Jason Keidel

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors hugs ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson after winning the Larry O'Brein Trophy after Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Aside From LeBron, Mark Jackson Had To Be Most Deflated

Generally, a new coach inherits the very vulnerable team that got the prior coach fired. Which is why, aside from LeBron, the most viscerally defeated or deflated man in the building was Mark Jackson.

06/19/2015

Deontay Wilder My Life as a Heavyweight Boxer

Deontay Wilder: My Life As A Heavyweight Boxer

Deontay Wilder defends his WBC world heavyweight title against Eric Molina on Saturday, June 13. This is his story, as he tells it.

06/10/2015

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 26: LeBron James #23 and David Blatt of the Cleveland Cavaliers talk to each other against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (credit: David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: No One Is More Motivated To Win Than LeBron James

All eyes are on LeBron. He’s not just trying to bring a trophy to Cleveland. He’s adding jewels to his crown, which he will one day try to match with Michael Jordan

05/29/2015

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 20: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the final minutes of their 97 to 89 win over the Atlanta Hawks during Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Keidel: LeBron James Vs. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan, his eminence, excellence, and the exemplar of modern basketball, is the unquestioned king. But can King James leave the game with just one more jewel in his crown?

05/22/2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 02: NFL quarterback Tom Brady attends the welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: From Deflate To Checkmate

The NFL hammered Tom Brady for his role in “DeflateGate” for good reason. We can’t have the best players in America’s favorite sport toying with the rules.

05/15/2015

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is tended to by his team between rounds.

Keidel: Pacquiao Should Pack It In

Pacquiao was no match for Mayweather In this career-defining fight. What will he do next?

05/03/2015

Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits in corner during a break between rounds while taking on Marcos Maidana.

Boxing Insider Talk: Steve Farhood, Boxing Analyst

Boxing analyst Steve Farhood on his career and the career-defining fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

04/28/2015

Boxers, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr talk before the game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat

Keidel: Money, Mayhem And Madness

The hype continues to build for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, a seismic sporting event if ever there was one.

04/24/2015

Floyd Mayweather (L) and Manny Pacquiao pose together at the end of their Press Conference promoting their upcoming fight.

Boxing Insider Talk: David Dinkins Jr, Boxing TV Producer

David Dinkins Jr, executive producer for the Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight pay-per-view, looks at the past, present and future of boxing.

04/22/2015

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Manny Pacquiao trains with Freddie Roach in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at Wild Card Boxing Club on April 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Keidel: Freddie Roach Is Pacquiao’s Trainer, Mentor, And Mouthpiece

Beating Mayweather would do more than consolidate the pound-for-pound crown; it would also be a cosmic nod to nobility.

04/17/2015

Sportscaster Al Bernstein speaks as he is inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.

Boxing Insider Talk: Al Bernstein, Boxing Commentator

Al Bernstein, legendary boxing announcer who will be calling the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, discusses his career and the upcoming bout.

04/17/2015

Boxer Manny Pacquiao poses on the red carpet before a joint press conference with Floyd Mayweather Jr on March 11, 2015 at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles, California. Mayweather and Pacquiao are scheduled to fight May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Keidel: Countdown To Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout

Three weeks. 21 days. 504 hours. 30,240 minutes. 1,814,400 seconds. That’s how long it is until Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. finally bump gloves in Las Vegas.

04/10/2015

Ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr is seen in the ring.

Boxing Insider Talk: Jimmy Lennon Jr, Boxing Ring Announcer

Jimmy Lennon Jr, hall of fame boxing ring announcer, talks about his father, career and the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout on May 2.

04/09/2015

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks at the Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao Press Conference on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Keidel: Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout A Boon To Las Vegas Wagers

Hundreds of millions will not only be paid to the two iconic combatants, but you can double that number in wagers.

04/03/2015

Virgil Hunter watches Amir Khan shadow box in his gym.

Boxing Insider Talk: Virgil Hunter, Boxing Trainer And Analyst

Virgil Hunter, renowned boxing trainer, talks Mayweather-Pacquiao and his new role as a CBS Sports boxing analyst.

04/01/2015

Boxers Manny Pacquiao (R) from the Philippines and Floyd Mayweather from the US face each other during a press conference on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, to launch the countdown to their May 2, 2015 super-fight in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN (credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Keidel: Mind Games Have Begun For Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout

First it was Floyd Mayweather, Jr. poaching all potential sparring partners from Manny Pacquiao.

03/27/2015

Floyd Mayweather (L) and Manny Pacquiao pose together at the end of their Press Conference promoting their upcoming fight.

Boxing Insider Talk: Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Sports

Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Sports EVP, speaks about negotiating the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, perhaps the most complex and lucrative fight deal in history.

03/24/2015

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Keidel: Boxing Trumps Team Sports

The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is so naturally radiant that the two participants eschewed the obligatory, cross-country, promotional tour.

03/20/2015

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Floyd Mayweather (L) and Manny Pacquiao pose together at the end of their Press Conference promoting their upcoming fight on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Keidel: Is Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout Five Years Too Late?

Experts have wondered if this fight, in a strict boxing sense, was announced five years too late. Maybe. But it doesn’t matter.

03/13/2015

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao (R) takes part in a practice session in Manila on February 26, 2015. (Photo credit should read JOSEPH AGCAOILI/AFP/Getty Images)

Keidel: Boxing Needs Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout

Let’s discard the nonsense that this is just another fight, or that it doesn’t feed a starving sport.

02/27/2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: The Money And Mouth Of Mayweather

In the endless nuance, childish pride, and politics of the most-publicly and endlessly negotiated sporting event in human history, semantics matter. More than the money, more than the fight, more than legacy.

02/20/2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, sportscaster Ernest Johnson Jr., basketball player Kenny Smith and basketball player Charles Barkley speak onstage as Fall Out Boy takes the stage at American Express All-Star Live at Hammerstein Ballroom broadcast live on TNT to tip-off NBA All-Star 2015 on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for American Express)

Keidel: Certain Irony To Having NBA All-Star Game In New York City

There’s a certain irony to having the NBA All-Star game in New York City. For more years than we New Yorkers care to admit, both NYC and MSG have been basketball mausoleums, places where hoop dreams go to die.

02/13/2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on while taking on Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: Final Round For Manny And Mayweather

A report just crawled across my flatscreen, with Bob Arum asserting that the dueling networks, HBO and Showtime, have basically agreed on broadcasting rights for a Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao bout in May.

02/06/2015

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 27: Boxers, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather on January 27, 2015 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Perfect Confluence Of Timing, Talent, History For Mayweather

Floyd, you’re great. While I can’t concede the greatest, and I wince when you compare yourself favorably to The Greatest (Muhammad Ali), I’ll give it that you’re the best of your time.

01/30/2015

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady talks to the media during a press conference to address the under inflation of footballs used in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Keidel: Patriots’ Pathetic Pressers Fall Flat

The split-screen drama performed by the Patriots has our nation scratching its head and perhaps grabbing other organs at the twin presses provided by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

01/23/2015

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