We welcome aboard the Kamenetzky brothers, Brian and Andy, who were must-reads at ESPN-Los Angeles but were let go at Christmas by the WorldWide Leader In Shedding Talent. Each week, the Cali Report on Sheridan Hoops will take a trip around the golden state, examining the fortunes of its four teams – CS.
Go figure. You take the great Chris Paul (kneecap) out of the Clippers lineup and they drop 99 on a very good defensive team. Eric Bledsoe (14 PTS, 4 AST, 3 REB, 2 STL) did a fine job filling in at PG and that talented L.A. bench did the rest, with 16 apiece from Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford.
This Friday, there’s another Sheridan Hoops Freeroll, where someone will win $100 cash, by picking an 8-man fantasy team. It’s completely free to join, with another $200 in prize money shared among those who finish second ($60) through 15th ($5) and the game is easy to learn.
There is an unlikely NBA rivalry developing in California. And it doesn’t include the Lakers. The Lakers are too busy battling the unrealistic expectations of their spoiled fans to immerse themselves in a full-fledged rivalry such as one with their neighbors down the hall at Staples Center. No, the developing rivalry is between the Clippers and the Warriors, which went to a new level Saturday night.
By now, you may have heard the rumor that Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay may be available in trade discussions. The question is, when is he ever not on the trading block? The high-flyer’s name seems to come up season after season for one reason or another, from failing to take over as the franchise player the team may have hoped he’d become, to possible chemistry issues with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol due to his sometimes-chucking tendencies. This probably would not have been