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Kurt Helin

  1. Spurs fans like what they see in Tiago Splitter

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter was solid and professional, not spectacular. A guy who got things done but without flair. That is to say, he was a Spur. Tiago Splitter — who joins the Spurs this fall — got a real test against NBA talent when Brazil took on the United States in the FIBA World Championships. Well,…

  2. Darius Miles gets workout with Spurs

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    Darius Miles wants the chance to prove his knees can hold up for another NBA campaign after multiple microfracture surgeries. And that those knees are allowing him to move well enough to bring back some of his once-promising game. It’s going to take a lot of proving. But the San Antonio Spurs are taking a…

  3. FIBA World Championships: Lithuania upsets Spain, 76-73 (and that's not good for the USA)

    Aug 31, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Maybe Spain misses Paul Gasol more than we thought. After dropping their first game to France it was expected Spain would wake up and start to roll, but on Tuesday they blew an 18-point third quarter lead, were outscored 23-9 in the fourth quarter and fell to Lithuania 76-73. Good you say. The other co-favorite…

  4. Kevin Love, doing the USA's dirty work in Turkey

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love sat on the bench for most of the second half in the USA’s skin-of-their-teeth win over Brazil, while Lamar Odom played. Frankly, we were a little confused. Love has played very well in this FIBA World Championships. He has outworked the other team for rebounds, his outlet passes are the best in the…

  5. New Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri says he wants to keep Anthony in Denver

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Denver’s new general manager Masai Ujiri held his introductory press conference today. Guess what most of the questions were about? No, not how Modern Family could win the Emmy for best comedy when it’s not really that funny. It was about ‘Melo and trades. Here are his answers. Nothing stunning or even really new there.…

  6. Tyreke Evans once had a jumper, Calipari may have lost it, now Reke wants it back

    Aug 31, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    You’ve seen the video from this summer: Tyreke Evans in the gym just knocking down three after three. But have you seen the video of Tyreke Evans just knocking down jumpers from high school? Sam Amick of FanHouse has, because he was in Evans’ house when the brothers that have always been by Evans’ side…

  7. Will the Celtics defense be as good next year?

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    For all the talk about getting the old gang back together in Boston for one more run, it isn’t exactly the same old gang that is coming back next year. And the changes that are coming could cut right to the core of what won Boston one title and almost two — great defense. Jeff…

  8. Knicks to start tall lineup, maybe with Ronny Turiaf at center

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    What do we really know about the Knicks starting lineup? Raymond Felton at the one, Amare Stoudemire at the four and… well, this is why Mike D’Antoni gets paid the big bucks. There is a lot more talent on the Knicks roster, and a lot more versatile talent this season, which gives D’Antoni options. Alan…

  9. Iguodala thinks Kevin Durant will score more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    You know you can score the rock when people start throwing your name around with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (the NBA’s all-time leading scorer).That’s what Andre Iguodala did with Kevin Durant at Comcast Philadelphia. (via Fan Nation) “Kevin Durant will be the NBA’s all-time leading scorer when it’s all said and done,” Iguodala said emphatically. “He loves…

  10. Report: Derek Fisher to address the New Orleans Saints before first game

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher is not a big man. He’s not athletically gifted by NBA standards. He’s never been a spectacular defender or shooter. But the man has five rings. He’s repeated as champion three times now, and he had key roles in all of them. His unwavering self-confidence allows him to step up in pressure situations…

  11. Andre Iguodala knows it's all about the defense for USA Basketball

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    You can go ahead and say the USA’s fortunate win over Brazil put their weaknesses on display for the world and showed why this team will be in trouble against the globe’s other elite squads. The guys on the team can’t look at it that way. Andre Iguodala has been keeping a diary for the…

  12. The Kings may want Carmelo Anthony. The question is will 'Melo want the Kings?

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The Sacramento King’s have not come up on previous lists, but they make sense as a team that would be interested in Carmelo Anthony. Which is why an unsourced rumor in the Sacramento Bee makes some sense. If and when the Denver Nuggets commit to a sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony, the Kings will thrust themselves…

