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Kurt Helin

  1. Wait, there's a Clipper on Team USA? Yes, and he deserves to be there

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    We basketball junkies will sometimes chide the casual fan for not knowing some of the bigger names in the international game — Tiago Splitter, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Nikola Pekovic, Dimitris Diamantidis and others. But the fact of the matter is, many sports fans in America don’t know who Eric Gordon is. And he made Team USA.…

  2. Chinese Group's effort to buy part of Cavaliers died months ago

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Remember what a big deal it was just over a year ago, a sign that LeBron was destined to be in Cleveland forever? A group of Chinese investors led by Kenny Huang was going to buy 15 percent of the Cleveland Cavaliers. With LeBron’s efforts to break into the Chinese market in a bigger way,…

  3. Andres Nocioni will sit out World Championships

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Andres Nocioni was expected to be a cornerstone for Argentina, one of the world basketball powers, at the World Championships in Turkey. But he sprained his ankle on July 31, and after an MRI this week it has been decided he will sit out the tournament to rest it more, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.…

  4. Nuggets new owner dances around Carmelo Anthony question like a vet

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    The thought of an NBA team owner intimately involved in player/personnel decisions instantly brings up thoughts of Michael Heisley. And that’s not a good thing. But Josh Kroenke — who will soon take control of the Nuggets from his father Stan — is the exception to the rule. He comes in with a basketball background.…

  5. Andre Iguodala likes what he sees from Team USA, especially on defense

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Previously I cautioned not to draw too many conclusions from the USA Basketball victory over Greece Wednesday. Greece sat its two best inside players, the USA quickly went deep into the bench and both teams kept it simple, trying not to tip their hand in the event of any future meetings. Andre Iguodala, however, saw…

  6. Baron Davis wants you to know he is not fat

    Aug 26, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Baron Davis has been called plenty of things as the point guard and team leader for the Los Angeles Clippers, and he’s taken it all mostly with a “sticks and stones” attitude. Then he’d jack up another uncontested three early in the shot clock. But don’t call the man fat. ESPN’s Chris Broussard did, putting…

  7. Eddy Curry disappointing Knicks this summer. Shocking.

    Aug 26, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Amar’e Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari have been at the Knicks training facility this summer, putting in the work for next season. So has Anthony Randolph. Heck, even David Lee has been their working out after his finger injury with team USA — and he’s not even a Knick anymore. Eddy Curry? Crickets. So far this…

  8. Police investigate J.R. Smith incident at Nuggets facility, no charges are filed

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:50 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith is greasing the skids for his departure from Denver. As reported by FanHouse, Smith was involved in an altercation at the Nuggets practice facility that led to the police being called out. According to a league source who spoke with one of the people in the gym, numerous players were taking part in…

  9. Denver Nuggets hire Masai Ujiri as general manager

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:41 PM EDT

    It didn’t take long after David Griffin backed away for the Denver Nuggets to find their new general manager. Masai Ujiri will be hired for the position, according to the Denver Post. Ujiri was a former Nugget scout who most recently was director of international scouting for the Toronto Raptors. He will report directly to…

  10. Danny Ferry is headed back to Spurs front office

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Danny Ferry left the Spurs front office in 2005 to try and build a team in Cleveland around Lebron James. You can discuss amongst yourself how good a job he did — he hired a defensive-minded coach in Mike Brown then kept giving him talented guys who were weak on that end of the floor…

  11. With Stan Kroenke approved to buy NFL's Rams, son Josh will take over Nuggets

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:22 PM EDT

    In practice, Josh Kroenke was already the go to guy for the Denver Nuggets. It was he and family advisor Bret Bearup who went last weekend to talk with Carmelo Anthony about the future of the Nuggets and try to convince him to sign a three-year, $65 million extension sitting on the table. (It is…

  12. USA destoys Greece, here are your highlights

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Not much you can really take away from a game both teams treated like an exhibition, save that it is a lot of fun to watch Team USA in the open court.

