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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA expands use of instant replay

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Get it right. That’s all we all want as fans of the game. And while perfection will always be impossible — fans will always call the block/charge with their heart anyway — instant replay can get it a lot closer. (Did you hear that MLB?) So when the owners were not bemoaning their financial plight…

  2. David Stern: Owners want to cut overall player salaries by one-third or more

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

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    And you wonder why we keep hearing that a lockout is coming…. David Stern, during a press conference following two days of Board of Governor meetings Thursday, said there had been “no quantifiable progress” toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and that the owners wish to cut between $750 million and $800 million a year…

  3. Jazz cut loose Sundiata Gaines, he of the dramatic game winner

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

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    The NBA is a business. First. Last. Always. Don’t ever forget it. So it was very hard for Jazz general manager to Kevin O’Connner to call Sundiata Gaines into his office Thursday and cut him loose, but that’s what the business demanded. The Jazz are over the luxury tax and every $1 saved in payroll…

  4. Dunktastic: Jrue Holiday over Anthony Randolph

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday is quick with the ball. The Knicks Anthony Randolph can be a bit slow on defensive recognition and rotations. Combine those two and you have a dunk that Randolph will be reminded of for a while, preseason game or not. Oh, and don’t sleep on Holiday people, he can flat out ball. (Man…

  5. Boris Diaw, point guard. It’s happening in Charlotte.

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    D.J. Augustin has stepped up this preseason and looked good at the point for the Charlotte Bobcats, shooting 56.4 percent, 63 percent from three and with a better than 2:1 turnover ratio (don’t you worry, Larry Brown has certainly found things to ride him for). But after that…. Oh, we’ve got trouble. Shaun Livingston and…

  6. Ron Artest? There’s an app for that.

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Your iPhone has everything… but does it have Ron Artest? It can now — he has his own app. Seriously. There is now a Ron Artest iPhone app that you can download, so Ron Ron is with you wherever you go, whenever you need him (via the LA Times and my man Mark Medina). You…

  7. HEARTBREAK CITY! MSG cuts Gus Johnson loose as Knicks radio play-by-play guy

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

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    Gus Johnson’s excitable… okay, sometimes wildly excitable, over-the-top calls are a part of March Madness and a host of other sporting events that help make it for me. Johnson sounds more like a fan in the booth — he is into it and pumped up. That works for some. Not for others. Apparently not for…

  8. Xavier Henry not destined for Top Chef

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Do you know the first thing you are taught in a quality cooking school? Omelets. Because cooking eggs right is not easy, there are a lot of good lessons to be learned. Eggs are challenging. Unless you are scrambling them, then it’s simple… oops, sorry Xavier Henry. The best part of this video — the…

  9. Jermaine O’Neal’s many nagging injuries may delay his start to the season

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

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    Jermaine O’Neal was brought in to help carry the Celtics through the first months of the season, while Kendrick Perkins is still recovering from knee surgery. Fortunately, the Celtics brought in Shaquille O’Neal to back up the other O’Neal. Shaq got the start, put up 12 and 9 in 24 minutes, on 4 of 5…

  10. Tyson Chandler cuts hand, says he may miss a week

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

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    Dallas center Tyson Chandler may be limited the rest of training camp after injuring his hand in Wednesday night’s preseason game. But expect him to be ready to go when the Mavericks open the season next Wednesday against Chandler’s old team, the Charlotte Bobcats. Chandler cut his hand trying to block a Dwight Howard layup…

  11. Charles Oakley, celebrity chef? Sure, why not.

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Unfortunately, yesterday we all missed out on Charles Oakley’s “world famous turkey burgers,” which he was serving up in a food truck set up near Battery Park in Manhattan. The entire thing recorded by a film crew. Why? Glad you asked. We’ll let the New York Post explain. (via Ben Maller) Former Knicks star Charles…

  12. Phil Jackson wants to limit Kobe’s minutes at start of season. Good luck with that.

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant rests about as much as the T1000. He played just a hair under 39 minutes a game last season. He has never played less than 36.1 minutes a game since 1998. And that’s just the regular season. (And you wonder why people talk about all the miles on that body, minutes that would…

