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Kurt Helin

  1. Luis Scola looks like the best player at the World Championships

    Sep 7, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    Holy Scola Batman! Luis Scola made a pretty convincing case that it is he, not Kevin Durant, who has been the best player at the FIBA World Championships. Tuesday Scola had a stunning performance. Even the shots he tried to miss went in. Scola dropped in 37 points, shooting 13 of 19 inside the arc,…

  2. Can Mario Chalmers become the Heat's spot-up guy?

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers will be the starting point guard on opening night for the Miami Heat. But he will be a point guard in name only, at least in the classic definition. With Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on the floor, Chalmers will not be the guy with the ball in his hands dictating the offensive…

  3. Toronto may be getting better Linas Kleiza than the one who left Denver

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    If you weren’t watching today — you know, because you have a job and limited love for Lithuanian basketball — you missed the Linas Kleiza show. Kleiza dropped 30 points on China going 14 for 22 from the floor, and he did it all without taking a three. With the game close midway through the…

  4. Scout's list of five guys due for a breakout season

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    A handful of things we know about this NBA season. The Lakers will be good. The Celtics will lose three straight and some columnist in Boston will write them off seemingly forgetting last season. Cleveland will struggle. But it is the surprises that make the season fun. The unexpected. Like the guys who surprise the…

  5. Jamal Crawford still wants an extension or trade, still nothing happening

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    We said it before but it bears repeating, the Atlanta Hawks are in no rush to move or extend the contract of Jamal Crawford. Crawford has pushed for one of those options, but the Hawks have not made a move, and according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution the team has not decided…

  6. Bobcats looking for a fan blogger

    Sep 7, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    There are some really good Charlotte Bobcat blogs out there already. Queen City Hoops is smart and with lots of great stats woven in. Rufus on Fire, Bobcats Baseline and Bobcats Planet also do quality work. Of course, the Bobcats have their own official blog — Bobcat Break — and now they want a fan…

  7. Nate McMillan has plans for Rudy Fernandez in his training camp. What trade demand?

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    Very vague trade speculation continue to float around Rudy Fernandez. The Bulls have some interest. The Knicks have some interest but they and Portland are not talking.  Nothing seems to be moving on that front. Basically, despite Rudy Fernandez throwing a tantrum and threats of a holdout by his agent, he is still a Trail…

  8. Nenad Kristic has got your back, whatever the cost

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Nenad Krstic did the crime so he was willing to do the time. And he’d do it again (well, maybe not chair part). The Oklahoma City Center is not an in-your-face kind of guy, but when Greece and Serbia ended up in a YouTube favorite brawl, he was the most aggressive Serbian player. He jumped…

  9. Hornets may make more moves to show Chris Paul they really care

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    It feels a little unfair to cast all New Orleans Hornets rumor in the “what does Chris Paul think?” category. But that is also the reality — keeping Chris Paul has to be a consideration in almost everything the Hornets do. It is Priority No. 1. And it should be Priority No. 2 also. The…

  10. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert: Now we're going to build the right way

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Dan Gilbert is putting a much better spin on LeBron James leaving now. Not the right one, but at least one that sounds reasonable and lacks Comic Sans font. In a story about rebuilding the Cavaliers at the News-Herald, here is what Gilbert said about the effort. “We weren’t as focused on the long term…

  11. Andray Blatche will be ready for Wizards training camp, Sean Marks will be there too

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    Years of potential exploded into a couple very productive months last season for Andray Blatche. Throw in rookie top pick John Wall and an offense that will get out and run, and you may have something fun and pretty good in Washington next season. If Blatche is healthy. He had foot surgery in June and…

  12. Russian coach says USA not cheated out of gold in 1972 Olympics

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    It remains one of the most controversial basketball games ever. The ending of the 1972 Olympic gold medal game in Munich featured a Russian team getting three chances to inbound the ball late in the game and down one point, and it was on the third they were able to execute a length of the…

  13. Russia earns date with USA in quarterfinals after cruising past New Zealand

    Sep 6, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    As expected, it is USA vs. Russia on Thursday in the FIBA World Championships quarterfinals. Russia filled out its half of the bracket beating New Zealand 78-56, showing off some of the defense and the inside game that will give the USA their best challenge since Brazil (and maybe their best challenge so far period).…

  14. Rudy Gay dunking in slow motion

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    I may be a few days late to this party, but this slow-mo video of a USA fast break against France with the powerful Rudy Gay flush is just fun to watch.

