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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 [email protected]

Articles by Deron Snyder

Kelly Oubre Jr., right, poses for photos with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 15th overall by the Atlanta Hawks during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. Oubre was traded on draft night to the Washington Wizards (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) **FILE**

SNYDER: NBA shows less is more with draft, unlike NFL counterpart

A couple of months ago, the NFL unleashed an unprecedented amount of broadcast coverage for its annual draft, flooding the airwaves of ESPN, NFL Network, Fox and ABC, while airing every round on network TV for the first time. Thank goodness the NBA doesn't take the same approach. The league's draft begins -- and ends -- on Thursday. Published June 20, 2018

6. LeBron James: $85.5 million (Basketball, U.S.)  Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)

SNYDER: LeBron James paired up with John Wall? Don't bet on it

Baseball's hot-stove league was once the gold standard for leagues' ability to stay in the news during their offseason. But the NBA has blown it away with a microwave version that commences immediately after the Finals. Published June 18, 2018

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

SNYDER: Martinez shouldn't make a habit of giving Soto a day off

Juan Soto's first trip to Yankee Stadium marked the first time since May 21 that he wasn't in the Nationals' starting lineup. Manager Dave Martinez finally gave Soto a day off Tuesday, allowing the phenom to be an observer while soaking in the storied ballpark and fabled pinstripes. Published June 13, 2018

Vegas Golden Knights celebrate the team's 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Western Conference finals Friday, May 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Marc Sanchez)

SNYDER: Expansion Knights rally a still-wounded city

The ability of sports to bind geographic kinfolk is fleeting, but it's always strongest after tragic events and during championship runs. When those conditions exist simultaneously, the result is epic. Published May 21, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives on Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby (3), from England, in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) **FILE**

SNYDER: Top seeds eliminated by James a distinct club

James is making his eighth consecutive appearance in the conference finals, He has treated the East like his personal jungle gym since taking his talents to Miami and subsequently returning to Cleveland. Other teams get to play, but only for so long. Published May 9, 2018

Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson sits on the bench after colliding with with Pittsburgh Penguins' Zach Aston-Reese (46) during the second period in Game 3 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Aston-Reese suffered a broken jaw and will miss the rest of the playoffs. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

SNYDER: Tom Wilson a dirty player unless he's on your team

You know the line about certain players, how they're loved when on your team but hated when on the opposing team? That's usually a nice way of saying those guys are jerks. Their style often falls on the wrong side of the line according to impartial observers opposed to impassioned fans. Published May 2, 2018

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after he was fouled during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: The messy, maddening Wizards find a way

The Wizards are like those frustrating relatives you want to smack in the head sometimes because they simply don't act right. But with a victory like the one we saw Sunday, all in the family is forgiven. Published April 22, 2018