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Kurt Helin

  1. Is Andrew Bynum one more injury away from Yao Ming territory?

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:05 AM EST

    How injury prone is Andrew Bynum? Is it a glass half full and this was just a series of flukes? Or is the parade of injuries a pattern that will continue through his career? Phil Jackson was pretty honest about it when asked by the Los Angeles Times while in Barcelona with the team on…

  2. Notes from a night of watching preseason hoops

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:20 AM EST

    Turns out more than just the Miami Heat played last night. There were eight games on the docket and while results don’t matter things like how players looked and took advantage of opportunities do. Here are a few notes from a night of flipping through League Pass: * There was a time just a few…

  3. For Gilbert Arenas, the thrill is gone baby, it's gone away for good

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:44 AM EST

    Gilbert Arenas looked pretty good in his first game back considering he was suspended most of last season and missed part of training camp with a sprained ankle. He finished with 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting . But the happy-go-lucky, passionate Gilbert Arenas was nowhere to be seen Wednesday, apparently disappearing after being…

  4. Dwyane Wade strains hamstring, taken out of first preseason game

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:42 PM EST

    UPDATE 10:42 pm: Wade spoke to the media after the game and confirmed it is a pulled hamstring. He is going to rest and get treatment and be re-evaluated in a week. It likely will be a couple of weeks before Wade is running at full speed again and put back in any games. Wade…

  5. NBA Jam will let you have Obama dunking on LeBron. Or Sarah Palin. Your call.

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:06 PM EST

    I know that today is NBA2K11 day, and I know that this version kills it. Don’t believe me? Then believe Kobe. But I still am more pumped to sit down and play NBA Jam — the throwback/updated video game of 2-on-2 where the ball catches on fire and the boom-shaka-laka rains down. The one video…

  6. English Premiere League made $155 million from ads on jerseys. How long until NBA follows?

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:25 PM EST

    Next summer, rather than talking about Carmelo Anthony, Tayshaun Prince, Tony Paker and the free agent class (or those just pushing for trades anyway) we’re going to be talking about “percentage of basketball related income” and figuring out salary cap structures.  We’ll be talking Collective Bargaining Agreement. Next summer the players and the owners are…

  7. Jannero Pargo let go by Hornets

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:06 PM EST

    UPDATE 5:06 pm: Pargo is going to back to Chicago to rehab his knee and hopes to be ready and on a roster by the start of the season, his agent Mark Bartelstien told Marc Spears of Yahoo. Both the Warriors and Hornets have concerns about his knee, but if he can get it healthy…

  8. Tracy McGrady "jealous" of Miami's big three. He's at the head of a long line there.

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:19 PM EST

    Tracy McGrady was honest. Plenty of NBA players have said LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had the right to do what they did in Miami, that they wish them well, but McGrady told Tim Povtak of FanHouse what is really on the minds of 90 percent of the players in the NBA. “I…

  9. Cavaliers tried to land Larry Bird, he said no thanks

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:50 PM EST

    Say this for Dan Gilbert — he went big when trying to get a new coach this summer. Granted, he needed one to provide some hope retaining LeBron James, but he went all out. There was the failed run at Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. Then there was a run at Larry Bird, according to Marc…

  10. Kevin Garnett admits he's an ass%&@$ (plus talks Heat and losing Game 7)

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett is a private person. Not unreasonable, but on a team that now has Nate Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal, it stands as a stark contrast. The KG we see is the one on the court — focused and intense. He makes no apologies for that. And if you want to use another, more direct…

  11. No pressure kid: Stoudemire compares Gallinari to Nowitzki

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:22 PM EST

    Amar’e Stoudemire likes what he sees in Danilo Gallinari — so much so that he paid him maybe the ultimate compliment for a European big man. And also out a ton of pressure on him. From the twitter account of Alan Hahn of Newsday: “He reminds me of Dirk [Nowitzki] a lot…He’s at that same…

  12. Sixers Evan Turner to come off the bench

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:41 PM EST

    He’s the No. 2 overall pick from the last draft, and he is now the No. 2 shooting guard on his own team. After looking at a variety of options — including the bad idea of Evan Turner the point guard — Philly coach Doug Collins has decided to bring Turner off the bench, according…