  15. Lakers tell Derrick Caracter lose weight and you get your money

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Caracter showed a lot of promise for the Lakers playing at Summer League, enough so that they gave their second round pick a contract. Clearly the Lakers are about the now, in the middle of a title window, but they will let Caracter develop at the end of the bench. If he can lose…

  16. USA thumps Angola 121-66, now things get challenging

    Sep 6, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    For one quarter, the USA looked like the focused, efficient, powerful team we expect them to be. And that’s all they needed on Labor Day, one quarter of labor. The USA was up 20 in the first quarter, knocked down 18 three pointers for the game and defeated an outmatched Angola team 121-66 in the…

  17. Not much change in Pistons sale

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Team sales are not a quick thing, especially when the perceived value and actual value are different. There seems to be little change in what is going on with the Detroit Pistons sale, at least that seems the case after reading the latest update from the Detroit News. There are four groups in the running,…

  18. Tim Thomas looks to repay loyalty Mavericks showed him

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Tim Thomas only played in 18 games for Dallas last seasons. When he did he gave them some solid veteran play off the bench, and 7.5 points in just under 16 minutes. For the first part of the year, Thomas was recovering from knee surgery. But he talked with NBA.com’s Alex Garcia about the second…

  19. Leon Powe's knee is back, and so is he

    Sep 6, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    Hey, it’s a silver lining for Cleveland! Last season the Cavaliers paid Leon Powe primarily to recover. They signed him to a two-year deal after major knee surgery, they knew going in he would not be able to help much last season. He did play for 20 games at the end of the season but…

  20. Shaq has post-career life as a sheriff planned out, but first he wants a ring (and to be seen)

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    There are plenty of people that think Shaquille O’Neal is just play cops and robbers like a big kid, that he’s not serious. He’s actually very serious. The latest example: His interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune about his post-basketball plans: I’m either going to be the sheriff in Baton Rouge, Miami or Los Angeles.…

  21. Knicks signee Timofey Mozgov shows off his potential in Turkey

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    The description from scouts when the Knicks signed Russian Timofey Mozgov was “potential.” He has shown a little more than that as part of a pretty good Russian team at the World Championships, giving Knicks fans another reason for hope. He is averaging 11.8 points per game on 65 percent shooting, and he dropped 18…

  22. USA v. Angola preview: Charles Barkley was right about Angola, it is in trouble

    Sep 5, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    The USA has not had to be an impressive team to win in the group play portion of the FIBA World Championships. They have been so much more skilled and athletic than the teams they faced (save Brazil) that they could basically coast. But entering the 16-team knockout stage of the World Championships Monday things….…

  23. Ty Lawson, DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Beasley and more getting some run

    Sep 5, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    A number of NBA players were having some fun, getting a little run a couple weeks ago for The Goodman League Charity Game (which raises money for Project Giveback, a group that helps make sure the holidays have something special for some of the needy in the Washington D.C. area). Enjoy. Thanks to the Mars…

  24. Tyson Chandler helping out the Special Olympics in Turkey

    Sep 5, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Special Olympics is a worldwide organization, and with a few days off for Team USA Tyson Chandler went to help with the torch run portion of the leadup to the games.

  25. Turkey is America's biggest threat at the World Championships

    Sep 5, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Spain is good with a depth of talent we know about. Argentina has the best player so far in the tournament in Luis Scola. Brazil already almost beat the USA. Greece has been very good and has the motion offense that can give the USA fits. Turkey is playing better than all of them. And…

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