) is out and Clint Capela (hip) is questionable. Trevor Ariza $6200 plays PF when the Rockets go small, which also helps Corey Brewer $4000.

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lineup-2-4Where my strategy differs from Sheridan’s is the Lakers-Pelicans game. Anthony Davis $10000 filled the stat sheet last night (28 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST, 4 STL, 4 BLK) in a loss to the mighty Spurs. I’m expecting a slight letdown due to fatigue and the quality of opponent. Jrue Holiday $7200, Norris Cole $5800 and Ryan Anderson $6400 can help out the big man and still win the game. Even Bryce DeJean Jones $4200 and Omer Asik $3500 are playable, because L.A. makes most guards and centers look good. Kobe Bryant $5900 (shoulder) rolled back the calendar on Tuesday with 38 points but is always questionable. Jordan Clarkson $5500 and D’Angelo Russell $4800 become interesting if he rests.

The schedule-makers gifted the Trail Blazers with only seven games in 15 days, all at home, and they have won five straight. Meanwhile, it’s the third road game in four nights for the Raptors. Jonas Valanciunas $6100 might be more of a factor tonight, but it comes down to guard play for both teams. Damian Lillard $8900 vs. Kyle Lowry $8700 will be worth staying up late to watch. DeMar DeRozan $8000 and C.J. McCollum $7000 are both razor-sharp. An unsung hero for Portland, Al-Farouq Aminu $5200 contributes at both ends of the floor in multiple fantasy categories. Gerald Henderson $3200, Meyers Leonard $3900 and Ed Davis $4100 are cheap plays with upside.

A 7-point loss in Boston and an injury to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) leaves the Pistons short-handed and a bit weary tonight. Sheridan is keying on Andre Drummond $8600, Reggie Jackson $6800 and Brandon Jennings $4000; I’ll add Marcus Morris $5400 and Stanley Johnson $4400 as high-usage probabilities. Carmelo Anthony $8500 went 4-for-16 on Tuesday for the fading Knicks, whose only win in seven games was at home against Phoenix.

My sample lineup builds around three Rockets, two Suns and two Pistons. It’s a tossup among several candidates for the Util spot at $4200 or less, and breaking news throughout the day could affect multiple players. Don’t forget to enter your team and take your best shot at a piece of the $200,000 prize pool and the “Beat Sheridan” bonus bucks.

Pos Premium Midrange Bargain
PG Kyle Lowry $8700 Reggie Jackson $6800 D’Angelo Russell $4800
SG James Harden $10800 Archie Goodwin $5900 Gerald Henderson $3200
SF Carmelo Anthony $8500 Al-Farouq Aminu $5200 Stanley Johnson $4400
PF Anthony Davis $10000 Markieff Morris $5700 Josh Smith $4800
C Andre Drummond $8600 Dwight Howard $7400 Meyers Leonard $3900

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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NBA Daily Links: 2.4.16 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:52:31 +0000


“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”




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Rookie Rankings: No Justise


Top players that haven’t won a playoff series


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Colangelo vague on Ish Smith



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Shorthanded Bulls top Kings behind E’Twaun Moore’s career night


Gasol opens up about how to address team communication


Mike Dunleavy recalled from D-League


Mirotic in limbo after having second surgery


How Derrick Rose is learning to be Derrick Rose again


Work-in-progress Portis earning big minutes


Joakim Noah deserves a louder goodbye than this


Inside the Bulls’ damaging inconsistency



Third-quarter woes continue as Cavs fall to Hornets, 106-97


Sore hamstring sidelines Cavs’ Dellavedova vs. Charlotte


LeBron brought elderly man to tears with Cavs tickets, care package


LeBron corrects Newton: ‘It’s cooler’ to be a SF


Mo Williams says he won’t ask Cavs for a trade


LeBron puzzled by the video-game lawsuit involving his tattoos


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Celtics nearly squander lead, hold on to beat Pistons


Stevens: We don’t put a lot of stock into rumors


Celtics’ Danny Ainge is striving to build another winner


Dwight Howard trade would accelerate, add credibility to Celtics’ reconstruction


Q&A with Brad Stevens


Celtics intend to move Lee by deadline



Clippers lose to Minnesota, 108-102, snapping four-game winning streak


Still no decision on Blake Griffin punishment


Silver: NBA investigation of Griffin incident almost over


Best possible trade scenarios for Blake Griffin


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Born Ready to the rescue



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Jeff Green providing scoring and more for Griz



Five observations from Hawks’ 124-86 win over 76ers


Splitter frustrated by nagging hip injury


Horford discusses trade speculation


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Whiteside catalyst in tight Heat win in Dallas


Whiteside returns from hip injury as reserve


Cuban lauds Dwyane Wade despite past complaints about officiating in 2006 finals


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Johnson undergoes shoulder surgery; no timetable for return



