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Kurt Helin

  1. "It must be bobblehead night." "No, it's Iguodala night."

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    These NBA 2K11 promo commercials just work for me. Especially the part where Josh Smith tells everyone else they suck.

  2. Avery Johnson bringing a little of his native New Orleans to New Jersey. No, not the gumbo part.

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets fans did not show up with bags over their heads last season. Mostly, they just didn’t show up. But the Nets were embarrassed by a 12-win season. New coach Avery Johnson knows about that — he grew up in New Orleans a Saints fan. Where fans wearing bags over their heads was…

  3. NBA, players union describe meeting as "cordial and constructive"

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Here’s what really matters out of the three-hour meeting between the owners and the NBA Players Association today — the two sides will be meeting again in smaller groups to tackle some of the tougher issues in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. Meaning, they are moving on to the real work of negotiations. It’s something.…

  4. Camp invites rolling in: Jarron Collins to Clippers, Steve Novak to Mavericks

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Teams are busy rounding out their rosters for training camps and a couple familiar names are popping up. Jarron Collins, half of the offensively challenged Collins twins, will be headed to Clippers, his agent told Hoopshype. Not sure there is much to this, they have Chris Kaman and DeAndre Jordan at the five already, not…

  5. Look for Rashad McCants to get a camp invite, beyond that… who knows?

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    The Celtics have taken a close look at Rashad McCants this summer, but it turns out they are not alone. McCants agent says the Raptors, Grizzlies and Clippers are in the mix as well as the Celtics, according to a tweet from A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast New England. All of those teams may have…

  6. Kobe Bryant was pretty dang good back in high school, too

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Thanks to the people at SLAM, who broke out the Kobe Bryant at Midnight Madness as a high school player video. When he dropped 43 and showed all sorts of flash and flare. Like him or don’t, the guy can flat out ball.

  7. Report: Erick Dampier to the Miami Heat deal "imminent"

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Today Erick Dampier had meetings and a workout with the Miami Heat, but it may be more than that. Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel (and of this site) sent out these tweets: Erick Dampier believed to have an afternoon workout scheduled with Heat, possibly as precursor to a potential signing. Erick Dampier actually has…

  8. Los Angeles Lakers "hopeful" Andrew Bynum plays in season opener

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum is not expected to play a minute in the preseason for the Los Angeles Lakers — it’s Theo Ratliff time, baby! What about when the Lakers open the season against the Houston Rockets Oct. 26? The Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding put that to the Lakers and… “We’re hopeful that he’ll be ready…

  9. Dr. J learns to skateboard

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    Converse is putting out a series of these — name skateboard pros teaching NBA legends how to ride the board. Or do tricks. But you can’t teach an old Dr. new tricks, it turns out.

  10. NBA Season Preview: Chicago Bulls

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    Last season: 41-41, same as it ever was with Vinny Del Negro Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau, the defensive guru from the Boston Celtics gets his first head coaching gig. He’s earned it, but this is not a soft landing sprt — there are expectations. Key Departures: Kirk Hinrich, Brad Miller, Hakim Warrick Key Additions: Carlos…

  11. Carmelo Anthony on the rumors: "i just want to play ball"

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Whatever is swirling through the media, through back channels and into NBA front offices, Carmelo Anthony is going to come out at Nuggets camp and say all the right things. He’s got that down. He’ll do it to microphones next week, but he went to twitter and made these comments Wednesday night: Everyone has there…

  12. Chicago trading Joakim Noah for Carmelo Anthony? Bad idea.

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Who knows who put this rumor out there — Denver staffers trying to up the ante, Carmelo Anthony people trying to push the deal forward — but it is the debate around the league: Should Chicago throw Joakim Noah into the deal to bring Carmelo Anthony to Chicago? No. No. A thousand times no. Let’s…

  13. Javaris Crittenton will go to Bobcats camp

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Javaris Crittenton wants to go to back to being the point guard with so much promise. He wants to move beyond being the other guy in the Gilbert Arenas gun debacle. The Charlotte Bobcats are giving him a chance — he has been given an invite to their training camp, according to the Washington Post.…

