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Kurt Helin

  1. The JaVale McGee highlight reel

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee put on a show at Summer League. The Wizards coaches did not like it as much as the crowd did — they were constantly on McGee about his one-handed rebounds, his shot selection (he tried a running floater across the lane that when I asked Wizards coaches about later they rolled their eyes)…

  2. Dwyane Wade issues formal apology

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Welcome to the biggest media spotlight you’ve ever been in, Dwyane Wade. Wade’s comments comparing a Heat losing streak to the World Trade Center disaster were not nearly as offensive as had first been reported. And if this had been another player on another team, they may have slid under the radar. But as our…

  3. Rich Cho named general manager for Portland

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Portland is apparently staying with the “guys who know how to build teams from the ground up” model. Rich Cho is the new Portland general manager, a text to media just confirmed. Blazers Edge (a very good and very well connected Portland blog) first broke the story. This would be a good hire for Portland,…

  4. Grizzlies play hardball with Xavier Henry for no good reason

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

    The Memphis Grizzlies threw $84 million at Rudy Gay this summer because he has potential to be a team leader. Because we’re sure that outside shot will come around. Right? But the team’s top draft pick Xavier Henry sat out summer league and remains unsigned in a battle over $336,700. This is why, as much…

  5. Report: Players Association still considering filing collusion charges against league

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

    In today’s latest sign that a lockout is coming next year and will seriously damage the sport: The NBA Players Association is still considering filing collusion charges against the owners, according to the Sports Business Journal today. This had been considered before, but it had been quiet, so some thought the issue had been dropped.…

  6. Fans everywhere keep asking about Tracy McGrady; GMs, not so much

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady is going to have a workout with the Clippers this week. And that’s it. Officially he is not working out or doing anything else for teams. There are hints of interest — the Chicago Bulls may take a look at him as their third guard at the two spot, according to the Sun…

  7. Mario Chalmers, the Miami Heat point guard job is yours. Don't screw it up.

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Mario Chalmers is a nice backup point guard. Yes, his shooting regressed his second year in the league, and yes he turns the ball over more than you’d like. But he’s a nice player. And because he’s on a cheap rookie contract, he He’s your new Miami Heat starting point guard. When you hear people…

  8. DeMarcus Cousins named rookie of the month, despite late drop off

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    To say DeMarcus Cousins was a revelation at Summer League is to say how far his stock had fallen. Anyone who watched him at Kentucky knew he could dominate, but the questions about his focus and mental readiness for the NBA had him slip down the draft board. But only to number five and the…

  9. Barkley is still Barkley. Oh, and he didn't like the LeBron circus

    Jul 18, 2010, 11:57 PM EDT

      Charles Barkley, talking LeBron. And the fact he was golfing left handed this week.

  10. Jordan wouldn't have called up Bird, Magic to be teammates, he wanted to beat them

    Jul 18, 2010, 11:12 PM EDT

      Michael Jordan is still a competitor. Don’t get him wrong, he’d like the money the big free agents are getting now. But he says he wouldn’t have called up Larry Bird or Magic Johnson and wanted to team up. “I wanted to beat those guys.” Times are different now. For better or for worse,…

  11. Charlotte may keep Erick Dampier, but not at $13 million

    Jul 18, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    If there is one sure thing left this summer besides washed up players begging for a comeback with the Heat, it is that Erick Dampier’s contract will be terminated. He is due $13 million next season, and the fact that it was a non-guaranteed deal made him a trading chip this summer. Dallas cashed in…

  12. Amare Stoudemire would have stayed in Phoenix with a max deal

    Jul 17, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    Here’s the bottom line question: Do you think Amare Stoudemire is a max player? New York did — they knew they needed to pay to get someone to start rebuilding around, someone who they could market. Stoudemire was that guy (if not the first choice, or second, or…). Phoenix did not. But if they had…

  13. Good news Warriors fans, new owner says he is "not Al Davis"

    Jul 17, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    There are a lot of questions for Joseph A. Lacob, the guy taking the reins as the new owner of the Golden State Warriors. Fortunately for him, he doesn’t have to answer the hard ones — about house cleaning in the front office, for example — until he formally gets control of the team in…

