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Kurt Helin

  1. Doug Collins' novel idea: Get Andre Iguodala to attack the rim

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Last season, Andre Iguodala took as many three-point shots a game (3.7 on average) as he did shots at the rim (3.9). The Princeton offense had him floating around on the perimeter and creating a lot of his own shots. Anyone who watched Team USA this summer knows that when he attacks the rim, Iggy…

  2. Maybe rings, Miami winning out over money for Dampier

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Does Erick Dampier want the rings or the money more? Rings, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. His sources told him that the Miami Heat are the frontrunners for Damps’ services. There may be questions about how much Dampier can give at his age, but he is a more complete player than Joel Anthony, Zydrunas…

  3. Westbrook, Rose, Josh Smith talking MJ in NBA 2K11 commercial

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose is cutting onions, so stop your crying…. This is a commercial, but a pretty good one. (Via Blog-a-Bull)

  4. Dwight Howard claims "Basketball Wives" star owes him $500 million

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Man, I can’t wait for actual basketball games to begin… Dwight Howard has filed papers in court in Florida claiming that Royce Reed — the mother if his child — violated a legal gag order not allowing her to speak to the media about their relationship, according to TMZ (via Ben Maller). Reed was part…

  5. Mavs looking at Brian Cardinal to be new guy sitting on bench

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Brian Cardinal — the 10-year NBA veteran who played in just 29 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season — is being eyed by the Dallas Mavericks to fill the Tim Thomas slot. Bobby Simmons and Steve Novak are in the running, but Cardinal is the front runner, according to Art Garcia at NBA.com. Dallas…

  6. Anthony still wants out in Denver, but deals to move him are complex

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    It’s really a two-step process for the Nuggets to move on and trade Carmelo Anthony. And while most of us are having fun playing around with step two, the Nuggets still seem to be on step one. Step one: Accept that he is going to leave and that you have to trade him. Step two:…

  7. Grizzlies owner gives in, agrees to pay draft picks full scale and they sign

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Just a few weeks ago, Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley was adamant he was right and every other team in the NBA (save San Antonio) was wrong — the tradition of giving players 120 percent of their rookie scale deal was a mistake. Players could get 100 percent of rookie scale, but that extra 20…

  8. Heat taking their training camp to Florida panhandle Air Force base

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    We warned you a couple days ago the Heat were thinking about moving their training camp out of the bright spotlight of Miami in hopes that some of the spotlight would not follow them (good luck with that). Their choice? Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, according to our man…

  9. Michigan Wolverines recruiting strategy:Get relatives of former NBA players

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Take a look at the roster of the Michigan Wolverines basketball team. The Big Lead did and it is interesting. You have Jordan Dumars, son of the legendary Bad Boy Piston Joe Dumars. There is Tim Hardaway Jr., who is the son of… if I have to explain that to you, your problems have gotten…

  10. Heat coach already plays the "people will be out to break us apart" card

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    Every team seems to find a way to play the “us against the world” card. Win a title and somehow the next year nobody respects you, nobody thinks you can do it again and that is the motivation. So it will be with the Miami Heat — they come into a season one of the…

  11. Cuban calls LeBron's The Decision "the largest public humiliation in the history of sports"

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban joined the “it’s not what he did it’s how he did it” chorus against LeBron James in his typically Cuban, bombastic way. He went on the Dunham and Miller Show on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket in Dallas Wednesday morning, and the Dallas Morning News has the transcript. “LeBron has every right to go…

  12. Hawks sign, give chance to Pape Sy. Why remains to be seen.

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The Hawks clearly like Pape Sy. Maybe we will all grow to like him and his game, too. But first we need to see it. The biggest surprise in the 2010 NBA draft (second round) as become the biggest surprise signing — the Hawks have reached a deal with Sy, the team announced. Here is…

  13. Stephen Graham reaches deal with Nets

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    The Nets picked up a little depth on the wing Wednesday by signing former Charlotte Bobcat Stephen Graham to a two-year deal. The news comes via a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, who adds that the second year of Graham’s $2.1 million deal is a team option. Graham averaged 4.6 points in 11.5…

