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Kurt Helin

  1. Heat owner speaks his mind on twitter, then thinks better of it

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York

    We’ve known for a while that Miami Heat owner Micky Arison is a dove — he wants his team to start playing basketball again, he’d pretty much take the players deal on the table right now and roll with the season. As fans who want to see basketball, he’s our guy. Start the games. But…

  2. Puerto Rico World All-Star game postponed, stick fork in tour

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    So much for that “see how much money we can make without the NBA” tour. After seemingly half the stars in the World All-Star Classic constellation pulled out in the past week, the first game — scheduled for Sunday in Puerto Rico — and the entire series now has been sucked into a black hole.…

  3. Friday night video: Top 10 plays from the 1999 NBA finals

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 4: San Antonio Spurs v Cleveland Cavaliers

    For some reason, the 1999 NBA finals is on my mind today. You remember that one, the Spurs championship with an asterisk? The one from the strike-shortened season. (Actually, they don’t deserve an asterisk, I was just channeling Phil Jackson for a second). What you see are the top 10 plays from that finals, as…

  4. Stern tries to frighten NBA players into taking deal

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    David Stern was masterful Friday afternoon. He put on a frightful Halloween show for the NBA players watching at home. Certainly it was all spin at his press conference following another day of blown up labor negotiations. He spoke to the media for about 15 minutes (it was broadcast on NBA TV) and NBA union…

  5. It’s official: NBA cancels games through November. Ugh.

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Even when you know it’s coming, it doesn’t make it any less painful. There will be no NBA games in November. David Stern said in his press conference following the dissolution of labor talks (again!) that all games through Nov. 30 would be canceled. That also means there will be no 82 game NBA season…

  6. NBA continues ridiculous “two steps up, one step back” dance

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

    Empty Amway Arena

    We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately But we ain’t learnin’ We’re the same sad story that’s a fact One step up and two steps back                                                        …

  7. Dwight Howard latest to pull out of World All-Star Classic

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    And the players keep dropping out the World All-Star Classic set to start in Puerto Rico Sunday (Oct. 30) like it was some hastily thrown together event that was never going to live up to the hype. The latest is Dwight Howard, the Orlando Sentinel reports. They spoke to his agent who confirms the news.…

  8. Report: Employees of Nets, 76ers told to get ready to work

    Oct 28, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    There are times I feel like we are going a little Fox Mulder with the lockout, trying to find signs that it is about to end where no such sign exists. And then there are things that just hit you over the head. Like the emails sent to employees of the Nets and 76ers, as…

  9. Should the NBA ban zone defenses? No.

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Wade, Zone defense, mavericks

    It was 10 years ago that the NBA started allowing a modified zone defense to be played in the NBA. It’s not a pure zone — you can’t park Dwight Howard in the paint, there’s a defensive three seconds — but more and more teams are using some form of match zones. The Mavericks may…

  10. Report: Teams may have two years to use amnesty clause

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Richard Jefferson

    One thing we know will be in the new NBA labor deal is an amnesty clause — teams will be able to waive one player off the roster and wipe most (likely 75 percent) of his salary off the luxury tax and salary cap. (The player would still get paid the full amount.) This is…

  11. Players smile, sign-and-trade seems to be part of new CBA

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures after being fouled in NBA basketball playoff action against the Philadelphia 76ers in Miami

    If there was one thing I thought small market owners would fight to keep out of the new NBA labor deal it was the sign-and-trade. It’s what LeBron James and Chris Bosh had after-the-fact. It can be used to hold a smaller market hostage. The player gets his money and his ticket to a new team…

  12. Jordan Crawford feels he can be better than that other Jordan guy

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    Jordan Crawford Wizards

    There are things you should not admit publicly. For example, that you like Jimmy Buffett music. Or that you don’t like chocolate. People will just look at you askew if you say that out loud. Or, if you’re a baller, saying that you think you can be better than Michael Jordan. Well, we’d like you…

  13. Delonte West’s new car looks oddly familiar… oh, yea

    Oct 28, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    oj-chase

    Delonte West, flush with all that cash from the new job — and maybe thinking he has a larger paycheck coming soon — has bought a new car. It’s not exactly the flashy ride most NBA guys have. It does look oddly familiar though…. Oh, yea. From that. West tweeted about it and owned up…

