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Kurt Helin

  1. FIBA World Championships Day 5: The knockout phase picture is coming into focus

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    The USA’s easy yet uninspired victory over Iran gave them the top seed in Group B at the FIBA World Championships. Lots of other teams were starting to lock up spots in the next round. Such as…. Slovenia 80, Brazil 75: Brazil gave the USA their toughest game so far, but they could not beat…

  2. Highlights of the Nike Real Run (Brandon Jennings looks good)

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    This time of year there are a few places around the nation where NBA players gather for a little high-level run. Some real pick-up games. Stuff at their level. And maybe none is hotter right now than HAX in Los Angeles. Here are some highlights from a recent Nike sponsored game there. (via DIME)

  3. Rodney Stuckey counting on better fitness, jumper to help spark him, Pistons

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Last season there were points that Rodney Stuckey got the ball on an outlet and wanted to push the pace, but his body wouldn’t let him. There are levels of conditioning, even among professional athletes. This summer, Rodney Stuckey has been in the gym working to take his to the next level so that when…

  4. Celtics Doc Rivers going with the "pain of losing as motivation" route

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    Losing sucks. Getting close to the ultimate goal and losing really, really sucks. It’s why the Orlando Magic had a photo of the Lakers celebrating in Orlando at the entrance to their weight room, as a reminder. And as a result… okay, not a great example of results. But you get the idea. Doc Rivers…

  5. Miami Heat hurting: Mario Chalmers may miss start of training camp

    Sep 1, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT

    When we talked about he team with the biggest injury risks in the East, everyone brings up the older Boston Celtics, as if Paul Pierce might break a hip during training camp. But it looks like the Miami Heat might be the banged up team at the start of training camp, that according to Ira…

  6. Report: Etan Thomas near deal with Hawks

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks locker room could use a little poetry. It looks like it’s about to get some, because the Hawks are about to sign Etan Thomas as their third string center, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Michael Cunningham. Obviously Al Horford gets the lion’s share of minutes at the five, with Zaza Pachulia…

  7. Suns fans, watching Hedo Turkoglu play in Turkey will not make you smile

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    No Amare Stoudemire but you’ve got Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress so everything will be just fine in Phoenix, right? Well, that assumes you get the 2009 playoff version of Turkoglu. You know, the one the Toronto Raptors paid for but called lemon law on. But now out of Toronto, fresh start in a great…

  8. USA sleepwalks past Iran 88-51 at World Championships

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Well, that was pretty much what we expected — including the part where Kevin Love was the one guy to show up and care. The USA was going to roll past a clearly less talented Iran team and came out with all the intensity of an intersquad scrimmage. Eventually they got there, winning 88-51 and…

  9. Dwight Howard helping out youth in Haiti

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert is not the only NBA player who hasn’t forgotten about the devastation in Haiti. Dwight Howard announced that he will co-host the Concert for a Cause… Remembering Haiti scheduled for Sept. 15 at the House of Blues in Orlando (via the Orlando Sentinel). He also will be traveling to Haiti this month and…

  10. Jonny Flynn is spending the rest of his summer by the pool — the workout pool

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Good news from Jonny Flynn, who tweeted last night he is off the crutches, walking and doing some pool workouts as he recovers from off-season hip surgery. That’s a good sign. He’s expected to still miss training camp and the start of the season, but the recovery seems to be coming along. The adjustment questions…

  11. Hawks apparently in no rush to trade Jamal Crawford. Nor should they be.

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    So we’ve heard that Jamal Crawford wants to be extended or traded. Or extended and traded. Whatever works. So long as he gets some money before the new CBA kicks in. Well, looks like the long-term money is going to Al Horford, but that doesn’t mean the Hawks are in any rush to trade Crawford,…

  12. Should the World Championships be moved to July?

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Here we are heading into September, usually the basketball desert time of year, and we have an oasis of the World Championships. Some entertaining if not spectacular games taking place in Turkey, spiced up with a little bit of a college atmosphere. Pros playing with their nation’s name on the front of their jerseys (and…

  13. Joakim Noah golfing, not exactly the tradtional PGA-approved image

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah showed up for the annual Chicago Bulls charity golf tournament. My guess, he did not get an invitation to the country club after this outing. Based on his father, our guess is tennis is more his country club sport of choice, anyway. (Hat tip to Matt from Blog-a-Bull for finding this one.)

