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Kurt Helin

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Nene injures leg, will skip World Championships, Varejao continues to recover

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Brazil was coming into the World Championships with maybe the best front line at the party — Nene, Anderson Varejao and soon-to-be-Spur Tiago Splitter. But now Nene will miss the tournament and Varejao continues to miss games leading up to the tournament. Nene, of the Denver Nuggets, injured his leg in a warm up game…

  9. Rookies get introduction NBA perils off the court

    Aug 21, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    John Wall is learning that life in the NBA is challenging on the court — in his first Summer League game against Golden State Wall pushed the ball on the fast break, got into the lane, made a lightning quick spin move and tried to lay the ball in, only to have Reggie Williams come…

  10. Hey everybody, let's blow what Carmelo Anthony's wife said out of proportion!

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Possibility. That is a vague word. There is a possibility that I will meet Jessica Alba and she will throw herself at me. A very, very, very slim possibility, but it is there. If that were to happen, there is a possibility that my wife would be insanely angry. A very, very high possibility, one…

  11. Summertime poolside trick shots

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    It’s the hottest time of the year, and you are spending your days by the pool. Or wishing you were spending your days by the pool. These guys were doing that and dreaming up trick shots, then risking broken bones and sunburns to bring them to you. Enjoy your summertime hoops fun, best served with…

  12. Apparently, nobody is as interested in Iverson as it seemed

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    The market for Allen Iverson remains dry. Like Death Valley in June dry. This morning the rumor on the Web was that the New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic were interested in Iverson. It didn’t take long for officials from the Hornets to shoot that idea down. This afternoon the Magic said they were not…

  13. Darren Collison is healing up, eyeing the playoffs

    Aug 20, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Darren Collison has gone from being the guy who backs up Chris Paul to the man expected to turn Indiana’s fortunes around. No pressure. But Collison sounded good with that leadership role in an interview on 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis. I think we have a lot of good things to look forward to, but…

  14. Michael Jackson tribute ends, Ron Artest switching to No. 15 jersey

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was a seven-hit wonder, but Ron Artest’s tribute to the pop star turned out to be a one-year wonder. Ron Artest will be switching to No. 15 next season, the number he wore at St. John’s in college and his first three seasons in the NBA, according to Kevin Ding of the…

  15. Kobe Bryant is on board with the summer of positional revolution

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Pat Riley used to talk about wanting to play five players of all basically the same height — five players between 6’5″ and 6’9″ who could switch ever defensive pick, could all run the floor, who could all handle the ball a little, who could all cut to the basket from the wing, could all…

  16. DeLonte West suspended for 10 games after guilty plea on gun charges

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    DeLonte West is still trying to find a team for next season, but when he does that team will be without his services for 10 games. The NBA Friday announced a 10 game suspension without pay for West who pled guilty “to carrying a concealed weapon and wearing, carrying, and transporting a handgun, in violation…

  17. Chauncey Billups: Anthony has not said he doesn't want to be a Nugget

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    The buzz around the league is that Carmelo Anthony has one foot out the door in Denver, and the other foot is planted in a starters block. On the other hand, his own words came off as a man conflicted. A man who hasn’t decided what direction to go. Chauncey Billups has been talking with…

  18. Kendrick Perkins says Shaq is "a good pickup"

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Starting center for the Boston Celtics is Kendrick Perkins job, he’s just not going to be able to do prove it until January. So two other guys have been brought in to keep the seat warm — and provide some front line depth for the playoffs. Jermaine O’Neal will be your starter for the season…

  19. Joakim Noah has friends

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    The Chicago Bulls are using Joakim Noah and his feisty reputation to help sell season tickets this year. Carlos Boozer and some guys who can drain threes should sell more, but still pretty entertaining campaign.

  20. How does Chicago really feel about Dwyane Wade?

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    We get that in Cleveland there is a boiling, overflowing cauldron of hate for LeBron James that has spilled out into the streets and into song. It could have been that way in Chicago — fans there thought for a while they had a real chance to land Dwyane Wade, to bring a favorite son…

  21. Stephen Curry on court, practices with Team USA

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    It was a non-contact, no scrimmage, just run through the drills and offense kind of day for Team USA. You know, those practices you hated in high school. But it was a good one for Stephen Curry, because he was back on the court. He had missed a couple days of practice with a mild…

  22. Michigan Native Gores appears frontrunner to buy Pistons

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    You know that Tom Gores has money — he was seen near courtside for Game 7 between the Lakers and Celtics, and they were not giving those tickets away. Gores now appears to be the frontrunner to buy the Pistons, according to the Detroit News. Gores was raised in Flint, went to Michigan State, used…

  23. Amar'e Stoudemire: I never even spoke with Isiah Thomas

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    At the press conference announcing the New York Knicks had fulfilled all their summer basketball aspirations by signing Amar’e Stoudemire (what, you thought they had other goals?) everyone kissed Isiah Thomas’ ring. On the orders of owner James Dolan, team president Donnie Walsh and others thanked Thomas for his role in bringing Amar’e to New…

  24. Krzyzewski, Durant talk about Team USA's progress

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

      Coach K and Kevin Durant are feeling pretty good about the team, but we’ll have a much better idea of how good they really are after games this weekend against Lithuania and Spain,

  25. Vlade Divac to headline class for FIBA Hall of Fame

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The basketball Hall of Fame thing gets confusing. Because just one week ago we had inductions into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which is the one we Americans tend to think of first. But there is also the FIBA Hall of Fame. And there is no NBA Hall of Fame, it just kind…

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