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Kurt Helin

  1. Chauncey Billups: Anthony has not said he doesn't want to be a Nugget

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    The buzz around the league is that Carmelo Anthony has one foot out the door in Denver, and the other foot is planted in a starters block. On the other hand, his own words came off as a man conflicted. A man who hasn’t decided what direction to go. Chauncey Billups has been talking with…

  2. Kendrick Perkins says Shaq is "a good pickup"

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Starting center for the Boston Celtics is Kendrick Perkins job, he’s just not going to be able to do prove it until January. So two other guys have been brought in to keep the seat warm — and provide some front line depth for the playoffs. Jermaine O’Neal will be your starter for the season…

  3. Joakim Noah has friends

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    The Chicago Bulls are using Joakim Noah and his feisty reputation to help sell season tickets this year. Carlos Boozer and some guys who can drain threes should sell more, but still pretty entertaining campaign.

  4. How does Chicago really feel about Dwyane Wade?

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    We get that in Cleveland there is a boiling, overflowing cauldron of hate for LeBron James that has spilled out into the streets and into song. It could have been that way in Chicago — fans there thought for a while they had a real chance to land Dwyane Wade, to bring a favorite son…

  5. Stephen Curry on court, practices with Team USA

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    It was a non-contact, no scrimmage, just run through the drills and offense kind of day for Team USA. You know, those practices you hated in high school. But it was a good one for Stephen Curry, because he was back on the court. He had missed a couple days of practice with a mild…

  6. Michigan Native Gores appears frontrunner to buy Pistons

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    You know that Tom Gores has money — he was seen near courtside for Game 7 between the Lakers and Celtics, and they were not giving those tickets away. Gores now appears to be the frontrunner to buy the Pistons, according to the Detroit News. Gores was raised in Flint, went to Michigan State, used…

  7. Amar'e Stoudemire: I never even spoke with Isiah Thomas

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    At the press conference announcing the New York Knicks had fulfilled all their summer basketball aspirations by signing Amar’e Stoudemire (what, you thought they had other goals?) everyone kissed Isiah Thomas’ ring. On the orders of owner James Dolan, team president Donnie Walsh and others thanked Thomas for his role in bringing Amar’e to New…

  8. Krzyzewski, Durant talk about Team USA's progress

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

      Coach K and Kevin Durant are feeling pretty good about the team, but we’ll have a much better idea of how good they really are after games this weekend against Lithuania and Spain,

  9. Vlade Divac to headline class for FIBA Hall of Fame

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The basketball Hall of Fame thing gets confusing. Because just one week ago we had inductions into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which is the one we Americans tend to think of first. But there is also the FIBA Hall of Fame. And there is no NBA Hall of Fame, it just kind…

  10. Denver should be patient, not move Carmelo Anthony on August speculation

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    You want a good reason why the Denver Nuggets should be very deliberate in it’s dealings with Carmelo Anthony? Woody Paige of the Denver Post put it clearly: In the seven years Anthony has been in Denver they averaged 48 wins a season and never missed the playoffs. The eight years before he came they…

  11. Now that was a brawl: Nenad Krstic has been released from prison

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    Nenad Krstic had quite the finals of the Acropolis tournament. There were points and rebounds and grabbing Greek forward Antonis Fotsis by the throat and throwing a chair at Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis. It earned Krstic, the Oklahoma City center, a night in an Athens jail. He was released the next morning and went back…

  12. Ever want to smell like Lamar Odom? You'll soon be in luck.

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    Le odor de Odom. When you’re a hot celebrity couple and you attach your name to something and people will buy it. Regardless. For example, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are teaming up on a unisex fragrance. I couldn’t make this stuff up. Kardashian confirmed it to the New York Daily News (via the fashionista…

  13. Portland being very cautious with Greg Oden, will not commit to him starting season

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    If you were trying to bring along Greg Oden right now, you would be incredibly cautious. If not you’d be incredibly foolish. General Manager Rich Cho and the rest of the Portland Trail Blazers brain trust are not foolish. They are not letting anyone talk to the public about where things stand. They are working…

  14. Your first look at NBA 2K11, complete with MJ shoulder shrugs

    Aug 19, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Just a little taste to get you drooling…. some Snoop Dogg, some MJ, some James Worthy. I am ready for Oct. 5.

