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Kurt Helin

  1. Hall of Famers not giving Heat the title. Yet.

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:39 PM EST

    The Miami Heat are going to be very good. Nobody questions that. This team is going to win a lot of game this year. Put LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on one team and you’re going to get that. A title… not so fast. Hall of Famers in Springfield, Mass., for the induction…

  2. 1960, 1992 Olympic teams go into Hall of Fame talking trash to each other

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:26 PM EST

    There were no two better teams ever assembled than the two teams going into the Hall of Fame Friday. Two very competitive teams. And they are not done competing. When Charles Barkley went up to meet 1960 Olympian Bob Boozer and shake his hand, Boozer told FanHouse this is what he said: “I said, ‘We…

  3. James Goldstein reminds us that basketball and high fashion are both art

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:42 PM EST

    Watching replays of old now Hall of Famer Karl Malone and John Stockton games on NBA TV the last few days is a reminder of something that can get lost in the hype of superteams, in the winning and the losing: Basketball can be a beautiful game. Artistry. Style. Flair. James Goldstein and this video…

  4. Magic Johnson also throws his hat in Pistons ownership ring

    Aug 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EST

    The best basketball player ever to come out of Michigan has thrown his hat in the ring to help buy the Detroit Pistons. He hasn’t had formal talks yet with any of the groups looking to buy, but told NBA.com he would be interested in being one of the partners. Johnson stressed he has not…

  5. Barkley isn't done taking shots at LeBron, says he has to win multiple titles

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    Yesterday Charles Barkley called LeBron James a punk for daring to do what Barkley never did and team up with other superstars to get a ring. Because I guess never reaching your goal but falling short by yourself is noble. Whatever. Barkley’s not done, though. LeBron has to win multiple titles or this is a…

  6. Mike Bibby is the starting point guard in Atlanta. For now.

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

    When the Atlanta Hawks open the season Oct. 27 in Memphis, Mike Bibby is going to be the starting point guard. That is not shocking news, but rather a situation to monitor. Bibby’s game is in decline, while Jeff Teague will enter the season with backup quarterback syndrome — every fan loves the backup quarterback…

  7. Team USA zones out

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    JaVale McGee came off the bench on a weak Washington Wizards team last season. Yet me may well make Team USA and suit up for the squad at the World Championships in Turkey. Which illustrates just how short the American squad is on big men (Remember Brook Lopez Amar’e Stoudemire and David Lee had to…

  8. Gus Johnson, an original high flyer

    Aug 13, 2010, 1:35 PM EST

    In Gus Johnson’s era, the game was played below the rim. Great players like Bob Cousey and Bill Russell were not leaping out of the building — but Gus Johnson was. Starting in 1962 he came in and started to change how the game was played. Elgin Baylor had started the revolution but Johnson was…

  9. Darren Collison's plan in Indianapolis: Be like Reggie Miller. Spike Lee watch out.

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:57 PM EST

    Darren Collison may be the new savior for the basketball heartland that is Indiana, but he is a California boy. Left Coast. Land of fruit and nuts. He grew up in Southern California and went to UCLA for college. Just like Reggie Miller. He told the Indianapolis Star he wants to bring the excitement Miller…

  10. Two more candidates emerge to purchase Detroit Pistons

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:08 PM EST

    Michael Ilitch’s planned monopoly on the Detroit sports scene has a little competition. Two new candidates have emerged as suitors for the Detroit Pistons, according to the Detroit News. One is George Postolos, who recently headed a group that came in second to the Michael Jordan group in buying the Charlotte Bobcats. You want credentials,…

  11. Brandon Jennings has big plans for this season. Really big plans.

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    Brandon Jennings plays a bold game. That’s part of the fun of watching him — he plays with a real swagger. That swagger carries over to his plans for this season, as he told the Milwaukee Journal. “This year I’m working hard to come back,” Jennings said. “I want to be a double-double guy. I…

  12. Stephon Marbury, China business mogul

    Aug 13, 2010, 10:18 AM EST

    Stephon Marbury — captain of industry. That may be the sentence I least expected to write in this lifetime, but there you have it. When Marbury re-signed with Shanxi Zhongyu in China for three years this summer, the deal came with a very interesting component — the team’s ownership agreed to create a company to…

