By Chris Sheridan VILNIUS, Lithuania — The hungriest player in last June’s NBA Finals was Dirk Nowitzki, who was starving to avenge the heartbreak of his loss in the championship round five years earlier. At EuroBasket, he has an equal in the hunger category. So hungry it might be fitting to call him a gourmand. That player is Tony Parker, whose 19 points — including five in the final 2:10 — fueled a 73-67 victory over Lithuania in front of a raucous, hostile
By Chris Sheridan VILNIUS, Lithuania — Not much of a match between Spain and Serbia this afternoon, the most interesting moment of the 84-59 victory coming midway through the second half when Rudy Fernandez was benched by his coach for picking up a silly technical foul. Also, coach Sergio Scariolo used Serge Ibaka for only 7 minutes and 43 seconds. “I am the coach. I don’t have to justify my decision,” Scariolo said. “This is an internal issue, not a press conference issue.” Pau Gasol (26 points
By Chris Sheridan Since this site launched on Tuesday morning, the traffic has been phenomenal, and the feedback from colleagues, readers and friends has been overwhelmingly positive. Some updates: _ I have added three new contributors who will begin filing later this month. I will have a further announcement on that soon. _ On the site design, I hear y’all. Changes are coming. I had to set up this site and this business on the fly (it literally went from an idea to a
Good morning. Is the optimism I expressed early this week when I launched this site starting to spread? In a nutshell, here is today’s news: The next big day in the work stoppage comes Tuesday, when the owners’ labor committee and players’ executive board meet for the first time since June. Then, on Thursday, the NBA Board of Governors meets in Dallas, and the union will brief several dozen players in Las Vegas on the status of negotiations. Here are today’s links from the NBA
By Chris Sheridan I made that prediction on the air yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles (early this morning in Lithuania) on the Mason and Ireland radio show, and the reason behind it comes down to two words: Common sense. Here is the link, and you can go have a listen yourself to hear more of my reasoning.
By Chris Sheridan VILNIUS, Lithuania — The second-leading scorer remaining at EuroBasket is an American with a Macedonian passport, a player whose home in New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, a point guard who never once got off the bench during the entire 2008 NBA summer league in Las Vegas when he was trying out for the Sacramento Kings. “He’s the best point guard in Europe right now,” said his agent, Eric Fleisher, “and the entire NBA ignored him, which was a huge