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Kurt Helin

  1. Pistons about to sell for less than Warriors

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Last December, Forbes estimated the value of the Golden State Warriors at $315 million, yet when the team hit the open market, it sold for a record $450 million (although that deal has yet to be finalized). So with the Detroit Pistons valued at $479 million, they should sell for… Nope. They are not going…

  2. Quote of the day, Larry Bird gets the laugh at the 1960 US Olympic Team's expense

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    “I don’t know who had the best team, but I know the team in 1960 was a hell of a lot tougher than we were. I couldn’t imagine the ’92 team getting in a covered wagon for eight days, going across the country, jumping in the Atlantic Ocean, swimming for six days, then walking 3,000…

  3. Oleksiy Pecherov signs deal to return to Europe

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    For the past three seasons, Oleksiy Pecherov tried to find his place in the NBA. Now his place will be in Milan. Pecherov has signed a deal to play for Armani Jeans Milano, according to The Hoops Market. Pecherov played in just 44 games for the Timberwolves last season. Then with the re-signing of Darko…

  4. Doc Rivers gave Shaq a reality check before Boston signed him

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal was still on the market late in the free agent season in large part because of his demands. He was asking for at least the mid-level exception. He wanted a key role on the team. Basically, he wanted to be treated like the Shaq of 2005. Boston was interested in him, but not…

  5. Can Boston start an all future hall of famers lineup?

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    We said it before — if this were 2000 the Boston Celtics would be an unstoppable force. And yes, I know Rajon Rondo would have been 14 at the time, wouldn’t have mattered with Shaq, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in their primes. But it is a decade later, and the Celtics have…

  6. Amare Stoudemire in Israel

    Aug 15, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    There was a lot of talk about Amare Stoudemire going to the Holy Land this summer (in part because the New York media was excited to have a big star to write about again, not that Starbury wasn’t fun and all). That led to a lot of speculation. Here, you can see for yourself what…

  7. JaVale McGee discovered last season he has asthma

    Aug 15, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Last season, Flip Saunders kept watching JaVale McGee and thinking “he shouldn’t get that tired that fast.” McGee is maybe the best athlete on the team, one of the best natural athletes in the association, yet he wore down quickly. That had been happening since he played at Nevada, but he went to the doctor…

  8. Dwyane Wade shows no mercy, swats shots of little kids

    Aug 15, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade blocking childrens’ shots from John Karalis on Vimeo. Dwyane Wade is better than your average 10 year old on the court. You probably knew that, but if you had any questions about his ability to dominate children on a court, here is the video evidence from an exhibition event at Rucker Park in…

  9. Carmelo Anthony plans on taking his sweet time with extension decision

    Aug 15, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony seems pretty comfortable stepping into LeBron James’ shoes. Last season, in every city he traveled to, James got the question “can you picture yourself playing in X?” He tried to shut the speculation down, he stopped talking about his contract issue, he said he had thought about playing everywhere. But every stop of…

  10. Team USA routes France. What did we really learn?

    Aug 15, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    As expected, Team USA routed France, 86-55. We talk about how Team USA is sending a “B” team to the World Championships (Kobe, LeBron, Wade, Melo and more are staying home) but France also has six NBA players not suiting up, including Tony Parker. So what we know for one thing is that the basketball…

  11. Sorry Knicks fans, but the Isiah Thomas saga may have another chapter

    Aug 15, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    It’s the questions most often asked around the New York Knicks saga: Why in the world would the Knicks even consider bringing Isiah Thomas back? Are they dropping acid like it’s 1968 in the Knicks offices? Bringing him back makes no sense if you’re thinking like a basketball executive. It makes no sense if you’re…

  12. JaVale McGee, Jeff Green cut from Team USA

    Aug 15, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee is a freak athlete, but that alone is not enough to get you on Team USA. McGee himself announced that he has been cut from Team USA via his twitter account this morning. The Bad new is….. I got cut from the USA team :(… But i get to go back and work…

