Sheridan: Big Week Ahead for Team USA. Here’s Why

Kevin Durant, Mike Krzyzewski, Jerry Colangelo and Kevin Love at a USA Basketball announcement in 2013. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

So far there has been one worthy suggestion for Team USA’s most fitting new nickname: “The Unknowns.” By the end of this week, perhaps something else will be more fitting, like the “C-Deem Team.” I was the guy four years ago who dubbed the 2010 World Championship team the “B-Deem” team as it traveled to Turkey, learned of how hard it would be to not lean on Kevin Durant, and got out of Istanbul with the gold medal by trouncing the

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May: Still Awaiting the Fireworks from Celtics

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Fireworks? Don’t talk about fireworks! You kidding me? Fireworks? (With apologies to Jim Mora.) To be fair, the big boss man of the Celtics, Wyc Grousbeck, did not promise or guarantee fireworks this summer. He only said there could be fireworks if everything went according to Hoyle. Celtics fans, rightly, took that to mean something big. You know, big, like a certain power forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But like Dylan at Woodstock, Kevin Love ain’t coming and, so far, it’s been one

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SH Blog: J.R. Smith says Knicks were a confused bunch, Cousins says Rondo is the best point guard

JR Smith

After coming off one of his best seasons ever and winning the Sixth Man of the Year award over Jamal Crawford in 2013, J.R. Smith spiraled down in the wrong direction last season. Due to off-season knee surgery, Smith had no time to work on his game or stay in shape. Consequently, he started the 2013-2014 season comically bad, scoring 11.7 points on just 32.8 percent shooting in November and 12.4 points on 36.8 percent shooting in December.  To be fair, Smith

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SH Blog: Wade, Bosh opt out; Knicks think they can retain Melo

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We’re now 48 hours removed from the draft, which means it’s time to turn our attention to the business end of the NBA offseason. Kevin Love is probably one of the ten (maybe even five) best players in the NBA, and yet there’s so much news involving even bigger names that his likely near-future trade and the rumors swirling around it are already on the back burner. So let’s get right to the latest news and rumors from around the

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SH Blog: James says Spurs don’t like the Heat, Bird says Stephenson’s game is unlimited once he matures

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A rematch between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals seemed questionable before the playoffs began with the West looking so unpredictable and the Miami Heat not looking quite like the consistent championship team they’re supposed to be with Dwyane Wade’s health in question once again. When the Spurs struggled mightily against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round, it made it that much harder to figure out who might come out of the West. Once they got

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SH Blog: Knicks waiting for 2015; Cavs want to keep Spencer Hawes

Phil Jackson

Monday night. 10 p.m. Eastern. Memphis Grizzlies. Phoenix Suns. Only one of them can make the playoffs. The Grizzlies will be coming off a game the previous night against the Lakers. If they win that game, they’re a game up on the Suns. If they lose, the two teams are tied. Phoenix has to be praying the Lakers get the win, because they’ve lost all three games against the Grizzlies this season, and they need to claim the eighth spot

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May: The Future of Four Floundering Flagship Franchises

Red Auerbach

We are about to witness what may be a first in the long history of the NBA. For the first time, four of the league’s flagship franchises could well be out of the playoffs. OK, the Knicks aren’t technically out of the race in the Hindenburg Conference, but they have a lot of ground to make up on Atlanta – four games in the loss column with 13 to play. The Celtics, Lakers and 76ers all are making plans for the

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