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Kurt Helin

  1. LeBron James says race played role in backlash to his decision

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

    Did race play a role in the backlash — both in the media and in the general public — to LeBron James’ decision to take his talents to South Beach? LeBron James and his business partner and close friend Maverick Carter both said yes in an interview on CNN Wednesday night (hat tip to Jason…

  2. Tracy McGrady still concerned about his knees

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    You may want to believe, but until we see evidence on the court that Tracy McGrady is right you have to think of him as still damage goods. Tracy McGrady likes to push himself pretty hard (all the great ones do) but has had to pull back at Pistons camp and made the following comment…

  3. Wizards’ owner Ted Leonsis likes NHL-style hard salary cap. Must like lockouts, too.

    Sep 29, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:31 pm: NBA Commissioner David Stern tried to contain any damage that came from Leonsis (plus hit Leonsis with a $100,000 fine for talking about the CBA, all done within a few hours, just so you know Stern is not messing around): “We’re negotiating and that was one of our negotiating points,” Stern told…

  4. Wizards' owner Ted Leonsis likes NHL-style hard salary cap. Must like lockouts, too.

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis went through the ugliness of the NHL lockout that cost the league an entire season — and set the sport back considerably in public opinion. Check the television ratings. But Leonsis seems to like what came out on the other side of that, enough that he thinks the…

  5. The 1997 Chicago Bulls vs. Genghis Khan. Who ya got?

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    This may be the best of the NBA 2K11 promo commercials yet…

  6. Tiago Splitter blending right in with San Antonio

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Technically, Tiago Splitter is an NBA rookie. He should be getting donuts for the vets and carrying luggage. But Splitter is a veteran of the top European league, he’s been the best center on the continent for a couple years. He has played in world championships. Don’t confuse him for some raw 19-year-old who sleepwalked…

  7. Warriors pick up option year on Stephen Curry deal. As expected.

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Stephen Curry is in the playing-like-an-All-Star-but-getting-paid-like-a-rookie part of his career. As expected, the Warriors announced they picked up the third season team option on Curry that follows his rookie season, as reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo. Curry will make $2.9 million this season, $3.1 million in his third season. Next year the Warriors will…

  8. Man sues Cleveland Cavaliers to find out identity of mascot

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    What legal system overburdened with frivolous lawsuits are you talking about? From Courthouse News (via Ben Maller): A man sued the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Quicken Loans Arena to discover the identity of the NBA team’s mascot, Moondog, who allegedly struck his arm to make him drop a sign, rupturing a tendon in the process,…

  9. Phil Jackson is not happy about his European vacation

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    Personally, a trip to London and Barcelona sounds pretty good. I could go for one of those. Phil Jackson? Not so much. Actually he might really enjoy such a trip if it was just him and Jeannie Buss, but in the middle of training camp? This is what he told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin. “This training…

  10. NBA Season Preview: The Miami Heat

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Last season: 47-35, fifth seed in the East. Their reward for that? The Boston Celtics in the first round. Ouch. Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra, who is one of the best young minds in the game and a Pat Riley protégé. Which means Riley is not going to go Stan Van Gundy on him this season…

  11. Gregg Popovich being Gregg Popovich

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    And you thought all NBA coach interviews were as fun as interviewing Charles Barkley in Tahoe…. (via 48 Minutes of Hell) Coach Pop being Coach Pop from 48 Minutes of Hell on Vimeo.

