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Kurt Helin

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

    Aug 18, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:31 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:53 PM EST

    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…

  4. John Wall vs. DeMarcus Cousins one-on-one

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:47 PM EST

    Dime Magazine had the video rolling at the NBA Rookie Day photo shoot when John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins — the two former Kentucky stars — played a little impromptu one-on-one. Make sure you watch through to the one crushing Cousins block. He is going to be fun this season, people.

  5. Stan Van Gundy: Heat roster better than any of Jordan's Bulls rosters

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:59 PM EST

    No doubt the Heat are going to be good. Very good. But expectations some comparisons and expectations are getting a little ridiculous. Stan Van Gundy is happy to feed the mania, as he did with Dan LeBatard on 790 the Ticket in Miami: “If I look at what the Bulls did winning 72 games and…

  6. Images from the NBA rookie photo shoot

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:40 PM EST

    Yesterday was the annual rookie photo shoot, where we get a first look at the rookies in uniforms, in some cases one of the best looks as they never get their sweats off during the season. Here are a few of the best photos from the event. John Wall Larry Sanders DeMarcus Cousins Devin Ebanks…

  7. Chris Bosh is cool with you hating the Heat

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:14 PM EST

    It’s trendy to hate the Heat, what with their ripping the hearts out of Cleveland to form the Superfriends. Trust me, plenty of people around the league have the hate, some going so far as to say the only thing that could ever get them to root for the Lakers in the finals would be…

  8. Stephen Curry twists ankle at Team USA practice, is day-to-day

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

    And somewhere in Maui, for a reason unbeknownst to him, Don Nelson felt a chill go up his spine…. In the final minutes of a Team USA practice scrimmage Wednesday, Stephen Curry went down with a twisted ankle, according to John Schuhman of NBA.com. The team is calling it mild and he is day-to-day. Team…

  9. Your team may have a better trade for 'Melo, but if he wants to go to New York he will

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:37 PM EST

    It’s everybody’s favorite new game — come up with a trade for Carmelo Anthony. ‘Melo wants out of Denver and from radio talk shows in Chicago to Timberwolves message boards everybody has an offer to bring Anthony to their city. Chicago fans have a plan. So do Nets fans, Lakers fans, Magic fans and so…

  10. Anderson Varejao injured in international game, will be out one week

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:02 PM EST

    UPDATE 12:02 pm: The Brazilian doctors have taken an MRI of Varejao’s right ankle and there is no serious damage. In fact, he could play tomorrow, according to Cleveland AP writer Tom Withers. Also, the Cavaliers have spoken to Varejao and know this is nothing serious. 8:56 am: Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao suffered an ankle injury…

  11. Jerry Buss likes his Lakers chances against Miami

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    It’s trendy now to say you didn’t watch “The Decision” because you had better things to do. Wash your hair, read “Ulysses” or whatever. But mature people like Shaq didn’t watch it. Well, Jerry Buss did, as he told ESPNLosAngeles.com during a Lakers charity poker event. “[It was] mixed emotions. My feeling was that he…

  12. Larry Bird issues statement, Lance Stephenson wants to talk to him

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:18 AM EST

    On Oct. 19, Lance Stephenson will have to appear in a New York court to face charges of assault, reckless endangerment and menacing after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and the mother of his child, throwing her down a flight of stairs according to police. Those legal issues should be at the front of Stephenson’s…

  13. Brandon Roy apologizes for appearance in marijuana positive rap video

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:50 AM EST

    Brandon Roy is pretty late to the “appear in a rap video” trend. If pasty white Mark Cuban is doing one before you, you are tardy. But Roy — along with Atlanta’s Jamal Crawford — is in the new video for Cali & Cavalli’s “What They Want,” which first showed up over at BlazersEdge. The…