  13. Pistons sign Terrico White to deal

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:46 AM EST

    Nobody is quite sure how he fits in or if he can fit in, but Terrico White is getting a chance. The Pistons picked him in the second round o the NBA draft and have now inked him to a two-year deal at the league minimum (the second year is not guaranteed). He gives the…

  14. Team USA cuts may come this weekend

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:18 AM EST

    Technically, USA Basketball has nearly two weeks — until Aug. 26 — to trim the current roster of 15 down to 12. But USA Basketball big Kahuna Jerry Colangelo told NBA.com he thinks the players who are to be cut should know before the team leaves for Europe Monday. “Maybe we do let all 12…

  15. CBA negotiations gap not about the goals, just how to get there

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    In the NFL, teams go from the middle of the pack to Super Bowl contenders overnight seemingly every year. The league thrives in part because on any given Sunday any team can beat any other team. We could all list five NBA teams (maybe three) and say, “The NBA champions will come out of this…

  16. Isiah Thomas doesn't work for the Knicks, but they still keep him off the radio

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

    Wednesday Isiah Thomas pulled out of his consulting contract with the Knicks, what with the whole “it violates league policy” thing. Thursday, Thomas was set and had been promoted to appear on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York, doing a couple hours in studio and taking calls. But that went about as well as the…

  17. A few thoughts from a meaningless Team USA scrimmage

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:47 AM EST

    I’m not sure how much you want to read into 24 minutes of basketball played on a colorful court on the stage at Radio City Music Hall. Basically, you don’t — the scrimmages in practice where Mike Krzyzewski got to tinker with the lineups meant a lot more than this. Still, here are few thoughts…

  18. Carmelo Anthony plans to go to London in 2012 with Team USA

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and some of the rest of the best of Team USA sat courtside at Radio City Music Hall Thursday to watch this year’s Team USA prepare for the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. Those guys are sitting out this go around, but Anthony told the Associated Press…

  19. Lakers sign Devin Ebanks today, will sign Derrick Caracter tomorrow

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:44 PM EST

    Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter have come into a great situation: Go to the NBA champions on a season when the team is looking to fill out the end of the roster with affordable guys to develop. The Lakers signed West Virginia’s Devin Ebanks to a deal on Thursday. On Friday, Caracter will get his…

  20. Atlanta Hawks adding novel concepts of motion, passing to offense

    Aug 12, 2010, 6:56 PM EST

    Despite a team of great athletes and shooters, the Atlanta Hawks are not all that hard to defend. It was a lot of isolation basketball for Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford. Even when Mike Woodson was calling plays, the team was blowing him off to run more isolation. Larry Drew may have been Woodson’s assistant,…

  21. Charles Barkley is on LeBron's list now, calls the decision a "punk move"

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    It’s August, but Charles Barkley is in mid-season form. He went on ESPN Radio in Dallas Thursday (via FanHouse) and aligned himself with the many people who now see the Miami Heat as the league’s villains. And he’s having none of LeBron’s “taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me” either. “I heard about…

  22. James Posey not looking for a buyout, will play in Indiana

    Aug 12, 2010, 4:38 PM EST

    James Posey is not an afterthought. This is a quality role player, a guy who was a key part of the Celtics winning the NBA title in 2008. But in breaking down the four-team trade yesterday, the talk was about Indianapolis getting Darren Collison, the speedy point guard they desperately needed for their system. James…

  23. Owners, players have "amicable" meeting on a new CBA, but that is different than progress

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:58 PM EST

    UPDATE 3:50 pm: Both sides came out of the meeting saying things were better. Not good, but better, particularly the tone. Here is their joint released statement: “The NBA and NBPA held a four-hour bargaining meeting today that included constructive dialogue and a productive exchange of information.  While we still have much work to do,…

  24. If you want to see the Heat play, it's going to cost you

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:22 PM EST

    Hate them all you want — you want to see them. The Heat are in demand ‚ their gear is topping NBA sales charts (especially the LeBron No. 6 Heat jersey). And people want to see the Heat. Television ratings for their games will top what the NBA has done since Jordan suited up. If…

  25. Baron Davis living large in China

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:33 PM EST

    Great production value here. Baron Davis was treated like a star on his recent trip to China. The Clippers hope he plays like one next season, rather than playing like he’s in a pick up game in Asia. (via SLAM)

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