  14. USA vs. Iran: It's about basketball, not politics

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    There are political overtones in some international sporting events. You could feel it when Turkey played Greece yesterday — then Greek fans showed up with a banner that said “We are neighbors not enemies.” It was a chance for sport to transcend the political. Today comes USA vs. Iran, but the Iranians are looking at…

  15. George Karl was "surprised" the Nuggets let go Mark Warkentien

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    Ultimately, here is what it comes down to when Carmelo Anthony looks at that three-year, $65 million extension the Denver Nuggets put on the table: Do I trust the organization? Does he trust their management? Does he trust that they can keep a winner on the court? Does he trust the new regime of Josh…

  16. Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi has impressed at World Championships

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    There’s an Iranian player in the NBA, although you’d hardly know it by looking at most Memphis Grizzlies box scores. He played in only 36 games for Memphis last season, and most of his minutes came in garbage time. But at the FIBA World Championships, Hamed Haddadi is a star. He has been averaging 22…

  17. Spurs fans like what they see in Tiago Splitter

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter was solid and professional, not spectacular. A guy who got things done but without flair. That is to say, he was a Spur. Tiago Splitter — who joins the Spurs this fall — got a real test against NBA talent when Brazil took on the United States in the FIBA World Championships. Well,…

  18. Darius Miles gets workout with Spurs

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    Darius Miles wants the chance to prove his knees can hold up for another NBA campaign after multiple microfracture surgeries. And that those knees are allowing him to move well enough to bring back some of his once-promising game. It’s going to take a lot of proving. But the San Antonio Spurs are taking a…

  19. FIBA World Championships: Lithuania upsets Spain, 76-73 (and that's not good for the USA)

    Aug 31, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Maybe Spain misses Paul Gasol more than we thought. After dropping their first game to France it was expected Spain would wake up and start to roll, but on Tuesday they blew an 18-point third quarter lead, were outscored 23-9 in the fourth quarter and fell to Lithuania 76-73. Good you say. The other co-favorite…

  20. Kevin Love, doing the USA's dirty work in Turkey

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love sat on the bench for most of the second half in the USA’s skin-of-their-teeth win over Brazil, while Lamar Odom played. Frankly, we were a little confused. Love has played very well in this FIBA World Championships. He has outworked the other team for rebounds, his outlet passes are the best in the…

  21. New Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri says he wants to keep Anthony in Denver

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Denver’s new general manager Masai Ujiri held his introductory press conference today. Guess what most of the questions were about? No, not how Modern Family could win the Emmy for best comedy when it’s not really that funny. It was about ‘Melo and trades. Here are his answers. Nothing stunning or even really new there.…

  22. Tyreke Evans once had a jumper, Calipari may have lost it, now Reke wants it back

    Aug 31, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    You’ve seen the video from this summer: Tyreke Evans in the gym just knocking down three after three. But have you seen the video of Tyreke Evans just knocking down jumpers from high school? Sam Amick of FanHouse has, because he was in Evans’ house when the brothers that have always been by Evans’ side…

  23. Will the Celtics defense be as good next year?

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    For all the talk about getting the old gang back together in Boston for one more run, it isn’t exactly the same old gang that is coming back next year. And the changes that are coming could cut right to the core of what won Boston one title and almost two — great defense. Jeff…

  24. Knicks to start tall lineup, maybe with Ronny Turiaf at center

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    What do we really know about the Knicks starting lineup? Raymond Felton at the one, Amare Stoudemire at the four and… well, this is why Mike D’Antoni gets paid the big bucks. There is a lot more talent on the Knicks roster, and a lot more versatile talent this season, which gives D’Antoni options. Alan…

  25. Iguodala thinks Kevin Durant will score more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    You know you can score the rock when people start throwing your name around with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (the NBA’s all-time leading scorer).That’s what Andre Iguodala did with Kevin Durant at Comcast Philadelphia. (via Fan Nation) “Kevin Durant will be the NBA’s all-time leading scorer when it’s all said and done,” Iguodala said emphatically. “He loves…

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