Skip to content

Kurt Helin

  1. Kyrie Irving explains the evolution of his crossover

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    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…

  2. USA Basketball president lauds LeBron James’ maturity

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 14, 2012, 2:51 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 14, 2012, 1:59 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    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…

  14. Lakers owner Jerry Buss underwent surgery last week

    Aug 13, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    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…

  16. Coach K says he is done, so who coaches in Rio in 2016?

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Popovich, Rivers

    Mike Krzyzewski says he is done. He came in as USA Basketball restructured following the 2004 bronze medal in Athens, and he has coached two World Championships and two Olympics. USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo says he is going to try and talk Coach K into staying, but Kobe Bryant couldn’t talk him into coming…

  17. Lakers coach Brown says Howard is going to bail him out on defense, basically

    Aug 13, 2012, 12:12 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Lakers were a pretty pedestrian defensive team last year, despite coach Mike Brown’s pedigree. They were 13th in the league in points surrendered per possession, giving up 101.7 points per 100 possessions (the league average was 101.8). And they struggled against the pick-and-roll, particularly against the roll man who shot 49 percent against the…

  18. Spain pushes USA, but too much LeBron, CP3, Durant makes USA golden

    Aug 12, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    US forward Kevin Durant and US forward L

    Spain had what they needed — spark plug Juan Carlos-Navarro couldn’t miss early and would not let the USA run away with the game. Pau Gasol took it right to the USA’s weakness in the second half and had 15 points in the third quarter to put his team ahead at one point. But the…

  19. USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end

    Aug 11, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (R) celebrate

    USA vs. Spain for the gold: We know how this is going to end. USA gold. Spain has some real talent — Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol team up to make what would be the best front line in the NBA (well, maybe not anymore) and they surround the brothers with smart, playmaking guards who…

  20. Westbrook suffers mild ankle sprain, will play in gold medal game

    Aug 11, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    UPDATE 9:56 am: Relax. Go back to drinking your morning coffee and not worry, Thunder and Team USA fans. The update on Westbrook is that he will go for Team USA Sunday in the gold medal game against Spain. Reports out of the Team USA camp are that he is “fine” and will play Sunday,…

  21. Video: Stoudemire talks working out with Hakeem Olajuwon

    Aug 11, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    For the past few years, NBA big men (and a few wings like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James) have been making a pilgrimage to Houston to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon like it’s the Holy Land of post play. Why? What is it like? Amare Stoudemire was down there recently, and wherever Stoudemire goes his…

  22. Spain gets another shot at Gold after dominant second half vs. Russia

    Aug 10, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Sergio Rodriguez

    There were questions about how good Spain could be because they had not been all that impressive in the Olympic tune-up games, then in group play they lost to Russia and Brazil (although the Brazil loss was more of a laydown). Then in the first half against Russia Spain played down to its worst, scoring…

  23. It’s official: League approves four-team deal, Howard a Laker

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Some Lakers fans were convinced David Stern was going to try to kill this blockbuster, balance changing trade. And you could bet if he really could have some owners (*cough*Mark Cuban*cough*) would have pressured him to do so. But the league had no real standing to block this trade — because it can be justified…

  24. Shockingly, Kobe likes acquisition of Dwight Howard

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    I would love to have been in the Team USA breakfast/meeting round Friday morning in London when Kobe Bryant walked in, walked right up to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden and did his best Matt Damon impression — “How do ya like them apples?” The Lakers got Dwight Howard as part of a…

  25. Doug Collins’ comments on trade of Iguodala for Bynum

    Aug 10, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    DCollins_Sixers

    Doug Collins is in London as part of the NBC broadcast team coving the Olympics, specifically the semi-final games Friday (Russia vs. Spain, USA vs. Argentina). He’s also the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the four teams involved in the blockbuster Dwight Howard trade. The Sixers get former Lakers big man Andrew Bynum…

Featured video

Clippers playoffs? MCW shooting? Your twitter questions answered.
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. H. Whiteside (5712)
  2. K. Durant (5103)
  3. K. Martin (5055)
  4. K. Lowry (4958)
  5. D. Favors (4934)
  1. D. Rose (4785)
  2. D. Wade (4781)
  3. G. Monroe (4773)
  4. B. Knight (4544)
  5. P. George (4538)