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Kurt Helin

  1. Chris Bosh offers advice to Denver’s front office

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Miami Heat

    Last season, we all pretty much knew Chris Bosh was out of Toronto. He didn’t push for a trade and kept hinting he might re-sign, the Raptors in retrospect should have pushed him to sign and extension or get dealt, but they didn’t. Everyone just rode out the season. So his situation was not exactly…

  2. Celtics’ Jermaine O’Neal trying to play through knee pain. It’s not working.

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    When the Celtics signed Jermaine O’Neal, he seemed like a good bridge from the start of the season to the return of Kendrick Perkins. He would provide more offense, he can play some defense, he and Shaq meant the Celtics were even better along the front line. The reality is that Jermaine O’Neal has had…

  3. Why the Clippers are winning — things got simpler and players bought in

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Clippers

    Wednesday night the Clippers had their coming out party, beating the Miami Heat at their own game — the Clippers were more athletic, they were the ones hitting threes, they were the ones carving up a defense with penetration. Those Clippers are radically different from the ones that started the season 1-13. What happened? While…

  4. About that O.J. Mayo/Knicks rumor, Denver reportedly isn’t interested

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    This really should have been expected. The Knicks are scrounging around trying to insert themselves back into the Carmelo Anthony trade talks. They started talking with the Memphis Grizzlies to come up with a trade package that might include O.J. Mayo. And the Nets said “no thanks, not interested”, according to a tweet from Chris…

  5. I don’t always vote for an All-Star, but when I do it’s Rudy Gay

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Rudy Gay is not going to be an All-Star this season. But he is the most interesting All-Star candidate in the world. He is not in the top 10 vote getters among Western Conference forwards. Kevin Durant will start, Carmelo Anthony is second in votes but he may well be playing in the East, so…

  6. Report: Rip Hamilton benched to avoid injury before trade

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Rip Hamilton

    This really says all you need to know about the coaching situation in Detroit. Coach John Kuester benched Rip Hamilton Wednesday night, and thanks to a history of odd lineups and other decisions out of Detroit in the last couple seasons that everyone assumed it was just another part of that list. Including other players.…

  7. Report: Bobcats discuss sending Gerald Wallace to Cavaliers

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Gerald Wallace, Ekpe Udoh, Acie Law

    Michael Jordan is just like almost every other owner in the NBA — he is concerned about payroll more than wins. That would be the only explanation for a trade discussion being reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo — Charlotte trading Gerald Wallace and maybe a pick to the Cavaliers for just the trade exception…

  8. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire on David Letterman

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Stoudemire_knicks

    Perks of being the star of the New York Knicks include getting stars to help out with your All-Star Game campaign, getting to see massive billboards of yourself all over town, and getting to go on Late Night with David Letterman. Amar’e Stoudemire did the latter Thursday night, and talked about his goggles and the…

  9. Report: ‘Melo wants Nets to sell him on team, future

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony intro

    It remains the ultimate final hurdle for the complex three-team trade that many reports now say could be completed early next week, after the Nets finish their current road trip (the final game is Sunday in San Antonio): Will Anthony agree to a three-year, $65 million to play in New Jersey? He wants the Nets…

  10. Video: Darko tips in two off a jump ball (for the other team)

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    The consensus on this play: Nobody had ever seen it before. Not the NBA’s twitterverse. Not Chris Webber or Kenny Smith in the TNT studios. Not anybody. Darko Milicic wins a tip during the Timberwolves victory over the Wizards, but in doing so knocks it into his own net. Two points Wizards. Just watch. You…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Two entertaining games and some ice cold Heat

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Durant Westbrook

    What you missed while thinking about the worst things people call food…. Thunder 125, Magic 124: Two teams that will make their bones in the playoffs on defense set it aside for a night, and that led to one really entertaining game. To be fair, there was a lot of hot offensive talent on the…

  12. Nuggets, Nets, Pistons three-team ‘Melo trade talks heat up again

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:25 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Smiles

    Two different reports have the much-discussed three-team trade that would have Carmelo Anthony landing in New Jersey heating up again. Those talks were moving very fast last weekend but reportedly lost momentum early this week when the Denver Nuggets pushed for the Nets to take on Al Harrington and his four-year, $28 million contract as…

