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Kurt Helin

  1. Are things looking up in labor negotiations or not?

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:30 AM EDT

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    Nature abhors a vacuum. So do news agencies, blogs (including us) and apparently agents. So the fact that there has been no talk from the principles involved in a series of owner/player meetings —  a six-hour meeting last week, a more than five hour meeting Wednesday and another planned for Thursday — has led to…

  2. Lockout video: Bernard King was fun to watch

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:19 PM EDT

    bernard-king-608

    While working the last couple of days, I’ve been watching the rain fall in Queens. Theoretically I was trying to watch the U.S. Open and not Brad Gilbert’s ramblings, but the rain in NYC gave me the raw end of that deal. Still, the establishing shots got me thinking about New York, and from there…

  3. Video: The latest NBA 2K12 trailer makes us long for hoops

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    nba2k12

    The game may not have the rookies, but it will have the legends and damn, it looks good. Below is the latest trailer for NBA 2K12 and… WOW. It looks good. Just like the last one. It makes me pumped for the game. It makes me pumped for the upcoming season…. oh yea. They need…

  4. EuroBasket roundup: Spain looks good, Germany in trouble

    Sep 7, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol of Spain looks on while being guarded by Nowitzki of Germany during their FIBA EuroBasket 2011 basketball game in Vilnius

    Here is where we are at with EuroBasket — two groups of six teams each, with the top four from those groups advancing to the eight-team knockout round. What we saw Wednesday was three teams taking control — France, Spain and Lithuania — while Germany may have sealed its doom. What follows is your Wednesday…

  5. Michael Jordan in the clutch vs. LeBron James

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This is not a slam on LeBron James. This is not about who is the better player in the clutch, Michael Jordan or LeBron. Or who is the better player, period (not sure that’s a debate right now). It’s about the attitude Jordan had, what Jordan learned, and what LeBron James needs to pick up…

  6. Rookies not part of NBA 2K12 to start. Thanks lockout.

    Sep 7, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    NBA 2K12

    Now the NBA lockout is screwing up your video games. While players of the NBA 2K12 video game will be able to reach into the past and pull in 15 legends of the game, they cannot go into the future. Because of licensing rights, rookies will not be part of the original release of NBA…

  7. After 5 1/2 hours, owners and players agree to meet Thursday

    Sep 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    NBA owners and players met for more than five hours in Manhattan on Wednesday and the two sides have agreed to meet again on Thursday and they may meet again on Thursday. That is the report via twitter from hoops writers on the scene (like CBS’s Ken Berger and the New York Times Howard Beck). We…

  8. Evan Turner likes his jump shot a lot more than he used to

    Sep 7, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    For a guy the 76ers pictured as their shooting guard of the future, Evan Turner struggled with the shooting part of that job his rookie year. He shot 37.1 percent from three to nine feet out, 37.6 percent form 10 to 15 feet, 37 percent from 16 feet to the arc and 31.8 percent from…

  9. Amar’e Stoudemire’s back still just “90 percent healthy”

    Sep 7, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire high five

    UPDATE 3:19 pm: Amar’e Stoudemire himself said his back is getting better. Or at least it’s getting better at a faster pace than the NBA Labor talks are getting better. Basically, he’ll be ready to go Oct. 1 if the league is. From the New York Post. “I feel great,’’ Stoudemire said. “Been resting all…

  10. Talking Vegas Impact Series with Jared Dudley (and why you should watch)

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Jared Dudley

    The days right after Labor Day is when the great migration of NBA players usually takes place. Like geese heading south for the winter, they board planes and fly to the city where they will get paid to ball — weeks before training camp opens — to start working out and playing pickup with their…

  11. Video: Dwight Howard dancing with Mongolian children

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Howard of Orlando Magic gestures to fans at a promotional event during his China tour in Wuhan

    Welcome to the latest in the series of “videos we are running because of the lockout”… Dwight Howard is working is way through Asia as part of a tour to sell a lot of shoes promote the NBA and the game of basketball. And, Howard is a clown at heart. So, put him in a…

  12. Video: Watch Carmelo and Lala on Regis and Kelly

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

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    This is what the lockout has reduced us to — watching Carmelo Anthony and his wife promote their new reality show on another morning show I never watch. But some of you, care. The interview from Regis & Kelly is a reminder that while we think of players like Carmelo only as athletes they get…