  14. Report: If LeBron's friends get jobs with the Heat, the NBA may investigate

    Jul 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    In Cleveland, LeBron’s posse had the run of the place. They were VIPs in the arena and in the city. Some of his friends even got jobs within the Cleveland organization. It is rumored that one of the things that really hurt Chicago in talks with LeBron James was a clear line in the sand…

  15. Twists and turns as police investigate LeBron James pendant case

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    UPDATE 7/17 10:34 am: So maybe our innocent heroine is not so innocent. Vaneisha Robinson, the woman who said she bought the pendant at a garage sale four years ago, is now a suspect in the case for receiving stolen property. Her story always had one big question mark: Someone really sold a $10,000 pendant…

  16. John Wall to JaVale McGee: You're going to see a lot of this

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    If one connection has been made at Summer League, it’s that John Wall and high-flying JaVale McGee — they have teamed up for a lot of these. This one was from Friday (and it wasn’t even the best dunk McGee had Friday, not sure what the NBA did with the monster dunk footage). If the…

  17. Miami Heat goes big: re-signs Joel Anthony, inks draftee Dexter Pittman

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    It’s the question a lot of basketball people were asking after Miami pulled off the LeBron/Wade/Bosh coup: Who protects the rim on defense? Who is your real big man? The answer: Joel Anthony. And Dexter Pittman is in there too. Miami re-signed Joel Anthony to a five-year, $18 million deal, according to our own Ira…

  18. Paul Pierce realizes that the status quo may not be good enough for Boston

    Jul 16, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

    The Boston Celtics are getting the band back together. The band that made it all the way to Game 7 of the NBA finals. Good band. Next year, the band may not be good enough — there is an arms race in the East. And Paul Pierce knows it (as reported at ESPNBoston). “I thought…

  19. Hornets looking at more than Pritchard to fill GM spot

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Pritchard appears to be the front-runner to get the New Orleans Hornets job. For a couple of good reasons — he has a relationship from Portland with just-hired coach Monty Williams from Portland, and the Hornets need to make an impressive hire to show to Chris Paul they are serious about being a winner.…

  20. If LeBron James went to New Jersey, Rod Thorn would have stayed

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    And the ramifications of LeBron’s decision just keep rolling in. On his last day on the job as general manager for the New Jersey Nets, Rod Thorn sat down with reporters and among the things he said was that he would have stayed on the job if LeBron James had chosen New Jersey, according to…

  21. Omar Samhan signs to play in Lithuania

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    You have to like Omar Samhan. You remember him from the NCAA Tournament, when he tore it up for St. Mary the opening weekend, scoring more points than anyone ever had over opening weekend. He’s a good guy, a funny one. Check out the fantastic profile by our own Rob Mahoney, and be sure to…

  22. Penny Hardaway wants to play for the Heat. Hey, so do I.

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway last stepped on an NBA court three seasons ago. And he wasn’t good at all in the 16 games he played. He hasn’t done anything of quality on a court since 2004. It’s been a decade since he was good (and if you go back 15 years he was very, very good).…

  23. Might the Warriors go after Erik Spoelstra? Kind of a stretch, but a fun one.

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Here’s what Warriors fans know: The Golden State Warriors have new owners, who will take full control of the team in a couple months. Here’s what Warriors fans hope: That there are big changes in the front office, that a new coach and a new direction come with the new owners. Here’s some fun but…

  24. Nate Robinson agrees to deal with Celtics

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    Boston is going to win a few games this season because Nate Robinson is going to come in blazing hot off the bench and just light up somebody’s second team. Boston is going to lose a couple games this year in part because Nate Robinson is going to come in off the bench ice cold…

  25. Who is the mystery "deal to go to Vegas" team? (Not Detroit)

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    UPDATE 7/16, 11:40 am: Well, you can cross the Detroit Pistons off the list (and they were the team mentioned in the original article. The Pistons released a statement on this issue: “Our ownership group has absolutely nothing to do with any proposal that would move the team to Las Vegas.” As we said, Detroit…

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