  12. Dwight Howard's children's album about to hits stores. Whoomp There It Is.

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    You know how you’ve always wanted to explain to your young son or daughter the joy of hearing “Whoomp There It Is” through the arena sound system during the timeout of an NBA game? No? Then what about “Let’s Get It Started?” “U Can’t Touch This?” Now Dwight Howard has come to your rescue. He…

  13. NBA pulls back efforts to bring new arena to Sacramento. Moving trucks start warming up.

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    In the past few years, the Maloof brothers (owners of the Kings) have been able to pull back from the messy politics of getting a new arena built for the Sacramento Kings. That’s because four years ago David Stern himself said he personally and the NBA offices would work to get a deal done. Last…

  14. Crazy LeBron, trying to keep expectations within reason

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Hey LeBron James, not only do you have to lead your just thrown-together team to an NBA title, can you average a triple-double for the season while doing it? I mean, Oscar Robertson averaged that in 1962, and today’s game is pretty much exactly like that, right? You can totally do it. Hey, but no…

  15. Aaron Brooks wants a contract extension. Not going to happen.

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    The Houston Rockets really don’t do contract extensions. The last non-rookie deal contract extension they did was in 2004 (and that was for Tracy McGrady, which worked out so well). Aaron Brooks — the breakthrough point guard and guy who just won the Most Improved Player award — thinks he should be the exception. This…

  16. Knicks deny tampering in Carmelo Anthony trade talks

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    A four-team trade deal that would have moved Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets fell apart, apparently for a few reasons. One of them was the Nuggets trying to add players to the deal to shed payroll and get below the luxury tax threshold. But rumors surfaced that the Nuggets thought the Knicks might…

  17. D-League to adopts FIBA goaltending, overtime rules; may be NBA testing ground

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    After the World Championships, FIBA — meaning the world — adopted some NBA rules. For example, gone is the trapezoid key in international tournaments, replaced by the NBA rectangular key. But now the NBA may be looking at some FIBA rules in return. The D-League — often a testing ground for NBA rule changes —…

  18. Indiana Pacers' fun with experimental lineups

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    The Indiana Pacers have a lot of new parts, new things for coach Jim O’Brien to experiment with. That has left Pacers training camp a little like the Island of Doctor Moreau, looking at the reports out of camp. Picture Mike Dunleavy at the two spotting up on the wing while Darren Collison and Roy…

  19. Kevin Garnett's intensity too much for Rondo — even at media day

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Pretty classic video from Celtics media day, with Rajon Rondo trying to do an interview while Kevin Garnett goes, well, Kevin Garnett in the other room. (hat tip to Trey “where you goin?” Kerby at Ball Don’t Lie)

  20. Video: Heat at media day, talking team

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    We’ve been telling you what has been going on with the Heat the last couple days, but here are the words of the men themselves at Heat media day in Miami Monday. Before they headed off to an Air Force Base training camp.

  21. Thunder's Nick Collison out indefinitely with bone bruise on knee

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Nick Collison is not a guy that goes down easily, he has played at least 71 games each of the last four years. Last season he did it through a number of nagging injuries that might have kept other guys out. But he is out indefinitely now and will miss at least some of camp…

  22. Carmelo Anthony calls court his "safe haven" as four-team trade dies

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    The trade rumors are still there — even as the much-discussed four-team trade is dead. The talk will not die no matter what happens with this round of rumors, there will be another and another and… Carmelo Anthony wants to get away from those rumors. Probably more than he wants to get away from Denver.…

  23. Anderson Varejao excused from Cavaliers camp due to family emergency

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Anderson Varejao is missing the start of Cavaliers camp due after being given leave to deal with a death in the family. Varejao is currently heading back to his native Brazil but should be back after a few days to resume training. Varejao did twist his ankle slightly on the first day of camp. Although…

  24. Jason Kidd calls "B.S." on report he tried to talk 'Melo out of New Jersey

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony clearly is having second thoughts about taking his talents to New Jersey. Can’t imagine why. We just listened to Springsteen’s “Born To Run” and he made it sound like such a wonderful place. Then there was the report from Sam Amick of FanHouse that Jason Kidd warned Melo about the perils of New…

  25. Timberwolves using Michael Beasley at small forward, they may want to ask Miami about that

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Reports out of Timberwolves camp say that Michael Beasley is playing the three spot, according to the Pioneer Press. Which makes some sense when you think Kevin Love needs to be the starting power forward for Minnesota. Except… Maybe the T-Wolves should call up the Heat and ask how Beasley worked out at the three…

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