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Kurt Helin

  1. CBA negotiations gap not about the goals, just how to get there

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    In the NFL, teams go from the middle of the pack to Super Bowl contenders overnight seemingly every year. The league thrives in part because on any given Sunday any team can beat any other team. We could all list five NBA teams (maybe three) and say, “The NBA champions will come out of this…

  2. Isiah Thomas doesn't work for the Knicks, but they still keep him off the radio

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Wednesday Isiah Thomas pulled out of his consulting contract with the Knicks, what with the whole “it violates league policy” thing. Thursday, Thomas was set and had been promoted to appear on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York, doing a couple hours in studio and taking calls. But that went about as well as the…

  3. A few thoughts from a meaningless Team USA scrimmage

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:47 AM EDT

    I’m not sure how much you want to read into 24 minutes of basketball played on a colorful court on the stage at Radio City Music Hall. Basically, you don’t — the scrimmages in practice where Mike Krzyzewski got to tinker with the lineups meant a lot more than this. Still, here are few thoughts…

  4. Carmelo Anthony plans to go to London in 2012 with Team USA

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and some of the rest of the best of Team USA sat courtside at Radio City Music Hall Thursday to watch this year’s Team USA prepare for the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. Those guys are sitting out this go around, but Anthony told the Associated Press…

  5. Lakers sign Devin Ebanks today, will sign Derrick Caracter tomorrow

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter have come into a great situation: Go to the NBA champions on a season when the team is looking to fill out the end of the roster with affordable guys to develop. The Lakers signed West Virginia’s Devin Ebanks to a deal on Thursday. On Friday, Caracter will get his…

  6. Atlanta Hawks adding novel concepts of motion, passing to offense

    Aug 12, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Despite a team of great athletes and shooters, the Atlanta Hawks are not all that hard to defend. It was a lot of isolation basketball for Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford. Even when Mike Woodson was calling plays, the team was blowing him off to run more isolation. Larry Drew may have been Woodson’s assistant,…

  7. Charles Barkley is on LeBron's list now, calls the decision a "punk move"

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    It’s August, but Charles Barkley is in mid-season form. He went on ESPN Radio in Dallas Thursday (via FanHouse) and aligned himself with the many people who now see the Miami Heat as the league’s villains. And he’s having none of LeBron’s “taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me” either. “I heard about…

  8. James Posey not looking for a buyout, will play in Indiana

    Aug 12, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    James Posey is not an afterthought. This is a quality role player, a guy who was a key part of the Celtics winning the NBA title in 2008. But in breaking down the four-team trade yesterday, the talk was about Indianapolis getting Darren Collison, the speedy point guard they desperately needed for their system. James…

  9. Owners, players have "amicable" meeting on a new CBA, but that is different than progress

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:50 pm: Both sides came out of the meeting saying things were better. Not good, but better, particularly the tone. Here is their joint released statement: “The NBA and NBPA held a four-hour bargaining meeting today that included constructive dialogue and a productive exchange of information.  While we still have much work to do,…

  10. If you want to see the Heat play, it's going to cost you

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Hate them all you want — you want to see them. The Heat are in demand ‚ their gear is topping NBA sales charts (especially the LeBron No. 6 Heat jersey). And people want to see the Heat. Television ratings for their games will top what the NBA has done since Jordan suited up. If…

  11. Baron Davis living large in China

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Great production value here. Baron Davis was treated like a star on his recent trip to China. The Clippers hope he plays like one next season, rather than playing like he’s in a pick up game in Asia. (via SLAM)

  12. Rudy Fernandez still wants to be traded. Shocking, I know.

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    fIn a world where everything seems to change at the speed of technology, we need constants in our lives. Real touchstones. Family, friends, our community, and Rudy Fernandez complaining about Portland and asking for a trade. You know, things that are going to be there every day. Fernandez spoke with Marca, a sports publication in…

  13. Chris Bosh was "playing with people's emotions." And enjoying it.

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh is loving the spotlight. After years of feeling ignored and underappreciated in Toronto he’s now showing up on Regis & Kelly and doing a New York media blitz. He’s big time. And he’s playing it up — and playing with your emotions, as he told the New York Daily News. “If you think…

