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Kurt Helin

  1. The Nets new plan: 2012

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:33 AM EST

    I don’t care about the billionaire owner and the new building and Brooklyn — if you are coming off a 12-win season, free agents will not be flocking to you. It was no surprise the Nets struck out on LeBron James and the other top-of-the-class free agents. So the Nets set out on a short-term…

  2. Sixers deny any serious Carmelo Anthony talks

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:09 AM EST

    Yesterday we told you about rumors of a complex, still-in-discussions trade involving the Nets, Sixers and Nuggets in an effort to grant Carmelo Anthony a one-way ticket out of Denver. Except the Sixers say they are not playing that game. The original report came from the Ken Berger at CBSSports, but the Philadelphia Inquirer asked…

  3. Eat like Steve Nash

    Sep 17, 2010, 8:37 AM EST

    It’s the latest diet craze — Shaquille O’Neal has said he is on “the Nash diet.” Jared Dudley has asked about it. Bloggers are trying it. Pretty soon they’ll be talking about it on Oprah and then it is on. That’s Nash as in Steve Nash, still an elite point guard long after most his…

  4. Seattle Storm are your WNBA champions

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:08 AM EST

    You have your perfect Storm. The Seattle Storm had the best regular season record in the WNBA. They swept through the playoffs undefeated. They have been the best team in the league. It is fitting that after an 87-84 win in Atlanta Thursday night they swept in again to be WNBA champions. Atlanta led much…

  5. Popovich says don't leave Spurs out of title mix

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:25 PM EST

    The Spurs won 50 games last season, something you barely noticed because it’s expected of them, and they should be better this season. Tony Parker should be healthy, George Hill’s game should take another stride forward, Tiago Splitter will be a boost. Yet you do not hear “San Antonio Spurs, Western Conference contenders.” In part…

  6. Raptors rookie Ed Davis tweaks knee

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:13 PM EST

    Raptors rookie Ed Davis has tweaked his knee during workouts, has felt soreness and is having tests to look at it, according to the National Post in Canada (via the Raptors Republic). We don’t know how serious this is, may be nothing. Davis was drafted out of North Carolina and was expected to get his…

  7. Shaq fires back, says computer hacker lawsuit claims a "complete and utter fabrication"

    Sep 16, 2010, 7:52 PM EST

    The charges were salacious — that Shaquille O’Neal hack a former employee’s computer, planted child porn and was generally a big bully. Shaq says they are also crap. Well, not Shaq directly, but his people. They released a lengthy statement yesterday, which was summarized in the Boston Herald. O’Neal called Darling “an ex-con” with a…

  8. Omri Casspi mural defaced for the second time in a week

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:25 PM EST

    It is time for some kind of gesture from the people of Sacramento, because this is not who they are. This is some little ass%&@#. For the second time in a week, a swastika was painted on a mural of Israel’s Omri Casspi, according to the Sacramento Bee. As with the first time, the police…

  9. Marijuana charges against Udonis Haslem dropped

    Sep 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

    For all the times the “it’s not my joint, I’m holding it for a friend” excuse has been used, it had to be true once. Marijuana charges against the Heat’s Udonis Haslem have been dropped, as reported by Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The Miami Dade County prosecutors dropped the charges because…

  10. Hilton Armstrong wants to start in Washington. That's nice.

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:50 PM EST

    The weeks before training camp is the time for unbridled optimism. For belief in yourself and your team. Before the reality of practices and games start to weigh everybody down. New Wizards center Hilton Armstrong is feeling especially optimistic, as he told the Washington Examiner (via SLAM). “Every season I started, I was in New…

  11. Cuban says "hell yes" his Mavericks can beat the Lakers

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Things are going to be different this year for the Mavericks. No more of that “good but not quite good enough” stuff. Time to own the West, the NBA. This is the year the Mavericks beat the Lakers. That’s not me saying that, I still have a shred of sanity left. It’s Mark Cuban, owner…

  12. Malik Allen rounds out Magic roster, camp

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:28 PM EST

    Malik Allen is going to have a 10th NBA season, apparently. The Orlando Magic have inked him to a deal for this season. He will report to camp with the Magic and rounds out their roster at 15. Financial terms not officially released, but you can pencil in vet minimum deal. Allen played in Denver…

