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  • 00:14

    NBA Draft Preview with Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops

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    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 SheridanHoops.com 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 Hawks will select with their pick, and more.

  • 01:02

    BlogTalkRadio Basketball Podcasters Roundtable

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    A roundtable of the BlogTalkRadio basketball podcasting family: Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com and the Sheridan Hoops Radio podcast (@SheridanHoops), Nate Duncan of the Dunc'd On Podcast (@NateDuncanNBA), Coach Nick of BALLBREAKDOWN and The BBALLBREAKDOWN Podcast (@bballbreakdown) and Danny Leroux of RealGM/Sporting News and the RealGM Radio podcast (@DannyLeroux).

    They discuss the upcoming NBA season, including title contenders, playoff teams in each conference and their picks for the NBA Finals and Most Valuable Player.

  • 01:00

    Blog Talk Radio NBA Season Preview Roundtable

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    Adam Stanco (@NaismithLives) hosts a special round table discussion previewing the 2015-2016 NBA season. Panelists include:   

    Chris Sheridan (@SheridanHoops): Publisher and editor in chief of SheridanHoops.com and host of the Sheridan Hoops Radio podcast

    Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA): Host of the Dunc'd On Podcast 

    Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux): Salary Cap / CBA Writer for Sporting News and Sportswriter and host of the RealGM Radio podcast

    Coach Nick Hauselman (@bballbreakdown): NBA breakdown expert and host of The BBallBreakdown Podcast

  • 00:59

    Great Point Podcast Ep 11: NBA Season Preview Round Table

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    Adam Stanco (@NaismithLives) hosts a special edition of the Great Point Podcast, a round table discussion previewing the 2015-2016 NBA season. Panelists include:   

    Chris Sheridan (@SheridanHoops): Publisher and editor in chief of SheridanHoops.com and host of the Sheridan Hoops Radio podcast

    Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA): Host of the Dunc'd On Podcast 

    Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux): Salary Cap / CBA Writer for Sporting News and Sportswriter and host of the RealGM Radio podcast

    Coach Nick Hauselman (@bballbreakdown): NBA breakdown expert and host of The BBallBreakdown Podcast

  • 00:05

    Tristan Thompson to Raptors in 2016?

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    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, as Scotto examined in a separate piece for SheridanHoops.

    With that in mind, Scotto joined TSN 1050 Radio to discuss the latest on Tristan Thompson’s contract negotiations. Will Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers agree to a long-term deal this summer or will the Toronto Raptors have a strong chance to land him in the summer of 2016 as an unrestricted free agent?


  • 00:13

    Previewing the NBA Conference Finals

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    Impossible to go into the conference finals without talking about the team that should have made it but didn't -- the Los Angeles Clippers. My take: They are not cursed. They were merely too thin, and they didn't have the fortitude to finish the job.

    And if the Houston Rockets taught us all one thing during their series against Doc Rivers' team, it was this: Never give up, no matter how bleak things seem.

    But that series is behind us, and we now move into the conference finals wondering exactly what we are going to see. Hack-a-Howard? Hack-a-Bogut? Corey Brewer defending Stephen Curry. Or maybe Trevor Ariza taking on that task. Or even pesky old man Pablo Prigioni. That series is going to be a chess match for sure, and we may end up seeing Klay Thompson being the most important player in the series. As mentioned yesterday in our staff predictions column, Thompson is the leading 3-point shooter, accuracy-wise, of all the players still playing.

    And that allows us to turn our attention to Kyle Korver (35 percent from downtown in the postseason) and the Atlanta Hawks, who went 3-1 against the Cavs during the regular season while using DeMarre Carroll as the primary defender on LeBron James. This site has already devoted considerable attention to the amount of money Carroll is earning during these playoffs, and whether it behooves him to sign a one-year contract so that he can reap the rewards of being a max player when the salary cap jumps to $90 million 13 months from now. If the Hawks are able to win this series (they are a 1 1/2 point favorite in Game 1, it will postpone Northeast Ohio's dream of ending its 51-year championship drought.)

    All these plots and subplots were up for discussion in this podcast with Jody Oehler and Mike Jurecki on FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix. Enjoy.

  • 00:10

    Looking Ahead to NBA Free Agency in 2015 and 2016

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    Five top sleeper free agents are all playing in the playoffs with the hope of cashing in big this summer as columnist Michael Scotto outlined in a previous SheridanHoops column.

