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Kurt Helin

  1. Overtly complain about a call, get a technical. It's now the law.

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant does it. LeBron James does it. Kevin Garnett does it. Much of the league does it. Rasheed Wallace did it like he was playing down at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Players complain about calls. Or non-calls. They throw their hands in the air in disgust even at the most obvious of calls.…

  2. Doug Collins says Jrue Holiday will be one of top 5 point guards

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Hey, Jrue. No pressure. Talking with the media today, new Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins spoke with more bombast than he ever did as a color analyst. Here are the tweets from our own Adam Levitan or Rotoworld who was there. Doug Collins says he thinks jrue holiday will be a top-5 pg in nba…

  3. Donnie Walsh's Catch-22

    Sep 23, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Knicks decision maker Donnie Walsh would love to get in on the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, but he doesn’t have all the chips needed to get a seat at the table. He doesn’t have a first round draft pick (well, not until 2014 anyway, and nobody wants to wait that long). A pick like the one…

  4. Phil Jackson reminisces about Scottie Pippen (and his defense)

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson got put on the radio — ESPN 1000 Radio in Chicago — with Scottie Pippen, and he sounded like a coach. We fans have our memories of Pippen the player, the dramatic dunks and the big games. The rings. But Jackson thinks of Pippen the defensive leader.  The other thing that I remember…

  5. Magic draft pick Daniel Orton may need surgery

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    The Magic don’t really need another center right now — the Dwight Howard guy is working out pretty well — but they took a smart risk drafting that other guy out of Kentucky, Daniel Orton. But it is going to be a while until we see if that risk pays off — Orton may need…

  6. Celtics draft pick Avery Bradley not ready for start of camp

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Celtics fans are going to have to wait a little longer to see what they got with draft pick Avery Bradley, as he will not be ready for the start of training camp. Back in pre-draft workouts Bradley sprained his ankle, which never helps your stock. Boston took him anyway, seeing him as a long-term…

  7. Andrew Bynum put off surgery, now will miss training camp recovering. He's maturing?

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    We told you yesterday that the Los Angeles Lakers were “hopeful” Andrew Bynum would be ready to go by the start of the season. Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register put another spin on that today. Bynum put off having offseason surgery on his right knee so he could play – and we’re not…

  8. Kobe Bryant remains top selling NBA jersey in China

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Kobe is big all over the globe. That includes China, where for the fourth year in a row he tops the league in jersey sales, according to the league. Rounding out the top five are LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, and Derrick Rose. The next five are Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams, Ray…

  9. Nets want the old slashing, scoring Devin Harris back

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Two seasons ago Devin Harris was slashing into defenses, scoring 21.3 points per game on a true shooting percentage of 56.3. He was one of the best young point guards in the game. Last season, the Nets tried to make him more of a passer — his percentage of assists went up and his shots…

  10. New Orleans, Philadelphia trade some bench players

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    We have a trade! Not the one everyone has been talking about and speculating on for the past few days. But a trade nonetheless. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news with a tweet. New Orleans has traded Darius Songalia and Craig Brackins to Philly for Willie Green and Jason Smith, league source tells Y! This…

  11. What Steve Nash really wants to do is direct

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Movie directors need to be passionate about their subject for the work to be any good. Steve Nash is passionate about Terry Fox. Which is what should make Nash’s directorial debut interesting. Nash and his production company have made “Into the Wind” about Fox for part of ESPN’s fantastic 30 for 30 series. Terry Fox…

  12. Joakim Noah doesn't want to be traded

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    Be part of a powerhouse team that could be very good in Chicago or be part of a rebuilding process in Denver where you will forever be “the guy we traded the best player in franchise history for.” Shockingly, Joakim Noah is partial to the first option. Still he went to the old but true…

  13. Top 10 training camp questions

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Once training camps get rolling next week, there are going to be a lot of questions around the league — and not all of them are about the Heat. Although it will feel like that for a while. NBC’s Ira Winderman put together a list of those top 10 training camp questions (outside of “What…

  14. David Stern tells Gilbert Arenas not to discuss gun incident

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas and David Stern got together Wednesday to talk shop. I kind of like to picture it over high tea with little cucumber finger sandwiches. But that part is irrelevant. What matters is what Stern told Arenas, as reported by Michael Lee at the Washington Post. NBA Commissioner David Stern spoke with Arenas on…

  15. Nuggets asking the world for Carmelo, Nets pushing to make it happen

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:05 AM EDT

    The Chicago Bulls talked with Denver, but the Nuggets demanded that Joakim Noah be part of the deal. So it fell apart. The New Jersey Nets talked to Denver, but the Nuggets demanded that Brook Lopez be part of the deal. So it fell apart. Sensing a pattern here? Denver is listening to offers for…

  16. "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.

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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.

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.

  25. 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…

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