  13. Doug Collins' novel idea: Get Andre Iguodala to attack the rim

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    Last season, Andre Iguodala took as many three-point shots a game (3.7 on average) as he did shots at the rim (3.9). The Princeton offense had him floating around on the perimeter and creating a lot of his own shots. Anyone who watched Team USA this summer knows that when he attacks the rim, Iggy…

  14. Maybe rings, Miami winning out over money for Dampier

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:57 AM EST

    Does Erick Dampier want the rings or the money more? Rings, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. His sources told him that the Miami Heat are the frontrunners for Damps’ services. There may be questions about how much Dampier can give at his age, but he is a more complete player than Joel Anthony, Zydrunas…

  15. Westbrook, Rose, Josh Smith talking MJ in NBA 2K11 commercial

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:34 AM EST

    Derrick Rose is cutting onions, so stop your crying…. This is a commercial, but a pretty good one. (Via Blog-a-Bull)

  16. Dwight Howard claims "Basketball Wives" star owes him $500 million

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:13 AM EST

    Man, I can’t wait for actual basketball games to begin… Dwight Howard has filed papers in court in Florida claiming that Royce Reed — the mother if his child — violated a legal gag order not allowing her to speak to the media about their relationship, according to TMZ (via Ben Maller). Reed was part…

  17. Mavs looking at Brian Cardinal to be new guy sitting on bench

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

    Brian Cardinal — the 10-year NBA veteran who played in just 29 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season — is being eyed by the Dallas Mavericks to fill the Tim Thomas slot. Bobby Simmons and Steve Novak are in the running, but Cardinal is the front runner, according to Art Garcia at NBA.com. Dallas…

  18. Anthony still wants out in Denver, but deals to move him are complex

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:31 AM EST

    It’s really a two-step process for the Nuggets to move on and trade Carmelo Anthony. And while most of us are having fun playing around with step two, the Nuggets still seem to be on step one. Step one: Accept that he is going to leave and that you have to trade him. Step two:…

  19. Grizzlies owner gives in, agrees to pay draft picks full scale and they sign

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:53 AM EST

    Just a few weeks ago, Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley was adamant he was right and every other team in the NBA (save San Antonio) was wrong — the tradition of giving players 120 percent of their rookie scale deal was a mistake. Players could get 100 percent of rookie scale, but that extra 20…

  20. Heat taking their training camp to Florida panhandle Air Force base

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    We warned you a couple days ago the Heat were thinking about moving their training camp out of the bright spotlight of Miami in hopes that some of the spotlight would not follow them (good luck with that). Their choice? Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, according to our man…

  21. Michigan Wolverines recruiting strategy:Get relatives of former NBA players

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

    Take a look at the roster of the Michigan Wolverines basketball team. The Big Lead did and it is interesting. You have Jordan Dumars, son of the legendary Bad Boy Piston Joe Dumars. There is Tim Hardaway Jr., who is the son of… if I have to explain that to you, your problems have gotten…

  22. Heat coach already plays the "people will be out to break us apart" card

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:26 PM EST

    Every team seems to find a way to play the “us against the world” card. Win a title and somehow the next year nobody respects you, nobody thinks you can do it again and that is the motivation. So it will be with the Miami Heat — they come into a season one of the…

  23. Cuban calls LeBron's The Decision "the largest public humiliation in the history of sports"

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    Mark Cuban joined the “it’s not what he did it’s how he did it” chorus against LeBron James in his typically Cuban, bombastic way. He went on the Dunham and Miller Show on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket in Dallas Wednesday morning, and the Dallas Morning News has the transcript. “LeBron has every right to go…

  24. Hawks sign, give chance to Pape Sy. Why remains to be seen.

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:17 PM EST

    The Hawks clearly like Pape Sy. Maybe we will all grow to like him and his game, too. But first we need to see it. The biggest surprise in the 2010 NBA draft (second round) as become the biggest surprise signing — the Hawks have reached a deal with Sy, the team announced. Here is…

  25. Stephen Graham reaches deal with Nets

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

    The Nets picked up a little depth on the wing Wednesday by signing former Charlotte Bobcat Stephen Graham to a two-year deal. The news comes via a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, who adds that the second year of Graham’s $2.1 million deal is a team option. Graham averaged 4.6 points in 11.5…

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