  13. Got an extra $430,000 lying around? You can own Michael Jordan’s old car.

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:17 AM EDT

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    Michael Jordan can afford the very best. The nicest homes, the sweetest vacations, dinner in the finest restaurants, the best basketball teams (in North Carolina anyway), those really nice Hanes T-shirts that don’t go all bacon neck… wait, he probably gets those for free. But he could afford them. And the fastest cars. Specifically, he…

  14. Or maybe not… new report says ‘Melo to Knicks has “no legs,” Nets still frontrunners

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:16 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 10:16 PM: It may be a couple months — specifically after Dec. 15 — before Anthony does get traded. So make yourself comfortable. Dec. 15 is when players signed over the summer as free agents can be traded, so the pool of people that could be traded for Anthony expands that day and the…

  15. Doug Collins to miss tonight’s game, return to Sixers practice on Friday

    Oct 20, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Doug Collins is going to miss the final Philadelphia 76ers preseason game tonight. Not because watching Evan Turner shoot is hard to bear — although at 31.8 percent shooting for the preseason it’s not helping — but because he is still recovering from symptoms of a concussion that forced him to miss Philly’s preseason loss…

  16. Dunk more, win more games. It’s that simple.

    Oct 20, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    We love watching dunks in games because, well, that’s what we wish we could do. It’s exciting. Shannon Brown throwing it down in a game is way better than Shannon Brown in the dunk context. According to the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective (via Slam) dunks are also good strategy if you want to win games.…

  17. LeBron brings sunshine to some vile “haters”

    Oct 20, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

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    The great thing about social media like Twitter is it opens us up to all the people of the world. The bad thing about Twitter is that some people we’re exposed to are just scum. Nobody knows that like professional athletes. There are plenty of “haters” of LeBron James out there, but Tuesday he decided…

  18. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Last season: 57-25, top seed in the West, which they rode all the way to their second consecutive NBA crown. They came within half-a-quarter of losing to Boston on their home court in Game 7, but no Kendrick Perkins and no balloons in the rafters this time gave room for a dramatic comeback win. Head…

  19. All those nagging Miami Heat injuries will disappear next Tuesday

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

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    Dwyane Wade has his sore hamstring. Mike Miller has a sprained ankle. LeBron James had his sore hamstring and may or may not still have a sore elbow. Mario Chalmers ankle is still acting up. Next Tuesday it will be like the Heat visited Lourdes. When the games matter the nagging injuries will vanish, as…

  20. Frivolous lawsuit alert: Baron Davis sued by paparazzi photographer for throwing dirt

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

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    Maybe when you’re a member of the paparazzi and you spend your days on stakeouts in the bushes near a celebrity’s home, things lose a little perspective. Case in point, the lawsuit filed against the Clippers Baron Davis, as reported on TMZ.com The photog — not our guy — claims he and a pack of…

  21. Training camps is almost over, time for Erick Dampier to make a decision

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

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    If one were cynical, one might think that free agent center Erick Dampier has taken his sweet time making a decision on where he will play this season just to avoid training camp. We are that cynical. But training camp is almost over, so it’s time and Dampier is about to choose a team. Probably…

  22. Heat waive Shavlik Randolph, Kenny Hasbrouck

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

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    The end of the Heat bench — the guys we’re talking about today then likely not mentioning again all season — is starting to shake itself out. The Heat have cut loose Shavlik Randolph and Kenny Hasbrouck, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel on twitter. What that means is that there is one…

  23. Raymond Felton is really the man who can revive New York basketball

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

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    The Knicks are back. Massive billboards in Times Square proclaim it, so it must be true. And it would be good for the league, in the same way it is good for baseball to have the Yankees in the playoffs. New York is good for the league. Amar’e Stoudemire has brought his high-flying dunks and…

  24. Jerry West admits drafting Drew Gooden over Amar’e Stoudemire was a mistake. No kidding.

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Nobody is harder on Jerry West than Jerry West. Nobody. Read the brilliant biography by Roland Lazenby and you get the portrait of a man haunted by failure and more relieved than joyous about success. So when you ask West about his time as the head of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball side and ask if…

  25. Amar’e Stoudemire starting to feel at home in the Garden

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    How good the Knicks will be this season remains to be seen, but they will be a lot more entertaining. And on any given night, Amar’e Stoudemire can just go off. Like putting up 39 points in a preseason game.

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