  15. Crime lab mishandled evidence in murder of Michael Jordan's father

    Aug 19, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    Where is Horatio Caine when you need him? The crime lab in Raleigh, North Carolina, mishandled evidence in more than 200 cases in a 16-year span, according to an independent report obtained by the Associated Press. That means a lot of cases are about to be re-opened. One of those may well be Daniel Andre…

  16. Rudy Fernandez fined $25,000 by league

    Aug 19, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

    We told you the league was looking into this, well they did and it didn’t take long for the league to decide Rudy Fernandez’s public whining about wanting a trade or to be released violated league policy. The NBA announced that Fernandez has been fined $25,000 for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.” What does…

  17. What is holding up the Xavier Henry signing? Well, can he make the All-Rookie team?

    Aug 19, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Maybe the definition of the NBA silly season has been the Xavier Henry contract situation. To recap: Henry has not signed his contract. There is a rookie contract scale in place so the NBA doesn’t look like the NFL with guys who never played a down holding out, Henry is slotted for just shy of…

  18. Best trick shot we've seen in a while: From a free fall ride

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    You all know the free fall ride — the ones at amusement parks where you go up to the top of some tall structure then they essentially drop you off it. You get the sensation of falling without having to jump out of a plane, or the sensation of smashing into the ground. But do…

  19. Today's tedious Rudy Fernandez update: NBA is investigating if he threatened holdout

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    The way he and his agent are now acting, you’d swear Rudy Fernandez was being held hostage at gunpoint somewhere. So on day 64 of the crisis here’s the status: Fernandez wants to be traded, ideally to be bought out so he can return to Europe. Portland is listing to offers but has held its…

  20. Derrick Rose got his own, custom made Skittles machine. Top that Durant.

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    Skittles are where it’s at. Forget Lamar Odom and his candy obsession, that’s just one M&M in the bag. More NBA players than you think love Skittles. I mean love. Michael Beasley sung their praises. Kevin Durant’s neighbors bring them to him. There are many more NBA players who you can always catch with a…

  21. Paul Pierce wants to play one year in Europe before he retires

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    If you talk to Mychal Thompson — the former No. 1 overall pick who may be best known for being part of the back-to-back champion Showtime Lakers — he speaks glowingly about his time playing in Greece. A lot of players do, they like the overseas experience. Paul Pierce wants that experience and told Comcast…

  22. For many NBA players, charity is not just a tax write off

    Aug 19, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    The NBA Cares. It does, but the league has other motives, as well. The NBA hypes up its players doing community work — talking at schools, visiting children in the hospital — in part because it’s good for the league’s image. It’s something to try and counter the stories of arrests and crimes that also…

  23. Andrew Bogut elbow still not right, could miss start of season

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    When you think back to just how gruesome Andrew Bogut’s elbow injury was, the fact that rehab has had setbacks and he could be out longer than he hoped should be a surprise. Bogut did a television interview in his native Australia (which was transcribed over at the Real GM forums and was found by…

  24. Earl Boykins near deal with the Milwaukee Bucks

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    There’s not a lot of minutes to be had as the third point guard in Milwaukee, but whatever those minutes are it appears Earl Boykins is going to get them. Boykins is near a one-year deal with the Bucks, according to the Journal Sentinel. While details were not discussed, this almost certainly is for the…

  25. If Doc Rivers hadn't returned, the band would have broken up in Boston

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers gave very serious consideration to walking away, taking a season off from basketball to hang with his children and decompress. But he decided to give it one more shot. If he had deciding something else, the rest of the Celtics core would have splintered as well, Paul Pierce told Comcast New England (via…

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