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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett's 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at

Articles by Deron Snyder

Michael Jordan leaves the U.S. courthouse Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Chicago. after the first day of his civil trial against the defunct grocery-store chain Dominick's Finer Foods for using his name and jersey number without permission. (Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times Media via AP) **FILE**

Michael Jordan comes in late, which is better than never

It's better for Jordan to take a shot and miss, than to remain on the sideline while less luminous figures fire away. Even though he failed to offer his voice on numerous occasions before, much work remains to be done. Published July 27, 2016

Golden State Warriors' newest player Kevin Durant, center, joins head coach Steve Kerr, left and general manager Bob Myers during a news conference at the NBA basketball team's practice facility, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach) **FILE**

What NBA teams 'want,' players 'need' rightfully two different things

GMs are free to deal as they see fit in attempts to build the best team possible. They're encouraged to use draft picks, trades and free-agent signings in an effort to crush the competition and win a championship. But when players take matters into their own hands? Oh no! Published July 20, 2016

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell apologized for posting a graphic on Instagram that depicts the brutal killing of a police officer. (Associated Press)

Isaiah Crowell, Minnesota Lynx actions show sports, society continue to collide

Sports take place in such public arenas (literally), it's unrealistic to think everyone will get along and play nice without the threat of uniformed, armed police officers on hand. It's also unrealistic to expect lockstep-thinking and behavior from the athletes. They have a platform and some will use it to express their opinions, no matter how they might conflict with your or anyone else's thoughts. Published July 13, 2016

Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley (11) celebrates after hitting a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Indianapolis. The Grizzlies won the game 112-103. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NBA free agency shows capitalism at work

The spending spree that rocked sports since Friday is a simple case of economics and market forces. The reaction from many observers is also a simple matter: They're angry, envious and bitter because NBA players struck it rich instead of them. Published July 4, 2016

Louisiana State forward Ben Simmons (25) is considered to be the likely choice when the Philadelphia 76ers make the first pick in the NBA draft Thursday night in New York. The NBA instituted a one-and-done rule for the 2006 draft giving fans a familiarity with having seen plenty of Simmons' games at LSU, one reason the NBA draft is more enjoyable than its counterparts. (The Advocate via Associated Press)

NBA draft short, sweet in comparison to counterparts

Compared to other sports, the NBA draft process is short, sweet and stocked with players we've heard of and seen play. It's a one-night-only two-round event that doesn't stretch for days. Published June 22, 2016