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Kurt Helin

  1. Sorry Knicks fans, but the Isiah Thomas saga may have another chapter

    Aug 15, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    It’s the questions most often asked around the New York Knicks saga: Why in the world would the Knicks even consider bringing Isiah Thomas back? Are they dropping acid like it’s 1968 in the Knicks offices? Bringing him back makes no sense if you’re thinking like a basketball executive. It makes no sense if you’re…

  2. JaVale McGee, Jeff Green cut from Team USA

    Aug 15, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee is a freak athlete, but that alone is not enough to get you on Team USA. McGee himself announced that he has been cut from Team USA via his twitter account this morning. The Bad new is….. I got cut from the USA team :(… But i get to go back and work…

  3. Report: Nuggets waive Coby Karl, injured Brian Butch

    Aug 15, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    The Nuggets reportedly made a couple of roster moves this weekend, one expected and one that is bad Karma, according to Chris Tommason at FanHouse. The Nuggets have waived Coby Karl, the son of coach George Karl. Which was both expected and a little bit sad because the younger Karl has NBA game but his…

  4. The world comes to Rucker Park

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Rucker Park in Harlem is a hoops Mecca, home of legendary players, the And1 mix tapes and some serious ball. As part of the Nike World Basketball Festival, Kobe Bryant was out there running a clinic, right after Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade had dropped in for an event. Then the world came to Rucker…

  5. What we learned today: Team USA is better than China

    Aug 14, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE 8:30 pm: Looks like when Team USA hops on a plane for exhibition “friendlies” in Europe next week, they will bring more than the 12 they can suit up in Turkey.  That’s what Coach K told ESPN: “The chances of us having more than 12 on the plane Monday are good, but it may…

  6. Report: Tony Parker contemplating a move to New York next summer

    Aug 14, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire has made the move. Carmelo Anthony is reportedly thinking about it. And now it may be that Tony Parker is in a New York state of mind as well, at least according to the very good Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld: The Knicks will make Anthony their priority next summer but the team, according…

  7. Quote of the day: That will be Dr. Shaq, to you

    Aug 14, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    “I’m done with the nicknames. Actually, when I obtain my doctorate, I will not allow people to call me Shaq anymore, either.” –Shaquille O’Neal, being interviewed in the New York Times, on his nickname in Boston and how he is working on his doctorate at Barry University in Florida.

  8. You may have forgotten about Haiti, Samuel Dalembert has not

    Aug 14, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert lost three family members and about 10 friends when that devastating earthquake rocked Haiti last Jan. 12. If he wasn’t at his best on the court for the second half of last season, you can forgive him. That quake killed an estimated 230,000 and left 1 million people homeless. And while the fundraising…

  9. Will Bynum doesn't want to just be a spark off the bench, he wants to start

    Aug 14, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    You think the backcourt for the Detroit Pistons at the start of the season is set: Rodney Stuckey at the point, Rip Hamilton at the two, Tayshaun Prince at the three. Will Bynum would like his name in the conversation, thank you very much, as he told the Detroit Free Press. “I’m looking forward to…

  10. The Dream Team enters the Hall of Fame

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    If only Chuck Daly could have been there with them.

  11. Tracy McGrady says his game will do the talking

    Aug 14, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady went into this summer wanting a key role on a contending team. He ends it with a minimum contract with the Detroit Pistons. That had to be frustrating. And when FanHouse reached him it sounded like it. “My game this season will do all the talking I need to do now,” McGrady told…

  12. Mike Miller, MMA fighter

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Mike Miller might not be the alpha dog in the Miami Heat locker room, but nobody’s going to be getting his face. Unless they want some ground and pound. Changing up his workout routine this summer, long-time fan Miller has been working out with MMA fighters in Arizona, according to MMAWeekly.com. “I love it, it’s…

  13. Coach K tells Kevin Durant to shoot the rock

    Aug 14, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant is what you want to lead your team — an unselfish superstar. A guy who wants to play a true team game, a guy willing to pass the rock. Too willing, Mike Krzyzewski told the Associated Press. He wants Durant to shoot the rock. “They look to him all the time,” Krzyzewski said…

  14. Karl Malone enters the Hall of Fame

    Aug 13, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

    He doesn’t talk about himself in the third person nearly as much as one would hope.