    With the NBA projected to increase the salary cap to roughly $90 million in 2016, teams will spend big this summer with the hope those deals will be bargains in retrospect once the new salary cap kicks in. Whether a majority of players opt for shorter deals remains to be seen.

    Despite the anticipated gold rush for free agents in 2016, there are some players who would rather opt out of their contracts this summer after a productive season with the chance of guaranteed money at stake without risking a major injury next season.

    With that in mind, Scotto joined 1320 AM KFAN in Utah and hosts Kyle Gunther and Ben Anderson to discuss the top five sleeper free agents and some key decisions players will have to make this summer whether to opt into or out of their current contracts.

  • 00:08

    Gonzo breaks down Duke's NCAA Championship win over Wisconsin

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    Legendary coach Bobby Gonzalez did pick Duke in last night's NCAA Championship game, in large part because he felt Wisconsin won a sort of national championship of their own on Saturday night when they beat the 38-0 Kentucky Wildcats.

    Duke cruised into the final after a 20-point win over Michigan State, and it really showed last night in final stretch of the game as Duke had a little more in the tank to close it out.

    In this interview with Robin Lundberg on ESPN Radio in New York, Gonzo talked about the breakout star performance -- and a name for the future -- with freshmen Grayson Allen coming in and saving the day by igniting the Duke team with his 16 huge points, his heart and hustle when they were down 9 points and Jahlil Okafor and Justice Winslow were on the bench with foul trouble. Allen and Amille Jefferson's defense on Frank Kaminsky was enough to get them in striking distance, then freshmen point guard Tyus Jones took the game over and put on a show for the ages of some of the most clutch plays you will ever see from a freshmen in the title game.

    Last, Gonzo and Lundberg spoke about how Bo Ryan handled the Badgers' defeat, and where this 5th national championship now puts Coach K. (I wrote about it in my column for SheridanHoops back when he went over the 1,000 win mark.)

  • 00:11

    Author of LeBron James book discusses his craft

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    Vince McKee was on the Sports Beat with Nick Camino & Andre Knott on WTAM 1100 in Cleveland last night to discuss the excerpts on SheridanHoops.com this week from his new book “The Redemption of the King.”

    Highlights from the interview include the meaning behind the title, and McKee's original inspiration to write the book.  

    They also covered the best parts of the book -- but also the most difficult parts of the book to write.

    Among topics discussed were LeBron's epic Game 5 of the 2007 NBA Eastern Conference finals, as well as the hard fought series loss to the Orlando Magic in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals.

    It was a fun and informative interview that will keep fans excited about the excerpts on Sheridanhoops, as well as the book in general.

  • 00:14

    Why are Cavs Fans Acting Like Knicks Fans?

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    Not many people expected the Cleveland Cavaliers to be sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference two months into the season. When you build a SuperTeam, 5th place is not where you set your sights ... and Cavs fans are grousing about it.

    But when you have a new coach, two imported superstars who have to change their games, a franchise cornerstone (Kyrie Irving) who is not the franchise cornerstone anymore, there are going to be growing pains. And that is what the Cavs are experiencing now -- though they have shown flashes of dominance during their four- and eight-game winning streaks.

    So the message to Cavs fans is this ... be patient. And if you need a reminder of what real patience looks like, take a look at the championship starved fans in New York, where the Knicks lead the NBA in losses in the first year of Phil Jackson's team presidency. If Jackson made one major mistake this season, it was predicting a playoff appearance for his hapless band of knuckleheads.

    Those were two of the topics of discussion today in this interview with Gregg Gianotti on CBS Sports Radio. Enjoy.

  • 00:07

    Michael Scotto discusses Kobe Bryant, the Knicks and the Rockets

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    Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are used to contending for championships, but through five games the team is tied with the Philadelphia 76ers (0-6) for the fewest wins in the league -- zero.

    Bryant’s disdain for losing and the struggles of the Lakers prompted an interesting question: Would the Lakers and Knicks benefit from a trade involving Bryant?

    New York has Phil Jackson, the Triangle offense and cap space to absorb Bryant’s contract and the Lakers aren’t going to contend this season with or without the team’s longtime superstar.

    Conversely, the Houston Rockets were undefeated until Saturday night after some experts believed the team would take a step back with the loss of Chandler Parsons and free agency addition of Trevor Ariza.

    In the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten off to a slow start (2-3) and not dominated out of the gate as many predicted.

    With that in mind, Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops joined Yahoo! Sports Radio to discuss the struggles of the Lakers and Cavaliers, the rumors surrounding Bryant and how James Harden and Dwight Howard have carried the Rockets.