Hornets top East-leading Cavs; Jeremy Lin nets 24


Walker out vs. Cavs, knee soreness


Kaminsky is the NBA’s most unique rookie


Batum (toe) available and starting vs. Cavs



Jazz grind out ugly win over Nuggets


Gobert alters shots, perceptions


Rookie Lyles to replace Bulls’ Mirotic in Rising Stars game



Cousins, Kings edged by Butler-less Bulls


Karl remains optimistic Kings can play meaningful games in March and April


Belinelli’s poor shooting having snowball effect on Kings



Sellers? Buyers? Phil Jackson’s options as trade deadline nears


Fisher: No disappointment if Knicks miss playoffs


Sad lesson learned from Knicks’ latest sorry performance


Porzingis, East’s rookie of month, continues recent struggles


Are Knicks looking past Grant as next PG?


Carmelo should consider asking Knicks for a trade



Scott can appreciate a vintage Kobe performance the day after


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ESPN Stats & Info: Kobe’s season-high 38 points


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Magic lose heartbreaker to Thunder 117-114 after Durant hits key 3


Magic’s Dedmon sits out Thunder game with foot sprain


Gordon plays with ton of heart and hustle



In a difficult season, Mavs don’t make things any easier on themselves in loss to Heat


Carlisle takes blame for not calling timeout


Cuban announces investment in Donnie Nelson’s pro futsal league


Cuban on Abdul-Jabbar’s criticism: ‘Ask him how many games he’s watched’


January’s shooting star: Chandler Parsons



Nets’ skid reaches five after loss to Pacers


If Nets want a GM and a coach, Stan Van Gundy advises to hire GM first



Nuggets singing the blues with loss to Jazz


Rash of injuries may be bad luck for Nuggets



Pelicans unable to end Spurs’ home winning streak, lose 110-97


Pelicans want Tyreke Evans to take his time to get healthy before returning


How is Anthony Davis doing compared to last season?



Boston 102, Detroit 95: Sluggish Pistons can’t come back



Raptors showing interest in Markieff Morris


Raptors interested in trading for Suns’ Tucker


Raptors’ Powell knows his place in rotation, locker room


Vince Carter-led 2001 team was the best the Raptors have fielded


Suns’ Watson recalls being mentored by Raptors’ Casey



Howard dismisses trade rumor


Howard: I’m passionate about winning


Sources: Rockets don’t plan to trade Howard


Will Howard pursue a max deal this summer?


Terrence Jones to miss Suns game after auto accident


Marcus Thornton likes court time with James Harden



Aldridge wins battle vs. Davis


Aldridge’s big game pushes Spurs past old nemesis New Orleans


Gentry a fan of ‘The Borista’


Parker’s play overshadowed, but critical to Spurs’ success



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Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka thrill in final seconds to top Magic on OKC’s off defensive night


Westbrook, Durant terrorize the Magic for the second time this season


Durant: Rumors about future aren’t distracting


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Wolves beat Clippers 108-102, snapping 14-game skid


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Vonleh ‘doubtful’ to play Thursday against Toronto because of sprained ankle



Curry drops 51 in Warriors’ win over Wizards


ESPN Stats & Info: Curry, no longer slumping


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Lowe: Steph Curry on the evolution of the Warriors


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Report: Marcin Gortat changing agents


Peter Newmann is an analyst and writer who spent 10 years at ESPN, 8 as the NBA senior researcher working 24/7 on the league. He wrote game notes for crews, articles for, analysis for studio shows, and regularly assisted reporters and writers. Follow him on Twitter, and check out his daily NBA content service at

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DraftKings Special: The annual “Beat Sheridan” contest — UPDATE Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:46:38 +0000

SheridanheI have been doing business with DraftKings for the better part of 4 1/2 years since launching this site, and I have been playing fantasy basketball for more than two decades. I am 50 (despite what Google says), which makes me old enough to have once traded Dino Radja for Fat Lever, who latter of which was the last NBA guard to grab 20 rebounds in a single game — although Russell Westbrook came close last night with 19.

fat-leverYou might think it is easy to play fantasy sports this season given what has been going on. If you just pick Westbrook and Draymond Green and build a team around them, you are golden as you sit back and watch the triple-doubles roll in.

Yeah, if only it was that easy.

I play in a $3 entry fee league at DraftKings every night, and last night I had both Draymond (12 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, five blocks) and Klay Thompson (24 points) as the Warriors and Wizards ran up the score in Golden State’s 45th victory, combining for 255 points in the early ESPN game. But taking those two guys tapped out most of my salary cap money, and the rest of my team (Darren Collison, Kent Bazemore, Bradley Beal, Rudy Gobert, Nikola Jokic and Joe Johnson) was solid but not spectacular in accumulating 259.25 DK points, which left me in 19,424th place — about 2,000 spots out of the money (the top 17,345 got paid.)

