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Kurt Helin

  1. T.J. Ford will accept a smaller role to be on a winning team

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

    FORD_TJ

    T.J. Ford will be a free agent when the lockout ends, so he is saying what every free agent says — I want to play for a winner. Of course he does. The Pacers made the playoffs last season but with a losing record. And he was not a huge part of that. Ford was…

  2. Video: Best plays from week one of Vegas Impact series

    Sep 16, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Part of next week I’m going to be out in Vegas for the end of the Impact Competitive Training Series, what has affectionately become known as the “lockout league.” But for now, I’m like the rest of you basketball junkies, trying to get my fix with highlights and EuroBasket streams. Here are the highlights from…

  3. Stephen Curry rolls ankle at lockout league but is “fine”

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:52 AM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    There were bound to be a few injuries out at the “lockout league” in Vegas that runs this week and next. (Officially, it’s the Impact Competitive Training Series.). The hope was just nothing major. So far, so good. Stephen Curry rolled his ankle in one of the games Thursday, which is a concern because Curry…

  4. State of Nate video: Nate Robinson’s kid plays some football

    Sep 16, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    We bring you the second edition of State of Nate, the video that follows Nate Robinson around. Like to a pro-am game where the Thunder guard plays four quarters, drops a lot of buckets (his missess somehow got edited out, I guess) and then bails as the game heads to overtime to watch his son…

  5. How New Orleans’ Bo McCalebb became a Macedonian hero

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Bo McCalebb

    Macedonia has been the surprise of EuroBasket (the European championship and Olympic qualifying tournament), with a country more known for violent internal strife than hoops finding itself in the semi-finals on Friday. If Macedonia can beat powerhouse Spain they are into the Olympics next summer. Even if they lose they will be in the Olympic…

  6. Is Friday the day we finally have World Peace? It should be.

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    Today, finally, we should have World Peace. Not just world peace, but Metta World Peace. The man currently known as Ron Artest is due to show up in a Los Angeles courtroom at 8:30 pacific time to legally get his name changed to Metta World Peace, according to the Los Angeles Times. Just in time…

  7. Billups wants to play and get paid, but sees big picture

    Sep 16, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    Chauncey Billups speaks for a lot of NBA veterans. These are guys who have been around because they can play — and with that comes some nice paydays. Billups is set to make $14.2 million next season in the last year of his deal. He wants to get paid. He wants to play. But he…

  8. Sebastian Telfair wants to play for a contender. Don’t we all?

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Sebastian Telfair

    Sebastian Telfair will be a free agent when the lockout ends, and there will be some demand for him to come in as a backup point guard. The man will get paid. Maybe not as much as he hoped under whatever the new labor deal looks like, but he will get paid. But of course,…

  9. Cavs owner Gilbert denies labor charges in his own way

    Sep 16, 2011, 8:05 AM EST

    Dan Gilbert

    You couldn’t make up someone like Dan Gilbert. No matter what font you used. We told you yesterday of a report that Cavaliers owner Gilbert and Suns owner Robert Sarver torpedoed progress at the labor negotiations Tuesday between the owners and players. That report comes from a trusted source in Dave McMenamin of ESPN. That…

  10. Report: Owners of Cavs, Suns killed potential labor deal

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:19 PM EST

    Dan Gilbert

    UPDATE 10:19 pm: David Stern called this report “incorrect and fictional” in his press conference following Thursday’s Board of Governor’s meetings. You can take that as the gospel truth or you can take it as Stern covering the backside of his owners. We all know this was the only thing Stern could say, he had…

  11. Stern says owners unified, “vast majority” favor hard cap

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:14 PM EST

    David Stern

    A few hours after the players told a tale unity it was the owners turn. At least we didn’t have to see a bunch of them in “stand” T-shirts. David Stern emerged from more than four hours of meetings with the NBA owners Thursday and said that despite reports to the contrary the owners are unified.…

  12. EuroBasket roundup: France, Russia advance to semifinals

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    Tony Parker of France vies with Michail

    We have our EuroBasket Final Four. And while it wasn’t easy for either side in the Thursday games, the favorites prevailed to set up a fascinating showdown for a 2012 London Olympics berth Friday. Here are Thursday’s results (including Lithuania earning its way to next summer’s pre-Olympics qualifying tournament). Friday we will have the both semifinals and…

