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Kurt Helin

  1. Report: NBA players, owners to meet next week. Maybe.

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:54 PM EDT

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    There are conflicting reports out there about future meetings between the players and owners next week. But we are optimists, we believe a meeting will happen. Even if we have to close our eyes, plug our nose and act like a three-year-old in front of a plate of Brussels sprouts to avoid reality. The owners…

  2. Video: Dennis Rodman on stage with Pearl Jam circa 1998

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    All the talk around Dennis Rodman and his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame caused Spurs beat writer Jeff McDonald of the Express-News to send out this classic Rodman video. We take you back to 1998, when Rodman was in his last season with the Bulls, when he was still a prolific rebounder…

  3. C.J. Miles reportedly looks trim, ready for camp… oh, yea

    Aug 24, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

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    There’s a transition that often happens with guys who enter the NBA right out of high school or after a year or college — for the first couple seasons they eat like crap. They have gotten by on natural ability and a high metabolism for so long it takes them a while to learn to…

  4. Video: Derrick Rose is better at hoops than a Chinese singer

    Aug 24, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Every other major star has done it, now it was Derrick Rose’s turn to be on the promotional tour through China and surrounding lands. As part of a clinic in Hong Kong, he played a little one-on-one against Pakho, a singer and songwriter based out of Hong Kong. If Wikipedia is to be believed, he…

  5. Hornets pick up another major sponsor: Chevron

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    While the lockout promises to stall out the momentum the NBA built up last season — it still feels like both players and owners underestimate how pissed off the casual fan will be if games are missed in a recession — the momentum to keep the Hornets in New Orleans goes on strong. To the…

  6. Report: Woodson likely to be D’Antoni assistant with Knicks

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    Mike Woodson is the guy who has just missed out. The former Hawks head coach — that team got better every year he was there — has interviewed for every NBA head coaching job opening this summer.  And he is struck out every time. So it looks like he is going to be the “defensive…

  7. Why isn’t Barkley in NBA 2K12? Money.

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    NBA 2K12, by putting 15 legends of the NBA into this year’s game, sparked a little debate — which 15 guys should be in? It’s easy to say Michael Jordan and Magic, but when it gets to around 15 the lines are not so clear. Especially when you know the game makers are giving extra…

  8. Today’s overseas roundup: Scalabrine going, McGee staying

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Brian Scalabrine

    Here is our almost daily round-up of which NBA players have signed overseas, which have not, and which could not find Europe on a map. • Brian Scalabrine is about to make Italy more fun. He is getting a tryout the next couple weeks with the Italian club Treviso (a EuroLeague club that has E’Twaun…

  9. Blake Griffin has summer internship — at Funnyordie.com

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

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    If you’re not familiar with funnyordie.com, well, welcome to the Internet, rookie. There will be some hazing. Started five years back with some help from Will Ferrell, the site is a collection of comedy videos, slideshows, original skits and more featuring celebrities such as Zach Galifianakis (personal favorite on that site). Or right now you…

  10. Spurs delay millions in arena upgrades. Not like they’ll need it soon.

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

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    Among the signs you should just try and get comfortable because this lockout is going to be a long, bumpy ride…. Bexar County — which includes San Antonio — has helped clear the way for the Spurs to save millions by putting off planned upgrades to the AT&T Center (where the Spurs play). The San…

  11. Jeff Green admits it was “tough” joining Celtics last season

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green came into an almost impossible situation with the Celtics last season — this was a team on a title quest and he was traded for a starter loved by fans and teammates in Kendrick Perkins. He walked in the door with everybody already looking at him askew. Then he struggled to find his…

  12. Dwyane Wade says Heat will see less hate next season

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

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    Is last season’s white-hot hate for all things Miami going to cool down to just red-hot? I see the comments on this site and in my twitter timeline when I dare suggest that he hatred for all things Miami will cool with time, especially if they win a title or two — you don’t believe…

  13. Arena operators could lose $1 billion if lockout costs season

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    It’s not just the owners and the players. It’s their fight, but in the end they are far from the only ones getting hurt by an extended lockout. For example, lets talk about the companies that own the arenas where NBA teams play their games — those companies could lose $1 billion if the lockout…

