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Kurt Helin

  1. Video: Top 5 plays from Drew League championship game

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:39 PM EST

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    Last season was the summer of the Pro-Am leagues like the Drew League — with the NBA locked out the stars flocked to play there and so did our eyes. This summer our eyes have been back at the Vegas Summer League and London. But the Drew League was still going on in Los Angeles…

  2. Note to Stern: Fans really liked, tuned in for Olympic hoops

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:22 PM EST

    US guard Kobe Bryant (C) celebrates with

    David Stern and the NBA owners don’t care what you think about an under-23 Olympic basketball tournament, because to them it’s about another way to make money off the players and you. This is all about money for them not whether it is good for the sport. If the ratings here on NBC are any…

  3. Could Rose’s injury help him evolve into a better jump shooter?

    Aug 14, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose is not the first great, explosive guard to have his ACL go in an ugly fashion. Tim Hardaway — another guard with a legendary crossover that dazzled fans — missed the 1993-94 with the same injury (during the Run TMC era in Golden State). And it took a bit after his return for…

  4. Jeff Van Gundy questions if Magic fans should stay loyal

    Aug 14, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Is it really worth it? Every fan of a team has asked themselves that at some point. Is the emotional commitment worth the payoff? Are there better things I could be doing with my time and money? Usually we come back around to yes on that question, because the ties to the team are not…

  5. Report: Gallinari tweaked shoulder, likely fine by start of camp

    Aug 14, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    Danilo Gallinari has been spending his summer with the Italian national team as they prepare for EuroBasket qualifying (didn’t that just happen a year ago?), but reports say that back and particularly shoulder issues have had him not on the court with his countrymen for weeks. That’s not good. But it’s not that serious, more…

  6. Video: Durant, Harden on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    Aug 14, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

    James Harden and Kevin Durant of the USA

    Isn’t hipster James Harden hanging on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots the most James Harden thing he could do after the Olympics? He and Kevin Durant swung by the show Monday and didn’t look too hungover. Make sure to watch the second video, it has great stuff. Like Jimmy Fallon bringing up…

  7. The Lakers have a potential $85 million luxury tax bill looming

    Aug 14, 2012, 12:13 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain walk towards the bench for a time out after losing possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    As it stands now (with the roster basically set), the Lakers will have a $99 million payroll — $17 million more than the second most expensive team in the NBA (Brooklyn at $82 million). The Lakers payroll the following season will be in that same ballpark. I hear the questions from a lot of people…

  8. Ben Wallace wants to return but Pistons’ roster is full

    Aug 14, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

    Ben Wallace thinks he’s got one more year in him. The Pistons big man has said he would come back and play for the Detroit or retire and now he wants to come back — except the Detroit roster is full, reports the Detroit News. That really leaves Wallace — the former Defensive Player of…

  9. Avery Bradley said Kevin Garnett helped keep him going

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:44 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Going to the NBA can be a real adjustment for most players — in high school and college they were the stars of their team, the big men on campus, their ego gets fed. Then they enter the NBA and are buried on a bench, rarely see the court and have their deficiencies come to…

  10. One trade to watch for: Philly moving a big man (not Bynum)

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:22 AM EST

    Spencer Hawes

    Philadelphia had their big man rotation set. Coach Doug Collins said Kwame Brown was going to be the starter. (Why? Because he felt his blood pressure was too low.), There were also Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen on the roster to play the five, plus the Sixers just drafted 6’11” power forward Arnett Moultrie. But…

  11. Kyrie Irving explains the evolution of his crossover

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    If you’re going to steal, steal from the best. Which is what Kyrie Irving has done with his deadly crossover dribble — steal ideas from the best. He spoke with SLAM Magazine and said that it all started with trying to be like Allen Iverson, but it grew from there. “When I was younger, I…

  12. USA Basketball president lauds LeBron James’ maturity

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    US forward LeBron James scores during th

    There was a time in 2006 when it was possible LeBron James was not going to make the 2008 Beijing Olympic team. Not because of his talent, that was undeniable. He was already one of the game’s elite players. But it was his attitude of entitlement that didn’t sit well with USA Basketball president Jerry…

  13. Metta World Peace to play sex-crazed vampire elder on TV (maybe)

    Aug 14, 2012, 2:51 AM EST

    Ron Artest Parade

    No, Metta World Peace has not gone Hollywood, what would make you say that? Oh, this maybe. From a press release of a new show trying to find its way to your television (via Ball Don’t Lie and The Classical). Los Angeles Lakers’ Metta World Peace has joined the cast of the original scripted spoof…