The winning entry, from a player with the username “mamandus,” took home the top prize of $15,000 by building his team around Stephen Curry (51 points), Westbrook (24 points, 19 rebounds, 14 assists) and John Wall (41 points, 10 assists), who accumulated 212.25 DK points all by themselves. The winner had a supporting cast of Joe Johnson 20 points, nine assists), who is consistently underpriced by the DK pricesetters, E’Twawn Moore (25 points, five rebounds, four assists while filling in for the injured Jimmy Butler), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (11 points, 13 rebounds as the Hornets stunned the Cavs), Tyler Zeller (6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks) and Jonas Jerebko (4 points, 5 rebounds for a paltry 9.75 DK points.

So yes, it is possible to win 15 grand while using the likes of Jerebko.

That’s why you gotta love Daily Fantasy Sports.

Today, in an effort to introduce DraftKings to some new players, we are giving you a choice: You can throw away $3 this morning on a cup of Starbucks or an Egg McMuffin; or you can take that same $3 and make an investment.

3dollarThrow that $3 down on a team at DraftKings, and you will get your money back if you can put together a better team than the one I will be fielding in this contest. There are only four games on the NBA slate tonight, and there is nobody out there who is a triple-double machine, so there is going to be a lot of skill (along with some luck) involved in selecting the best combination of eight players: A point guard, a shooting guard, a small forward, a power forward, a center, a third guard, a third forward and that all-important eighth player, who can play any position.

It’s your choice: That cup of Starbucks or that EggMcMuffin insures little more than an unhealthy breakfast and a mid-morning trip to the bathroom; whereas a $3 DK investment can pay off in a top prize of $10,000. All you have to do to cash out is finish among the top 17,775 among the 76,600 entrants — and don’t forget that our chums at DraftKings will toss you an extra $3 if you can defeat me — and you are a new registrant. Click here to enter.

For the uninitiated, here is how the scoring works:


You have to build your team using an imaginary salary cap of $50,000, and the highest-priced player on the board is James Harden ($10,800), who is going to run roughshod over what remains of the Phoenix Suns in a game where Vegas has set the over/under at 213. The second-highest price tag belongs to Anthony Davis ($10,000) as the Pelicans play the Lakers in a TNT nightcap that will put Charles Barkley to sleep.

I like guys who are going to be logging major minutes, which is why I am going with this lineup (subject to last-minute changes in the event of late scratches. UPDATE: With the news that Kobe Bryant will play against the Pelicans, I subbed him in for Archie Goodwin -CS … 6:52 p.m. EST.).

PG: Reggie Jackson, Pistons, $6,800. Should be unstoppable against the Knicks, who can’t stop opposing PGs even when they start lead-footed Jose Calderon, who may or may not return from a four-game absence due to a groin strain.

SG: Archie Goodwin, Suns, $5,900. Had 18 points and 12 assists in a team-high 45 minutes two nights ago against the Raptors. Yes, 45 minutes. Will be looking for a ton of garbage time production against Houston’s reserves in the fourth. I subbed in Kobe. Hoping his shoulder will hold up. If Archie Goodwin has a better night than Kobe Bryant, the world will have officially turned upside-down.-CS 6:55 p.m. EST.)

SF: P.J. Tucker, Suns, $5,400. Now that T.J. Warren is out for the season with a broken foot, this guy is going to be playing 40 minutes per night for Earl Watson.

PF: Anthony Davis, Pelicans, $10,000. With the Pelicans slipping from playoff contention, they will lean heavily on a guy whose numbers against the Spurs on Wednesday were beastly: 28 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals, and four blocks in 37 minutes. He is my anchor.

C: Andre Drummond, Pistons, $8,600. You can book another 20-20 game for him (he is overdue), especially going up against Robin Lopez. There is no penalty at DraftKings for missed free throws.

G: Ty Lawson, Rockets, $3,800. My bargain basement pick. I had the option of using Brandon Jennings (listed below) as my extra guard and using Roy Hibbert or Omer Asik as my utility guy, but the thinking here is that a) Hibbert and Asik both suck and are stealing money, and I hate thieves; and b) there will be plenty of garbage time minutes for this guy against the Suns’ tuckered out backcourt, who will be using all of their fourth quarter energy trying to pad the stat sheet rather than trying to defend a pair of fresh legs like Lawson will have.

F: Markieff Morris, Suns, $5,700. Went for 20, 11 and 6 two nights ago while logging 41 minutes as a starter, and since the Suns have nobody left who is healthy and sane, I am hoping for another insane outing at what looks like a bargain price.

UTIL: Brandon Jennings, $4,000. This is a risky pick, because the Pistons are shopping Jennings hard and do not want to overextend him, yet still want to give him enough minutes in order to get someone to trade for him. Even if he is limited to 24 minutes or less, he still may have more points and assists than any of New York’s startng backcourt players. He might play alongside Jackson, too, with Kantavious Caldwell-Pope out with an injury.

Good luck to everyone, and thanks for your support of DraftKings and SheridanHoops.