  14. Wherever it is, the Miami Heat training camp still going to be a media circus

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Move it from Miami to the Florida panhandle, behind the Santa Rosa Sound. Onto a military base. Which means everyone who wants to attend needs to pass a military background check. It doesn’t matter — the Miami Heat training camp will be a zoo. A four-ring media circus. Look what just ESPN is doing, as…

  15. Dirk Nowitzki is going to get some help this season. No, really. They mean it this time.

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Last season Dirk Nowitzki played 2,011 minutes, 37.5 minutes per game. Almost identical to the season before that. Both of those increases from the season before that. Every year training camp rolls around and the Dallas Mavericks talk about not pushing Dirk Nowitzki so hard during the regular season, saving him for the playoffs a…

  16. Beno Udrih, your Sacramento Kings starting point guard

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Near the end of last season, Beno Udrih seemed to figure out how to make it work in Paul Westphal’s Sacramento. Granted, Kevin Martin and Sergio Rodriguez were gone, and Tyreke Evans missed some of those games with an injury. Still, the comfort level was unmistakable. This season, Westphal told the Sacramento Bee he is…

  17. League to unveil new Adidas-designed jersey for all 30 teams

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    The colors, the logos will be the same but every team in the NBA is getting a new uniform this season. The league is switching to a new Adidas-designed jersey. One the company claims will help the players jump higher. Seriously. Well, not Eddy Curry but the rest of the league. The USA Today got…

  18. Phil Jackson: Miami has talent, but will they have teamwork?

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson knows a little something about winning titles. He knows there are two parts to getting a ring. First is having enough talent on the roster. Second is what Jackson has specialized in — molding that talent into a cohesive team. Jackson told ESPN 1000 in Chicago that Miami now has half of the…

  19. Carmelo Anthony renews push for trade to New York or Chicago; Denver in no rush

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    If you’re wondering why so many — and at times conflicting — rumors are coming out about the Carmelo Anthony trade situation in the last few days, here’s your answer. Anthony and his CAA team (led by agent Leon Rose) have stepped up to pressure a move before training camp starts, according to ESPN. And…

  20. Brian Scalabrine gets make good deal with Chicago

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

    We tried to prepare you for this Celtics fans — the Brian Scalabrine era in Boston has come to an end. The team’s victory cigar at the end of its bench has signed a make-good deal with the Chicago Bulls and will attend their camp, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. This came about because…

  21. Carmelo Anthony rumors update (please bring plenty of salt)

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    There are almost more rumors about Carmelo Anthony out there than there are people laughing at David Hasselhoff after last night. Almost. We’re going to talk about some key ones, but first we start with the trade rumor primer, just as a reminder: Every leaked rumor has a motive behind it. Nobody at this stage…

  22. Nenad Krstic has finger surgery, will miss Thunder training camp

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City had more than just Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Turkey for the World Championships, there was also Nenad Krstic from Serbia. It was Serbia that sent Spain packing, lost in dramatic fashion to Turkey in the semi-finals and finished fourth after losing the bronze medal game to Lithuania. In that final game,…

  23. Jannero Pargo could be Chris Paul's backup

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    New Orleans still needs a backup point guard, having traded away Darren Collison this summer. The pickings are a bit slim this time of year. Jannero Pargo — one of CP3’s good friends — is still out there and could land a spot, according to Jason Reid of the Times-Picayune. “Pargo is a guy that…

  24. Adam Morrison invited to Wizards camp

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    Adam Morrison will be in the Wizards training camp on a make-good contract, trying to earn his way back onto an NBA roster, that according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Morrison was last seen in street clothes, as part of the last two Los Angeles Lakers title teams. While players raved about his…

  25. Rudy Fernandez is excited to play in Portland now. Of course he is.

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    After an entire summer of trying anything and everything to force his way out of Portland — with his agent stepping far enough over the line as to be fined by the league — Rudy Fernandez is changing his tone as camp approaches. Here are his comments in an interview with Spanish media outlet Marca,…

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