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Kurt Helin

  1. 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).…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Yi Jianlian looking good so far for China. Very good.

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Yi Jianlian has spent the last couple years in New Jersey playing like a guy who was trying to do what his coach told him and over-thinking things, not having fun and just playing basketball. The Nets didn’t want that, but for whatever reason the fit just seemed wrong. He was shooting 40 percent from…

  7. Malik Hairston's back keeps him off a European team

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Malik Hairston has gone from the San Antonio Spurs to unemployed because of his back problems. Just 23, Hairston was just let go Montepaschi Siena of the Italian league, according to HoopMarket. The disc problem in his back is slowing his movement, and if you can’t move you can’t play anywhere. He didn’t play well…

  8. FIBA World Championships Day 2:Close calls for top teams, except the USA

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    No huge upsets on day two, but top teams continue to struggle while the USA continues to cruises. Lithuania 70, Canada 68: The Canadians were up 17 points in the second half but succumb to the physical play of Lithuania late and have fallen to 0-2 in the tournament. Tomas Delininkaitis had a big second…

  9. Jerry Stackhouse sees some Allen Iverson in Brandon Jennings game

    Aug 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson was one of the most entertaining players ever — a fearless game, a guy barely six foot and thin who would fearlessly drive into the trees of the NBA forest and come out with buckets. He was a vanguard of change in NBA, embracing hip-hop culture (or however you wish to define that…

  10. USA defense looks very good. So far.

    Aug 29, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The USA came out and overwhelmed Slovenia  at the start, shutting them down and converting the misses into easy buckets the other way. It was 12-2 USA before Slovenia had laced up their shoes. Pretty much the same thing during the USA’s 50-15 run against Croatia during the second and third quarters in their first…

  11. FIBA World Championships Day 1: While the USA cruises, Spain loses

    Aug 28, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    You know the USA was hardly tested in a 106-78 win over Croatia, but the other FIBA World Championship favorite Spain lost its opener. What that means may not be all bad — if Lithuania wins that group (no sure thing yet, by any stretch) the USA and Spain could meet in the finals, not…

  12. Why aren't people pumped about Team USA? Well, did you watch today's game?

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Team USA is a lot of fun to watch if you truly love the game of basketball. They are aggressive on defense, they pressure and gamble. They want to run. They have spectacular athletes. They can turn the finesse of international basketball into a day at Rucker Park with dunks and showmanship. Did you see…

  13. Report: Jamal Crawford to demand extension or trade from Hawks

    Aug 28, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford has his best year in the NBA last season — scoring 18 poins a game he won the Sixth Man of the Year award, which was fueled by an improved shooting percentage as he was a little more selective with his shots (fewer long twos than with the Knicks). His game matured. Now…

  14. Scouting report on Croatia (that's the USA's opening game Saturday, in case you forgot)

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Let me guess, you have not spent a lot of time watching Croatia’s national team. To be honest, neither have we. Fortunately there is Tony Ronzone, Team USA’s director of international player personnel (and assistant GM for the Timberwolves). He gets paid to watch and know these teams and provide scouting reports. Which he did…

  15. Pros vs. high school players at the Elite 24

    Aug 27, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    John Wall, Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans and more against the best high school players in the nation — that’s some fun and some fun highlights. Here are the top 10 plays from one day of some pickup. And that is Austin Rivers — as in Doc’s son — that crosses up John Wall. You’ll be…

  16. How to become a general manager in the NBA

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Masai Ujiri is the new general manager — technically Executive Vice President of Basketball operations — for the Denver Nuggets. Which led a lot of people to say, “who?” But over at TrueHoop they have the story of how he went from a former European player crashing on couches and trying to get part-time gig…

  17. Video: LeBron James working out in Miami, where we learn little

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Here’s what we learn from this video: LeBron James is much stronger than Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (we probably knew that already); Chris Bosh was in the gym; LeBron can knock down jumpers when nobody covers him in an empty gym (he can knock them down with a guy in his face, too); and his…

  18. Knicks sign Patrick Ewing Jr., he gets shot at last roster spot

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Two years ago, Patrick Ewing Jr. almost made the New York Knicks. The final roster decision came down to keeping him and buying out Stephon Marbury, or keeping Starbury around. Well, there wasn’t enough drama around the Knicks, so they went Starbury. Now Ewing gets another chance — the Knicks have signed him to a…

  19. Joe Maloof and the catch-22 of the small-market franchise

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    It takes money to win in the NBA. It’s not an accident that every team that went deep into the playoffs was paying the luxury tax last season. Put in a salary cap and a luxury tax and whatever you want, so long as there is a soft cap there is no true parity because…

  20. If Carmelo Anthony is gone, is Chauncey Billups far behind?

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    If you’re going to blow up the team and rebuild — and it appears the Denver Nuggets hand has been forced in that regard — then you do it right. Go all the way down to the foundation. Spare nothing. Which is to say, if the Denver Nuggets are trading Carmelo Anthony (and J.R. Smith…

  21. Tyreke Evans suspended one game, Brandon Rush five games by league

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    When the Sacramento Kings open the season in Minnesota, the reigning rookie of the year will not be on the floor. Tyreke Evans was suspended one game by the league after his reckless driving incident this summer in Sacramento. That was one of three fines handed down by the league Friday. Indiana’s Brandon Rush was…

  22. Steve Nash says all the right things about taking on a challenge

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Steve Nash knew when he signed an extension with the Phoenix Suns last summer — two years, $22 million, taking him up to the summer of 2012 — that it might not happen. He didn’t chase the ring, he didn’t go to New York, he took the money from a franchise he loves. So while…

  23. The other top contenders at the World Championships

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    You’re ready. You’ve read up on Team USA and its group. You’ve watched the warm-up games. Even your Facebook profile picture is a USA jersey. You are set to watch Team USA destroy the world as is its manifest destiny…. Except they could lose. It is possible — and not a slim possibility, but a…

  24. The USA is in the "group of death" at Worlds, but that applies to everyone else

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    In the World Cup, the toughest group of four drawn gets the moniker “Group of Death” because some quality team is not going to be advancing to the final 16. If there were a Group of Death for the FIBA World Championships, it would be Group B. The USA’s group. Except that it really doesn’t…

  25. Ford name to come off Thunder's Oklahoma City arena

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The bidding is open — the Oklahoma City Arena where the Thunder play will be changing out its title sponsor. Gone will be Ford, in will be… We don’t know. But the Oklahoman tells us Ford is coming off. Ford bought the naming rights before the Thunder came to town, but a clause in the…

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