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Kurt Helin

  1. The Wimbledon of basketball courts

    Aug 24, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    I’ve played pickup games on some pretty rutty outdoor courts before, but this would take the cake. It is in Poland, part of a new sports complex where they needed a field to use for soccer too (according to the translation) so here you go. (Thanks to reader Marek Dziuba for the tip) As SLAM’s…

  2. LeBron is to Cleveland as Wade is… not to Chicago

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    Last week we discussed how the fine folks of Chicago cannot muster the hate for Dwyane Wade that Clevelanders have so easily tapped into for LeBron James. Why is that? He is a born-and-raised Chicago guy who flirted with the city before deciding to stay in Miami (and join forces with LeBron and Bosh). Why…

  3. Eddie House knows revenge is a dish best served with Heat

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Eddie House liked being a part of the Boston Celtics. He was the gunner off the bench, a key part of a team that won a ring in 2008. And last season they shipped him out to New York, a basketball wasteland at the time, for Nate Robinson. House admitted to the Arizona Republic he…

  4. Maybe Jordan was not suspended from basketball for gambling, maybe he just liked baseball

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan went to play baseball as a quiet suspension for his gambling activities. It’s an accepted truth in America, right up there with the man on the grassy knoll and the aliens at Area 51. Except that maybe it’s not true. None of it. Especially the MJ part. Tuesday night the latest in ESPN’s…

  5. Tyler Hansbrough has minutes just waiting for him, if his head clears

    Aug 24, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    This is how thin the Indiana Pacers are up front: They are talking about playing Danny Granger at the four some this season. It’s actually not a bad idea when the Pacers want to go really small and quick for a stretch, but it leaves them some rebounding issues. While the Pacers did well this…

  6. Evan Turner gets shoe deal with Chinese shoe company Li Ning

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    Walk into Foot Locker to pick up some shoes and Li Ning isn’t there among the Nikes and Adidas. But the company is almost as big. Li Ning is the biggest China-based shoe and athletic apparel company, a power player in a booming market. They had $1.2 billion in sales last year, which is no…

  7. Nuggets sit down with Carmelo Anthony to woo him, while Rockets, Clippers wait in the wings

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    It still sits there on the table. The elephant in the room. The thing as subtle as an Oliver Stone film — three years, $65 million. Denver’s contract extension offer to Carmelo Anthony. Which he has yet to sign. Because it sits untouched trade rumors swirl. But the Nuggets don’t want to ship him off,…

  8. Mustafa Shakur gets shot with Hornets

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Hornets General Manager Dell Demps comes from the San Antonio organization, where among his duties was to be general manager for the Spurs D-League team the Austin Toros. As such, he got a good look at Mustafa Shakur, the former Arizona point guard who lit it up for the Tulsa 66ers last season –…

  9. Sasha Vujacic, Maria Sharapova working out together in Florida

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Maria Sharapova has been working out at the IMG Academy in Florida since before she was a teenager. It’s where she really learned the game and became a No. 1 player in the world with a pocket full of Grand Slam titles. Sasha Vujacic is her man and just needs to get in some off-season…

  10. Kevin Durant has long arms, can play some defense

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    In case you hadn’t seen it, here are Kevin Durant’s two blocks to save the game for Team USA against Spain. In a very smart move, the USA switched defense to a zone on the final possession, and that caught Spain by surprise and cut off the drive. Check out a great breakdown of that…

  11. Grizzlies owner more defensive about Xavier Henry contract than his team gets on the court

    Aug 23, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    Last year, the Memphis Grizzlies had the No. 2 pick in the draft and took a big-man project in Hasheem Thabeet. We don’t know yet how that will turn out long term, Thabeet is a work in progress. We do know that the guys taken after him — James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings,…

  12. 3-on-3 basketball in the Olympics? Don't laugh, they approved solo synchronized swimming.

