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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA battle over NBA “Moneyball” stats mirrors regular life

    Sep 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    brad-pitt-moneyball-getty

    We watched it play out in baseball around the time “Moneyball” the book came out. There were the old-school guys and Joe Morgan saying baseball can’t be defined by statistics and the new-school guys like Billy Beane and Theo Epstein winning that way. Now the movie “Moneyball” is out and it is sparking the same…

  2. Murder suspect Crittenton out on bond, must wear ankle monitor

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    Javaris Crittenton, Brian Steel

    Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has been released from jail on a $230,000 bond but must wear and ankle bracelet so that he will not try to skip out before a pending murder trial. That is the result of a hearing on Tuesday, one of the first steps in putting Crittenton on trial for the…

  3. Zach Randolph wants to play with Marc Gasol in Europe, too

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:31 PM EST

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are a great fit together. Penut butter and chocolate. Gasol’s defense and willingness to do the dirty work are the ying to Randolph’s offensive yang. They are Bert and Ernie, Chip and Dale, Starsky and Hutch, Turner and Hooch — a nearly perfect pairing. So if Randolph is going to…

  4. We welcome the Pistons to the advanced statistics club

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

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    I’m guessing this has been planned long before Pistons owner Tom Gores saw “Moneyball” last weekend. Although that Brad Pitt can be quite persuasive. Last weekend was the New England Symposium on Statistics and Sports, which you were not invited to because you are not a sports math geek. Or not geeky enough. No, I…

  5. Boris Diaw to play for hometown team in France during lockout

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Milwaukee Bucks

    It’s not really a surprise — he said a couple weeks ago this could well happen — but we wanted you to know it has become official — Boris Diaw will play in France during the lockout. Sportando tweeted the news: As per @Catch_and_Shoot Boris Diaw can be considered a new player of JSA Bordeaux…

  6. LeBron, Wade, Bosh bring stars to Miami for charity game

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:57 AM EST

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Miami’s power trio — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — are reuniting in Miami, and thanks to Nike they are brining a boatload of other NBA stars with them this time. Of course, it’s all for charity, an Oct 8 game at Florida International University. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated tweeted about it…

  7. Rudy Fernandez considers next season a “test” for Dallas

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

    Rudy Fernandez goggles

    Rudy Fernandez can pretty much walk around singing some Gomez — “And that’s OK, at least I’ve got options.” To start this season he will be playing for Real Madrid (unless the owners and players union solve the lockout in the next week… so Fernandez can go ahead buy those non-refundable tickets to Spain). When…

  8. He’s not just an owner, Jay-Z to help design new Nets uniforms

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

    Shawn Jay-Z Carter

    I’m now picturing the Nets warming up in hoodies that say Rocawear across the chest. But that’s not going to happen. Probably. Still, Nets owner Jay-Z — the rap mogul who has had his hand in a number of businesses, including fashion — is going to help design the new Brooklyn Nets uniforms, according to…

  9. Report: Kobe tells Italian team he wants $15 million

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:14 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Korea Tour 2011

    Virtus Bologna — much like Turkish side Besiktas — is making a very public run at signing Kobe Bryant. Sure, they’d like to get him, but if they don’t this is still great public relations (and Manu Ginobili could be the fall back). If they are going to get him they are going to have…

  10. Ginobili will consider playing in Italy; Curry staying home

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Manu Ginobili, Ty Lawson

    As the lockout drama drags on — and looks like negotiations are going to turn around just about as quickly as the economy — guys are starting to take a more serious look at playing overseas. That includes Spurs star Manu Ginobili, who had talks with Virtus Bologna (that is the same team offering big…

  11. Former Suns CEO Rick Welts takes job with Warriors

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

    Rick Welts

    Just a couple weeks ago, Rick Welts walked away from his gig as the CEO of the Phoenix Suns, saying he wasn’t leaving for another job, he was leaving to “get my personal and professional lives better aligned.” Turns out he found a job pretty quickly after all. Welts has been hired as the new…

  12. Who is winning the NBA lockout? The lawyers.

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:13 PM EST

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    The players are not winning the lockout, they are giving back and are still faced with being asked to give a lot more or not get paid. The owners are not winning the lockout, they are cutting off their nose to spite their face, killing the momentum the league had generated to get a financial…

  13. Union president Fisher sends letter to players urging unity

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:39 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Right now, the biggest job for union president Derek Fisher and NBA Commissioner David Stern is keeping their charges in line. Stern’s trying to keep a muzzle on Dan Gilbert and Mark Cuban, which is akin to wrestling alligators. On the other side, there are 450 young guys, most with twitter accounts. There is pressure…

  14. Is it time for NBA stars to be more vocal during lockout?

    Sep 26, 2011, 7:28 PM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    When the NFL was locked out during the summer, Drew Brees was front and center at the negotiating table, then standing in front of the cameras talking after the meetings. Tom Brady was one of the guys to file anti-trust lawsuits against the league. While in the end Jeff Saturday did the dirty work of…

  15. Lockout? What lockout, people in OKC still buying tickets

    Sep 26, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

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    There are only two professional sports in Oklahoma — college football and the NBA. And fans are flocking to see both. Or, in the case of the NBA, they will be flocking there once there is a season. The Oklahoma City Thunder became the fifth NBA team to sell out its allotment of season tickets,…

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

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Sep 26, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Sep 26, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 26, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Sep 26, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 26, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    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…

  22. Wilson Chandler talks about playing in China

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:50 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 26, 2011, 10:14 AM EST

    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…

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