  13. Harvard takes up question of fouling late when up by three

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    It’s one of the most divisive of question in basketball, right up there with “is David Kahn as bad a GM as Isiah Thomas?” You’re up three, there’s 10 seconds left in the game and the other team has the ball. Do you foul and send them to the line for two free throws? If…

  14. Bulls to give Scottie Pippen a statue outside United Center. Yes, same size as Jordan's.

    Aug 25, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    It’s been a good month to be Scottie Pippen. First, he gets to bask in the spotlight of the Hall of Fame inductions, without the looming shadow of Michael Jordan in his way. Now, he gets his own statue outside the United Center. It will be unveiled at some point near the end of this…

  15. Winderman: It's okay not to get excited about the World Championships

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    As the telltale economic numbers will eventually show, productivity was down across America on Wednesday afternoon. Such is the result of a nation shutting down to catch the riveting drama that is U.S.-Greece international basketball. Or not. Somehow, we’re having a hard time getting caught up in World Championships fever. So, for that matter, apparently…

  16. Luol Deng's emotional trip home to the Sudan

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    You know Luol Deng is a Chicago Bull and maybe as the star of Great Britain’s national team in basketball. But he was born in war-torn Sudan. One of the lucky refugees to get out alive and to get a real chance somewhere. He went back to the Sudan recently, along with a crew from…

  17. Gilbert Arenas plays and the Wizards owner likes what he sees

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    As is happening all over the nation right now, there was a high-level pickup game at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. last night. Some NBA guys, some borderline NBA guys, probably some college guys, all getting together for a little run that makes your weekly YMCA game look woefully unathletic. New Wizards owner Ted…

  18. USA crushes Greece in meaningless final exhibition game

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    You can read about as much into the USA win over Greece Wednesday as you can the final NFL exhibition game of the season. All 12 USA players saw the court in the first half. Greece didn’t even suit up its two best big men. Because these teams could meet in games that really matter…

  19. Ron Artest isn't buying what Doc Rivers is selling

    Aug 25, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    We told you yesterday Doc Rivers said the Lakers “still have not beaten our starting five,” implying that if Kendrick Perkins had been healthy for Game 7 the outcome would have been different. The Lakers were quiet on that. Phil Jackson probably didn’t notice, Kobe Bryant probably mentally filed that away in the “anger/motivation” file…

  20. Today's Carmelo Anthony speculation: It's all about the exciseman

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    It appears that if Carmelo Anthony leaves Denver his preferred destinations are Houston and New York. Which baffles New Yorkers. How could any sane human being choose any city over New York, let alone one in Texas? Doesn’t Anthony realize that all the best restaurants, the best shops, the best people are in New York?…

  21. Yao Ming is back, still very tall

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    This is video of Yao Ming working out yesterday, the first of his public workouts (hat tip to Trey Kerby at Ball Don’t Lie). He is still tall and still has a deft touch. That is Chuck Hayes talking smack by the way. The question about Yao is can he stay healthy this season. Good…

  22. Bobcats still looking to trade Erick Dampier, not just set him free

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    This much we know: Erick Dampier will not be playing for the Charlotte Bobcats this season under his current $13 million contract. Dampier’s contract is not guaranteed, meaning he can simply be waived and the money comes off a team’s payroll. That kind of contract has value a lot of places. One of three things…

  23. Kwame Brown says he and Jordan are good

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    The conventional wisdom out there is that Michael Jordan ruined Kwame Brown, and with that the two men can’t stand each other. But then explain how Jordan signed off on inking Brown to a one-year deal with the Charlotte Bobcats? You can’t. Brown told the Charlotte Observer that the perception of their relationship is wrong.…

  24. Griffin Turns Down Nuggets GM job, Denver looks elsewhere

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    The Denver general manager job will not be going to a name you know (unless you are an NBA front office insider, and even then). Former Suns executive David Griffin turned down the job, according to Ric Bucher of ESPN. So to be clear, an unemployed guy just turned down the job. That’s not really…

  25. Michael Jordan was better at baseball than you remember

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Remember what a disaster Michael Jordan was playing baseball? The well done ESPN 30 for 30 movie “Jordan Rides the Bus” has come along to remind us that why we thought Jordan went to play baseball was wrong. Oh, and that he was pretty good at it, as Eric Freeman notes at Early Termination Option…

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