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Kurt Helin

  1. Forget starting, Kevin Love and Eric Gordon need to be finishing for Team USA

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Playtime is over boys and girls — things are now serious for Team USA. Well, maybe not against Angola but after that. Lose one and you’re done. Sixteen teams in a knockout tournament for the World Championship. There can be no more bad games, it’s time to put your best players out there for the…

  2. Pacers not letting Lance Stephenson work out at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    After Summer League we were singing his praises — albeit more as a scorer than a point guard — then after the big trade that brought Darren Collison to Indiana we wondered: Where does Lance Stephenson fit in? He is an intriguing player. The Pacers thought so too. Then he allegedly threw his girlfriend down…

  3. Report: Luther Head invited to Kings camp on a partially guaranteed contract

    Sep 3, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    Luther Head was in Indiana last year, but the combo guard couldn’t really get a lot of run on a team that wanted to run. Then it looked like the Hornets were going to take him, until Jeff Bower got the boot as GM the new regime went with the old “he failed the physical”…

  4. Celtics fans welcome back Delonte West with open arms

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Like a prodigal son, Boston fans — and Danny Ainge is among those fans — are welcoming back Delonte West with open arms. The fatted calf is running scared right about now. Delonte is back to a place where he had his best seasons — in the pre Big 3 era in Boston West was…

  5. Shaq the wedding crasher

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    The only people to crash my wedding were relatives who didn’t get an invite for a reason, but it’s a celebration so you welcome everyone. Kristen and Wes Schifone have a way, way better story. One they told to NESN in Boston. Shaquille O’Neal wandered into their wedding at the Four Seasons, underdressed and not…

  6. Omri Casspi wants peace in the Middle East, using basketball to bring it

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    In Washington D.C. a bunch of people in expensive suits are sitting around a table talking about a piece of paper that it is hoped will bring some stability and peace to the Middle East. Omri Casspi is on the ground, in Israel, talking to youth from his nation and Palestine, playing basketball with them,…

  7. LeBron James is underpaid

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    While LeBron James was still deciding where to take his talents, a fun bar stool/message board discussion was how much would LeBron be offered in a non-capped open market? $30 million a year? $40 million? But the market is capped, and LeBron will start making $14.5 million this season. Which is a real bargain, according…

  8. Dee Brown coming to Dallas Mavericks camp

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Dee Brown has flitted around the edges of the NBA –  just in or just out –since he left Illinois four years ago (he was the other guy in the backcourt with Deron Williams). This year he wants back in and tweeted that he will be headed to the Dallas Mavericks training camp this fall.…

  9. George Karl cleared by doctors, will be back on Nuggets bench

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    This may be the best news we’ve heard all summer. From the Denver Post comes the official word from coach George Karl. “It’s official,” George Karl said Thursday just before taking off for a long Labor Day weekend with family. “I’ve been cleared to go for it. My PET scan came back great.” Karl will…

  10. Knicks still have interest in Rudy Fernandez, Blazers have little interest in Knicks

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Note to agents: Public pressure isn’t going to work on Rich Cho. Rudy Fernandez wants out of Portland, and both he and his agent Andy Miller made it very clear and very public that was the case. That started before but picked up steam after Cho was brought in to make the basketball decisions in…

  11. Hawks Al Horford says he'll "go to war" with what he's got

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:31 AM EDT

    It was Al Horford who sad that if the Atlanta Hawks were really serious about contending, they would go big and get him some help in the paint. Didn’t happen. So now what did Horford tell the Atlanta Journal Constitution about his situation? “I am going to war with who I’ve got,” Al said Well,…

  12. Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Mark Cuban all sued by crazy Kentucky inmate

    Sep 2, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    Meet Jonathan Lee Riches. He’s a bit of a legend (in the urban sense) of the legal and penal systems. His claim to fame is not the simple wire fraud that has him behind bars. See, what Riches likes to do is file lawsuits from his prison cell. Handwritten screeds that are filled with courts…

  13. World Championship knockout rounds set, USA has a tough road ahead

    Sep 2, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    There are supposed to be rewards for winning your group-play bracket at the FIBA World Championships. And there are for the USA — it’s first round game is against Angola on Monday. Very winnable. Then the sledding gets tough. It could have been worse. But tough. Here’s the lineup. Saturday we get the two best…

