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Kurt Helin

  1. All-Star Game in Orlando may have December deadline

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Amway-Center

    Already, the deadline has passed for the first week of the preseason — the NBA has cancelled it. Without a handshake agreement in the next week, the rest of the preseason is at risk as well. Not long after that comes the start of the regular season. But what about the All-Star Game? In 1999,…

  2. What the lockout hath wrought: more agents poaching clients

    Sep 24, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    money

    Agents can get a little bored during the lockout. Normally they’d spend July and August getting their clients new deals, helping them with marketing and exposure, trying to sweep indiscretions under the table. It’s keeps a man busy. This summer there have been no negotiations. Well, there are the negotiations between the NBA players union…

  3. Who will be on Team USA for 2012 London Olympics?

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Mike Krzyzewski — head coach of Team USA — has some brutal choices ahead of him next summer. Team USA is in the 2012 London Olympics and will come in the heavy favorite, but there are some other very good teams out there that could push the USA — Spain and Argentina come to mind,…

  4. Book on Kansas hoops call Kris Humphries an “absolute jerk”

    Sep 24, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    To most of America, Kris Humphries is that guy who married Kim Kardashian. Not that Laker that married the other sister, but if pressed people might remember Humphries plays basketball for a living. But Humphries was a big deal player coming out of high school in Minnesota, a guy that was pretty clearly going to…

  5. Video: Watch a WNBA star take it to Sebastian Telfair

    Sep 24, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Cappie Pondexter

    Friday, the final day of the Impact Competitive Training Series, was a super casual little run that really didn’t offer much. The small crowd was silent. Except where WNBA star Cappie Pondexter took it to Sebastian Telfair. If you don’t know Pondexter, she is a two-time All WNBA first team guard now of the New…

  6. Team executives send nearly identical “personal” letters to fans

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    writing_letter

    When the NBA formally cancelled the first preseason games on Friday, team executives from all 30 teams reached out to fans with a personal letter saying they apologize and promise them that the league is working on the labor situation. Except, the letter wasn’t all that personal. It shows that NBA execs do know how…

  7. Friday night video highlights: the best of Stockton and Malone

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

    stockton_malone

    Has there ever been a more perfect pairing in NBA history than John Stockton and Karl Malone? Two very different styles of game, but two guys with great basketball IQs who knew how to play off one another. Guys that were the heart of a franchise, guys that got a city not every player loves…

  8. Players union meeting next Tuesday in Miami. Who shows?

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Last week, a couple days after one of the disappointing negotiating sessions between the owners and players, there was a players meeting in Las Vegas. One where they preached unity. But only about 40 players — about 10 percent of the union membership — showed up. That was less than the number of guys playing…

  9. Video: Highlights of the last day of Vegas Impact series

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    walljohn_davidliamkyle_getty

    As we’ve been saying, the quality of basketball at the Impact Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas is not going to be confused with the NBA product. It has had all the defense of a pro-am game and in the end felt like Summer League — you saw some individuals you like but are careful…

  10. You haven’t seen Kyrie Irving this summer at Cavs request

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:07 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

    Some of the big names of the 2011 NBA Draft have had a busy summer. Josh Selby was turning a few heads at the Impact Basketball Series in Vegas the last couple weeks. Jimmer Fredette was throwing his own rookie game in Utah. Derrick Williams has been working out with Kobe Bryant. Jonas Valanciunas has…

  11. Former NBAer Tate George arrested for alleged Ponzi scheme

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Tate George

    Tate George is a University of Connecticut legend — he hit the dramatic buzzer beater to beat Clemson in the 1990 Sweet 16 — who went on to a four-season NBA career, mostly in New Jersey. George is also in jail as you read this after he turned himself into federal authorities Friday in relation…

  12. Report: Austin Daye signs deal to spend lockout in Russia

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Daye_dunk

    Austin Daye, who spent the last couple weeks working on his game at the Impact Series out in Las Vegas, is now apparently going to work on his game in Russia. He has reportedly inked a deal with BC Khimki, a Moscow based team in the Russian league, according to Obrad Fimic (who is a…

