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Kurt Helin

  1. Three quick thoughts from the Miami Heat scrimmage

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Here is the only thing that really matters from the Miami Heat’s televised (NBATV) intersquad scrimmage Friday night: 225 service men and women got to watch some big stars up close and for free. Nothing else really can be counted on to translate into the regular season. The game was full of sloppy at times.…

  2. NBA Season Preview: The Washington Wizards

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Last season: 26-56, which actually sounds better than it was. The Wizards were disappointing long before two pistols ever found their way into the Washington locker room, or Gilbert Arenas unholstered his finger guns, or the Wiz started trading away their most productive players.   Head Coach: Flip Saunders. Considering last season’s extracurricular activities, Saunders…

  3. Wizards Al Thornton hit by a car, but uninjured. Fortunately.

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Al Thornton sent maybe the most frightening tweet we’ve ever seen Thursday night: This may sound crazy but I just literally got hit by a car walking.. Wtf. He was walking on the George Mason campus where the Wizards are conducting camp when the incident happened. He is doing fine and was back shooting jumpers…

  4. Rockets’ stand on extensions make this season now or never

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Yao Ming does not have a contract for next season. Nor does Shane Battier. Or Chuck Hayes. Jordan Hill and Courtney Lee’s deals are at the team’s option. Aaron Brooks did not get an extension and is pretty ticked about it. The Houston Rockets are not giving out extensions to anyone, as GM Daryl Morey…

  5. Charles Barkley on LeBron: “Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider…”

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Well, the chances of Charles Barkley and TNT getting a one-on-one sit down with LeBron just fell to below zero… Charles Barkley went on WIP in Philadelphia with Howard Eskin and Ike Reese, primarily to talk about football because… sorry, don’t have an answer for that one. But Barkley talked McNabb coming back to Philly…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki wants to leave the NBA’s goaltending rule alone

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    We told you the D-League will adopt the FIBA goaltending rule — once the ball touches the rim you can go up and knock it off — this season. And that it could be a precursor to an NBA rule change. And that Spurs rookie and Eurostud Tiago Splitter thinks it’s a bad idea. Now…

  7. Study up for your advanced stats quiz

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:07 AM EDT

    Just in time for the preseason rush, Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference.com has some studying material for all serious hoops fans. Like it or not, statistical measures beyond the usual counting stats (points, rebounds, assists) are now an essential component of the hardcore basketball fan experience. For the uninitiated, that means it’s time to bone up…

  8. Ricky Rubio’s parents turn down meeting with Timberwolves

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are in Europe, too. Think of them like the first opening act at a huge stadium concert, the band that comes on before the Knicks and then the Lakers take the stage. The band you kind of hear while you are still tailgating in the parking lot. But the Timberwolves have a…

  9. Avery aims for defensive decency

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Newark. If the Nets are going to build something on the ground charred by their ’09-’10 season that went up in flames, it’s going to take some time. New Jersey’s significant roster upgrades from this offseason are a good start. The Nets now have the raw…

  10. Kenyon Martin is not rushing back to help out the Nuggets

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    A lot of guys got contract extensions this summer. Kenyon Martin was not one of them. What he did get was knee surgery. And he’s pretty ticked about it. Check out these comments to FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson: “(It is) my last year of my deal. We all know it. Ain’t nobody in a hurry to…

  11. Dampier visits with Raptors, but no deal worked out

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat said no. The Milwaukee Bucks signed someone else. There has been no deal with the Houston Rockets. Erick Dampier is a man without a team. Which is a little odd — as a minimum-salary backup center he should be a good fit, but teams are not jumping on board. For whatever reason.…

  12. Nate McMillan coaching for a new contract

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    At the end of the season, Nate McMillan will be a free agent. But McMillan is handling his business a little different than recent high-profile payers — he is being quiet. Make no mistake, he wants a new deal in Portland, but he wants to prove he deserves it by taking the Blazers to new…

  13. LeBron James, Dr. Dre selling you some headphones

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    LeBron — who you can be pretty sure did not pay for his Power Beats even though he could afford it much more easily than you — and Dr. Dre take part in a pretty amusing new campaign for the headphones (or ear buds or whatever you want to call them). http://www.youtube.com/v/QiGNvZ8YTos?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999