  14. How many games? League asking areas to keep April dates open.

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    AAArena_Night

    Whenever the NBA labor issue gets resolved — please be Friday, please be Friday — the next question becomes: When do we start? And how many games can we get in? That second part is tricky. Owners and players both would love to get in a full 82 games, for the exact same reasons there…

  15. With NBA labor talks, it’s also about who is NOT in the room

    Oct 28, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    Throughout these NBA labor negotiations there has been a lot of focus on who is in the negotiating room. When it has been a small group led by Billy Hunter and David Stern, there has been progress. When Kevin Garnett or Paul Allen — or really any larger group — becomes involved things blow up.…

  16. Phil Jackson backs Jerry Krause for Hall of Fame

    Oct 28, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Jerry Krause

    Phil Jackson and former Bulls GM Jerry Krause are not exactly the best of friends. Their feud helped break up the Bulls dynasty. The two did not speak for more than a decade and it took Tex Winter going into the Hall of Fame — and him wanting those two to kiss and make up……

  17. What has to happen Friday for NBA to have labor peace

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:59 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    We are close. Very close. By Monday we could be talking about what the Heat/Lakers/Celtics need to do in free agency, not luxury tax details. There are real signs of hope. David Stern watched the NBA players’ union press conference Thursday from the back row of the room, and both he and union head Billy…

  18. Progress breeds optimism, labor deal “within striking distance”

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Friday could be the day. But if not Friday it may be this weekend — the NBA season is close to being saved. Maybe not all of it, but most of it, enough to have an asterick-free, credible NBA season. Progress through two more days has everyone, even the participants, hopeful. NBA Commissioner David Stern says…

  19. Antoine Walker back in the D-League. Everybody shimmy!

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Antoine Walker D-League

    It’s good to have Antoine Walker news that involves a basketball court and not a court of law. Walker is about to join the Idaho Stampede for the upcoming D-League season, the team announced Thursday. The former Celtics All-Star averaged 16 points per game in 43 games for Idaho last season. He had a 12-year…

  20. Why are there 82 games anyway? Nobody really knows.

    Oct 27, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    If there seems to be one consensus among fans and pundits as the discussion of a post-lockout NBA schedule picks up steam, it is this: The NBA season is too long. It is 82 games, as it has been since most of us can remember. As it has been since most of us were born.…

  21. NBA owners, players back at bargaining table Thursday

    Oct 27, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    This is good. There is a growing sense of optimism from both the NBA owners and players sides that a deal is there to be had — and now they are both actually working hard toward it. Less than 11 hours after they walked away from the bargaining table at 3 a.m. Thursday morning, representatives…

  22. Video: Joe Smith argues with a pumpkin. Yes, a pumpkin.

    Oct 27, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Joe Smith

    What, you want another post breaking down the minutia of the NBA lockout? Or, do you want an NBA journeyman and most recent Laker arguing with a pumpkin? Exactly. So, here you go. Joe Smith arguing with a pumpkin. Enjoy. Hat tip to The Basketball Jones.

  23. Apparently Humphries/Kardashian marriage is not perfect. Shocking.

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Kardashian Kollection Launch Party

    They really need to end the lockout. Soon. So we can talk about basketball. In that absence we bring you this bit of shocking news — things may not be “happily ever after” for free agent forward Kris Humphries and reality star Kim Kardashian. First came reports that former Nets forward Humphries is weary of…

  24. Economist Murphy takes us all to school on players stance

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    Kevin Murphy is smarter than you. And me. And David Stern and Billy Hunter and everyone else in the negotiating room. There’s no objective way to prove that, but do you have a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant?” Are you the guy the people who wrote “Freakanomics” think is the smartest person they know? That’s Murphy.…

  25. Kings struggle to keep all those new sponsors happy

    Oct 27, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Kings Farewell Basketball

    It is one of the key reasons the Kings are still the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento Mayor walked up to the NBA’s owners — not the Maloof brothers that own the Kings, but the rest of them — and said he could bring in $10 million more in local corporate sponsorship. Then he went out and…

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