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Kurt Helin

  1. Latest NBA player exhibition game: North Carolina vs. Duke

    Nov 7, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    North Carolina Duke

    We’ve had seemingly every other kind of pro-am and charity game featuring NBA players during the lockout, why not go back to some classic college rivalry games. Like North Carolina alumni vs. Duke alumni. It’s happening, according to Blue Devil Nation (via Dime). It’s called the “Kings of Tobacco Road” game and is set for…

  2. USA Basketball trying to keep pre-Olympic schedule light

    Nov 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    USA Basketball and coach Mike Krzyzewski are among those with their hands tied because of the NBA lockout. If there is a late-starting, condensed NBA season where the playoffs run into late June, he will get some tired players when Team USA opens its Olympics training camp right after the Fourth of July next year.…

  3. Shaq blames exit from Lakers on Kupchak. He’s just wrong.

    Nov 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    O'NEAL

    So far, the excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s book (“Shaq Uncut: My Story“) that have gone public have been amusing and opinionated, if a bit loose with the truth. But this latest bit about his exit from the Los Angeles Lakers could not have missed the mark more. It comes from Mark Medina at the Los…

  4. If season cancelled, LeBron trade could help Cavs in draft

    Nov 7, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Since we’ve got nothing else NBA related to do today other than stare into the abyss and see if it stares back, let’s talk about an interesting little hypothetical. Let’s say the full NBA season gets cancelled. That leads to all sorts of questions about what order the picks would be in for the 2012…

  5. Could lockout hurt NBA charity efforts when season does start?

    Nov 7, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    NBA cares chairs

    The NBA really stepped up both its charitable efforts and the public relations machine promoting those efforts after the “malice at the Palace” brawl back in 2004. The league had serious image issues with many thinking that all NBA players were thugs ready to punch fans. Things like NBA Cares are designed to counter that…

  6. Salary rollbacks part of new owner offer to come Thursday

    Nov 7, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    UPDATE 2:01 pm: Over at the New York Times, Howard Beck has gotten a hold of a copy of the letter David Stern sent to the union about their “reset” proposal. Here are the “highlights” (or lowlights, if you wanted to see NBA basketball this season): The “reset” proposal features a flex-cap system that contains…

  7. Video: Magic’s HIV press conference from 20 years ago today

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    magic-hiv-presser

    This is the press conference that shook the NBA 20 years ago today. Larry Bird said after he saw it he felt like he did the day his father had taken his own life. Dick Ebersol, the longtime head of NBC Sports (which carried the NBA at the time) said he cried. A lot of people…

  8. Talking decertification, union moves with CBA expert Larry Coon

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    If an NBA writer has a labor question — specifically a question about the Collective Bargaining Agreement — we call Larry Coon. Pretty much all of us do. He wrote the CBA FAQ that is a go-to resource not only for NBA writers and fans but some agents. And know that some NBA teams have…

  9. Video: Jeremy Lin tells you how to get into Harvard

    Nov 7, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Jeremy_Lin

    When it was time to apply to college, I almost sent my application in to Harvard. Because I figured the evaluators there needed comic relief now and again just like everyone else. But for those of you thinking about going, Golden State Warrior and Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin has some ideas for you. It’s a…

  10. Trainer for Harlem Globetrotters shot to death

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    globetrotters logo

    Tragic news out of Denver. Thomas Bashline, the trainer for the Harlem Globetrotters, was found shot to death in a D home, according to the Denver Post. A woman at the home called sheriff’s deputies at 4:30 p.m. Friday claiming that her boyfriend was unresponsive, Martinez said. The woman had been at work and found…

  11. Video: Highlights from Rip City classic charity game

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Wesley Matthews

    Another NBA player charity game, another round of Kevin Durant highlights. This was the Rip City game hosted by LaMarcus Aldridge up in Portland and it featured James Harden, Jamal Crawford (with the sweet pass to himself) and a host of other stars. Since this is what will have to pass as NBA basketball for…

  12. Tyson Chandler says new labor deal could keep him from Mavs

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks c

    The Dallas Mavericks’ title defense could take a real hit from the new NBA collective bargaining agreement. Dallas is already over the salary cap wit $60 million in salary committed for next season, and they have multiple key free agents they want to re-sign — Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, and J.J. Barea. The…

  13. Union player reps to meet, want negotiations with owners

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    David Stern threw out an ultimatium — agree to our deal by Wednesday or come Thursday you get a much worse offer from us. (Stern doesn’t want to call it an ultimatum, but that’s exactly what it is.) There are three player and union reactions to this, and those reactions are where we stand Monday…