  14. Even LeBron is poking fun at LeBron’s hairline

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    Dwight Howard has done it. A few months back during the playoffs everyone seemed to be doing it. It’s been a quietly running Internet joke for years. LeBron James’ hairline has become a punch line. Now, even for LeBron. He tweeted this Wednesday morning. Had a dream my hairline was back! Woke up and went…

  15. Ricky Rubio rolls ankle during EuroBasket tune-ups

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Spain's basketball player Ricky Rubio talks to the media after the presentation of the Spanish basketball team for the upcoming Eurobasket 2011 championships at Madrid's Arena

    For NBA owners — even during a lockout — this remains a frightening proposition: Their best players getting injured representing their country in international competitions. So far through this summer of Olympic qualifying there have been some injuries but fortunately nothing major. Now you can add the Timberwolves new No. 1 import Ricky Rubio to…

  16. LaMarcus Aldridge willing to lose season to get “fair deal”

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    As we’ve talked about before, we’ve heard from some owners that are willing to scrap the entire 2011-12 season to get a deal that works for them. Remember, six NBA owners also own NHL teams, guys who know that path. Now we’ve got a player saying the same thing. Great. Just great. LaMarcus Aldridge was…

  17. Memphis makes nod to lockout in advertising campaign

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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    While nobody is thinking about the NBA right now, there are still dutiful employees of 30 NBA teams working to sell you season tickets. Still ticket plans and marketing campaigns being put together. Which brings us (via a tweet from Darren Rovell of CNBC) to the Memphis Grizzlies, and the campaign to sell “power packages”…

  18. Report: Adelman left Minnesota without an offer. Yet.

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

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    We have a piece of the puzzle, but it is without enough other pieces to let us see the entire picture. Yet. We’ve told you a lot of things leading up to yesterday’s events: That Rick Adelman flew out to Minnesota Tuesday to meet with Timberwolves GM David Kahn and other top brass; that he…

  19. Enes Kanter’s Turkish coach say he’s not NBA ready

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Earlier today we told you how frustrated Utah Jazz draft pick Enes Kanter is with not having been able to play much the last couple of years (what with the NCAA sidelining him at Kentucky and now the lockout). We also have told you how that has impacted his game — he’s shown potential in…

  20. Madison Square Garden stock dinged because of lockout

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

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    The conventional wisdom is the players will feel the financial impact of the lockout long before the owners. The players are millionaires who (in some cases) lead extravagant lifestyles. The owners can lead extravagant lifestyles, they are billionaires with deeper pockets. But at least one owner is already feeling the pinch of the lockout. The…

  21. Enes Kanter just wants to play some ball. Somewhere.

    Aug 23, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Last hoops season, Enes Kanter left his native Turkey to test himself against the best American college had to offer and enrolled at Kentucky. Then the ever-so-evenhanded NBA (remember the head of Miami was head of the infractions committee a couple years ago) told him he could not play because he had played for a…

  22. Video: LeBron James freezes up on high dive

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    Just insert your own “LeBron James freezes up in a big moment” joke right here. I’ve run out of them. Here is the video of LeBron walking out to a high dive in Barcelona — one built for the 1992 Olympics — and freezing up, hesitating to jump (via The Basketball Jones). He eventually makes…

  23. Wall says “I’m back,” feeling ready for sophomore year

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

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    John Wall had a good rookie season — 16.4 points and 8.3 assists per game, and he assisted on 40 percent of his teammates buckets when he was on the floor. The big issue was that 40.9 percent shooting average. But Wall didn’t feel like himself. There were the usual challenging adjustments of a point…

  24. Rick Adelman to meet with Timberwolves Tuesday

    Aug 23, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

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    Last we heard from Rick Adelman, he didn’t sound like a guy that eager to coach next season. (If there is a next season. Man I’m sick of writing that phrase.) But that seems to be changing. Maybe it’s time away from the game. Maybe it’s the Ricky Rubio effect. Maybe he’s willing to do…

  25. Jimmer Fredette, other rookies to play in Utah showcases

    Aug 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Few players are as screwed by this NBA lockout as the first round picks of the recent draft. They know where they will play next season, but this summer they get none of the NBA coaching, no summer league, no NBA facilities in which to workout and practice. They don’t even know how much they…

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