  13. By the way, Deron Williams still is not in Turkey. Yet.

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    Deron Williams is by far the biggest name to sign overseas, and there were reports last week he was due to land in Turkey and start working out with his new team Besiktas. But not yet. Soon, but not yet. He may get there today, reports Hoopsworld. Deron Williams was supposed to arrive in Turkey…

  14. Players tentative, think labor talks finally getting serious

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    NBA players are thinking a lot like us. That talks during first few months of the NBA lockout were more theater than negotiations. That now things are changing. Suns swingman Jared Dudley is in Las Vegas right now getting in shape for the eventual season and he and other NBA players will be competing in…

  15. That’s cold: ‘Melo has two cell phones stolen at Melo league game

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Goodman League All-Stars v The Melo League

    The Melo League bares the name of Carmelo Anthony — he helped pay for the youth center in Baltimore that among many things hosts the summer pro-am league of some renowned. The same league that just took on and beat the Goodman League in a showdown. Which makes this report a little cold hearted. ‘Melo…

  16. Report: NBA owners want to add third round to draft

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Well, this is one we didn’t see coming. And frankly it doesn’t make a ton of sense. But according to Chris Sheridan over at the new Sheridan Hoops (two days old and two great posts, well done sir), the NBA owners are requesting a third round to the NBA draft. SheridanHoops.com has learned that NBA…

  17. Video: “Inception” meets “The Decision” mashup

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    I thought I had seen every variation of pop culture and LeBron James‘ “Decision,” but I was wrong. Check out the mashup of The Decision and the science-fiction hit “Inception.” I could try to describe it, but it’s a lot like trying to describe that movie. Not easy, you just kind of need to see…

  18. Jordan Hamilton mistakenly thinks he can lead all rookies in scoring

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    Jordan Hamilton

    I love Jordan Hamilton’s confidence. Not sure he’s very familiar with the coach and situation he will find himself in once the lockout ends, but love that confidence. Don’t ever lose that. The first-round draft pick out of Texas finds himself in Denver and sounds as sure of himself as ever — particularly his ability…

  19. How basketball players are groomed in Spain vs. USA

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol Spain

    Right now, Spain is the second best basketball nation in the world. They are the defending silver medalists from the Beijing Olympics, they have the second best professional league in the world. They remain the favorites at EuroBasket heading into the second round. And they are producing some of the best players in the world…

  20. Video: Wade, ‘Melo, CP3 should not do any dancing shows

    Sep 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    NBA basketball players Wade, Anthony and Paul gesture to fans as they arrive at a promotional event at an outdoor basketball court in Beijing

    Ron Artest may be Dancing with the Stars (for at least a week), but according to the latest evidence that is more than Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul should do. During a recent tour of China the three got pulled into a dance off, and the results were… well, score one for the…

  21. Union, NBA lawyers to meet with judge about league lawsuit

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Wednesday, while the head of the NBA players union — president Derek Fisher and director Billy Hunter — are negotiating with David Stern, the union’s lawyers will be talking to a judge. Remember last month the league filed a lawsuit against the union, essentially trying to block the union’s path to decertification. According to Ken…

  22. Zaza Pachulia out for month with leg injury

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Lithuania Basketball EuroBasket

    Behind Zaza Pachulia, the team from Georgia has made it into the second round of EuroBasket. The Hawks big man was giving his native country 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Notice we said was, that is because he is injured and will miss the rest of the tournament. He will miss a month,…

  23. Mo Evans will not be playing in Spain, at least not soon

    Sep 6, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms

    Mo Evans, one of the many vice presidents of the National Basketball Players Association (the players union), has been preaching the sermon about how NBA players can make money overseas. How the players have options. But in the end, Evans isn’t going anywhere. We have this tweet from Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. Mo Evans won’t…

  24. Tayshaun Prince was not meant to be a pitcher

    Sep 6, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    TPrince_sad

    Tayshaun Prince is the kind of basketball player you want on your team — long lanky defender who can disrupt on the wing, can knock down shots and create his own looks. The man has an NBA ring and an Olympic gold medal for a reason. What he is not is a good pitcher. Prince…

  25. Kevin Johnson still busting it to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Sep 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    sacramento arena

    While the NBA labor strife seems to suck the life out of all thins NBA, Mayor Kevin Johnson is trying hard to keep the NBA alive in Sacramento. By next March the city needs to have taken big steps toward building a new arena in Sacramento or the Kings are Anaheim bound. The biggest stumbling…

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