Chris Sheridan is publisher and editor-in-chief of Follow him on Twitter.


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Hubbard: Coach Firings Provide Hope for David Blatt Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:40:09 +0000

HubbardFor those gentlemen – and who knows, maybe ladies, too – who aspire to one day reach the pinnacle of the basketball coaching profession, be advised that institutions you hope to work for may not be run in the most rational manner.

Coach of the YearAnd I’m reasonably certain that Jeff Hornacek, Lionel Hollins, David Blatt and Kevin McHale would agree with me.

Hornacek just became the latest NBA head coach to lose his job, although compared to others, the Phoenix Suns looked positively patient. It took them all of 49 games to decide Hornacek – who was the runner-up Coach of the Year two seasons ago – was not the man for the job.

Blatt was asked to leave after 41 games, Hollins was dismissed after 37 and McHale lasted only 11.

Although Blatt’s firing seemed to generate the strongest reaction, it could be argued that McHale’s was, on the surface, the craziest. In five seasons, McHale’s teams won 59.8 percent of their games. Last season, they survived injuries that caused Dwight Howard to miss 41 games, still earned the second seed in the West, then advanced to the Western Conference finals before losing in five games to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors. The thought that McHale’s job was in danger was ludicrous.

Kevin_McHaleAfter he was fired, however, McHale admitted to the Houston Chronicle that players were not responding to his coaching. “It wasn’t working,” he said. So the Rockets have at least a plausible excuse for making a change after a 4-7 start, although they have managed only to make it to .500 at 25-25 under J.B. Bickerstaff. At this point, it doesn’t look like a coaching change was a cure-all.

Hollins had a decent 214-201 record when he arrived in Brooklyn, but as Sheridan pointed out quite forcefully, the mess he inherited was toxic and he became a scapegoat for the inept way the franchise has been run. Tellingly, the Nets are 2-10 since Hollins departed.

Hornacek is the latest to go, fired on Monday. In defense of Phoenix management, the Suns were 14-35 after going 39-43 last season. Yes, there was that not-so-minor matter of losing Eric Bledsoe, their best player, for the season because of a knee injury, but apparently that was not an acceptable excuse.

Lousy assistant coaching was also not an explanation for their shortcomings because Suns management eliminated that in late December when Hornacek’s top two assistants were fired. The Suns had opened the season 7-6, then lost 15 of their next 20. When the 76ers came to town with a 1-30 record and left 2-30, that was it for Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting. They were gone.

And how did that work out? The Suns managed to win two of their next 17 games.

Jeff Hornacek SunsStill, you have to wonder: If the assistants were so lousy, and Hornacek wasn’t the man for the job, shouldn’t management have been insightful enough to know that at the beginning of the season?

The interesting part of Blatt’s firing is that a number of NBA coaches were outraged by it, and hardly anyone else was. The Cavaliers were 30-11, so they weren’t exactly struggling. But in a five-day stretch, they lost to the Warriors and Spurs, although the latter wasn’t that bad since it was in San Antonio by only four points.

Against Golden State, however, the Cavs lost by 34 on their home court. And Blatt, who had an 83-40 regular season record and 14-6 in the playoffs, was sent packing. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was the most outspoken, saying several different ways that Blatt was an accomplished coach. Carlisle also made this prediction:

“David Blatt is going to be a highly sought-after coach this summer, if and when there are openings.”

LeBron Lue BlattBut will he? Some of the stories that provided details leading to Blatt’s departure painted him as a coach with major insecurities and one who was uncomfortable confronting star players. NBA owners and general managers read those stories written by reputable reporters. It has an effect on them.

They also watched in the playoffs when Blatt lost count of his timeouts. They watched when LeBron James changed a key play late in a game, which resulted in James taking and making the game-winning shot. Other players have changed plays, but after a season of stories about Blatt’s slow adjustment to the NBA, it was another indication that he did not quite know what he was doing.

When I wonder whether Blatt will be a hot commodity in the offseason, I think about Avery Johnson. Actually, the two have little in common. Blatt spent most of his coaching career overseas; Johnson played 16 years in the NBA, then made a quick transition to coaching.

The one thing they do have in common is they won big and won right away. Johnson took over for Don Nelson late in the 2004-05 season, had two 60-win teams and, like Blatt, went to the Finals once, only to lose.

220px-Avery_JohnsonJohnson lasted a little more than three seasons in Dallas and built a record of 194-70. Despite that, he was fired because the intense style that enabled him to overachieve in the NBA despite being 5-10 and 170 pounds wore out his relationships with players.

Johnson was out of coaching two years after leaving the Mavericks but then got the Nets job. Without the talent he had in Dallas, Johnson’s teams went 60-116 and he was fired. Again, like in Dallas, Johnson’s intensity wore on the players.

