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Kurt Helin

  1. New movie “Elevate” shows hope hoops provides in Africa

    Oct 21, 2011, 8:16 PM EST

    Dikembe Mutombo Africa

    There have been eight players out of Senegal that have made it to the NBA, the most notable of which is Bobcats center DeSagana Diop. But the path out of there is hard — they learn the game on a dirt court at the SEEDS academy. If they catch a coach’s eye and can get…

  2. Some owners thinking sale price, not hoops, as lockout drags on

    Oct 21, 2011, 5:51 PM EST

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    I didn’t think there was much that could make me more depressed about the prospects of the NBA season. Then I read Adrian Wojnarowski well-researched post at Yahoo, ripping apart Blazers owner Paul Allen, his interest (or lack thereof) in the team and his motivations for being the heavy during Thursday’s labor negotiating session, when…

  3. Dirk Nowitzki explains the World Series first pitch situation

    Oct 21, 2011, 5:19 PM EST

    New York Mets v Texas Rangers

    Saturday night you can see NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki in action. Not playing basketball. No, that’s a whole screwed up mess. Instead, you can see him throw out the first pitch at the World Series Game 3 in Texas. Which was a screwed up mess in its own right. First the Rangers asked him to…

  4. NHL’s Bill Guerin tells NBA players “It’s not worth it”

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

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    Consider this a cautionary tale. There are a lot of similarities between the current NBA lockout and the NHL lockout of 2004-05 that cost that league an entire season. Particularly in the rhetoric of the owners, talking about needing to radically change the system. “Competitive balance” has become the new “cost certainty” that NHL owners…

  5. Which players have the most to lose with a long lockout?

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Vince Carter,

    Kick off your shoes, grab a drink, put your feet up and make yourself comfortable. It looks like we could be at this lockout thing for a long, long time now. The longer this drags out, players are going to get hurt. The question is, which players get hurt the most? The conventional wisdom is…

  6. Quote of the Day: Owners seeking revenge

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

    Paul Allen

    Our quote of the day is actually a tweet of the day, from former NBA player and front office guy for the Nuggets Rex Chapman. Yes, there’s some animosity between the sides.

  7. ‘Melo wants CP3 in New York. Isn’t this why there’s a lockout?

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    Jordan Brand Presents The 23/25 Energy Space In Dallas, TX

    This news is not surprising. In fact, I’d be shocked if Carmelo Anthony didn’t say he wants Chris Paul to play for the Knicks. It’s been on the radar since ‘Melo’s wedding and New Yorkers are salivating. But it also has lockout undertones. It helps explains why we are here. First, the quote from the…

  8. Raja Bell says David Stern is the impediment to a deal

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Raja Bell is frustrated. Like the rest of us. Frustrated that we are talking about a “percentage of basketball related income” and games missed rather than the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks. And he’s frustrated with David Stern. Really, he’s frustrated with the owners and the entire NBA family for not making a deal…

  9. Phil Jackson, Mike Brown get together and talk… housing?

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson — the guy with the 11 rings and probably more insight into how to coach Kobe Bryant than anyone — finally sat down and talked with the guy now in the big chair in Los Angeles, Mike Brown. Jackson was at Lakers headquarters to pick up girlfriend Jeanie Buss and…

  10. J.J. Hickson signs to play in Israel during lockout

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    2008 NBA Rookie Portraits

    You are not going to see a flood of NBA stars headed overseas now that the lockout has gotten ugly. Players talk about it, but most teams have full rosters and the NBA players that have gone overseas have struggled to adjust. Teams are not going to pay big money to NBA guys if they…

  11. Derrick Rose passenger in car stopped for DUI Friday

    Oct 21, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    While you were sleeping last night — well, we assume you were sleeping but we’re not going to ask — Derrick Rose was hanging out in a Hollywood police station. Rose was not arrested, not charged with any wrongdoing. But he was not in a good place Thursday night into Friday morning. TMZ has the…

  12. Beasley is doing ballet. Oh, and he hired a PR firm to help his image.

    Oct 21, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    Michael Beasley

    Michael Beasley is working on a transformation. Of himself, of his image. It’s going to take a lot of work. And a lot of time. He was arrested this summer for marijuana possession and pushed a guy in the face in a New York street ball game, two things that didn’t help the cause. But…

