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Kurt Helin

  1. If Cavs sends Baron Davis packing, Lakers or Knicks may win

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    As we wait for Billy Hunter and David Stern to sit down and bother to talk to one another, one of the favorite games of NBA fans has become “amnesty clause roulette.” Who will teams waive with the amnesty clause when the season stars again? Then, where will that player land? Few scenarios are as…

  2. Derek Fisher gets a lawyer, demands retraction

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:34 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Derek Fisher is serious. And is seriously ticked off. Over the weekend, Jason Whitlock at Fox Sports published a story saying a source told him Fisher had to be confronted by Billy Hunter and other union leaders to be talked out of agreeing to a 50/50 deal. The same article had the source suggesting Fisher…

  3. LeBron challenges Durant to a little football action

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:15 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    We’re not going to see LeBron James ad Kevin Durant square off on the hard court anytime soon, so why not on the gridiron? Stranger things have happened. Monday night Kevin Durant jumped into a flag football game at Oklahoma State University. If you remember, a month ago LeBron James went out and practiced with…

  4. Billy Hunter sends another letter to players urging unity

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:43 PM EST

    Billy Hunter

    Is this starting to sound a little desperate to anyone else? One day after NBA players union President Derek Fisher sent a letter to players dismissing media reports and urging unity, union director Billy Hunter sent out a similar letter reports Marc Stein of ESPN. He adds that the union’s negotiating committee is getting together…

  5. Infighting within union spills over into media labor reports

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:40 PM EST

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    The NBA players are not a unified front right now. And the cracks are showing in varied media reports. On one side you have the hardliners, as represented in Jason Whitlock’s piece at Fox Sports over the weekend. One which said that union director Billy Hunter had to confront union president Derek Fisher because Fisher…

  6. Shaw’s account of leaving L.A. should make Lakers fans nervous

    Nov 1, 2011, 7:22 PM EST

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Kobe Bryant and most Lakers fans may not have liked it, but Brian Shaw never really stood a chance to become the Lakers next head coach. Shaw was qualified, and a top Lakers assistant, but his candidacy was doomed because he implied more of the same and Jim Buss wanted to put his stamp on…

  7. Video: Watch Chris Paul on Family Feud

    Nov 1, 2011, 6:47 PM EST

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Chris Paul does not want you to see his wallet. That is just one of the things we learned from Paul’s trip to Family Feud, which he did play with his family for charity. Aside that, the other big take away from this video is that Chris Paul is much better at basketball than Family…

  8. Derrick Williams thought he should have been No. 1 pick

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:21 PM EST

    Derrick Williams

    The quote below can be taken out of context, as ego run amok. And it shouldn’t. Derrick Williams — the Arizona star who No. 2 overall to Minnesota in the last NBA draft — said what I would want any No. 2 pick to say. He said he thought he should be No. 1. You…

  9. Other owners pushed for big fine on Heat’s Arison

    Nov 1, 2011, 3:25 PM EST

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

    Heat owner Micky Arison is going to be writing a big check to the NBA — $500,000 to be exact. And he can thank some of his fellow NBA owners for that. On Halloween Arison got a trick from the league when David Stern smacked him with a heavy fine for a little twitter rant on…

  10. Raptors fan sues when front row seat becomes second row

    Nov 1, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

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    Season ticket holders become very attached to their seats. The like the view, the people around them, it’s part of the whole NBA experience. Screw with those seats and they get ticked off. One such dispute with a Toronto Raptors — where his former seats that had nobody in front of them suddenly had a…

  11. Ben Wallace pleads guilty to DUI, gun possession charges

    Nov 1, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

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    Back in September Pistons big man Ben Wallace was pulled over and arrested then charged with drunk driving and having an unloaded weapon — his wife’s — in the back of the car. Tuesday morning he pled guilty to those charges, reports the Detroit News. Wallace, 37, of Bloomfield Hills appeared before Judge Shalina Kumar…

  12. Video: LeBron James plays hoops to Frank Sinatra music

    Nov 1, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    NBA basketball player US LeBron James pl

    As our man Matt Moore pointed out over the weekend, Nike is better at getting out the message its players want to send than the players are. The “Basketball Never Sleeps” campaign works during the lockout as players show you they are ready and just want to play, if only the owners would be fair.…

