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Kurt Helin

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Eduardo Najera out three weeks with hernia surgery

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    Bobcats forward Eduardo Najera will miss most of training camp as he recovers from surgery to repair a sports hernia. The surgery took place Sept. 10 and he should be out three more weeks. That’s not going to help Najera’s effort to get minutes. He was already fighting guys like Tyrus Thomas, Boris Diaw, Derrick…

  5. Greg Oden: "Is there any proof that I'm a bust?"

    Sep 28, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    This much is clear: Greg Oden has yet to work out like the Portland Trail Blazers had hoped. Three years into his NBA career he has played 82 games and had multiple injuries and surgeries to his knees. But is he a bust? Oden himself took exception to that characterization while speaking with Jason Quick…

  6. Heat first practice "intense," LeBron has ice on elbow

    Sep 28, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    There was no discussion of it and it is probably nothing, but you had to notice — LeBron James had an ice pack on his right elbow, the one that gave him problems though the playoffs, after the Heat’s first day of practice Tuesday. What should we read into that? Not much. NBA teams go…

  7. NBA Previews: The whole league from PBT

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    The PBT previews have started. We are working our way through The Association, division by division, through all 30 teams. Looking at what happened this summer, what you’re impossible fan dreams are, and we’re looking at reality. To make it easy for you to follow, here are the previews we have done so far —…

  8. Shaun Livingston already dealing with fluid on the knee

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    I’m rooting for Shaun Livingston to make it. I know, media are supposed to be objective yada yada yada… we root for some things. We have favorites (and no, probably not the Heat or Lakers or whoever you think in most cases). I want Livingston to make it. But already there are setbacks. He has…

  9. NBA Season Preview: Orlando Magic

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    Last season: 59-23, the second seed in the East. In the playoffs they Magic swept past the Bobcats and Hawks before running into the buzz saw that was the Celtics and losing in the Eastern Conference Finals. Head Coach: Stan Van Gundy, one of the best going and probably funnier than his brother. Key Departures:…

  10. LeBron James' house is nicer than yours

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    In case you were worried that LeBron James would be sleeping on a cot at American Airlines Arena, you can relax. The King has found his castle. NBCMiami.com has pictures of the home that you can’t afford (well, except for you, Mr. Cuban). It’s in Coconut Grove, the Hughes Cove neighborhood, and went for a…

  11. NBA season ticket sales up to start season

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Add a check to the players’ side of the column in the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations… NBA season ticket sales are well up over a year ago and that could mean $100 million more in revenue for the league, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Through Sept. 22, NBA teams had sold more…

  12. Derrick Rose thinks he can be MVP material

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose has serious game. He has the work ethic. He knew the biggest hole in that game was a consistent three-point shot, so he spent all summer working on it. He was certainly more confident with the shot at the FIBA World Championships. Of course, he only hit 27.5 percent of his threes (from…

  13. Meet the new, business-like Gilbert Arenas

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

      Agent Zero was not just a player, he was a persona. Gilbert Arenas was personality, fun, carefree and exuberant off the court and on. A real character in an increasingly corporate league. Not any more. A bearded Gilbert Arenas was very business like at Wizards camp — Michael Lee of the Washington post described…

  14. Heat leave Miami for a little peace, but the throng follows

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat plane had plenty of radar tracking it as it landed at 10 p.m. last night at Eglin Air Force Base. As the team came down the stairs, they were greeted by a crowd that had been there three hours to see them. Such is the life of the Miami Heat now —…

  15. Zach Randolph wants Pau Gasol-like deal, Grizzlies being patient

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    The Grizzlies are happy with Zach Randolph, they really are. Which is a pretty dramatic change from his last couple of stops. So it makes sense that the two sides have had some preliminary conversations about a contract extension, there is interest on both sides according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. But on Randolph’s side,…

  16. Carmelo Anthony isn't part of team promotional filming

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Whatever state of limbo it may be in, the trade talks for Carmelo Anthony are not dead. The best sign of that: Denver did not ask him to participate in any of the team’s promotional filming on media day. We all read the quotes about the upcoming season on media day, but another part of…

  17. Corey Maggette may miss entire preseason

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    While everyone was looking at Andrew Boguts’ elbow, another Bucks injury slipped under the radar. Corey Maggette, who is counted on to be the scoring punch off the bench for Milwaukee (if not the starting small forward) underwent ankle surgery in July and may miss the entire preseason recovering, according to the Journal Times. “I…

  18. Orlando believe 12 is better than three when it comes to Miami Heat

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

    If you like messin’ with Sasquatch, then go to an Orlando Magic practice and start asking questions about the Miami Heat. Pretty much the same reaction. Orlando general manager Otis Smith led the “hey, maybe they should play a game before we anoint them” cries, as reported by FanHouse. “They’ve got three, and we’re solid…

  19. Devin Harris not happy to be in middle of trade rumors

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

    New Nets coach Avery Johnson has pumped up Devin Harris at every turn. He is mentioned in every discussion of the young core. Johnson talked about getting Harris back to slashing into the lane, scoring more, being a focal point of the offense. And then Harris shows up in trade rumors, with him headed to…

  20. Vinny del Negro already criticizing Baron Davis' conditioning

    Sep 27, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    There is hope in Clipperland again. They could be pretty good, what with Blake Griffin healthy, surrounded by All-Star Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon (fresh off a fantastic World Championships), Randy Foye, Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Bledsoe, De Andre Jordan and more. But there is one the thing that could quickly undermine the Clippers hopes — Baron…

  21. Rudy Fernandez comes to camp, kills his own trade value

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez spent all summer whining — or having his agent whine for him, that’s why the man gets paid the big bucks — about wanting to be traded from Portland. So what’s the first thing he does at media day? Cuts his own trade value off at the knees. Here is the tweet from…

  22. Eddy Curry already out four to six weeks. Mike D'Antoni not stunned.

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

    UPDATE 5:54 PM: It took three days into camp for the Knicks to say Curry would be out four-to-six weeks with injured hamstrings. He will not be joining the team in Europe for preseason games. A whole continent is depressed. What is the under/over for games Curry plays in this season? Three? 11:14 am: Eddy…

  23. Elton Brand drops weight, back to his old Clipper size

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Elton Brand the Sixer did not look like Elton Brand the Clipper. After the Achilles injury he looked slower — in part because of the injury and in part because he was heavier. New coach Doug Collins noticed that, and challenged Brand to get back to his official listed weight of 254. He did, minus…

  24. Carmelo Anthony sounds like LeBron, says he'll keep his options open

    Sep 27, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    “I’m here today… Whatever the future holds, it holds. I’m leaving my options open right now. That was Carmelo Anthony today, sounding a lot like LeBron James a year before. What the Denver Nuggets want to avoid is a LeBron repeat — an entire season of speculation followed by losing their best player and getting…

  25. Miami Heat's big three talk controversy, but they'd like to just play some ball

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Enough with the speculation, let’s roll the balls out on the court and play. Finally. That was the core of what LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh said when they sat down in front of the press at Heat media day Monday in Miami (televised on ESPN). They sat down with Wade in the…

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