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Kurt Helin

  1. Toronto’s Valanciunas looking like a draft-day steal

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    When the Toronto Raptors used another first round pick on another European player, half of Toronto said “who?” and the other half just rolled their eyes. But we tried to tell you at the time — Jonas Valanciunas was the pick to make. And his performance for Lithuania at the FIBA Under-19 World Championships is turning…

  2. Season-long lockout may make it hard for Nets to keep D-Will

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    The New Jersey-but-soon-to-be-Brooklyn Nets have one goal for the next season — keep Deron Williams. He is the cornerstone, he is the guy who can opt out next summer. He is the guy they need to win over. Which will be pretty hard if there is no next season. Williams told Chris Broussard of ESPN…

  3. Piston’s Bynum reportedly has interest in Maccabi Tel Aviv

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Denver Nuggets

    While we question the wisdom of star NBA players heading overseas during the NBA lockout — they carry a lot of risk — we think it makes a lot of sense for guys farther down the food chain. With that note we bring you news that Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum has a lot of…

  4. Without Yao, does NBA’s profile in China shrink?

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Yao Ming

    Yao Ming was the face of David Stern’s dream of NBA globalization. The 7’6” center was an eight-time NBA All-Star — a few of those years he actually deserved it — and a huge presence in America and China. Basketball is booming in China and Yao was a big part of that and the reason…

  5. Andre Iguodala doesn’t expect to be traded

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Rumors had Andre Iguodala almost traded to the Lakers for Lamar Odom, to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis, and to the Clippers for Chris Kaman. None of it was true. The Sixers may be gauging the market, but that is different than making a deal. No deal was really likely before the new…

  6. Tony Parker says he may play in France if lockout drags on

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Tony Parker has laid out the more likely path for name NBA players to head to Europe. Speaking with BasketUSA (via Hoopshype), he said that if there are no games come the new year and the NBA is talking about cancelling a season, then he would return to France and play. Parker played four seasons in…

  7. Kobe’s father now head coach of WNBA’s Sparks

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Joe Bryant

    Joe “Jellybean” Bryant — a former NBA player and father of Kobe Bryant — has been promoted to head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Jennifer Gillom was let go over the weekend from the head spot. The Sparks have lost their last five games in a row (4-6 overall) and they have lost…

  8. Free agent Landry says he’d consider playing for Pacers, Bucks

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Carl Landry has options. He’s a solid forward, a guy a lot of teams could use off the bench to provide some solid offense, good defense, a few boards and maybe a midrange jumper or two. New Orleans wants to keep him, but he will have a number of suitors. And of course he has…

  9. Ron Artest bummed about Shaw, may play in England

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest… er, sorry, Metta World Peace is traveling the nation now with a four-stop comedy tour he organized. Because he can. He meets these people because he’s in Hollywood — whether he has “gone Hollywood” is a debate among Lakers fans and frankly management. Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times talked to him…

  10. Paul Pierce reaches second day at World Series of Poker

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    If Paul Pierce gets a bad beat at poker, does he need a wheelchair to take him away from the table, only to come back just fine a few minutes later? We have yet to find out, because apparently Pierce can play — he has advanced to the second day of the World Series of…

  11. Glen “Big Baby” Davis catches, eats some lobster

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    Glen Davis, Antonio McDyess

    It’s Friday night, the last thing you want to read right now is another lengthy breakdown of how the NBA owners and players can’t decide how to divide up your money. So let’s go lobster fishing in Maine with Glen “Big Baby” Davis of the Boston Celtics (well, formerly of the Celtics, he’s a free…

  12. If you’re a free agent, do you play pickup during lockout?

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Shane Battier Memphis Grizzlies

    Shane Battier is a free agent and he’s going to have options. The Memphis Grizzlies want him back as they try to relive their magical run. There are teams like the Clippers that could really use a three with his skillset. If you can defend — and Battier can — you have a place in…