In the two seasons after leaving the Nets, Johnson became a forgotten man. He still had a record of 254-186 and a winning percentage of .577. But because of his reputation, he was not in the running for any head coaching job, and there were many. Ultimately, he had to go to college coaching to get a job at Alabama and with the roster changing regularly, it might be the perfect place for him.

So I’m wondering if Blatt will be like Johnson. Is his record so good that he gets another chance? Or are teams so leery of him that he will not be a serious candidate anywhere?

If Blatt can’t get a head coaching job, it would make sense for him to be a top assistant somewhere to gain experience. But he does not seem like the type of guy who would consider that.

On the other hand, Blatt should be aware that only a few NBA teams have foresight. It seems unlikely he will be “highly sought-after,” but when general managers see no major problems with a head coach at the beginning of a season but then become aware that something is wrong after 11 games, 30-something games or 40-something games, well, there is hope.



Jan Hubbard has written about basketball since 1976 and worked in the NBA league office for eight years between media stints. Follow him on Twitter at @whyhub.

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Stephen Curry Tops $225K Contest At DraftKings; Win $15,000 Free Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:53:45 +0000

KentIn a rare lapse of concentration and effort, the Golden State Warriors blew a huge lead in Philadelphia on Saturday and barely held on to win. The next night, Draymond Green $9000 triple-doubled and did not miss a shot as they stomped the Knicks by 21.

Klay Thompson $7500 has scored 111 points in three games, allowing Stephen Curry $10700 to take a back seat. The MVP is known for rising to occasions like a shootout with John Wall $9300. With Otto Porter $5700 (hip) less than 100% and Bradley Beal $6100 apparently on a minutes limit, Marcin Gortat $6700 will need to play well against Andrew Bogut $4500 to keep the Wizards close.

If DeMarcus Cousins $11100 (ankle) misses another game, Rudy Gay $7200 is a must-start for me again. If Rajon Rondo $8400 (toe) sits out, Darren Collison $4600 becomes a bargain. Either way, the Bulls are 0-2 on this trip and will take out their frustrations on the Kings’ porous D. Jimmy Butler $8800, Pau Gasol $8700 and Derrick Rose $6000 should be efficient for as long as needed. Taj Gibson $5600 and E’Twaun Moore $3600 are the other starters.

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lineup-2-3New Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue rode all five starters for 40+ minutes in Monday’s overtime win. Kevin Love $7600 and Kyrie Irving $6800 offer similar bang for the buck as LeBron James $9700 but this too could get out of hand if Kemba Walker $8500 (knee) can’t play. Jeremy Lin $5400 (ankle) isn’t 100%, so Brian Roberts $3500 might surprise. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $4500 has looked fantastic in his first two appearances of the season and Marvin Williams $5600 is making his fantasy owners happy.

Russell Westbrook $11000 would love to get a third straight triple-double and Kevin Durant $10400 is a good bet for 30 points, but to justify paying those salaries, the visiting Magic must keep it close enough to avoid garbage time. I’m not certain they will.

Isaiah Thomas $7500 vs. Reggie Jackson $6800 should guarantee a fast tempo, yet the Celtics and Pistons have reached 100 points only once in three previous meetings. Tyler Zeller $3000 was a huge surprise last night (16 PTS, 10 REB) and will get another chance against Andre Drummond $8600 this evening. Both teams feature a balanced attack, making it difficult to predict individual stars.

It’s a tough back-to-back for the Heat after losing in Houston. We touted Amare Stoudemire $4600 last night, he double-doubled (again) and until Hassan Whiteside (oblique) returns, that’s a sweet price. Dallas hasn’t broken out with a huge scoring night for a while, though Chandler Parsons $6800 has double-doubled twice in his last three. Deron Williams (hip) is doubtful, so J.J. Barea $4800 and Raymond Felton $4500 are worth considering.

Since Derrick Favors $6900 returned, Rudy Gobert $6900 has been even more dominant and Gordon Hayward $7500 was the star of Monday’s overtime victory. Rodney Hood $6000 is reasonably priced but the real surprise has been Raul Neto $3300 stepping up with consecutive strong games. Although the Nuggets surprised Toronto on Monday with Nikola Jokic $5700 and Will Barton $5700 leading the way, the improving Jazz can smell a playoff berth.

Perfect at home, San Antonio will figure out a way to beat Anthony Davis $9500 and the Pelicans. Norris Cole $5800 has also been hot, but the Spurs have a way of cooling people off. LaMarcus Aldridge $7000 is the safest play in a ridiculously deep rotation, but don’t sleep on bench players like Kyle Anderson $3100, who has been profitable to own in two straight.

You can fit all three Warriors superstars into a lineup, still afford Gay and I’m reasonably happy with these four “scrubs,” depending on the Kings’ situation. Breaking news can affect the values of multiple players between now and game time but you can take advantage of that information. For example, if Rondo suits up, I’ll just plug in Barea for Collison.