  15. Hall of Famers not giving Heat the title. Yet.

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:39 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat are going to be very good. Nobody questions that. This team is going to win a lot of game this year. Put LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on one team and you’re going to get that. A title… not so fast. Hall of Famers in Springfield, Mass., for the induction…

  16. 1960, 1992 Olympic teams go into Hall of Fame talking trash to each other

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

    There were no two better teams ever assembled than the two teams going into the Hall of Fame Friday. Two very competitive teams. And they are not done competing. When Charles Barkley went up to meet 1960 Olympian Bob Boozer and shake his hand, Boozer told FanHouse this is what he said: “I said, ‘We…

  17. James Goldstein reminds us that basketball and high fashion are both art

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Watching replays of old now Hall of Famer Karl Malone and John Stockton games on NBA TV the last few days is a reminder of something that can get lost in the hype of superteams, in the winning and the losing: Basketball can be a beautiful game. Artistry. Style. Flair. James Goldstein and this video…

  18. Magic Johnson also throws his hat in Pistons ownership ring

    Aug 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    The best basketball player ever to come out of Michigan has thrown his hat in the ring to help buy the Detroit Pistons. He hasn’t had formal talks yet with any of the groups looking to buy, but told NBA.com he would be interested in being one of the partners. Johnson stressed he has not…

  19. Barkley isn't done taking shots at LeBron, says he has to win multiple titles

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Yesterday Charles Barkley called LeBron James a punk for daring to do what Barkley never did and team up with other superstars to get a ring. Because I guess never reaching your goal but falling short by yourself is noble. Whatever. Barkley’s not done, though. LeBron has to win multiple titles or this is a…

  20. Mike Bibby is the starting point guard in Atlanta. For now.

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    When the Atlanta Hawks open the season Oct. 27 in Memphis, Mike Bibby is going to be the starting point guard. That is not shocking news, but rather a situation to monitor. Bibby’s game is in decline, while Jeff Teague will enter the season with backup quarterback syndrome — every fan loves the backup quarterback…

  21. Team USA zones out

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee came off the bench on a weak Washington Wizards team last season. Yet me may well make Team USA and suit up for the squad at the World Championships in Turkey. Which illustrates just how short the American squad is on big men (Remember Brook Lopez Amar’e Stoudemire and David Lee had to…

  22. Gus Johnson, an original high flyer

    Aug 13, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

    In Gus Johnson’s era, the game was played below the rim. Great players like Bob Cousey and Bill Russell were not leaping out of the building — but Gus Johnson was. Starting in 1962 he came in and started to change how the game was played. Elgin Baylor had started the revolution but Johnson was…

  23. Darren Collison's plan in Indianapolis: Be like Reggie Miller. Spike Lee watch out.

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    Darren Collison may be the new savior for the basketball heartland that is Indiana, but he is a California boy. Left Coast. Land of fruit and nuts. He grew up in Southern California and went to UCLA for college. Just like Reggie Miller. He told the Indianapolis Star he wants to bring the excitement Miller…

  24. Two more candidates emerge to purchase Detroit Pistons

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    Michael Ilitch’s planned monopoly on the Detroit sports scene has a little competition. Two new candidates have emerged as suitors for the Detroit Pistons, according to the Detroit News. One is George Postolos, who recently headed a group that came in second to the Michael Jordan group in buying the Charlotte Bobcats. You want credentials,…

  25. Brandon Jennings has big plans for this season. Really big plans.

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings plays a bold game. That’s part of the fun of watching him — he plays with a real swagger. That swagger carries over to his plans for this season, as he told the Milwaukee Journal. “This year I’m working hard to come back,” Jennings said. “I want to be a double-double guy. I…

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