  13. Report: Nuggets waive Coby Karl, injured Brian Butch

    Aug 15, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    The Nuggets reportedly made a couple of roster moves this weekend, one expected and one that is bad Karma, according to Chris Tommason at FanHouse. The Nuggets have waived Coby Karl, the son of coach George Karl. Which was both expected and a little bit sad because the younger Karl has NBA game but his…

  14. The world comes to Rucker Park

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Rucker Park in Harlem is a hoops Mecca, home of legendary players, the And1 mix tapes and some serious ball. As part of the Nike World Basketball Festival, Kobe Bryant was out there running a clinic, right after Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade had dropped in for an event. Then the world came to Rucker…

  15. What we learned today: Team USA is better than China

    Aug 14, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE 8:30 pm: Looks like when Team USA hops on a plane for exhibition “friendlies” in Europe next week, they will bring more than the 12 they can suit up in Turkey.  That’s what Coach K told ESPN: “The chances of us having more than 12 on the plane Monday are good, but it may…

  16. Report: Tony Parker contemplating a move to New York next summer

    Aug 14, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire has made the move. Carmelo Anthony is reportedly thinking about it. And now it may be that Tony Parker is in a New York state of mind as well, at least according to the very good Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld: The Knicks will make Anthony their priority next summer but the team, according…

  17. Quote of the day: That will be Dr. Shaq, to you

    Aug 14, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    “I’m done with the nicknames. Actually, when I obtain my doctorate, I will not allow people to call me Shaq anymore, either.” –Shaquille O’Neal, being interviewed in the New York Times, on his nickname in Boston and how he is working on his doctorate at Barry University in Florida.

  18. You may have forgotten about Haiti, Samuel Dalembert has not

    Aug 14, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert lost three family members and about 10 friends when that devastating earthquake rocked Haiti last Jan. 12. If he wasn’t at his best on the court for the second half of last season, you can forgive him. That quake killed an estimated 230,000 and left 1 million people homeless. And while the fundraising…

  19. Will Bynum doesn't want to just be a spark off the bench, he wants to start

    Aug 14, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    You think the backcourt for the Detroit Pistons at the start of the season is set: Rodney Stuckey at the point, Rip Hamilton at the two, Tayshaun Prince at the three. Will Bynum would like his name in the conversation, thank you very much, as he told the Detroit Free Press. “I’m looking forward to…

  20. The Dream Team enters the Hall of Fame

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    If only Chuck Daly could have been there with them.

  21. Tracy McGrady says his game will do the talking

    Aug 14, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady went into this summer wanting a key role on a contending team. He ends it with a minimum contract with the Detroit Pistons. That had to be frustrating. And when FanHouse reached him it sounded like it. “My game this season will do all the talking I need to do now,” McGrady told…

  22. Mike Miller, MMA fighter

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Mike Miller might not be the alpha dog in the Miami Heat locker room, but nobody’s going to be getting his face. Unless they want some ground and pound. Changing up his workout routine this summer, long-time fan Miller has been working out with MMA fighters in Arizona, according to MMAWeekly.com. “I love it, it’s…

  23. Coach K tells Kevin Durant to shoot the rock

    Aug 14, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant is what you want to lead your team — an unselfish superstar. A guy who wants to play a true team game, a guy willing to pass the rock. Too willing, Mike Krzyzewski told the Associated Press. He wants Durant to shoot the rock. “They look to him all the time,” Krzyzewski said…

  24. Karl Malone enters the Hall of Fame

    Aug 13, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

    He doesn’t talk about himself in the third person nearly as much as one would hope.

  25. Hall of Famers not giving Heat the title. Yet.

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:39 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat are going to be very good. Nobody questions that. This team is going to win a lot of game this year. Put LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on one team and you’re going to get that. A title… not so fast. Hall of Famers in Springfield, Mass., for the induction…

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