  13. Carmelo Anthony looks for place to host NYC charity game

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Well, it looks like we’ll have more time for All-Star filled charity games and international exhibition tours. So Carmelo Anthony is looking to bring a big one to the New York area… he just needs to find a venue, reports the New York Post. The problem is that Madison Square Garden is out (home to…

  14. Charles Oakley smacks around Knicks, D’Antoni for fun

    Oct 21, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

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    We told you the other day how Charles Oakley piled on LeBron James, joining a long line of former players and fans who do that (Charles Barkley is their front man). But that was just part of a whole interview of Oakley being Oakley, which you can find at SLAM. One other part of interest…

  15. NBA letting arenas book on NBA dates in December

    Oct 21, 2011, 9:10 AM EST

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    Even before NBA labor negotiations went south yesterday and union president Derek Fisher walked in the room and called the owners liars, there were ominous signs. The league has started to let NBA areas fill in NBA dates with other events as far out as December. At least they have at the Staples Center in…

  16. So long as NBA hardliners drive bus, labor talks will crash

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:24 AM EST

    NBA basketball spaulding

    When NBA labor talks broke down 17 days ago, the owners blamed it on Kevin Garnett. And Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce, but mostly KG and his legendary glare. The two sides had been making progress in talks, but those three NBA stars came in and drew a hard line at 53 percent of basketball…

  17. NBA players take to Twitter to make their case, call owners greedy

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:32 PM EST

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    It’s really hard for the NBA players to win the public relations war. I think they are in the right, that the owners are not really negotiating in good faith. But at the end of the day, if the players took the owners deal they’d make more than 99 percent of Americans and that makes…

  18. Mediator says “no useful purpose” to continue labor talks

    Oct 20, 2011, 9:26 PM EST

    Federal mediator George Cohen addresses the media in New York

    The reviews of federal mediator George Cohen from both sides out of the 30 hours of NBA labor negotiations this week were positive. They said he was able to take the emotions out of the talks, made progress on smaller issues and tried to build momentum to big ones. Then it all blew apart today,…

  19. NBA labor talks break off, no talks scheduled. It’s that bad.

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    Folks, we may not be seeing basketball for a long, long while. NBA fans should be wearing black on Friday in mourning. Saying he was “saddened on behalf of the game” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said that talks had broken off between the NBA owners and its players association. No new talks are scheduled,…

  20. New revenue sharing plan could mean $15 million for teams

    Oct 20, 2011, 7:06 PM EST

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    Revenue sharing between the owners was one of the things at the core of the new labor deal — players wanted to see more of it from the owners so they were not carrying the burden of sacrifices for the smaller markets all by themselves. Smaller market owners demanded it, too. Now a more robust…

  21. Add Barkley to list of people slamming Bryant Gumbel

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

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    Bryant Gumbel did what he set out to do — he got people talking about labor relations in the NBA. People are talking about David Stern and how the owners treat the players. Although, many people are just focusing on Gumbel’s “plantation overseer” comment more than the substance of his thoughts. (Henry Abbott did a…

  22. Mark Cuban and the art of labor compromise? Apparently.

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

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    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, as much or more than any owner, should want the NBA season to start. Every day it is delayed is another day he doesn’t get to hang a banner up and hand Dirk Nowitzki a ring. There is more partying to do. So with the two sides stuck in labor…

  23. Deputy Commissioner Silver calls Gumbel’s comment “outrageous”

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    David Stern has declined to comment on HBO’s Bryant Gumbel comparing him to a “plantation overseer.” Probably wise to take the high road there. But NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver could not totally dodge the question during his remarks to the media after the Board of Governor’s meeting Thursday. He wouldn’t speak for Stern, but…

  24. David Stern sent home from negotiations with the flu

    Oct 20, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    David Stern

    I can’t imagine why David Stern’s immune system broke down after 25 hours of negotiations over two days and little sleep. But it has and David Stern was sent home from the NBA Board of Governors meeting and is not expected at Thursday’s negotiating session between the NBA owners and players, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver…

  25. Owners come to agreement on new revenue sharing plan

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:57 PM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    The players demanded greater revenue sharing among the owners be part of the labor deal. The small market owners demanded it as well — they wanted the rich guys to share. They got it, a new plan was approved in concept at Thursday’s Board of Governor’s meeting, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver told the assembled media.…

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