  13. Kemba Walker is angry about the lockout. Hard to blame him.

    Sep 23, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” That pretty much sums up how UConn star Kemba Walker feels about the lockout. Except, Walker has no choice but to take more of it. He’s not part of the NBA union (he was drafted by the Bobcats but no rookies could…

  14. Video: Watch Durant workout, his showdown with LeBron

    Sep 23, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    The latest installment of Kevin Durant’s 35th Hour is out. It’s a video look inside the life of KD (put together by his marketing team, so don’t expect any dirt) and you can watch him work out, shop and bowl. Durant really needs a “Bowling Never Stops” shirt to wear around. The best part is…

  15. Insurance issues holding up Bogut from playing down under

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bogut is finally feeling like his badly injured arm is fully healed, he is ready to return to the court. Except the NBA is not returning to the court. So instead Bogut wants to play in his native Australia for a little while or until the lockout ends. However, now its insurance on the…

  16. Jeremy Evans is one of my new favorite players to watch

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Jeremy Evans

    I really missed NBA summer league in Las Vegas. I didn’t miss the oppressive heat of Vegas in July. I didn’t miss what is passed off as food at the Thomas and Mack. But I missed finding players you didn’t know much about before and falling in love with their games. Finding good guys worth…

  17. Michael Jordan makes more money now than when he played

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan dunk

    It’s good to be Michael Jordan. Even if you do own the Bobcats. Last year, Jordan made twice as much money as he did with his largest contract playing in the NBA, according to Forbes Magazine. In the 1996-97 season, Jordan made $30.1 million, the season after that $33.1 million. (The Riensdorf and Kraus broke…

  18. There is still a chance for NBA’s regular season to start on time

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    lockout

    I’ll admit, it’s hard for me to be optimistic about the NBA lockout prognosis right now. As I explained on twitter, every time I get hopeful I feel like Charlie Brown running up to kick the football, and David Stern is playing the role of Lucy. But there are some reasons to be optimistic that…

  19. It’s official: NBA postpones training camps, cancels 43 preseason games

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    David Stern

    We all knew it was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier to report. Especially when you now consider that regular season games will almost certainly be postponed if not lost. The NBA announced it has officially and indefinitely postponed the start of NBA training camps (that were to start Oct. 3) and has…

  20. Donnie Walsh thinks Knicks have the core of a title team

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    The last time the New York Knicks were NBA champions, George Steinbrenner had just purchased the Yankees for $10 million, the World Trade Center towers opened in New York and Elvis Presley was doing a live concert from Hawaii. So it’s been a while. But former GM and now team consultant — meaning they paid…

  21. Kobe gets $6.7 million offer from Italian team, now his call

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    The ball is now in Kobe Bryant’s court, a massive offer is on the table. But even with the lockout, I’d be surprised if he picks it up. Thursday night officials from Virtus Bologna had a conference call with Rob Pelinka, the agent for Kobe, and laid out four different contract options, according to the…

  22. Former union chief says sides may not be feeling pressure yet

    Sep 23, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

    david-stern-billy-hunter

    Fans, we’re feeling pressure. Later on Friday the official news will come down that the preseason has been postponed and the first preseason games have been canceled. While that seems like it should be pressure to us, it may not be to Billy Hunter and David Stern. The cancellation of games — even regular season…

  23. Ray Allen ready to sacrifice season for a fair deal. Just great.

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT

    NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles

    Remember those heady days a couple of weeks ago when we were optimistic that the level heads would prevail and it seemed like the entire season could be salvaged? Ahhh, the naiveté of youth. Now, we’re getting back to games being cancelled and more strident positions. Such as Celtics sharp shooter Ray Allen yesterday speaking…

  24. Union head Billy Hunter says little progress made in talks

    Sep 23, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    We might have guessed this based on the fact that Friday the NBA is going to postpone the start of training camps and cancel some preseason games, but union head Billy Hunter said things are not really going well in negotiations. Hunter spoke with Chris Sheridan — who is far more optimistic about a deal…

  25. Player reaction to preseason postponement: Saw that coming

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    Out in Las Vegas for the past couple of weeks at the Impact Compeitive Training Series (affectionately known as the “lockout league”), it has been about NBA players staying in shape for the start of the season, sharpening their game, getting in some run. Now everybody will have a lot longer to hone that edge.…

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