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Kurt Helin

  1. Video poem: First draft of Yao Ming’s retirement speech

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

    Former NBA player Yao attends a business event in Shanghai

    Did we ever know the real Yao Ming? The Yao I saw who with teammates and was came off as thoughtful in his talks with media, it was easy to like him, but he was really a mystery to a lot of fans. When he retired the discussion was more about marketing and global impact…

  2. Chauncey Billups says his knee is good to go… are the Knicks?

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Chauncey Billups is 35 years old and wasn’t really the guy anyone pictured leading a high-octane offense when he was 25. But there he will be whenever next season starts, as the point guard for Mike D’Antoni’s New York Knicks. That was hampered last season by a strained left knee that made it harder and…

  3. How does “Brooklyn Nets” sound? Looks like team’s name.

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    Kris Humphries

    Next fall, the New Jersey Nets will follow Bruce Springsteen’s advice and “get out while we’re young” and drive up the road to the brand new Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Which means the “New Jersey” part of their name will be a bit out of place. The Nets part could change, too, although teams tend…

  4. Chris Paul’s charity game to feature LeBron, Durant, more

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Orleans Hornets

    Everybody wants to play with Chris Paul. We’re not even talking about his recruiting as a free agent aside (at least until the lockout ends, when the rumors will start up again). It’s also true of CP3’s charity game. Paul is hosting a charity game Oct. 1 on the campus of Winston Salem University to…

  5. Even if the Knicks suck, the food at the Garden will be good

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Music Madison Square Garden

    The first phase of the $850 million renovation of Madison Square Garden is just about done and will open when the Rangers start their season soon. It will be ready for the Knicks whenever the NBA gets around to having a season, too. We don’t know how good the Knicks will be once the season…

  6. Last season had O.J. Mayo questioning if he still wanted to play

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    O. J. Mayo, Kevin Durant

    The first half of last season, O.J. Mayo became marginalized in Memphis. His role with the team was fading, he was coming off the bench and he was shopped around then almost traded to the Pacers. That all changed after Rudy Gay suffered a shoulder injury, the team had to lean on Mayo again and…

  7. Peace out — Artest eliminated from Dancing With The Stars

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:41 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Artest arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles

    For once, the votes of Lakers fans could not vault one of their own up the board. Well, that or they actually saw him dance. Metta World Peace — the dancer and Laker formerly known as Ron Artest — was the first contestant eliminated from Dancing with the Stars during Tuesday night’s elimination show. Which was…

  8. Video: Rudy Gay is looking pretty good in his first game back

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:23 PM EST

    Rudy Gay

    We told you Monday that Rudy Gay was finally cleared for on court basketball, and he was working out at the Impact series in Las Vegas. Um, he looks pretty healthy in this video, with the putback. Video via hoopsmixtape.

  9. Spurs “rodeo road trip” highlights schedule issues if games are missed

    Sep 20, 2011, 7:59 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It is not impossible for the NBA season to start on time. However, once you factor in time needed for a shortened free agent period and training camps (again shortened), the owners and players need to hammer out a deal in about a week or so. So, not impossible, but I wouldn’t bet your rent…

  10. Jason Terry will re-sign with Dallas, leverage be damned

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:26 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Jason Terry is one of the pessimists. He doesn’t want to be, but like a lot of players who were disappointed after last week’s negotiating session he’s not sure the owners and players are that close to a deal. But whenever the two sides do make a deal, he is going to re-sign with the…

  11. Turiaf’s hand has healed, he’s ready whenever season starts

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:57 PM EST

    Ronny Turiaf, Mike D'Antoni

    It’s one of the risks of playing for your country — injuries. Ronny Turiaf was supposed to play for France in EuroBasket, but he broke his hand in a tune-up game against Great Britain. The good news for Knicks fans is that the Energizer Bunny off the bench told NBA.com his hand is nearly healed…

  12. Video: Best of Vegas Impact “lockout league” from Monday

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    Christian Eyenga

    We will have a lot more from the Impact Competitive Training Series — popularly known as the Vegas “lockout league” later in the week, but we’ll start you out with some highlights from Monday. That includes some impressive throwdowns from  Christian Eyenga, which should make Cavs fans happy. And after watching the Browns lose to the…