  13. Why did Stoudemire get so many All-Star votes? NY star power.

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    There are a lot of perks to being the star of the New York Knicks. For one, every game you get to see what Clyde Frazier is wearing up close. You get to hang with Spike Lee and ask him to explain why he made “She Hate Me.” You probably never pay for a slice…

  14. LeBron out Thursday against Nuggets due to ankle sprain

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James is going to miss his first game of the season Thursday, sitting out the game in Denver against the Nuggets. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called James “doubtful” and since then multiple reports have him sitting out. James Jones will start in James’ place. LeBron was limping pretty badly when he rolled his ankle…

  15. While Nets stall out, Knicks and Grizzlies talk three-team ‘Melo trade

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

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    When Knicks GM Donnie Walsh told the New York Daily News: “I don’t have anything going with Denver,” Walsh told The News Wednesday. “Nothing.” That laughing you heard was people around the NBA, because nobody believed it. With words like “stalled” used around the Nets efforts to get Carmelo Anthony (due not to the Nets…

  16. Brandon Roy to have arthroscopic surgery on both knees

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Portland’s Brandon Roy — whose knees were already described as “bone on bone” — will go back under the knife for arthroscopic surgery, the team announced (via Blazers Edge). The surgery will happen next week but there is no official timetable for his return. “I’m trying to do the best thing I can to get…

  17. The Bulls miss Joakim Noah on offense. Seriously.

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Do you want to know one key reason advanced statistics have found a foothold in the NBA front offices? Because they give you evidence to challenge your beliefs and understanding of the game. It can confirm or make you re-evaluate what you think you know. And a good GM is always questioning everything. For example,…

  18. Raptors sign Sundiata Gaines to 10-day contract

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Sundiata Gaines

    Is there a dramatic game winner in the Raptors future? Toronto has signed guard Sundiata Gaines to a 10-day contract, giving them a little more depth at the point as Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless fight through injuries. Gains made some fans last season in Utah — highlighted by hitting a dramatic game winner —…

  19. Fans send Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett to bench in latest All-Star balloting

    Jan 13, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Detroit Pistons, Game 6

    Apparently Boston sports fans have been so focused on what Tom Brady is going to do to the Jets secondary they forgot to vote for the NBA All-Star Game starters. How else do you explain the latest release of NBA All-Star voting which drops two Celtics from the starting lineup? Chicago’s Derrick Rose has leapfrogged…

  20. Nets Avery Johnson, Brook Lopez having some issues

    Jan 13, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    A couple of days ago, when asked if he dreamed of coaching someone like Carmelo Anthony, Nets coach Avery Johnson had a snappy comeback: “No. I dream of our center getting 10 rebounds.” Wednesday night, in the fourth quarter of a close battle with the Phoenix Suns, the Nets ran few plays for Lopez even…

  21. Clippers Kaman to be out until February. Then what?

    Jan 13, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    It wasn’t all good news for the Clippers Wednesday night. Center Chris Kaman — who has played only eight games this season with a severely sprained ankle he has re-injured once — said he will be out until next month, even longer than expected, he told ESPNLosAngeles. “It’s not right right now so I kind…

  22. Suns president apologizes to fans for team’s play

    Jan 13, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Lon Babby

    Tuesday night, a reeling Denver Nuggets team blew out the Phoenix Suns (that loss would have gotten a lot more attention if the Cavs hadn’t been historically bad and LeBron hadn’t tweeted about it). That loss was the Suns eighth in their last 10 games. Wednesday morning, Suns president Lon Babby went on his weekly…

  23. Knicks have deal to move Anthony Randolph for first-round pick

    Jan 13, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Milwaukee Bucks

    As it seems with everything lately, it all comes back to what Carmelo Anthony wants. And nobody seems to really know what he will do. If Anthony tells Denver it is “Knicks or bust” — killing the stalled big trade with the Nets — the Knicks can make a move to get a first round…

  24. Video proof: Baron Davis still has hops

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Clippers

    We were telling you this in talking about the Clippers win over the Heat — Baron Davis has been playing well lately. He’s not running down and just jacking up threes early in the clock (well, one time against Miami), he’s running the offense. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro talked about how he brings some…

  25. Brandon Roy still looking for answers for knee

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Portland Trail Blazers

    Brandon Roy is getting rest for his knee. Which is nice. But he also is meeting with doctors as he continues to look for long-term answers for the knee pain that has slowed him to average this season and has sidelined him for weeks. The Portland Tribune said one of the more radical plans is…

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