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Kurt Helin

  1. Portland being very cautious with Greg Oden, will not commit to him starting season

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    If you were trying to bring along Greg Oden right now, you would be incredibly cautious. If not you’d be incredibly foolish. General Manager Rich Cho and the rest of the Portland Trail Blazers brain trust are not foolish. They are not letting anyone talk to the public about where things stand. They are working…

  2. Your first look at NBA 2K11, complete with MJ shoulder shrugs

    Aug 19, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Just a little taste to get you drooling…. some Snoop Dogg, some MJ, some James Worthy. I am ready for Oct. 5.

  3. Crime lab mishandled evidence in murder of Michael Jordan's father

    Aug 19, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    Where is Horatio Caine when you need him? The crime lab in Raleigh, North Carolina, mishandled evidence in more than 200 cases in a 16-year span, according to an independent report obtained by the Associated Press. That means a lot of cases are about to be re-opened. One of those may well be Daniel Andre…

  4. Rudy Fernandez fined $25,000 by league

    Aug 19, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

    We told you the league was looking into this, well they did and it didn’t take long for the league to decide Rudy Fernandez’s public whining about wanting a trade or to be released violated league policy. The NBA announced that Fernandez has been fined $25,000 for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.” What does…

  5. What is holding up the Xavier Henry signing? Well, can he make the All-Rookie team?

    Aug 19, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Maybe the definition of the NBA silly season has been the Xavier Henry contract situation. To recap: Henry has not signed his contract. There is a rookie contract scale in place so the NBA doesn’t look like the NFL with guys who never played a down holding out, Henry is slotted for just shy of…

  6. Best trick shot we've seen in a while: From a free fall ride

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    You all know the free fall ride — the ones at amusement parks where you go up to the top of some tall structure then they essentially drop you off it. You get the sensation of falling without having to jump out of a plane, or the sensation of smashing into the ground. But do…

  7. Today's tedious Rudy Fernandez update: NBA is investigating if he threatened holdout

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    The way he and his agent are now acting, you’d swear Rudy Fernandez was being held hostage at gunpoint somewhere. So on day 64 of the crisis here’s the status: Fernandez wants to be traded, ideally to be bought out so he can return to Europe. Portland is listing to offers but has held its…

  8. Derrick Rose got his own, custom made Skittles machine. Top that Durant.

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    Skittles are where it’s at. Forget Lamar Odom and his candy obsession, that’s just one M&M in the bag. More NBA players than you think love Skittles. I mean love. Michael Beasley sung their praises. Kevin Durant’s neighbors bring them to him. There are many more NBA players who you can always catch with a…

  9. Paul Pierce wants to play one year in Europe before he retires

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    If you talk to Mychal Thompson — the former No. 1 overall pick who may be best known for being part of the back-to-back champion Showtime Lakers — he speaks glowingly about his time playing in Greece. A lot of players do, they like the overseas experience. Paul Pierce wants that experience and told Comcast…

  10. For many NBA players, charity is not just a tax write off

    Aug 19, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    The NBA Cares. It does, but the league has other motives, as well. The NBA hypes up its players doing community work — talking at schools, visiting children in the hospital — in part because it’s good for the league’s image. It’s something to try and counter the stories of arrests and crimes that also…

  11. Andrew Bogut elbow still not right, could miss start of season

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    When you think back to just how gruesome Andrew Bogut’s elbow injury was, the fact that rehab has had setbacks and he could be out longer than he hoped should be a surprise. Bogut did a television interview in his native Australia (which was transcribed over at the Real GM forums and was found by…

  12. Earl Boykins near deal with the Milwaukee Bucks

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    There’s not a lot of minutes to be had as the third point guard in Milwaukee, but whatever those minutes are it appears Earl Boykins is going to get them. Boykins is near a one-year deal with the Bucks, according to the Journal Sentinel. While details were not discussed, this almost certainly is for the…

  13. If Doc Rivers hadn't returned, the band would have broken up in Boston

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers gave very serious consideration to walking away, taking a season off from basketball to hang with his children and decompress. But he decided to give it one more shot. If he had deciding something else, the rest of the Celtics core would have splintered as well, Paul Pierce told Comcast New England (via…