  14. Chris Andersen’s people say Birdman has received offers

    Aug 14, 2012, 1:59 AM EST

    chris-andersen

    Chris Andersen is still a free agent after the Denver Nuggets used their amnesty clause on him last month. And his agent is doing his job talking to teams and spinning things positively. Here is the latest, via Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com on twitter. Chris Andersen has received some offers from NBA teams. He does…

  15. Magic could have had, didn’t want Iguodala, either

    Aug 13, 2012, 4:28 PM EST

    Iguodala of the U.S. is challenged by Australia's forward Ingles during their London 2012 Olympic Games men's quarterfinal basketball match in London

    A lot of people have been asking how the heck Orlando traded Dwight Howard and got a team that is going to be near the bottom of the NBA out of it. That was the plan. They want to be bad and use their own picks and the ones they traded for — plus the…

  16. Report: Jazz had trade talks about getting Ryan Anderson

    Aug 13, 2012, 3:34 PM EST

    Ryan Anderson, Tyrus Thomas

    Ryan Anderson would have been a good fit in the Utah Jazz’s offense — they needed someone who could knock down the three and stretch the floor, and that is what Anderson does best. They wanted him. But the price was too steep — Paul Millsap. That according to a new report from Brian Smith…

  17. Lakers round out roster, sign Devin Ebanks to deal

    Aug 13, 2012, 2:51 PM EST

    Devin Ebanks Derek Fisher

    Lakers fans, we know who your human victory cigar is going to be. Devin Ebanks will sign his qualifying offer on Monday, rounding out the Lakers roster reports the Los Angeles Times. Ebanks spent last season with the Lakers and is coming back on a one-year deal that will make him an unrestricted free agent…

  18. Another guy who should like the Howard trade? Pau Gasol.

    Aug 13, 2012, 2:18 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    Last season was not the most fun Pau Gasol has ever had in the NBA. Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant were soaking up his post touches, Mike Brown’s offense had him at the elbow and at other times as a glorified stretch four. He was not used well. Gasol has to love the Dwight Howard…

  19. Orlando admits what became obvious: It’s about the draft

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    Rob Hennigan

    There are a lot of ways to question the ultimate decision that Orlando made in trading Dwight Howard. That has to start with, why didn’t you just do this at the trade deadline? I know you wanted to keep your superstar but everyone could see where this was headed, you needed to get out quick…

  20. Eleven guys who came out of London Olympics big winners

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:06 PM EST

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    The USA is the big winner in London — in our “winner take all” society they won the gold medal, they get the spoils. And no doubt they were the best team in the games. But a number of players came out of London as winners in the reputation game. Eric Freeman nailed a great…

  21. Video: Jamal Crawford throws it down, Hawes can’t stop him

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:27 AM EST

    Jamal Crawford

    You just expect Jamal Crawford to make big plays in the Jamal Crawford ProAm. I mean he created it and named it after himself and all. And you would not be disappointed. Crawford’s event is in Seattle and former Huskie Spencer Hawes was there. Hawes was back on defense and caught in this unfortunate fast…

  22. Kobe says he is done, but Carmelo might be up for Rio 2016

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    US forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates af

    Kobe Bryant is telling anyone who asks, anyone who will listen really, that he is done with all things Olympics. There is no hesitation in comments to anyone. He’s got a second gold, he’s done. Which makes sense, he’ll be 37 come the Rio games and may not be playing in the NBA any more.…

  23. Hawks wanted to talk Howard deal, Timberwolves not so much

    Aug 13, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

    Danny Ferry, Hawks President of Basketball Operations and GM

    Now that the deal is finally done and our long national Dwightmare is over, the stories are starting to leak out. The jilted would-be brides are leaking things out (part out of frustration, but more out of the “hey look fan base, we really tried” motive). Others are saying they didn’t want to be part…

  24. Lakers owner Jerry Buss underwent surgery last week

    Aug 13, 2012, 9:56 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    Lakers owner since 1979 Jerry Buss has been in poor health at points in the last year and the Lakers confirmed the 78-year-old had surgery last week. What kind of surgery? They won’t say. From the Los Angeles Times. “He did have surgery and it went fine,” Lakers spokesman John Black said. “He’s not home…

  25. Chris Paul and subtle art of taking over a game

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Chris Paul is athletic, but not Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook athletic where he can make a move that has your jaw drop like you’re in a Tex Avery cartoon. Chris Paul can shoot and score, but he’s not unstoppably pure like Kevin Durant or Ray Allen. Chris Paul did not put up a monster…

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