  13. Cole Aldrich gets chance to carve out role for Thunder

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:12 PM EST

    Cole Aldrich was drafted out of Kansas last June as a physical, workman-like center on to a team with an already deep frontcourt. Oklahoma City already had Nenad Krstic starting at the five and Nick Collison backing him up, while at the four Jeff Green starts and Serge Ibaka brings the blocks off the bench.…

  14. Report: Mike Ilitch close to purchase of Detroit Pistons

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:25 AM EST

    Mike Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, is working on the final details to purchase the Detroit Pistons, according to the Associated Press and Crains Detroit Business Journal. Current Pistons owner Karen Davidson (who took control when her husband Bill died) had said she wanted to have the team sold by…

  15. Yao Ming putting it all in one more comeback

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    It can be easy — too easy — sitting on our couches or on our computers to just throw Yao Ming in the often-injured pile. But it’s really not that simple. We can forget just how good he was. This is a 7’6″ guy who can bang in the paint and has a soft touch…

  16. Grizzlies not talking extension with Mike Conley

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Memphis has talked about building for the future. Rudy Gay is the anchor for that, with his new max extension this summer. Marc Gasol will be in the middle of that. O.J. Mayo and Hasheem Thabeet are on their rookie deals but could be in Memphis for a long time. Mike Conley may not be…

  17. Rookie hazing alive and well in NBA camps

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

    Nobody yet has had to buy a $55,000 dinner for teammates, but there has been plenty of rookie hazing going on at NBA camps. Mostly of the “where are the team donuts” variety. Harmless stuff. Fortunately. If you catch Paul George or Lance Stephenson walking around with the Pacers this season going into an arena,…

  18. Celtics shut Jermaine O'Neal down for rest of the week

    Oct 4, 2010, 10:22 PM EST

    Jermaine O’Neal has been penciled in as the Celtics starting center with Kendrick Perkins still recovering. But he will not be the starter this week in the team’s first two exhibition games. O’Neal has a tight left hamstring and because this preseason nobody smart plays through injuries in the preseason. That means he will miss…

  19. Here's to a big NBA season

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:44 PM EST

    The New NBA commercial cracks me up. But then, I love me some bobbleheads….

  20. Can Larry Brown help get Tyrus Thomas' head screwed on?

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:39 PM EST

    Ask any of the player development people, the coaches, the people around Tyrus Thomas and it was never about the physical stuff. In a league filled with athletes he is one of the elite ones. It was about wanting it, being aggressive. Playing through the contact. It was a focus issue. His teammates in Charlotte…

  21. Mark Cuban has to pay Don Johnson $51 million for Nash Bridges

    Oct 4, 2010, 7:50 PM EST

    Some shows have nice long runs on television without me catching an episode or noticing they exist. Numb3ers was one of those. Virtually every sitcom of the last five years. There are others. Nash Bridges was in that club. You know, the show Don Johnson did after Miami Vice (Johnson helped produce as well). With…

  22. Kobe admits knee was "extremely painful" during finals, about 60 percent now

    Oct 4, 2010, 6:56 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant played six minutes in the Lakers first exhibition game in London, after which he sat with ice on his knees. Londoners chanted his name in the second half, but they got more Pau Gasol. Kobe played the six minutes he did out of obligation to the fans, his knees need more rest and…

  23. Google TV to come loaded with NBA Game Time app

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:56 PM EST

    Google wants to own your television. Bill Gates actually saw this coming but it never took off. Of course Apple has something but only 10 percent of the population knows about it. But Google thinks it is different. Google TV is essentially what you think it is — your television will go to a homepage…

  24. Timberwolves go tall with starting five

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:33 PM EST

    Be careful about taking much away from preseason games. Backups get major run, coaches are experimenting, only the guys fighting for jobs are really motivated. But one thing we can take note of from the Minnesota Timberwolves first preseason game (against the Lakers in London), the starting lineup: Luke Ridnour, Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Kevin…

  25. If there's an NBA lockout, Nate Robinson wants an NFL tryout

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:04 PM EST

    Nate Robinson was good enough to play major college football — he was a highly recruited football star who played some cornerback at the University of Washington. Then he settled in on basketball. If (cough *when* cough) the NBA locks out next summer, Robinson wants to go back to his football roots, he told the…

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