Pos Premium Midrange Bargain
PG Stephen Curry $10700 Darren Collison $4600 Raul Neto $3300
SG Jimmy Butler $8800 Klay Thompson $7500 E’Twaun Moore $3600
SF Kevin Durant $10400 Rudy Gay $7200 M. Kidd-Gilchrist $4500
PF Anthony Davis $9500 Draymond Green $9000 Amare Stoudemire $4600
C Andre Drummond $8600 Rudy Gobert $6900 Tyler Zeller $3000

The Fantasy Spin features DFS advice every day of the NBA season. Follow Kent Williams @SheridanFantasy for updates.

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NBA Daily Links: 2.3.16 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:41:54 +0000


“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”

-Vincent van Gogh




DeRozan, Lowry, Durant named Kia players of the month


Porzingis, Towns named January Kia rookies of the month


Enough MVP votes to go around


Where will hottest names on the block land?


‘Worst of the worst’ NBA awards at midseason


Life is good for Silver now, but a lockout looms


A look at the NBA’s most suspended players


By the numbers: Spurs, Cavaliers keep winning, Raptors struggle inside



Draft prospects blowing expectations out of the water


Meet the 6-foot-7 Turkish prospect on NBA draft boards–getting-to-know-furkan-korkmaz-195232103.html



Hinkie doesn’t see Colangelo as boss


Brand, 76ers content with role


Colangelo: 76ers may stay put at deadline


Philly hoops legend Jim Lynam still everyone’s favorite teacher



Bucks falter in fourth quarter again



Mirotic now without timetable


Bulls feeling emotionally drained after ninth loss in 13 games


Time for Bulls GM Gar Forman to be accountable


Stacey King predicts Rose will return to All-Star form next year


Will Perdue says Doug McDermott exhibits difference between college basketball and NBA


Chicago blues



A Phil Jackson tactic helps Tyronn Lue keep the Cavs winning


Surging Cavs are winning with balanced attack


Lue didn’t use a third-quarter timeout vs. the Pacers to teach his Cavs a lesson


The Cavaliers can still grind


Looking to get a favorable quote from LeBron on opposing players? Don’t hold your breath



Celtics push back, ride bench to win over Knicks


Brad Stevens has no problem with Celtics’ long-distance approach


Celtics get help from unlikely source in taking down Knicks


Diminutive All-Star Isaiah Thomas finds shoulders to stand on


David Lee excited to join Warriors at White House



Clippers waiting on results of NBA’s Griffin inquiry


J.J. Redick gets a new forum with weekly podcast


Paul Pierce gets rest, but few baskets for Clippers



Jeff Green providing scoring and more for Griz


Green on historic run for Grizzlies



Blake Griffin to the Hawks?


Splitter to miss second straight game with hip injury


Opposition has adjusted to Hawks’ offense



Harden’s 26 points leads Rockets over Heat 115-102


Heat’s loss to Rockets shows tweaked offense still work in progress


Dwyane Wade Q&A: ‘I never thought I’d be Top 100 all-time’


Whiteside changing habits on social media


Spoelstra laments loss of Johnson, ‘It just has to be different’



MKG says he’s ready for next challenge: Cavs’ LeBron James



Favors, Gobert are back; is Jazz’s defense?


Quin Snyder has made adversity his friend


Hayward’s ‘made a believer’ out of Jazz coach Quin Snyder


Jazz’s Hood outshining his peers


Hayward still means everything to the Jazz



While Cousins looks healthy, Kings may miss another key


Kings nix T-shirt giveaway after Cousins calls foul


Kings’ Marco Belinelli plans to shoot his way out of slump



Slumping Knicks toppled by Celtics as playoff hopes fade


Fisher: Knicks need to stay focused


Afflalo has good start, bad finish



Lakers barely avoid ending on wrong side of history with 119-115 win over T-Wolves


How Lakers can gain even more salary cap space, with hat-tip to Gilbert Arenas


Julius Randle has long way to go to reach potential


Report: Byron Scott on 2.5 month trial to save job


Lakers have ‘little, if any’ chance to sign Durant



Magic have options for trade deadline


Magic players reflect back on thriller vs. Thunder from earlier this season



Frustrated with Mavs’ defense, Wes Matthews says Dallas needs to prioritize


With injuries mounting, Mavs will rely on backcourt depth


Deron Williams out with hip contusion


What Justin Anderson needs to be successful for the Mavs



Lopez outplays Pistons’ Drummond, but Nets lose


Johnson won’t ask Nets to trade him


Report: Calipari fading, Ferry out in Nets GM search


Brook Lopez going into this business with his brother, Robin



Sean Kilpatrick to be released by Nuggets


Malone says he wouldn’t trade Nikola Jokic for anybody


Malone hopes to ‘steal’ some wins



Paul George searching for ways to succeed in Pacers’ big lineup


Turner could solve Pacers’ ongoing small-ball dilemma



Alvin Gentry says Spurs are due to lose a home game after 26-0



Injury bug bites Pistons, forcing Van Gundy to adjust


Pistons players, executives join Gores’ Flint effort


For Drummond, fourth time is the charm


Isiah Thomas underrated among all-time greats?