  13. NBA players’ union stresses unity after meeting

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Derek Fisher speaks to reporters after taking part in contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter didn’t lead the players in a rendition of “Kumbaya” at the post-meeting press conference, but it was pretty close. After stalled out negotiations with the league followed by days of stories about how a group of powerful agents are trying to force decertification on the NBA players union — to break up…

  14. NBA owners reach labor deal… with referees. Sorry.

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:18 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The good news is that the NBA and its owners are capable of reaching a labor deal. The bad news is it’s with the referees. We told you the other day that the league’s referees were without a labor contract for the upcoming season. (And if you just said to yourself “good” then you forgot…

  15. Ginobili thinking about Italy, Diaw thinking about France

    Sep 15, 2011, 4:27 PM EST

    Argentina FIBA Americas Basketball

    With the current stalemate in NBA labor discussions, guys who were casually considering going to Europe to play during the lockout are suddenly not so casual. They aren’t ready to commit to a relationship yet (what man is?) but things are getting serious. That includes Manu Ginobili, the Spurs star who just led his native…

  16. Celtics assistant coach saves man’s life at pick-up game

    Sep 15, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    Boston Celtics,

    One Boston area hoopster is lucky that Celtics strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo plays pickup in the same place. Doo (in the back of this classic picture stretching out Sam Cassell) was playing some ball at the Hyde Park Community Center in Newton Wednesday and he stepped forward when a man passed out, according…

  17. Thunder, Magic players plan own mini-camp workouts

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    kevin-durant-game-2

    Not everybody is going to Las Vegas to workout and play in a few games. While the “lockout league” is drawing the headlines it’s not drawing all the stars or even all the big teams. There are teams running their own minicamps, including the Thunder and Magic. The Thunder’s are doing their own mini-camp this…

  18. Fisher sends letter to NBA players stating case, smacking agents

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

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    NBA players union president Derek Fisher is making his case directly to the players. And he’s trying to get control of Thursday’s NBA players meeting in Las Vegas before it even starts. Fisher sent a letter to every NBA player Thursday, one that was leaked to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. (Fisher said in the…

  19. Kevin Johnson to run for re-election as Sacramento mayor

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:29 PM EST

    Kevin Johnson

    Without Kevin Johnson, we would be talking about the Anaheim Royals right now, not the Sacramento Kings. The team would have been on the move. The former NBA player is the mayor of Sacramento and made an impassioned plea to league owners to give him a year to both rally community support and get plans…

  20. Warriors set date to retire Chris Mullin’s jersey. Finally.

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Chris Mullin HOF

    Wednesday night in the Bay Area the owners of the Golden State Warriors threw a party for season ticket holders to get them excited about the team and its direction. What would really get fans excited is to know there will be a season, but the owners couldn’t talk about that. What would get the…

  21. Lakers owners good with revenue sharing, hard salary cap

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:22 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    The NBA players union keeps waiting for the owners to crack. We know there are divisions between the hawks — owners that want to radically alter the league’s financial structure — and the doves that want to get on with the season. We know larger markets have concerns about revenue sharing proposals. There are divisions.…

  22. Talks with “handful” of potential Hornets buyers to start soon

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

    new-orleans-hornets logo

    The NBA’s economic model is so broken that wealthy potential owners of new franchises keep lining up despite the league being locked out. That includes people willing to buy and keep the New Orleans Hornets in the Crescent City, despite that having been a tough NBA market for decades. Talks with potential owners are going…

  23. Players union pushes back on agents talking decertification

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Here is the bottom line — the division between the leaders of the NBA players union and agents pushing for decertification of the NBA players union is bad news for players trying to keep as much of the old system as they can in these labor negotiations. Divided they will fall. Hard. Which is why…

  24. Video from Vegas: Speights does bad things to McGee

    Sep 15, 2011, 9:19 AM EST

    Marreese Speights

    Sixers big man Marreese Speights has been one of the best players out at the “lockout league” — otherwise known as the Impact Competitive Training Series — in Las Vegas. He was again on Wednesday, despite having to go up against rising star JaVale McGee (who was there playing with teammate John Wall). Speights did…

  25. NFL union’s DeMaurice Smith will speak to NBA players Thursday

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

    Bud Light And Marcus Allen Launch NFL Fan Camp

    I’ll take “Stars from other lockouts” for 200 Alex… Apparently DeMaurice Smith is a lockout junky. Can’t get enough. You remember Smith from the NFL lockout — he is the head of the NFL Players Association. Well, he’s back. Smith is set to speak to the NBA players at their meeting Thursday in Las Vegas,…

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