  14. Good news for the Mavs: Rodrigue Beaubois' broken foot is getting better all the time

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Over the summer, the Dallas Mavericks shot for LeBron James, but fell short. They tried for Dwyane Wade, but no dice. Then came Joe Johnson, but he wasn’t interested. They altered their plan of attack and were linked to Andre Iguodala and Al Jefferson in trade discussions, but the Mavs couldn’t get a deal done.…

  15. Daniel Orton to miss entire training camp rehabbing knee

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    After his junior year of high school, Daniel Orton had major reconstructive knee surgery. He didn’t play his senior year. He was limited in his one year at Kentucky by the knee, but the Orlando Magic drafted him at the end of the first year on promise. The knee is still not right. Orton is…

  16. George Karl asks Carmelo Anthony to focus on this season, not next

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    George Karl and Carmelo Anthony finally had a sit down, face-to-face conversation. The two guys that, one way or another, will most determine just how far the Nuggets go this season. Karl’s words — focus on this team, this season. Not trades or the summer. Be present, because this Nuggets team could be good. Anthony…

  17. NBA Season Preview: The Charlotte Bobcats

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    This post was written by Rob Mahoney. Last season: 44-38, which was good enough to score the Bobcats their first playoff appearance in franchise history. They’re taking steps forward (talent upgrades, internal improvement), even if they’re marching further into the desert (temporary fixes, financial commitments, bad draft picks) with no oasis in sight. Head Coach:…

  18. Report: Knicks have deal for pick to get back in Melo sweepstakes

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

    Right now there is a break in the Carmelo Anthony trade show. It’s not over, it’s more like someone hit pause on the DVR to go get some Triscuits but pretty soon everyone will sit back down, get comfortable and start the show again. And when they do the Knicks want in. According to Chris…

  19. Raptors pick up option on DeMar DeRozan. As they should.

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    If DeMar DeRozan’s performance at the Vegas Summer League was any indication, he’s poised for a breakout year. DeRozan showed off a more polished all-around game to compliment his natural scoring instincts; he played like a guy ready to take the next step. So today’s announcement that the Toronto Raptors have picked up the third-year…

  20. Nate Robinson dunking on Shaq

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:35 pm: Shaq and KG got him back. 12:42 pm: You had to know that having the big personalities (and dramatically different bodies) of Nate Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal on the same team was going to lead to some fun. Like Shaq saying he had a special surprise for Nate if he could dunk…

  21. NBA’s new dress code for coaches ends mock turtleneck era

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy wants the rule named after him. Really, it should be the Coach Jack Ramsay rule. For reasons that are unclear but likely studied in focus groups at great expense, the NBA has set up a new dress code for coaches that requires them to wear a collared shirt. “I want them to…

  22. Tony Parker on the Spurs: It’s now or never

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    Tony Parker is in the last year of his contract. He may come back to the Spurs, he may move on, it’s going to be about money and years and discussions that will not seriously take place until next summer. Before then, Parker wants one more ring. He told KTKR  in San Antonio that the Spurs…

  23. Tiago Splitter prefers NBA goaltending rule

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Tiago Splitter has spent his entire career playing under the FIBA goaltending rule — once the ball hits the rim it’s live and you can knock it off. David Stern has expressed his admiration of that rule and the D-League will have it next season. Splitter doesn’t love the idea he told the San Antonio…

  24. Don’t forget that Blake Griffin is really, really good

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Out if sight, out of mind. We didn’t see Blake Griffin in one NBA game last season as he recovered from knee surgery, so… The guy is still very, very good. He went No. 1 overall for a reason. Do not forget that. He is back and already wowing teammates in camp, as Eric Pincus…

  25. Warriors name starting five. That didn’t take long.

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Keith Smart knows what he wants from the Warriors. And he knows who he wants to do it. Two days into training camp Smart named his starting five according to Matt Steinmetz of Comcast Bay Area: Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee and Andris Biedrins. No real surprises on that list. In fact…

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