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Jason Keidel

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

Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico lands a left to the face of Sergio Martinez of Argentina during the third round of the WBC Middleweight Championship fight on June 7, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Keidel: Miguel Cotto Selling Out The Garden Says Something — Good And Bad

For all the hyperbole and woeful acronyms, MSG isn’t the World’s Most Famous Arena, but it is the ancestral home of pugilism, going back to its days on 49th Street and through the Ali-Frazier era and Bernard Hopkins; toppling of Felix Trinidad.

06/09/2014

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: King’s Crown Melting?

Last night, like every NBA night, morphed into a sweaty, LeBron James symposium. And the firewall between factions is rather defined. He’s either a chump who cheated his team out of a win, or he’s a victim of fate or faulty wiring, a hardwood martyr who can’t get a break.

06/06/2014

California Chrome (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images), Miguel Cotto (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) and Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Keidel: From Chrome To Cotto To Henrik — NYC’s Sports Triple Crown

Pick your triple handle. Imagine the sporting triumvirate, trifecta or hat trick of Chrome, Cotto and King Henrik winning their respective crusades. It would give our city some juice and a much-needed moment of eminence.

06/06/2014

Don Zimmer (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Allsport/Getty Images)

Keidel: Rest Well, Don Zimmer, And Thanks For The Memories

If anyone lived a long life, it’s Zimmer. And if anyone lived a good life, it was Zimmer. And he’d be the first to tell you, while you rub his head.

06/05/2014

Mariano Rivera (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keidel: Rivera’s Greatness Is Hard To Quantify — Until You See Mere Mortals Of Today

Mariano Rivera, the pitcher nonpareil, chatted with Mike Francesa on Wednesday afternoon, looking as spry and sounding as pious as ever. And so it’s time to tip a final cap.

06/04/2014

The New York Rangers pose with Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and the Prince of Wales Trophy after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game Six to win the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014 in New York City. The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1 to 0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Keidel: Rangers’ Run Reminds Us Of A Time When We, New York City, Ruled

On Thursday night the Rangers made us party like it’s 1994. And if you were alive and lucid in New York City back then, you recall the magic murmuring up the streets, from Herald Square to Harlem.

05/30/2014

(Photo by Johnny Vy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Billions for Bigots

If Donald Sterling will indeed be swept under the rug of memory, his Jim Crow ideology and Bull Connor comments along with him, then … what have we learned from Donald Sterling?

05/30/2014

LeBron James (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) and Michael Jordan (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Keidel: LeBron Is Leaving Us No Choice But To Compare Him To Jordan

If we may make the small assumption that the Miami Heat will bag their third consecutive title next month, it will infuse a few watts to the charged debate about LeBron James’s place in NBA history.

05/28/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Keidel: If Season Ended Now, You Could Argue That Tanaka Is AL MVP

The Yankees (26-23) are 8-2 when Tanaka starts, for an .800 winning percentage. They are a woeful 18-21 (.461 winning percentage) when the rest of the rotation pitches.

05/26/2014

Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots leaves the field after an injury. (credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Keidel: NFL’s ‘Culture Of Coercion’ Destroying Players

A conga line of football icons is suing the NFL for negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and just about everything short of global warming.

05/23/2014

Matt Harvey (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Keidel: Mets’ Matt Harvey Needs To Be Quiet — Now

Harvey sparkles on the diamond — where he belongs — but not in the media, the front row or the operating table.

05/22/2014

California Chrome (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Keidel: Ruling Sets Up California Chrome — And Us — For Something Epic

The most notable nose in sports gets a reprieve. So now California Chrome visits the Big Apple, bandaged nostrils and all, to grace or tease us with eternity.

05/20/2014

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