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Kurt Helin

  1. Arena workers among those to get screwed by lockout

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

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    While the NBA owners and players wage war over how to divide up the fans’ money, there will be a lot of civilian casualties. Millionaires and billionaires are waging the fight, but the people making $11 an hour to pour beer and get your hot dog, then clean up when you leave — people just…

  2. Dwyane Wade says Heat need to pass chemistry to win

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:27 PM EST

    lebron-wade-celebration

    Chemistry is hard. It’s hard for high school students — if you just said “no it wasn’t” I’m not sure we can be friends — and it’s hard for sports teams. It was hard for the Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade was in a talkative mood on with Jorge Sedano of 790 The Ticket in Miami…

  3. Kobe says it’s “very possible” he plays in Italy. Sure it is.

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant knows marketing. He knows that if you’re in Italy promoting Nike and your brand, and there are rumors swirling about offers for you to play in Italy during the lockout, it’s bad marketing to say, “No, no way I’m playing here.” You give people some hope if you want to sell more shoes.…

  4. Kevin Durant talks improved post game, tattoos

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant has been everywhere this summer — if there was a pro-am or charity game this summer, he was there. It was like he was cloned. There were reports of him popping up all over the country, most recently at a Texas Longhorns football game. Now he’s filming a new movie, “Switch.” Which tied…

  5. Report: salary rollbacks, other strings attached to owners new offer

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:27 AM EST

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    So the NBA owners are willing to come off their demand for a hard salary cap, sort of. Some are touting this as a potential breakthrough in these negotiations, but until they figure out the split of “basketball related income” — or even how to define BRI — it’s hard for me to get my…

  6. Italian club alters offer to Kobe: $2.5 million for one month

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    It sounds like Kobe Bryant and Italian team Virtus Bologna are farther apart on a deal than the NBA owners and players. Recently Kobe reportedly demanded $15 million, before taxes, to play an entire season. Owner Claudio Sabatini was shocked by this (it was more than double his last offer) and came back with his…

  7. Report: Owners move off demand for hard salary cap, sort of

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:58 PM EST

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    For the NBA players union, the idea of a team-by-team hard salary cap — as is seen in the NFL and NHL — was a “blood issue.” They saw it as a way owners were trying to keep down salaries and force more non-guaranteed contracts. Some owners were insistent on a hard cap, and that has…

  8. Enjoy Kobe Bryant getting knocked out on “The Simpsons”

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:24 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Sure, “The Simpsons” jumped the shark long before the movie came out, but it remains some of the better comedy writing on television. You can count on a couple really good laughs an episode. If you’re a Kobe Bryant hater then I know one of them from the season opener last week. We give you…

  9. Derrick Rose says he might play overseas during lockout

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:24 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    I am pretty weary of the “yea, I might go play overseas” stories out there. I might decide to climb Mount Everest wearing Lederhosen, that’s different than doing it. Still, there are some players that when they say they are thinking about playing overseas, you listen. Derrick Rose is one of those players. And he…

  10. NBA 2K12 does Nowitzki wrong, doesn’t list him with elite

    Sep 27, 2011, 7:26 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The NBA 2K12 rankings are not player rankings. Their not designed to be that, they are supposed to be a measure the strengths and weaknesses of a player against what is expected out of his position. But they become defacto player rankings in the minds of the public — and they did Dirk Nowitzki wrong.…

  11. Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis stable after heart attack

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Sabonis Hall of Fame

    Freshly minted basketball Hall of Fame inductee Arvydas Sabonis suffered a heart attack but is now in stable condition, according to multiple reports out of his native Lithuania. Trail Blazers blog Blazers Edge was on top of the reports. Lithuanian news site Delfi.lt reports that former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis suffered a heart attack while playing basketball…

  12. Owners, players talks Tuesday focused on “concepts”

    Sep 27, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    NBA owners and players sat down for two hours in a New York hotel meeting room Tuesday and did not talk specifics, rather focusing on general concepts and ideas. That covered both the split of revenue and the salary cap system, both sides said. If you want, go ahead and take that as a sign…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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