  14. Video: Curry, Richardson highlight “We Believe” game

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    stephen curry

    “We Believe” was back for one night in the Bay Area. A charity game pitting some from the 2007 Warriors team that knocked off Dallas in the playoffs took on the current Warriors over the weekend. Stephen Curry was your star, dropping a triple-double, but beloved Warrior Jason Richardson had a big game and Corey…

  15. Union leaders to talk, just don’t expect a vote on Stern’s plan

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    We know one thing that will not come out of Monday’s teleconference of NBA players’ union leadership — a vote on David Stern’s ultimatium. Union sources have said the leadership is not going to present Stern’s offer – a 49-51 percent band on basketball related income, a mini mid-level exception for tax paying teams (but…

  16. 20 years ago today, Magic Johnson changed the face of HIV

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    magic-hiv-presser

    I know exactly where I was 20 years ago today, Nov. 7, 1991, a little after 3 in the afternoon. I was at a part-time job at a medical company I had to earn beer money while in school, listening to the radio and doing menial work a trained chimp could have done better. Then…

  17. Michael Jordan not making friends among current players

    Nov 6, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Image (1) NBA_jordan3_250.jpg for post 1461

    Most of today’s NBA players grew up idolizing Michael Jordan (or for an older generation that played against him, respecting him). But Jordan’s stance as the leader of the hardline owners — even if he will not talk in negotiating sessions — led to some venom coming his way from players after the NBA’s labor negotiations blew…

  18. Choice before players: Take Stern’s offer or decertify

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:05 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    David Stern threw down the gauntlet — here is our deal. It’s a 51-49 band on basketball-related income and other things the owners can live with. Come Wednesday, this offer will vanish and the next offer will be much worse. The owners are done negotiating. Stern said it wasn’t an ultimatum, but he is wrong.…

  19. Report: Spurs GM R.C. Buford arrested for DUI

    Nov 5, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

    R.C. Buford

    R.C. Buford has made a lot smart decisions as Spurs general manager. Friday night he made a stupid one. He was arrested for driving under the influence, reports KSAT.com. A police spokesman confirmed Buford was arrested after crashing into the fence in the 500 block of N. Leona just west of downtown late Friday night….…

  20. Friday night video: Watch Dikembe Mutombo’s best blocks

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo

    While we do have a general rule about not having Colin Cowherd on this blog in any form, it is balanced out by Dikembe Mutombo (and Michelle Beadle). This is a great collection of Mutombo blocks (and it doesn’t even include things like the block of an Andrew Bynum hook shot). What I miss with…

  21. Maybe Jordan is driving a hard bargain because his partners want out

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    There are a couple possible reasons that Michael Jordan is the guy out in front of the hardline owners leading the charge to crush the players. The most likely explanation — he’s Michael Jordan and he has to demolish the opposition in any competition. Jordan can be an unforgiving jerk — did you see his…

  22. Hawks sale falls apart, team taken off market. Sorry Hawks fans.

    Nov 4, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    Alex Meruelo

    To Hawks fans hoping for a new ownership to breathe new life into a franchise seemingly stuck in the middle, we’re sorry to pass along this news. The sale of the Hawks to Alex Meruelo has been scuttled — something rumored for a few weeks around concerns about Meruelo’s finances — and now the Atlanta…

  23. Report: Federal mediator to be back in room Saturday

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    George Cohen

    George Cohen, the federal mediator who led intense discussions between the NBA and players union several weeks back, will be in the room again Saturday. That’s what Chris Broussard of ESPN reports, confirmed by an NBA spokesman. Cohen led the two sides through 30 hours of negotiations in three days, when some of the most…

  24. Video: What “basketball never stops” means to LeBron, Durant

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Nike, they are good at this marketing thing. While the NBA has been locked out and we have been talking about percentages of BRI and other stuff off the court, Nike has been running their “basketball never sleeps” campaign. Kevin Durant has been the living embodiment if it, so it seems. This video has Durant,…

  25. J.J. Hickson is one game and done in Israel

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    J.J. Hickson is not going to go down in history as one of the legends of Israeli basketball. The Sacramento Kings forward played one game for Bnei Hasharon of Israel but has been released after one game because he was late for a couple practices. Practice? Yes, we’re talkin’ ’bout practice. Noam Schiller, writer for…

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