It may be conference championship weekend in the NFL, but here at Sheridan Hoops, we never stop talking basketball. It’s been a few days since our latest MVP rankings, but if you missed them, here they are. There’s also been a lot of talk about David Stern’s impending abdication from the throne of the NBA, most recently from Mark Heisler. But right now, I’ve got all the latest news from around the NBA:
Tick-tock, tick-tock … less than six hours left until teams can contact players and free agency begins. Check out Moke Hamilton’s top 50, and the podcast where Moke discusses what could happen with them, to get ready. One thing we probably won’t have – to the massive relief of probably everyone in the world – is an immensely protracted drama regarding Dwight Howard’s next destination. The All-Star center will only visit five teams, and hopes to have decided by the time
The race for this season’s Most Improved Player reminds me of one of those computer-simulated races that take place on the jumbotrons at arenas throughout the country. You know what I’m talking about. They’ve got the cute characters and cool animation, but they end up with more twists and turns than an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Most races go something like this:
The new lineup wasn’t the answer for the setting Suns, losers of six straight. Jared Dudley started at SF but scored just 8 PTS in 18 minutes; Michael Beasley actually played better than usual off the bench (21 PTS, 5 AST, 4 REB) but was -21 in 30 minutes and made a couple of boneheaded turnovers.
OK, I’ll play. Doug Smith of the Toronto Star is speculating about a trade of Andrea Bargnani for Pau Gasol. Full disclosure #1: 30 years ago, Smitty was the sports editor in a small Ontario town and hired me as a columnist. He’s the best. Full disclosure #2: I live ten minutes from the Air Canada Centre (there you go, Sheridan, a ‘legit’ Canadian spelling) and am so sick of Bargnani’s frequent disappearing acts, I will eat any pasta but
Where to begin? Mike Brown’s exit? Phil Jackson’s overnight disappearance? The unending string of power forward injuries? A reformed J.R. Smith on the undefeated New York Knicks? This season has been full of shocking developments; if you look closely enough you can find a significant surprise in nearly every division and on every team.