Raptors start next streak with win over Suns



Short-handed Rockets pull out the stops against Heat


Foul on Rockets’ Corey Brewer ruled flagrant upon review


Dwight Howard suspended one game for contacting referee


Rockets can go a lot of ways from here, starting at the trade deadline


Rockets give Nets permission to interview Gersson Rosas


Shorthanded Rockets choose to keep Donatas Motiejunas on recovery path


Rockets turn to Trevor Ariza to fill in for injuries



Parker may miss Olympics for wife’s pregnancy


Past few weeks a proving ground for Spurs’ Anderson, Simmons


A look at what awaits the Spurs this summer



Suns GM: Team wasn’t responding to Hornacek


Report: Suns’ T.J. Warren out for season with broken foot


Hot-mess Suns need a better plan


Markieff Morris steps up for Suns in loss to Raptors


Suns seek more effort, structure with Earl Watson


Dan Majerle doesn’t expect Suns to reach out



Lowe: Don’t count out the Thunder


Serge Ibaka striving for consistency during strange 7th season


Thunder schedule about to get much tougher



Just like old times: Kobe knocks down Wolves


Garnett backs ex-teammate, Wolves coach Mitchell


The Wolves need to get a lot more from Wiggins



CJ McCollum has 30, Gerald Henderson a big fourth as Trail Blazers beat Bucks 107-95


Vonleh rolls ankle, leaves game


Blazers see familiar faces all over league


Lillard’s Adidas line expands apparel offering; customizable D Lillard 2’s



Sources: Warriors serious threat to sign Kevin Durant–warriors-serious-threat-to-sign-kevin-durant-182559375.html


How the Warriors can afford to sign Kevin Durant


Barnes responds to Durant-Warriors report: ‘Still get to play’


Lee, Holiday to join Warriors for Thursday’s White House visit


Curry hopes Panthers ‘let me storm field’ after Super Bowl win


Warriors recall Looney from Santa Cruz


Warriors practice at St. John’s, leave some players ‘in awe’



Wizards’ Durant dreams dimming in mediocre season


As the Wizards turn, rotations remain a step slow


Wizards’ struggling defense faces red-hot Warriors next


Black History Month: Garrett Temple’s father a trail blazer at LSU


Peter Newmann is an analyst and writer who spent 10 years at ESPN, 8 as the NBA senior researcher working 24/7 on the league. He wrote game notes for crews, articles for, analysis for studio shows, and regularly assisted reporters and writers. Follow him on Twitter, and check out his daily NBA content service at

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Sprung: 10 Candidates To Be Dealt at the Trading Deadline Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:00:18 +0000

Shlomo-SprungWe’re now just 16 days away from the NBA trade deadline, and some players around the league may be wondering if they would have a better situation on a different team.

The following is a list of 10 players who would be better served on another team’s roster. Teams that could deal for this list of players is mainly speculation, mixed in with some reports.

Brandon Jennings, PG, Detroit

Brandon JenningsAfter a brief pit stop in Grand Rapids, Jennings returned from a torn Achilles’ exactly one year and five days later on Dec. 29. In the 35 days since, Jennings is still trying to regain his skill out on the court.

“I’m all right, close to getting back to where I need to get to,” Jennings told SheridanHoops before Monday’s win in Brooklyn. “It’s been a long process, 12 months out, and it’s definitely been tough. I’m just happy to be back playing.”

Jennings said that it might take the entire season for him to get into proper form but has no doubt that he will come back and play at the level of a starting caliber point guard in this league.

“I show glimpses even now,” Jennings said. “Last game in Toronto [on Saturday], I felt good just running the show. I just have to play more basketball every day, as much as I can.”

Jennings scored a season-high 22 points that day and felt good about it. But he must know that his future is probably not in the Motor City. With Reggie Jackson fully entrenched as the starter and just 49 games into a five-year, $80 million contract, Jennings will probably never be the starter in Detroit.

Teams looking for a quality backup down the stretch have inquired about Jennings, whose contract expires at season’s end. The Knicks could certainly use an upgrade over Jerian Grant and Sasha Vujacic, and Jennings would certainly fit the bill for Phil Jackson.

“If I’m here, if I’m not here, who knows,” Jennings said. “The trade deadline is coming up, so just be ready at all times.”

Ryan Anderson, PF, New Orleans

A player with the ability to shoot and space the floor as one of the original, modern day stretch-fours, Anderson’s talents are being wasted with the 18-29 Pelicans. He is hitting over 40 percent of his threes – up from 34 percent last season – and averaging 17.5 points, most among NBA reserves. His defense is a problem – 94th out of 95 eligible power forwards this season according to ESPN’s Real Plus Minus metric, but he can provide an offensive spark to any team.