  13. Knicks owner Dolan is the rational guy in the room

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:58 AM EST

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    It has come down to this — if you want to see NBA basketball soon, you need to root for the rational mind of James Dolan to prevail. Yes, the Knicks’ James Dolan. The band front man and loyal friend of Isiah Thomas. That rational mind. He is now a guy you can pin your…

  14. Video: Kevin Durant is pretty good at flag football, too

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

    Durant football

    Here’s some video of Kevin Durant doing something very Durant — playing flag football with some college kids. This whole thing came together because an OSU student simply responded to KD on twitter. Durant had asked if there were any games, the student responded he was playing in one up at Oklahoma State in Stillwater,…

  15. Wolf Blitzer convinced Jordan to play for Wizards? Thanks a lot.

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:56 AM EST

    Michael Jordan Wizards

    In my “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” world, I have wiped out memories of Michael Jordan in a Wizards jersey. But it did happen. And really he didn’t play poorly, he was an older good player on a bad team, something we see plenty of in the NBA. That’s just not how I choose…

  16. Welcome to NBA opening day… oh, never mind

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:06 AM EST

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    Tuesday was the day that Mark Cuban was to raise a banner he has worked hard to bring to Dallas. It was the day Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd were to finally get NBA championship rings. It was the day we got to see Derrick Rose in action. The day we gut to watch the…

  17. Pointing out hypocrisy of NBA owners lockout position

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

    NBA basketball

    Let’s be clear about two things. First, the NBA owners are going to win the lockout. Big. Just how big remains to be seen, but even if they took the players terms last Friday they would have had a massive win. It’s just not enough for them. Second, they are fighting to save themselves from…

  18. Durant plays a little intramural football at Oklahoma State

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:04 AM EST

    Durant football

    There are a few guys you see around the NBA — Ron Artest and LeBron James, for example — and when you look at their build you think they could have played in the NFL. Not Kevin Durant. He is lankly and not built for violent contact. But he played some football Monday evening. Intramural…

  19. Fisher thrashes report, urges unity in letter to players

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:52 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Any time you start to see any potential rift in unity from the players, you can expect a letter from union president Derek Fisher to the players. Right on cue Monday — following a report saying he was in David Stern’s pocket and wanted a 50/50 split of revenues with owners — Fisher sent out…

  20. Report: League fines Heat owner $500,000 for tweets

    Oct 31, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    You knew the second you read the tweets from Heat owner Micky Arison Friday that was he going to be forking over a healthy check to the league soon. Those tweets included his response to one fan who accused Arison of being one of the greedy owners ruining the NBA. “Honestly u r barking at…

  21. Video: This boy pretty much speaks for all of us about lockout

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:39 PM EST

    lockout

    I don’t put my children’s tantrums on YouTube, mostly because I’m not sure the Internet is big enough to handle all of them. But this boy, well, we’ve all felt like that recently. Thanks for expressing it so clearly. Hat tip my man Eric Freeman and Ball Don’t Lie.

  22. Shaq says he got in Pat Riley’s face in Miami, too

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:34 PM EST

    shaq-riley

    Excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s new book hit the Web and of course our eyes are drawn to the Hatfields and McCoys that is he and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers. A legendary feud. But that’s not all that is there in the excerpts Deadspin published. There is also this description of his confrontation with then…

  23. Is Luke Walton contemplating retirement? Don’t bet on it.

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

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    Luke Walton inherited from his father the genetic gifts needed to be an NBA player, plus the gene that makes you like the Grateful Dead. But he also seems to have inherited his father’s debilitating back issues. Those issues have kept the younger Walton on the Lakers bench much of the last two seasons, frustrating…

  24. Shaq says Kobe, sexual assault case blew apart Lakers

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    The reports of any truce between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have been greatly exaggerated. Actually, where there any such reports? Now that he is out of the game, Shaq has a new tell all book coming out: Shaq Uncut: My Story. Jackie MacMullan did the writing and it comes out Nov. 15. We like…

  25. Lockout spin of the day: Owners aren’t kidding about 50/50

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:28 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Right now, David Stern and the owners are trying to scare the players, to push them into agreeing to a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI, the revenue the league takes in). The players got 57 percent in the old deal and think they have given up enough coming down to 52.5, that the…

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