  14. LeBron James says his elbow is still not right

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

    There are enough conspiracy theories around LeBron’s elbow that I’m convinced it was injured by the man in the grassy knoll. While LeBron doubters have called it imagined, in a much-overlooked part of the GQ interview James said the elbow still bothered him (the interviews took place in July). “I go out there and get…

  15. One man puts together the entire NBA schedule. And you thought a Rubik's Cube was hard.

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

    This makes a 1,000 piece puzzle of a polar bear on a snowy landscape look like child’s play. Matt Winick makes the NBA schedule. Him and a computer. No team of guys slaving over diagrams and flipping through reems of information. Well, there are reems of information, but just one guy. Kevin Arnovitz did a…

  16. Tyreke Evans is much worse at golf than Charles Barkley. Seriously.

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    There was a time late last season when I was convinced Tyreke Evans could do anything. I have now taken golf off that list. (via Hooped Up) Things DeMarcus Cousins is sure to bring up include…

  17. Paul Pierce thinks Sheed could come back in February. Sheed disagrees.

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    Rasheed Wallace is going to be like Elvis this year. Jim Morrison. Tupac. He will not be dead and there will be sightings of him — and the return of his career — all over the place. Particularly Boston, as Sheed will still be living in the city. The first one of those came from…

  18. Ron Artest: "I partied hard as hell"

    Aug 17, 2010, 7:48 PM EST

    No Laker has enjoyed the spoils of being a champion this summer like Ron Artest. Then again, no Laker earned the right to party with a great Game 7 of the finals like Ron Artest. And party Ron Artest has, as he said in an interview with FanHouse. It’s been fun — a little too…

  19. Atlanta Hawks have no interest Earl Boykins

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    UPDATE 5:05 pm: Few teams carry three pure point guards on their roster. The Hawks will not be one of them. The much trusted Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution shoots down the idea of Hawks interest in Boykins. For one, from everything I’ve heard the Hawks aren’t really interested in adding another guard.…

  20. Report: The Knicks may have made an offer for Carmelo Anthony, but he likes Orlando, too

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:41 PM EST

    We said this morning that Carmelo Anthony needs to make his intentions clear to Denver — sign the extension or tell them to trade him. But maybe he has, as Ken Berger suggests at CBSSports today. If he has, things are still not going to move quickly because right now Denver is without a general…

  21. The Utah Jazz really did upgrade their uniforms

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:57 PM EST

    This is the time of year when teams unveil their “new” uniforms, which usually is a couple of minor changes to the old uniform around the neck line, or using a different numbers font. Not thrilling, but it’s good enough for a press release and an off-season party. But the Utah Jazz have made some…

  22. God did not come down and take Tracy McGrady's game away. According to McGrady.

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:10 PM EST

    There are plenty of Tracy McGrady doubters out there. Doubts about his health, his age, his game. Plenty of doubters in the media, plenty of them in NBA front offices (some of whom worked him out then had more doubts). But McGrady doesn’t doubt himself. And he told WDFN in Detroit that he will be…

  23. Darren Collison fractures finger on shooting hand, out three to four weeks

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:48 PM EST

    Indiana finally got the point guard they needed, and it took just six days for him to get injured. Somebody just can’t catch a break from the basketball gods. Darren Collison has fractured a finger on his shooting hand, according to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. The good news is this is something that…

  24. Clippers owner Sterling remains confused why his team doesn't win, attract big names

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:26 PM EST

    It’s easy to go for the easy joke when talking about Donald Sterling, owner of the Clippers. Too easy. The snark almost writes itself. And we do love our snark in these parts. But what’s genuinely amazing about interviews with him is how disconnected from the reality on the ground he seems to be. His…

  25. Magic Johnson ready to move on from Lakers, head up an ownership group

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:54 PM EST

    Magic Johnson’s name has come up in Golden State when that team was for sale. It has come up in connection with Detroit and the sale of the Pistons. And it is going to come up again, because Magic wants to run an NBA franchise, he told Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com. And he knows that…

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