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Daily podcasts with the best the NBA and basketball journalism world has to offer




Bobby Gonzalez on the NBA Draft and the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat could very well be in the draft lottery this season, which really wasn't what they were thinking going into the season, eh? But Chris Bosh's reported blot clot problem, along with a general problem with underperforming, has left the Heat in the fight for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East as we head into the final six weeks of the season. What exactly has gone wrong in Miami? How can it be fixed? And if Pat Riley's team misses the playoffs, who might they target in...


Spanning the NBA with Mike Scotto of SheridanHoops

The New York Knicks have run the Love Triangle offense off the court better than Phil Jackson’s version on the court thanks to coaches Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis. Will this be the final straw for Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause and for the Knicks to scrap the Triangle offense for a proven winner in former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, the best available coach on the market? Speaking of the Bulls, Derrick Rose is averaging 26 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game...


Breaking down the Tobias Harris for Brandon Jennings/Ersan Ilyasova Trade

We have our first trade deadline deal -- almost exactly 72 hours before Thursday's NBA trade deadline. Just months after signing a max contract extension with the Orlando Magic, Tobias Harris is being dealt to the Detroit Pistons for point guard Brandon Jennings and stretch forward Ersan Ilyasova. The news was broken by our own Michael Scotto -- not a bad scoop for that young man. The deal appears to be a coup for Pistons coach/general manager Stan Van Gundy, who is acquiring one of the...


What will the Chicago Bulls do at the Trade Deadline

Think the Bulls miss Tom Thibodeau? You know that saying from the old Joni Mitchell song: "You don't know what you've got til it's gone?" OK, maybe you don't know that song. Apologies for dating myself. But here is something Bulls fans of all ages can relate to: The team, at 27-25, is one of the East's biggest underachievers, the trainer's room is overloaded, the immediate future is looking a bit bleak, and the trade deadline is going to come and go with the possibility that one of...


Previewing the NBA Trade Deadline

Houston Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff called his team “broken” recently, and with the team currently out of the playoffs Dwight Howard could be on the move. However, trading Howard may not be as easy as it sounds in theory as colleague Ben DuBose explained in a SheridanHoops column. Trades talks are heating up with less than a week until the trade deadline on February 18. Another player who may be dealt at the deadline is Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris who has wanted out since the...


Looking ahead to NBA Trade Deadline

Guards Jeff Teague and Tyreke Evans have been added to the list of difference makers available on the NBA’s trade market with the deadline less than three weeks away. The trade market is loaded with forwards such as Rudy Gay, Ryan Anderson, Markieff Morris, Terrence Jones and Corey Brewer. Trades talks will heat up closer to All-Star Weekend in two weeks when all the general managers are on hand. Three players who won’t be making the trip are Damian Lillard, Pau Gasol and Hassan Whiteside,...


What has gone wrong for the Miami Heat?

Dwyane Wade scored 2 points last night in a lopsided loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, only the third time that has happened to him in 973 career games. Tyler Johnson started at point guard and shot 0-for-6. The Heat shot a season-low 36.5 percent and failed to break 80 points for the second straight game. As a team, the Heat totaled 13 assists. Was this "rock bottom," as Michael Wallace of wrote? Is there any way Pat Riley can fix this mess of a team? Or has he already mortgaged too...


Why did Dwight Howard called Chris Sheridan a Liar?

Dwight Howard called me a liar Tuesday night. He is mistaken. I wrote that Howard is very unhappy in Houston, and I stand by that report 100 percent. For the reasons why he is unhappy, and my best guess as to where he will finish the season (Miami), click over and give a read to my column. Howard was interviewed in Sacramento after the Rockets lost to the Kings, and the man asking the questions was Jonathan Feigan, longtime beat writer for the Houston Chronicle. Feigan tried to ask four...


Where Do The Golden State Warriors Go From Here?

It was fun while it lasted, wasn't it? But if you saw how tired the Golden State Warriors were at the end of their double-overtime victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night, you had to know they'd be gassed the following night in Milwaukee. That they were, not to mention hobbled with Klay Thompson playing on a bad ankle and Harrison Barnes missing another game. And like all good things, the streak came to an end. Tonight they will no doubt begin another one, and Friday night brings a...


Hassan Whiteside's Days in Miami are numbered

Quite the performance by Hassan Whiteside of the Heat in Tuesday night's loss to the Hawks: 23 points on 11-for-12 shooting, 14 rebounds and four blocks in just 31 minutes. If Dwyane Wade had not come down with a migraine, the Heat might actually be 3-1 instead of 2-2. Folks in Miami are rightfully thrilled about the emergence last season and this season by Whiteside, but here is the bad news: Unless Miami plans to renounce its right to Dwyane Wade, there is almost zero chance they can...