  13. Timberwolves may get to keep 26-year-old draft pick

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    davidkahn

    This will likely be the last time Tanguy Ngombo will ever be mentioned on this blog. Because the No. 57 pick (third from last) in the NBA Draft will never suit up for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But Ngombo made some headlines the day after because some records showed that the player out of the league…

  14. NBA franchise values, where some owners can make bank

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    It’s one thing left out of the calculations on whether an NBA owner is making money on his franchise — the money he makes on the worth of the franchise. It’s complex, it’s changing, but the fact remains that a lot of NBA owners have already made tons of money on their teams because what…

  15. Nowitzki walking away from endorsement dollars

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The game’s biggest names — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and the like — make more in endorsements and deals off the court than on it. Dirk Nowitzki could be one of those guys. Right now companies are willing to back Brinks trucks up to his house if he just signs on the dotted line. But…

  16. Video: “The Decision Remix” by DJ Steve Porter

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This is the last trip down memory lane about the decision, but this is more than worth it. DJ Steve Porter — the video mashup artist responsible for Press Hop and Press Hop 2 among others — put together a look back at the year for LeBron and put together this video. Which is impressive. Enjoy.

  17. Jim Gray talks “Decision,” says LeBron did not pay him

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    On the one-year anniversary of The Decision, LeBron’s interviewer Jim Gray sounded like others close to the production of the event — they don’t understand all the backlash. Gray went on the Dan Patrick Show (see the video below) and, as reported by CSN Chicago, and first he wanted to clear up the rumor he…

  18. Report: Real Madrid rebuffs Kirilenko over money

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    All this talk of NBA players jumping to Europe… there’s a few reasons we’re skeptical here. And not just because we’re skeptical of everything. One big issue is money — few European teams can afford to approach even an average NBA salary. At the high end of the rumors, Deron Williams would make $5 million…

  19. Report: Yao Ming to retire

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming, a player who was both one of the better all-around centers to ever play the game and a true ambassador of the sport — but leaves us all wondering what could have been — plans to announce his retirement. Yao, who had played just five games the past season due to injuries, has…

  20. Video: What would Charles Barkley do as Commissioner?

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    If Charles Barkley were NBA commissioner for one day, what would he do? Solve the lockout? Break up the Miami Heat? Get rid of the big video board Kenny Smith had to walk over to all playoffs? No, he’d go after hecklers. That’s what he told the Golf Channel’s David Feherty, who has a new interview…

  21. Turkish team has special sponsor to pay for Williams

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    This is the second time in two years that Besiktas — a team that finished sixth in a Turkish league that is not considered one of the top divisions in Europe — landed and paid for a big time NBA star. Last year it was Allen Iverson, a future Hall of Fame player but a…

  22. Court ruling on NFL has little impact on NBA lockout

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    While the two sides seem close to a deal in the NFL lockout, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has come down with a ruling favoring the NFL — saying that the lockout can continue in that sport. What does that mean for the NBA lockout? Nothing much. The National Basketball Players…

  23. Tony Parker paid $5k to fly with a jet pack on vacation

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tony-Parker-Flies

    There is no CBA in place right now, so if you do something — like get popped for having marijuana in the car — there is nothing the league or your team can do about it. So go ahead and take some risks, NBA players. Like, say, flying with water-propelled jet pack while on vacation…

  24. Report: Pacers about to hire former Blazers GM Pritchard

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

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    Larry Bird didn’t sound like a guy who wanted to hang around much longer, the Indiana Pacers were about to be a team in transition in the front office. It sounds like they found their guy, according to a tweet from Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers are in the process of hiring…

  25. Players union pushing idea ‘Melo, other stars might play in Europe

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Deron Williams has a deal in principle to play in Turkey should the lockout extend into September (and it almost certainly will be there at the start of the month). We have our doubts about how many other elite players will follow in those footsteps — but it is great leverage for the NBPA (the…

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