  13. Rockets forward Patterson had ankle surgery in August

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

    PATTERSON_PATRICK

    Bone spurs suck. Surgery sucks, too, but if you’re trying to play NBA basketball bone spurs in your ankle are a bigger problem. So in August Rockets forward Patrick Patterson had surgery to remove the spurs from his right ankle, his agent told the Houston Chronicle. “He was playing through it the past couple years,”…

  14. NBA draftees at EuroBasket: Kanter looks good, Rubio not so much

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    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

    We tried to watch as much of EuroBasket as we could, and when the games were on our eyes were were drawn to recent NBA draftees who have not been in the league. Frankly, I know Pau Gasol is amazingly skilled. I know Joakim Noah can defend. I know Tony Parker is dangerous when he…

  15. Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers sound a little bored with lockout

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Danny Ainge Doc Rivers

    I can relate to Celtics brain trust Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge right now. Sure, there are things to do during the NBA lockout, some things to organize and some busywork to get done (in PBT’s case, we have our “what your team needs to do when the lockout ends series). But man, we’re a…

  16. Stoudemire said skipping college was hardest choice of his life

    Sep 20, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire high five

    For some NBA players, college was that inconvenient road bump between AAU ball and the NBA. They may like the college life and getting to play in front of large arenas of ravenous fans, but the classes and studying were an inconvenience. But there are guys in the NBA who would savor the chance to…

  17. Sixers outgoing owner says he was tired of losing money

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:59 AM EST

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    Philadelphia 76ers fans were high fiving each other when it was announced a few months back that Ed Snider and Comcast-Spectactor announced they were selling the team to Joshua Harris and a team of investors. Snider was seen as a guy who loved hockey and the Flyers, and happened to own the 76ers, too. But…

  18. J.J. Barea says he likely will return to Mavericks next season

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    J.J. Barea fits the mold of a guy who is going to get overpaid on his next contract based on his playoff performance right before he became a free agent. Barea was a spark off the bench for the Mavericks on their run to a title, averaging 8.9 points per game in the post season.…

  19. Mavericks’ Rudy Fernandez signs deal with Real Madrid

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:56 AM EST

    Spain's Rudy Fernandez drinks chapmpagne

    This should not come as a surprise to anybody. After Rudy Fernandez spent all of last summer trying to get Portland to release him so he could return to the Spanish League, he has used the lockout to return to the Spanish League. Probably should have seen that one coming. What we told you was…

  20. Report: Italian club offers Kobe Bryant $600,000 per game

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

    kobe-clutch

    For international clubs looking to sign an American star, Kobe Bryant is the biggest fish in (or across) the pond. The Laker guard remains the most recognizable active player on the planet, the most marketable, plus there’s the whole “he’s really good” thing. Kobe has been offered $600,000 per home game to play for Virtus…

  21. Nuggets Danilo Gallinari to play in Italy during lockout

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    If you’re looking for a bright side Nuggets fans, at least he didn’t go to China like everyone else. And at least he has an out clause to return. Danilo Gallinari has signed to return to Olimpia Milano during the lockout, a story broken by the Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sportando. He…

  22. Report: Owners, players to meet in small groups this week

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The only way there is going to be an NBA season — whether full or partial — is if the owners and players keep talking and hammering out their differences. So this tweet that owners and players will sit down and start talking again is a positive. Chris Broussard of ESPN broke the news on…

  23. Video: Metta World Peace’s first Cha Cha on Dancing With The Stars

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    ronartestballet

    If David Stern and Billy Hunter are able to figure out their differences this week, end the lockout so that training camps and the season start on time in a couple weeks, Metta World Peace (the baller formerly known as Ron Artest) may be available. Below you can catch Artest’s first attempt at the Cha…

  24. Warriors’ Amundson healthy, will be ready for season

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:35 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Golden State Warriors

    Lou Amundson is not a game changer inside, but he is the kind of guy every team could use — an effort guy who can rebound and defend. Well, he can be that when he’s healthy, but the Warriors brought him in last season and he played only 46 games and averaged just 15 minutes…

  25. Report: Players were led to believe breakthrough was near

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:45 PM EST

    Billy Hunter

    Before last week’s big meeting on Tuesday, there was a lot of optimism in the air — plenty of people were suggesting a labor deal could be close (whether they meant to tweet it or not). Then Tuesday broke up with both sides disappointed. The players agreed to drop their share of basketball related income…

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