  14. Earl Watson attacked by wife. But it's all good now.

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    I’ve made some women angry in my time (it’s a skill, like anything else), but never quite this mad. Earl Watson’s wife really went off on him, according to his divorce papers obtained by TMZ. The pair has since reconciled and he will not divorce his wife, Jennifer Freeman, actress best know from “My Wife…

  15. Who knocked down the game winner in White House pickup game? Obama.

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    You do not get to be president if pressure makes you fold. So at the end of the much-discussed White House All-Star pickup game in front of some wounded soldiers last week, who got the rock? Chauncey Billups told FanHouse the closest guy to President Obama was probably his secret service bodyguards. “The chance to…

  16. For your winter reading: "The Miami Heat's Hijacking of the NBA" by Ric Bucher

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    It’s pretty easy to picture your local Barnes & Nobel changing up the little display in front currently covered with love him/hate him Barack Obama books and putting up love them/hate them Miami Heat books. The first of what should be many will be coming from the pen, er, computer of ESPN’s Ric Bucher. According…

  17. Matt Barnes slaps opposing coach during summer game

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    One of the things the Lakers said they liked about Matt Barnes when they got him — he brings a fire to the court. The Lakers could get burned, too. Especially if something like this were to happen again — Barnes slapping the assistant coach of another team. Like a lot of NBAers, Barnes plays…

  18. Nets' Billy King said he has had eye on Troy Murphy for a while

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:19 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors is the future of the four spot for the Nets. But he is raw. In a statement on the Nets Web site about the trade, general manager Billy King said renting Troy Murphy for a year was a perfect fit to help the team win now but not change their long-term plans. “One…

  19. Isiah Thomas will not take Knicks job. We all shed a single tear.

    Aug 11, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    Knicks fans can put away pitchforks and torches, no reason to storm the castle anymore. Isiah Thomas will not be part of the New York Knicks front office, walking away from the role offered as a consultant while maintaining his job as head coach of Florida International University. NBA Commissioner David Stern made the official…

  20. Team USA: Defensive pressure and bombing threes

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    A couple days into the Team USA practices in New York — and with tip-off of the World Basketball Classic tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall — here are two things becoming clear about this team: They are going to use a lot of pressure defenses, and they are going to bomb threes. The defensive…

  21. Bosh: "We have to win a championship"

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    They may not yet realize just how hard it will be (well, one of them does), but Miami’s big three gets what the expectations they have created are: “We have to win a championship,” forward Chris Bosh said…. “I think so, because of the situation we’ve brought to ourselves,” he said. “With this group that…

  22. The Hornets other trade today

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    While you were focused on that little deal where Darren Collison goes out and Trevor Ariza comes in, Hornets general manager Dell Demps was making another deal, according to Marc Stein. ESPN.com sources: Hornets and Raptors have also agreed to a separate trade that will send Julian Wright to Toronto for Marco Belinelli Okay, not…

  23. Who wins in four-team trade? Collison, Indiana and New Jersey big, but everyone really

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    It’s basketball — there is a winner and a loser. That’s the way it works. Except the four-team trade that went down today every team can claim it won, at least something. But just like on Animal Farm where some animals are more equal than others, some trade winners are bigger than others. Pacers: in…

  24. Report: Indiana Pacers negotiating to buyout T.J. Ford

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Right on the heels of a trade where the Pacers finally get the point guard of the future they have desperately wanted, they are trying to shed the last point guard of the future. The Pacers are negotiating to buy out the rest of T.J. Ford’s contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Possible trade…

  25. Four-team trade between Hornets, Rockets, Pacers, Nets

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 1:54 p.m.: Multiple reports now have this as a deal all four teams have signed off on, and it has gotten league approval. This trade happened. 1:33 p.m.: In the early morning hours in Hawaii — while the rest of the state was sleeping or surfing — ESPN’s Chad Ford got up and dropped…

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