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Kurt Helin

  1. Cavaliers Mo Williams almost walked away after LeBron's decision

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT

    How depressed was Mo Williams after LeBron James decided he was taking his talents to South Beach? After watching his coach and GM leave and realize the Cavaliers were starting over. How about walking away from $26 million depressed. In a refreshingly honest interview by Marc Spears of Yahoo, Mo Williams said he almost walked…

  2. Joe Alexander getting a second chance, courtesy the Hornets quest for forwards

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    Guys under rookie contracts are gold in the NBA — they don’t cost much, and some contribute a lot. Guys on those contracts almost always get them picked up. Joe Alexander was not picked up. After two injury plagued, low production seasons — one in Milwaukee, one in Chicago — he got to test the…

  3. Pops Mensah-Bonsu gets invite to Hornets camp

    Sep 20, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Virtually every non-guaranteed contract given out right now for team training camp is for a guy with no chance to make the team. Pops Mensah-Bonsu may be the exception. He has gotten an invite to Hornets camp, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. While the deal is not guaranteed this is a…

  4. Report: Nets now frontrunner to land Carmelo Anthony

    Sep 20, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    After a day of wild speculation — from the Clippers to the Sixers — it appears the frontrunner to trade for Carmelo Anthony is the most logical option. The New Jersey Nets are in the drivers seat, according to Chad Ford at ESPN. Several league sources on Monday told ESPN.com that they believe the Nets…

  5. Josh Howard out until the end of November, at the earliest

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Josh Howard will at some point come off the bench and round out a pretty good guard rotation in Washington with John Wall, Gilbert Arenas and Kirk Hinrich. Plus, with Al Thornton the only legit three on the roster, Howard as the swingman seemed a perfect fit. So the Wizards gambled on him bouncing back…

  6. Knocking down the three with your 9-iron

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! (Thanks to TrueHoop for finding these. And Henry did research on these — sometimes blogging for a living takes you down some odd paths…

  7. More Mark Cuban coming to your television

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban is coming back to television, not just on the sidelines at Mavs games but in a role on a reality show. Fortunately this time we will not need some kind of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind memory erasers to get images of him in dancing in a sleeveless shirt out of our…

  8. Raptors serious about the European-style, balanced offense, ball-movement thing

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    You knew the Raptors were going a little Euro this season. Not Capri pants and sleeveless T-shirts ala Rafael Nadal circa 2005 Euro, but some steps down the Euro path. Raptors assistant coach Jay Triano was an assistant coach in Turkey for USA Basketball and told NBA.com’s John Schuhmann he saw a few things he…

  9. Chris Paul continues to say all the right things about New Orleans

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Ever since Chris Paul sat down with the management from the Hornets, he’s done nothing but say the right things. Maybe he is giving them a real chance. Maybe he realized he has little leverage now but will in a year (like Carmelo Anthony does now). Maybe he realized that his agent and people pushing…

  10. Ben Gordon says he will get right by attacking the rim

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Last season was just ugly for Ben Gordon in Detroit. He had a nagging ankle injury, which is not good for a jump shooter. Due to injuries coach John Kuester’s rotations were all over the place, consistency was out the window. Midseason Gordon had to adjust to coming off the bench again. The result was…

  11. Rodney Stuckey: "On paper, we are the best team in the League." What paper? Zig Zag?

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    We’ve said it before, this few weeks around when training camps open is the time to be optimistic, to believe. You’re team can make the playoffs. You’re team will live up to potential. This is the year. The Detroit Pistons are the best team in the league on paper. Okay, that last one is over…

  12. NBA Season Preview: The Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Last season: 61-21, best record in the NBA, but an early exit in the second round of the playoffs after they ran into a deeper and more defensive-minded Boston team. Unless you’re from Cleveland, in which case LeBron quit. Obviously. Head Coach: Byron Scott takes over the helm of a rebuilding project, looking to bring…