  14. Kenyon Martin feels Carmelo's Anthony's pain

    Aug 19, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    While certain agents and back-room deal loves may be pushing for fast action, nothing fast is going to happen with Carmelo Anthony. Denver needs to get a general manager first. Then this GM will want to talk to ‘Melo face-to-face, Then the powers that be need decide if they are going to trade him or…

  15. Travis Diener signs to play in Italy

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    When it comes to vacation destinations, the Italian island of Sardinia blows Indianapolis out of the water. No offense intended, Indiana, it blows all but a handful of places in the United States out of the water. It is a stunningly beautiful place. So despite the fact that Indianapolis is a better basketball destination, it’s…

  16. Stephen Curry sits out Team USA practice

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry is still listed as day-to-day, but Thursday wasn’t that day. Curry sat out Team USA’s Thursday practice in Spain, according to John Schuhman of NBA.com. However, he is said to be improving and will be back on the court soon. Now, does soon mean before this weekend’s Team USA games (Lithuania on Saturday…

  17. You can play H-O-R-S-E against Dwight Howard. No dunks, though.

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Can you consistently knock down free throws? If so, you stand a good chance of beating Dwight Howard in H-O-R-S-E. And if you have the money, you can get to play him. Howard is auctioning off the chance to play H-O-R-S-E against him to raise money for Usher’s New Look Foundation (hat tip to CNBC’s…

  18. With the Clippers Donald Sterling, it's not just the coaches you know who get screwed

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    We’ve written before about Mike Dunleavy having to go to court to get the last year of his $6.5 million guaranteed contract paid (and getting sued back by the team. It’s a Donald Sterling Clipper tradition dating back to Bill Fitch — once you’re let go, the checks stop. Contracts be damned. That applies to…

  19. Paul Pierce wonders if Miami's big three can make the sacrifices Boston's stars did

    Aug 19, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    In the summer of 2007, the Boston Celtics put together three superstars to form a championship team, not completely different than Miami did this summer. However Boston’s stars were older and could see the end of their careers, they were past their physical primes but still were (and are) high caliber players. They were guys…

  20. Krzyzewski sees this summer as chance to build winning culture

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    It’s not a coincidence that the same franchises seem to win year after year in basketball (both NBA and college). Talent is part of that, true. But even as talent changes over year after year, decade after decade, certain teams rise to the top. They have a culture of winning, something that runs from the…

  21. Rudy Fernandez's agent ups the rhetoric, says holdout possible

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE 9:25 pm: New Trail Blazers General Manager Rich Cho wasn’t moved by all this, according to a tweet from Marc Spears at Yahoo. POR GM Rich Cho tells Y! he has no plans of releasing Fernandez out of contract and he will “make the best decision for the organization.” 6:40 pm: Rudy Fernandez wants…

  22. Hornets will charge more to see Heat, Lakers than Grizzlies, Pacers

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Variable ticket pricing is coming to a city near you. It will. By the end of this decade it will be thought of as common for every major sports franchise in America. What is it? Simply put, it will cost more to see in-demand teams like the Lakers or Heat on a weekend night than…

  23. Don't worry Cleveland, John Mayer has your back; will wear Cavs jersey at Miami concert

    Aug 18, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland is “Dreaming With A Broken Heart” after The Decision. Don’t worry Cleveland. John Mayer has your back. Rather than “Waiting on the World To Change” he is going to stir the pot himself. He may even end up on LeBron’s fabled list, even though LeBron is “Bigger Than My Body.” At a recent concert…

  24. Usain Bolt looks up to Kevin Durant (and not just physically)

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Usain Bolt is an athletic freak of nature. The fastest… er, second fastest man in the world. A guy too tall to be a sprinter who makes it look effortless as he blows past people. And he thinks of Kevin Durant as a role model, he told the London Globe and Mail: When I was…

  25. Who is setting the picks for Steve Nash next season?

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    Nobody in the league is better coming off the high pick than Steve Nash. He’s quick, but it’s not about quick. He’s got crazy handles, but it’s not about that either. The pick-and-roll is all about decision making and there is nobody who makes the right read and quick pass better than Nash. But his…

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