Stanley Johnson: Will he be Rookie of the Year for Pistons?

When the NBA's incoming rookie class got together last month for rookie orientation, they were polled about a number of things -- including which of them would be named the Rookie of the Year. The winner was Stanley Johnson, who went with the No. 8 overall pick to the Detroit Pistons. What are the Pistons getting from the PAC-10 Player of the Year out of Arizona who won four consecutive state titles at Mater Dei H.S. in California before doing his one-and-done? How about a latter-day version...


Tristan Thompson to Raptors in 2016?

There are rumblings from several NBA executives agent Rich Paul could deliver another client to his hometown team next summer as Michael Scotto wrote in his latest piece for SheridanHoops. Paul has publicly stated his client Tristan Thompson won't return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2016 if he signs his one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer. That would make Thompson an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016 where he would be one of the youngest players on the market,...


Kobe Bryant: Will He Play More Than One More Year?

Once upon a time, Jason Kidd's son, T.J., dressed up as Brian Scalabrine for Halloween. This was back when T.J. was smallish, the Jason-Joumana marriage was rock solid, and the Nets played in the dreary confines of the Meadowlands, where T.J. had his own locker. I only got to make a brief reference to that small piece of Scalabrine history this morning in an interview on Sirius-XM NBA radio, partly because Scalabrine was busy predicting that Kobe Bryant will shoot 37 percent this season for...


Latest Free Agency News With Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops

The 2015 NBA free agency period in July started off with a bang that lived up to the hype and more, thanks to the “Days of Our Lives” soap opera that was the DeAndre Jordan saga, LaMarcus Aldridge signing with the Spurs and many more lucrative deals. With August upon us, we now enter the bargain-shopping phase of free agency. In my latest top 10 free agents list, I updated possible destinations for Kevin Seraphin, J.R. Smith, Carlos Boozer, Norris Cole and former No. 2 overall pick Michael...


How Ty Lawson and Josh Smith's moves shook up the West

Has Daryl Morey finally landed his big fish? After his well-chronicled search for the "third-best player on a championship team" led to narrow misses on the likes of Chris Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge, the GM of the Houston Rockets finally made a big splash this summer with his trade for Ty Lawson, the talented-but-troubled point guard formerly of the Denver Nuggets. But is Lawson a good fit next to James Harden, and can Houston's culture help control him in ways that Denver could not? Mike...


PODCAST: After missing on Aldridge, Rockets focus on trades, re-signings

Houston GM Daryl Morey has yet to hit a home run in 2015 free agency, with LaMarcus Aldridge spurning the Rockets to sign with the rival Spurs. But as Houston enters 2015-16 coming off its first conference finals appearance in 18 years, is an overhaul essential? Josh Reese of CBS Radio in Houston joins Sheridan Hoops writer Ben DuBose to share takeaways from Houston’s busy week of free agency, which included failed negotiations with Aldridge and Spanish guard Sergio Llull while retaining...


Toronto Raptors should trade for David Lee

The Toronto Raptors are flush with salary cap space. Yes, they need to re-sign Sixth Man award winner Lou Williams, and they'll likely need to give him a significant raise after what he gave them. But what about getting unrestricted free agents to come to Toronto? It has never been an easy thing to do (last summer's Kyle Lowry re-signing notwithstanding), and Masai Ujiri is going up against some awfully heavy hitters when it comes to going after the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge and his ilk. If...


Phil Jackson is crazy

I have always respected Phil Jackson, but I am starting to think the man is crazy. Crazy like a fox? Maybe. But his statements Tuesday congratulating himself for the job he did in Year One as president of the Knicks are mind-boggling. He led the team to its worst record in franchise history, he gifted J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a second-round pick in 2019, and he started goink crazy on Twitter when he questioned the effectiveness of 3-point...


NBA Draft Preview with Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops

The NBA draft is Thursday and the rumor mill is churning faster than ever. Expect that trend to continue in the coming days. Mike Scotto of outlined the top rising draft stocks and the fallout for the New York Knicks after landing the fourth overall pick, and also wrote profile stories on Kristaps Porzingis and Myles Turner. Scotto joined Atlanta’s “The Game” on 92.9 FM with host John Fricke to discuss the top of the draft, sleepers, top foreign players, which player the...


Knicks Likely to trade No. 4 pick in 2015 NBA Draft

If Jahlil Okafor is available at No. 4, the New York Knicks will take him. If Okafor is gone, somebody is going to take the No. 4 pick from the Knicks. This is the intel I am hearing from points near and far as we count down the days to the 2015 NBA Draft. Phil Jackson has a bare cupboard when it comes to future draft picks, and he is inclined to trade down in exchange for multiple picks in this year's draft and in future drafts. How bare is the Knicks' cupboard? They do not have a...