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Jason Keidel

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands during a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Dec. 29, 2009 in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Keidel: This LeBron Is Hardly Some Brat Who Can’t Handle The Heat

King James has reached that rare air of celebrity where every tentacle of American media has a stake in his stardom, from pundits to paparazzi. He has mutated into a seamless, crossover celebrity.

07/10/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keidel: If Tanaka Goes Down, He’ll Take Yankees With Him

Not even Captain Kirk could find life in the Yankee Universe. Not after the latest bomb to drop on the Bronx.

07/10/2014

Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Keidel: Yankees Are Such A Mess We Almost Long For A-Rod … Almost

He’s a cheat and a hypocrite, telling kids about the perils of PEDs while shooting equine cocktails deep into his tan tush. He’s not playing this season precisely because of his broken moral compass. But do we miss him?

07/03/2014

Tim Howard of the United States looks on in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (credit: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Keidel: World Cup Runneth Over

You’ll notice the ratings for this World Cup are highest in the Northeast, where folks try rather hard to look most enlightened. And you may also notice by the time the U.S. team lost to Belgium, some of them had already jumped ship.

07/03/2014

Jason Kidd (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Keidel: Jason Is Kidding Himself If He Thinks Anyone Approves Of His Power Play

Jason Kidd’s reputation as a coach killer remains renowned. Just ask Larry Drew, who two days ago thought he was about to coach the perhaps resurgent Bucks back to NBA eminence. But Kidd had other plans, and rather grandiose ideas about himself.

06/30/2014

LeBron James (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: King James And His Court

LeBron James singularly orchestrated the Big Three union. And now that he has opted out of his Miami Heat contract, he’s once again the Alpha Male of pro sports. Teams are scrambling to find the proper finances and expiring contracts, flipping over cushions for salary cap coin.

06/27/2014

During a pre-game ceremony at Yankee Stadium on June 21, 2014, former Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez unveils a plaque that will be placed in Monument Park. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Keidel: I Love Tino, But There’s No Way He Belongs In Monument Park

Even through a most generous lens, it’s hard to assert that Tino Martinez is a bedrock member of Yankees royalty. When you’re not even the best or second-best first baseman in franchise history, it’s hard to declare that you belong in Monument Park.

06/26/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Knicks Will Lose Without Melo Just As Easily As They Did With Him

Carmelo Anthony could very well walk away, yet for some reason Knicks fans will lose their minds, as if any chances they will ever have to win will go with him. How laughable.

06/24/2014

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Keidel: Hail On The Redskins

Uncle Sam dipped his beak in the NFL waters this week, making a statement about football’s most controversial franchise

06/20/2014

Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Melo Won’t Mend Miami, But Departure Would Help Knicks

We hear from the rumor mill that Carmelo Anthony is the answer to the Heat’s woes. Makes sense. A team needs passing and defense and then gets a guy who can’t pass or play defense.

06/20/2014

Police cars pursue a white Ford Bronco carrying O.J. Simpson (Photo by Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images) as the Knicks and Rockets tip off in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 17, 1994  (Photo by Lou Capozzola/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: A New Yorker’s Take On O.J. Simpson And The Infamous Bronco Chase

Perhaps it’s blasphemy, but 20 years ago today, the Knicks really became peripheral, secondary to the primary event of the night, year, and decade.

06/17/2014

Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts with teammates after winning the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Selfless Spurs Play The Right Way — The Perfect Way

What more can be said about the Spurs? It probably doesn’t matter, since they only care about the court — where they are the real kings.

06/16/2014

Tin Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: Tim Duncan, Spur Of The Moment

In the age of me over we ball, Duncan is a corrupt cliche – a winner.We judge stars by rings more than ever. The Heat didn’t win; LeBron won. Kobe or Shaq won a decade ago. But when the Spurs win, Duncan is part of a greater whole, lost in a selfless, Vulcan coda.

06/13/2014

Derek Fisher is introduced as coach of the New York Knicks. (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Fisher May Be The Goods, But He’s Got Quite A Job Ahead Of Him

For all we know Derek Fisher is the next Red Auerbach. But no matter the GM, hard work or the hypotenuse of Phil Jackson’s famed triangle offense will make MSG a winning culture.

06/11/2014

California Chrome #2, ridden by Victor Espinoza,during the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Keidel: California Chrome Is A Winner, Just Not To The Extent We Expected

California Chrome is a winner, just not to the extent we expected or needed to give a peripheral sport a jolt of historic juice. But it just feels like a reach to rewrite the rules because we’re so starved for immortality.

06/10/2014

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