    Aug 23, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    At the Youth Olympics that you are not paying attention to Singapore (they are still going on), there was, of course, basketball. 3-on-3 basketball. Half-court. For gold medals. And according to the Edmonton Sun, we may see more of it — like in the regular adult Olympics. The overwhelming success of three-on-three basketball at the…

  13. Rajon Rondo, Amar'e Stoudemire are "Educators"

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Pretty amusing new commercial from Foot Locker, perfect for a little off-season refreshment. “Who’s been eating hummus?”

  14. Kevin Love has a thick head, he's fine

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Kevin Love got smacked on the head pretty good in the United States win over Lithuania Saturday then did not play on Sunday. But don’t read anything into that, he is good to go and likely will see the court against Greece Wednesday. The reason he didn’t play Sunday was it was just one day…

  15. Doc Rivers on the Lakers: "They still have not beaten our starting five"

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers came back to the Celtics because he wanted to make one more run at it with this group, he believed that this unit had one more title in it. Of course, there are a couple obstacles to that. For one, there’s that Laker team that just beat the Celtics in the finals. But…

  16. Kwame Brown signs deal with Michael Jordan's Bobcats

    Aug 23, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Kwame Brown and Michael Jordan are together again. Bet you didn’t see that coming. But Brown has signed a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum to play for the Charlotte Bobcats next season, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. He had played the last two seasons with the Pistons. Michael Jordan gets credit in most people’s…

  17. Chris Bosh says loyalty is for suckers

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh clearly went to school on Kevin Garnett.   KG stayed loyal for years to Minnesota while the quality of players around him disintegrated. Until the losing got to be too much. Eventually he forced his way out, landed in Boston with other superstars, won a title and now goes on the record saying…

  18. Who should be the last cut for Team USA?

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Team USA right now is a basketball version of The Amazing Race. Thirteen players set out on the same flight for Madrid, Spain, where they had to complete tasks against Lithuania and Spain. Having successfully finished those, it is on to Greece where a new task awaits them.   In Greece, somebody is going to…

  19. Is the wine glass half full or half empty with WNBA finances?

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Television ratings are up. But the numbers are still small. Attendance is down. But sponsorship dollars are up.   Looking at the WNBA finances, it’s how you look at the glass of Chardonnay – half full or half empty.   The Sports Business Journal took a look at the league heading into the start of…

  20. Calderon injures hamstring, will miss World Championships

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    Jose Calderon battled a lingering hamstring issue through much of the 08-09 season, which has to make everyone a little hesitant at this news: Calderon is out of the World Championships for Spain after injuring his hamstring against the USA in an exhibition game Sunday. He will be out a month, according to the Toronto…

  21. FIBA's World Championship likely to become World Cup, because we all understand that better

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Every soccer (or football, if you’re elitist and so prefer) player on the planet would give his right hamstring to play for his nation in the World Cup. It is, without question, the biggest stage for the biggest sport in the world. Everyone who can stand, plays. Basketball’s World Championships start Saturday, with many of…

  22. Teams want to take a look at Antoine Walker, according to his family

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Give Antoine Walker credit — he’s trying. He has spent this summer working out at the University of Louisville under the watchful eye of Rick Pitino. Maybe at the same time he has learned his lessons about life, having had to file bankruptcy and now working to pay back the $1 million a judge said…

  23. USA vs. Spain Highlights

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    This doesn’t tell you everything about the game — check out our recap for that — but it does show you some nifty passing from from Ricky Rubio, some solid play from Chauncey Billups, Cristiano Ronaldo, how much we miss Juan Carlos Navaro, plus Pau Gasol and his very hot girlfriend. The actual game felt…

  24. Where could Allen Iverson land?

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:04 AM EDT

    Rumors leaked out this week that Allen Iverson could play next season in New Orleans or Orlando. And as quick as those rumors started, officials from those teams shot them down. Iverson scares NBA teams because last season he showed he was not ready to accept a non-key role, even though that’s what his game…

  25. Mikhail Torrance collapses on court, in critical but stable condition

    Aug 22, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mikhail Torrance went into this draft pick as an intriguing prospect — a 6’5″ point guard with some flash out of Alabama. But he also had a known heart condition — an enlarged heart — that had never slowed him in college but gave NBA teams pause and he went undrafted. He signed with Maccabi…

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