  13. Rockets plan to be cautious with Yao Ming's playing time. No kidding.

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey is a smart man. Not that it takes a smart man to realize they need to be cautious with Yao Ming’s health, to keep his minutes down and minimize the risk. I mean, I figured it out and I’m a blogger. Yes, doctors have cleared Yao, his foot is fully…

  14. Hawks moves mean pick Pape Sy will be at camp, will Jamal Crawford be?

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    This could be a dull, standard little NBA transaction. But in the context of everything else going on with the Hawks, it could have bigger implications. Although it’s hard to say because we know little about Pape Sy. He apparently has been in the witness relocation program for prospects. The facts are that the Hawks…

  15. LeBron James, Mo Williams talk it out

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    In the wake of all the wailing and gnashing of teeth after LeBron James made his announcement about his talents, one set of tweets in particular stood out: Cavaliers teammate Mo Williams — one of LeBron’s closer friends on the team — felt hurt and said so in his twitter account. ”We were so damn…

  16. FIBA World Championships, Day 3: Where national rivalries spill on to the court

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    We know the USA was tested — and we’ve questioned Coach K’s rotations — but what else was going on Monday in Turkey? Glad you asked. Slovenia 91, Croatia 84: In an intense battle of rivals, Croatia had a five-point lead at halftime. Then NBA players Bostjan Nachbar and Goran Dragic scored 11 points as…

  17. Shaq in the city

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Is there a better idea then turning Shaquille O’Neal loose in a city and following him around with cameras? No, no there isn’t. That’s what the Boston Globe did. What we learn is that he is still a big person — one not really built for historic doorways and stoops — and a big personality…

  18. Jerry Stackhouse wants to play for the Heat. Please take a number and wait.

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse still has some value — this is a guy who can still shoot the rock, can still get you a few points. Not like he could a decade ago when he was at the top of the league, but a night here and a night there. So who could use someone like that?…

  19. USA's flaws exposed as team barely survives against Brazil, wins 70-68

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    Are you a glass half full guy about USA basketball, or glass half empty? Because that will determine how you feel about the USA’s come-from-behind-then-hold-on-to-the-seat-of-your-pants 70-68 victory over Brazil. If you’re a pessimist, you saw all the perceived flaws of this USA squad exposed — they had trouble protecting the paint against Brazil, especially early,…

  20. Kevin Martin says Brad Miller taught him how to play in the NBA

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    For a couple years, up until he was traded last year, Kevin Martin was the offense in Sacramento. Ron Artest was gone and Martin was asked to create offense, under coaches that had a lot of isolations and high picks where Miller had to be the man. But before that, in his first couple years…

  21. Quote of the day: Ron Artest wants to be villain in next "Twilight" movie

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    “I wish I could be in the [Twilight] movie and be like the villain. I want to be the big bad one that just eats everybody. … I want to eat Edward and Jacob.” – Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest, on attending the “Twilight” premiere (as told to the Rise Guys on KHTK in Sacramento).…

  22. Steve Nash, catch and shoot guy? Welcome to the new look Suns.

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    The unorthodox Phoenix Suns are going to be even more unorthodox next season. It’s a matter of necessity after the roster shakeups this summer, with Amare Stoudemire out and Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress in. They will be smaller, faster, and have a new spot-up shooter in Steve Nash. Don’t take my word for it,…

  23. The Hawks other question: Is Al Horford a max player?

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks don’t really treat Al Horford like an All-Star, like a guy who deserves a big-money contract. But he is. And it looks like the Hawks are realizing that, according to the Sekou Smith at the Hang Time blog at NBA.com. The Hawks have until Oct. 31 to reach an extension deal with…

  24. Michael Jordan gets it, donates to middle-school athletic programs in Charlotte

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    It was the biggest problem with Bob Johnson, the last Charlotte Bobcat owner — he wasn’t a Charlotte guy. He made some gestures, but he was never really accepted, sort of an out-of-town business owner nobody loved. That is not Michael Jordan. So far, he has been in with both feet. He and his Bobcats…

  25. Hawks, Jamal Crawford to sit down and talk. Isn't that nice?

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford wants a new deal. As Ira Winderman explained, he sees what is coming and want to get his now before the clouds of uncertainty over future contracts get any darker. The Hawks and general manager Rick Sund will sit down with him and his agent Aaron Goodwin in the coming week, according to…

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