  14. Stoudemire suggested the Suns get Steve Nash over Kobe Bryant

    Sep 2, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    Right now, everybody wants to play with Kobe Bryant. He’s winning; he’s assumed that “veteran who can lead” mantle (although he likes Derek Fisher around to play good cop to his bad cop). A few years back, say the summer of 2004, that was not the case. That was the summer that Kobe was a…

  15. Report: Warriors may go with Rodney Carney as backup

    Sep 2, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    As it is the “guys who fill out the end of the bench” signings time of the year, we have one report for you. Rodney Carney is talking to and nearing contract with the Golden State Warriors, according to a tweet from NBA.com’s Scott Howard Cooper. Carney was in Philadelphia last season playing 12 minutes…

  16. Ron Artest to talk to children about mental health (yes, we're serious)

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Ron Artest, mental health spokesman. It’s true. From our friends at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune comes the news that Artest has teamed with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano to raise awareness of mental health and mental health programs for youth. He’ll be speaking at a school in Montebello (a suburban area of Los Angeles). As always…

  17. Heat's Da'Sean Butler tweets a children's story. About a purple dinosaur. It's a little weird.

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    Sentences I never thought I would type include: The Miami Heat’s Da’Sean Butler has tweeted a children’s story. That involves Barney a purple dinosaur and “Family Guy.” But there you have it. It’s true. He tweeted a long story about a children’s dinosaur. Our own Ira Winderman, writing for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, spent…

  18. Rudy Gay suffers mild groin strain in USA win, sits second half

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, who was fourth on the Team USA in scoring at 9 points a game before the USA took on Tunisia Thursday, suffered a mild groin strain in the game and sat out the second half of that game. It doesn’t sound all that serious, if you listen to Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s comments to…

  19. LeBron James family portrait, apparently from Sears

    Sep 2, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    I love that LeBron James is posting his family portraits. That he is being a real dad. As a father myself, I love this photo of him and the kids that looks like every other family portrait in America… well, except for the two NBA MVP trophies in his hands. It’s cute. But as Weed…

  20. USA Basketball remains unimpressive, undefeated with 92-57 win over Tunisia

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Only USA basketball can win a game by 35 points and not impress doing it. But that was the case with the USA’s 92-57 win over Tunisia. The USA exits FIBA World Championship pool play 5-0 and is now off until Monday when it will take on Angola in the round of 16 — the…

  21. Magic get building sponsor — for their parking garage

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic will play in the brand-spankin’-new Amway Arena this season. If you go to a game there, you will park in the new Geico parking structure — yes, Orlando has secured a sponsorship for their parking garage. Seriously. Sports Business Journal has the story (via TrueHoop’s twitter feed). The insurance firm signed a…

  22. Toney Douglas among Knicks who are dreaming playoffs

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    The playoffs are a dream for the Knicks — they have been only once in the last nine years and that was a sweep at the hands of the Nets. But now Knicks players — and Knicks fans — think they could be living the dream this season. Just ask soon to be second year…

  23. Carlos Boozer's expectations for Bulls: "A championship"

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat are the trendy choice, what with three of the best players on the planet on one team. The Lakers have the Trophy. Boston had it a couple years ago. Orlando has been on the cusp recently. But Carlos Boozer likes how his Chicago Bulls look and think they should be in the…

  24. Music stops for FIBA World Championship dancers

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    Are we human, or are we FIBA dancers… Timeouts in the arenas during the FIBA World Championships it looks like every NBA game — the music comes on and the dancers take the floor. Dressed provocatively, they are a little bit of eye candy during the break. Except now during host Turkey games. The Red…

  25. Denver telling teams Carmelo Anthony is not on trading block. For now.

    Sep 2, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    The Denver Nuggets have not given up hope. While it seems the Carmelo Anthony has made up his mind he wants out of Denver, the Nuggets are counting on new general manager Masai Ujiri and coach George Karl to change his mind. Ujiri — who had a good relationship with Anthony when Ujiri was a…

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