  14. Rudy Fernandez says its time to get back to work. Doesn't say where.

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez played well for Spain at the World Championships — 15.5 points per game on 62 percent shooting, 42 percent shooting from three — but it was still disappointing. Spain went in a co-favorite and left without any medal. You can debate amongst yourself how much of the blame for that falls to Fernandez,…

  15. Suddenly "Hack a Shaq" takes on a new meaning: Shaq sued for computer hacking

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    About the only people with geekier reputations than bloggers are Star Trek convention attendees and computer hackers. Computer hackers like Shaquille O’Neal. A former employee of Shaq and his wife is suing him and Radar Online has the story (found first by Will Brinson of FanHouse, who sums all the ugliness up well for us):…

  16. NBA Season Preview: The Boston Celtics

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Last season: 50-32 during the regular season, but 17-17 down the stretch as key players got rest and healthy for the playoffs. Then they played like the 2008 Celtics in the postseason and advanced all the way to Game 7 of the NBA Finals before falling. Head Coach: Doc Rivers, back for what may well…

  17. Report: Adam Morrison works out for Boston, hopes for camp invite

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Lakers players spoke well of what Adam Morrison could do in practice, how he was a knockdown shooter you could not give an inch to. That strength didn’t translate into actual games, mind you, but to be fair, Morrison also got very little run to prove himself. Now he’s looking for another chance. In Boston.…

  18. Report: Signals are Warriors will remove Don Nelson, promote Keith Smart

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    If one thing would endear the new Warriors owner Joe Lacob to Bay Area fans it would be to remove Don Nelson the day he gets control of the franchise. That may be what happens, according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. The signals are strong: If the timing is right and…

  19. Dampier has a decision to make, and he wants it to come with a ring. And money.

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Erick Dampier will be a free agent, so he told the Miami Herald what he is required to say as a free agent — it’s about winning. Where the big, serviceable center and new best free agent on the market lands will be about chasing a ring. So the Wolves are out — they admitted…

  20. Rockets to put 25 minute a game cap on Yao Ming

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey wasn’t kidding when he suggested he wanted to keep Yao Ming’s minutes down this season. Well, it wasn’t a suggestion either, as he told Fran Blinebury at NBA.com. “It’s going to be hard for everybody,” Morey said. “We have talked in the past about trying to keep Yao’s minutes down over…

  21. Want to go to Warriors Media Day? Oh, sorry, now called Tweedia Day.

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

    Some lucky fan is going to be able to watch live and in person as David Lee does some television promotion bits. Thrilling stuff, that is. The Golden State Warriors are looking for some social media studs to be the fans eyes and ears at media day Sept. 27. To tell the public what is…

  22. Kevin Martin says he's back, if so the Rockets may be as well

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    As preseason predictions start to creep out, the Houston Rockets are becoming a popular dark horse pick in the West. The Lakers are the Lakers, but if anyone has a shot at knocking them off, it may well be Houston if Yao Ming can stay healthy. In part that prediction is based on Kevin Martin…

  23. Four veteran referees retire, but Dick Bavetta will be back at 71

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:39 PM EDT

    Seventy-two years of experience has left the NBA refereeing ranks. To be replaced by five younger refs called up from the D-League. That can be good or bad, depending on your worldview of referees. In reality, it probably makes little different. The New York Times has the details. Joe DeRosa, Joe Forte, Sean Corbin and…

  24. Tim Thomas to stay with ailing wife, will not report to Mavericks

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:23 PM EDT

    Just a week ago, Tim Thomas was talking about how he wanted to be back with Dallas, to help them win a title and to show his loyalty to them for the Mavs’ support of Thomas while he was away helping his sick wife. But the reality of those family issues continue to take priority…

  25. Joel Przybilla likely out until November, December

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    The optimistic reports that Joel Przybilla would be back for the season opener — which came from Przybilla himself — have proven to be, well, a little too optimistic. Portland General Manager Rich Cho told the Oregonian that November or December seems the more likely timeframe. Which still isn’t bad, the question is how will…

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