  13. Kobe inspired Boston to go get Shaq… and stop pretending that feud is marketing

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Did anybody really buy the whole “Shaq v. Kobe” feud was marketing. Oh, Shaquille O’Neal is smart enough to know how to make these things marketable, but like ancient myths the elaborate stories built up around some kernel of truth. Then when Kobe got ring number five last June and was quick to say he…

  14. Marc Gasol is down with the whole "Grizzlies will make the playoffs" thing

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Memphis shocked a lot of people with a 40-win season last go around. The team that was supposed to be so selfish with the ball turned out to have great chemistry and look like a young team on the rise. The problem with the West is that 40 wins leaves you 10 games out of…

  15. USA Basketball reached out to Joakim Noah, but he wants to play for France

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    With the thin front line USA Basketball this summer — a lot of top names said no then Amar’e Stoudemire, Brook Lopez and David Lee couldn’t play — Jerry Colangelo was calling everyone and anyone. JaVale McGee got multiple chances to make the team. Lamar Odom was the starting center. They were looking around. That…

  16. Legally deaf Lance Allred to get shot in Pacers camp

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    Lance Allred — the first legally deaf player ever in the NBA — will get another shot as he has been given a make-good contract to the Pacers camp, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The Pacers have injury questions with Tyler Hansbrough and Josh McRoberts along their front line and are…

  17. Regrets? Dan Gilbert has a few, but too few to mention

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    When LeBron James announced his decision, Dan Gilbert lashed out. It was an emotional response, a public letter that called James decision a “cowardly betrayal” and insulted James. It earned Gilbert a $100,000 fine and a rebuke from David Stern. Gilbert now says he has moved on. So the Detroit Free Press asked him if…

  18. Spoelstra to the Heat haters: Jealous much?

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    There has been plenty of backlash after the Miami Heat’s summer moves — LeBron’s Q score fell, guys from Magic Johnson to Stan Van Gundy took shots, while other teams throughout the league have grit their teeth when talking about the franchise. It’s fashionable to hate the Heat. Coach Erik Spoelstra couldn’t care less. Other…

  19. Cavs Dan Gilbert says he would like to see Mike Illitch buy the Pistons

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is not involved in the sale of the Detroit Pistons, but he still has an opinion about it. In that way, he’s just like the rest of us. Gilbert — a Michigan State grad — told the Detroit Free Press he would like to see Mike Illitch buy the team. Illitch…

  20. Rondo says his heart was not totally in Team USA adventure this summer

    Sep 19, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    USA Basketball has a consistent history of coming up with excuses for the last cut from the team. But in Rajon Rondo’s case this summer, they were more reasons that he withdrew as the 13th man. He told Ric Bucher of ESPN that he was hesitant to go in the first place (remember the in-or-out…

  21. It's not just players who go take huge steps to get back on the court

    Sep 19, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    Steve Javie is like a lot of NBA veteran players this time of year — he is excited, but wonders if his body will let him enjoy that excitement. We’re used to stories of NBA players going under the knife, trying experimental procedures, enduring a lot of pain for a couple more years on the…

  22. Other rookies think John Wall is good, too

    Sep 19, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    It’s not just you, me and every scout on the planet that thinks John Wall is going to be very good. So do his fellow rookies. During the rookie photo shoot last month, the league’s rookies took a survey about their expectations for the coming year (and John Schuhmann of NBA.com had the results). The…

  23. Brian Scalabrine to the Bulls? It could happen.

    Sep 18, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    We last saw Brian Scalabrine cheering on the Celtics from the bench. This season he could be doing it for the Chicago Bulls. Scalabrine and the Bulls have talked this summer and he still could land a spot, according to Sam Smith writing at Bulls.com. And there actually is some logic here. The Bulls have…

  24. Dallas Mavericks Transformers

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks promo videos are just the best.

  25. Raptors draftee Ed Davis has knee meniscus injury. That's not good.

    Sep 17, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    This is the kind of thing you hate to hear right before camp, what the concern was when word leaked yesterday that Toronto draft pick Ed Davis injured his knee in a workout. The Raptors announced late today that it was a meniscus injury and that they are looking at treatment options. A torn meniscus…

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