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Kurt Helin

  1. Mikhail Torrance collapses on court, in critical but stable condition

    Aug 22, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Mikhail Torrance went into this draft pick as an intriguing prospect — a 6’5″ point guard with some flash out of Alabama. But he also had a known heart condition — an enlarged heart — that had never slowed him in college but gave NBA teams pause and he went undrafted. He signed with Maccabi…

  2. Nene injures leg, will skip World Championships, Varejao continues to recover

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:38 AM EST

    Brazil was coming into the World Championships with maybe the best front line at the party — Nene, Anderson Varejao and soon-to-be-Spur Tiago Splitter. But now Nene will miss the tournament and Varejao continues to miss games leading up to the tournament. Nene, of the Denver Nuggets, injured his leg in a warm up game…

  3. Rookies get introduction NBA perils off the court

    Aug 21, 2010, 2:20 PM EST

    John Wall is learning that life in the NBA is challenging on the court — in his first Summer League game against Golden State Wall pushed the ball on the fast break, got into the lane, made a lightning quick spin move and tried to lay the ball in, only to have Reggie Williams come…

  4. Hey everybody, let's blow what Carmelo Anthony's wife said out of proportion!

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

    Possibility. That is a vague word. There is a possibility that I will meet Jessica Alba and she will throw herself at me. A very, very, very slim possibility, but it is there. If that were to happen, there is a possibility that my wife would be insanely angry. A very, very high possibility, one…

  5. Summertime poolside trick shots

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    It’s the hottest time of the year, and you are spending your days by the pool. Or wishing you were spending your days by the pool. These guys were doing that and dreaming up trick shots, then risking broken bones and sunburns to bring them to you. Enjoy your summertime hoops fun, best served with…

  6. Apparently, nobody is as interested in Iverson as it seemed

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:25 PM EST

    The market for Allen Iverson remains dry. Like Death Valley in June dry. This morning the rumor on the Web was that the New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic were interested in Iverson. It didn’t take long for officials from the Hornets to shoot that idea down. This afternoon the Magic said they were not…

  7. Darren Collison is healing up, eyeing the playoffs

    Aug 20, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    Darren Collison has gone from being the guy who backs up Chris Paul to the man expected to turn Indiana’s fortunes around. No pressure. But Collison sounded good with that leadership role in an interview on 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis. I think we have a lot of good things to look forward to, but…

  8. Michael Jackson tribute ends, Ron Artest switching to No. 15 jersey

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was a seven-hit wonder, but Ron Artest’s tribute to the pop star turned out to be a one-year wonder. Ron Artest will be switching to No. 15 next season, the number he wore at St. John’s in college and his first three seasons in the NBA, according to Kevin Ding of the…

  9. Kobe Bryant is on board with the summer of positional revolution

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Pat Riley used to talk about wanting to play five players of all basically the same height — five players between 6’5″ and 6’9″ who could switch ever defensive pick, could all run the floor, who could all handle the ball a little, who could all cut to the basket from the wing, could all…

  10. DeLonte West suspended for 10 games after guilty plea on gun charges

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:29 PM EST

    DeLonte West is still trying to find a team for next season, but when he does that team will be without his services for 10 games. The NBA Friday announced a 10 game suspension without pay for West who pled guilty “to carrying a concealed weapon and wearing, carrying, and transporting a handgun, in violation…

  11. Chauncey Billups: Anthony has not said he doesn't want to be a Nugget

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    The buzz around the league is that Carmelo Anthony has one foot out the door in Denver, and the other foot is planted in a starters block. On the other hand, his own words came off as a man conflicted. A man who hasn’t decided what direction to go. Chauncey Billups has been talking with…

  12. Kendrick Perkins says Shaq is "a good pickup"

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

    Starting center for the Boston Celtics is Kendrick Perkins job, he’s just not going to be able to do prove it until January. So two other guys have been brought in to keep the seat warm — and provide some front line depth for the playoffs. Jermaine O’Neal will be your starter for the season…

  13. Joakim Noah has friends

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:54 PM EST

    The Chicago Bulls are using Joakim Noah and his feisty reputation to help sell season tickets this year. Carlos Boozer and some guys who can drain threes should sell more, but still pretty entertaining campaign.

  14. How does Chicago really feel about Dwyane Wade?

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

    We get that in Cleveland there is a boiling, overflowing cauldron of hate for LeBron James that has spilled out into the streets and into song. It could have been that way in Chicago — fans there thought for a while they had a real chance to land Dwyane Wade, to bring a favorite son…

  15. Stephen Curry on court, practices with Team USA

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:56 AM EST

    It was a non-contact, no scrimmage, just run through the drills and offense kind of day for Team USA. You know, those practices you hated in high school. But it was a good one for Stephen Curry, because he was back on the court. He had missed a couple days of practice with a mild…

  16. Michigan Native Gores appears frontrunner to buy Pistons

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:56 AM EST

    You know that Tom Gores has money — he was seen near courtside for Game 7 between the Lakers and Celtics, and they were not giving those tickets away. Gores now appears to be the frontrunner to buy the Pistons, according to the Detroit News. Gores was raised in Flint, went to Michigan State, used…

  17. Amar'e Stoudemire: I never even spoke with Isiah Thomas

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:26 AM EST

    At the press conference announcing the New York Knicks had fulfilled all their summer basketball aspirations by signing Amar’e Stoudemire (what, you thought they had other goals?) everyone kissed Isiah Thomas’ ring. On the orders of owner James Dolan, team president Donnie Walsh and others thanked Thomas for his role in bringing Amar’e to New…

  18. Krzyzewski, Durant talk about Team USA's progress

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:47 AM EST

      Coach K and Kevin Durant are feeling pretty good about the team, but we’ll have a much better idea of how good they really are after games this weekend against Lithuania and Spain,

  19. Vlade Divac to headline class for FIBA Hall of Fame

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    The basketball Hall of Fame thing gets confusing. Because just one week ago we had inductions into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which is the one we Americans tend to think of first. But there is also the FIBA Hall of Fame. And there is no NBA Hall of Fame, it just kind…

  20. Denver should be patient, not move Carmelo Anthony on August speculation

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:08 AM EST

    You want a good reason why the Denver Nuggets should be very deliberate in it’s dealings with Carmelo Anthony? Woody Paige of the Denver Post put it clearly: In the seven years Anthony has been in Denver they averaged 48 wins a season and never missed the playoffs. The eight years before he came they…

  21. Now that was a brawl: Nenad Krstic has been released from prison

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:36 AM EST

    Nenad Krstic had quite the finals of the Acropolis tournament. There were points and rebounds and grabbing Greek forward Antonis Fotsis by the throat and throwing a chair at Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis. It earned Krstic, the Oklahoma City center, a night in an Athens jail. He was released the next morning and went back…

  22. Ever want to smell like Lamar Odom? You'll soon be in luck.

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:50 PM EST

    Le odor de Odom. When you’re a hot celebrity couple and you attach your name to something and people will buy it. Regardless. For example, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are teaming up on a unisex fragrance. I couldn’t make this stuff up. Kardashian confirmed it to the New York Daily News (via the fashionista…

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

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:08 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 19, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

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

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

    Aug 19, 2010, 7:35 PM EST

    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…

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