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Kurt Helin

  1. Want to own a Kobe autographed smart car? Move to China.

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    kobe-smart-brabus

    You kind of expect a limited edition, signed Kobe Bryant “black mamba” car to be a Ferrari 360 Modena. Something he owns and seems to fit his personality. Or maybe something he could jump over. A limited edition smart car? That’s the black mamba car and you can’t get it here, according to the Orange…

  2. Report: NBA, players to meet Tuesday, maybe Wednesday

    Sep 26, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    So if you’re looking for few rays of sunshine poking through the clouds of the lockout, here you go — the two sides are going to meet again Tuesday. Things have not gone well at recent sessions, but at least they are talking. If that bargaining session goes well they could meet again on Wednesday,…

  3. Agent David Falk thinks he could get a deal done in one day

    Sep 26, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    David Falk

    David Falk is right. He went a little Dave Mason on us, but he’s right. It’s not that hard for most of us to imagine an NBA labor deal getting done because we can see the middle ground pretty clearly. We can all pretty much guess where a deal will land. But yet, both sides…

  4. About the owners losing money, it’s really complicated

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    nets-barclays-center-basketball-2011-4-4-18-10-24

    There are NBA owners who have wondered if player endorsements should not be money in the basketball related income pool — those players wouldn’t make their money if not for the teams. But what about the other side of that coin — money the owners make on other businesses because they own and NBA franchise…

  5. Tweet this: Suns to have sideline social media reporter

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    twitter-whale

    Twitter is a fun place to hang on NBA game nights — you can get game updates, some game analysis, some clever jokes, some mocking of bad shots, some terrible jokes and a nice enhancement to your NBA experience. And since you have your smartphone out while watching the game anyway — admit it, you…

  6. Union VP Evans doesn’t think entire season will be lost

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms

    Unless there is a handshake deal in place between the NBA and its players union by the first couple days of next week, there is no chance the NBA season starts on time. There’s not enough time to pull it off. Nobody really expects a deal in place by then (it’s not even known if…

  7. Wilson Chandler talks about playing in China

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    The adjustments for NBA players heading to China are massive. The language, the food, the culture is all radically different. China has a high turnover rate among players for a reason. But Nuggets free agent Wilson Chandler is enjoying it, he tells the Boston Globe. Part of that is because he has an American coach…

  8. Video: There’s this evil Blake Griffin puppet and… just watch

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    You read that headline right. Over at Funny or Die they are having fun with the Blake Griffin internship. They got former “Sliders” star Jerry O’Connell (what, he did other stuff?) to jump in on a story where the pitch had to go something like “it’s ‘lil Penny meets Chucky.” Whatever, it works. It’s funny,…

  9. Kyrie Irving’s foot will not be right for three more months

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Cavaliers No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving is not a guy who likes to sit on the sidelines — he rushed back to play for Duke in the NCAA Tournament last March even though his foot was not 100 percent. So if the Cavaliers training camp were to open next week — it’s not — he…

  10. They will be the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z will open the building

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    It’s became official Monday — next season they will be the Brooklyn Nets. To open their new arena — the Barclay Center — hip hop mogul and minority Nets owner Jay-Z will do a series of concerts, something that also was announced on Monday, something the New York Daily News told us to expect. The odds that…

  11. Carmelo Anthony had knee, elbow surgeries this summer

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    Nickelodeon Celebrates Largest Ever Worldwide Day Of Play In Washington, Around The World

    Carmelo Anthony has been working the pro-am basketball circuit — he was part of the Goodman team that was in Indianapolis Sunday night — and looking like himself putting up big numbers in smooth way. He dropped 31 points and played a full 48 minutes in Indy. But this summer he also had operations on…

  12. Video: Tyreke Evans, LeBron James put on show for Philly fans

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Nickelodeon Celebrates Largest Ever Worldwide Day Of Play In Washington, Around The World

    I could tell you that Team Philadelphia beat the Goodman League team Sunday. That would be Goodman League team with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. Philly got out to a fast start and a big lead, and no amount of stars could chase them down. I could tell you that, but do you…

  13. China earns Olympic berth with FIBA Asia victory

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Jianlian

    One’s gut reaction to the “who should win the FIBA Asia tournament?” is China. The country’s youth love basketball and there certainly is a large population pool to draw from. But without Yao Ming around to anchor that squad in the paint, it wasn’t so easy. Still, China earned a berth in the 2012 London…

  14. Kevin Durant has Russell Westbrook’s back, wants him to stay

    Sep 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Durant_Westbrook

    The people calling for Russell Westbrook to be traded after the Thunder were eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals are just plain crazy. In the end up on Horders kind of way. Westbrook is one of the best young point guards in the league, and while he made mistakes he and…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

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

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

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    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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