Stan Van Gundy would reportedly love Anderson back in Detroit, and playoff contenders Miami, Memphis and Boston all rank in the bottom third in 3-point percentage. Anderson is on the last year of his contract, which would likely limit the return New Orleans can get.

Brook Lopez, C, Brooklyn

Brook LopezLopez is averaging more than 20 points and is on the first year of a three-year, $63 million deal that will probably look better as the salary cap grows. Assuming the Nets aren’t really contenders for the length of his contract, one appealing option would be to gut the current roster and really start from scratch.

Would the Celtics give the Nets back their first-round pick this year along with expiring salary matcher David Lee? Oklahoma City nearly traded for him a season ago for Jackson, who ended up in Detroit. Would the Thunder have interest again? Probably not to both of these, but the new Brooklyn GM should consider all his (or her) options.

Timofey Mozgov, C, Cleveland

I discussed at length a couple of weeks ago about how Mozgov’s lack of minutes in a contract year could be costing him millions in free agency. Cleveland has been strong defensively with him on the floor, but it would seem unlikely that the Cavs would re-sign him given how that would impact their luxury tax payments and the financial commitments they just made to Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.

A championship contender looking for an available rim protector could do worse than Mozgov, whose trade value appears to be as low as it’s going to get.

Lou Williams, SG, LA Lakers

louwilliamsIn my Lakers season preview, one of the biggest questions posed was what Los Angeles was going to do with its glut of guards. It still hasn’t really been answered.

Williams is playing close to 30 minutes a game and scoring more than 15 points, but every minute he plays for the horrific Lakers is one that either Jordan Clarkson or rookie D’Angelo Russell should be playing. The regining Sixth Man Award winner is in the first year of a three-year, $21 million deal that will look very friendly to a contender in need of a scoring guard.

Mitch Kupchak should be on the phones looking for an asset to help the Lakers in the future, ideally an asset that doesn’t play guard.

Kevin Martin, SG, Minnesota

The veteran sharpshooter does have a couple of things going against him, including a sore wrist that has kept him out the last several games and a $7.37 million guaranteed deal for next season. Martin turned 33 on Monday but is still shooting 36.4 percent from three and can help a playoff team in need of a shooter.

Martin is on the bench for the Wolves behind their young players, and rightfully so. We will see if Minnesota’s asking price in a trade decreases, because many teams would vie for his services if that occurred. Memphis would probably be at the front of that line, with others right behind.

Jeff Teague, PG, Atlanta

The Hawks seem to have a bit of a crisis on their hands, albeit a good one. Who is their point guard of the future? If it’s German Dennis Schroeder, then shipping Teague out makes sense, given that Al Horford and Kent Bazemore come off the books this summer and could very well cost Atlanta close to $35 million per season to retain them.

Teague is just 27 and on a bargain-level contract for a player who is a good distributor and is shooting over 40 percent from three. Atlanta would get a good haul for him if it decides to go that route at the deadline. The direction the Hawks go in will be one of the more compelling storylines in the league over the next two weeks.

Channing Frye, PF, Orlando

Magic Channing Frye Tobias Harris NBA Cares BrazilThe Magic are 2-13 since Jan. 1, and Frye has played more than 20 minutes just twice in that span. The two Orlando wins came against Brooklyn and Boston, the latter of which Frye missed. Not surprisingly, the Magic are trying to ship out Frye, per Sporting News, to give more minutes to Aaron Gordon and rookie Mario Hezonja.

The problem for Orlando is that Frye turns 33 in May and has $7.8 million due next year and $7.4 million the following year. But like Martin, teams will always value shooters who can space the floor. ESPN’s Real Plus Minus ranks Frye the fourth-ranked power forward this season, behind Kevin Love, Paul Millsap and Draymond Green, although he doesn’t play anywhere near as much as them. Frye can really help a contender’s offense, but it has yet to be seen if a team is willing to take on his remaining salary.

Mirza Teletovic, SF, Phoenix

The 30-year-old Bosnian is having a career year for the Suns and on an expiring contract. He is another guy who is a really good 3-point shooter and a really good locker room presence (you won’t find many nicer guys in the league). Phoenix probably wouldn’t ask for that much for him.

It wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see Teletovic involved in a last-minute deal to a contending team like the Bulls or Spurs (speculating). Playoff teams could certainly do a lot worse.

J.J. Hickson, PF, Denver

On his fourth NBA team, it feels like Hickson is older than 27. But he can still rebound, shoot over 50 percent from the field and defend at close to an average level for his position. Hickson has played just over 300 total minutes this season, so Denver probably wouldn’t require much if he wanted to play for a better team. Hickson will probably be one of the many veterans who could easily find a new home by the deadline.

Shlomo Sprung is a national columnist for SheridanHoops who focuses on analytics, profiles and features. He is also the web editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. A 2011 graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School, he has previously worked for the New York Knicks, The Sporting News, Business Insider and other publications. Follow him on Twitter.

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