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Kurt Helin

  1. Carmelo Anthony needs to figure out then announce his intentions, whatever they are

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:20 AM EST

    This is where we have come to — the Denver Nuggets and team fans not wanting to get “LeBron’d.” It’s the result of a few factors: the free agency circus of this summer, the fact that Carmelo Anthony has not yet signed an extension with the Nuggets, and a ton of people willing to speculate.…

  2. Samardo Samuels signed by Cleveland Cavaliers

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:53 AM EST

    Samardo Samuels presents one of those draft conundrums. He’s a guy you really question on a paper — an undersized post player at 6’8″ who is not explosive, plays below the rim and showed no real midrange game in college at Louisville. Yet he can just play. He was a fairly efficient inside scorer in…

  3. Could Yi Jianlian be a Washington version of Rashard Lewis?

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

    Yi Jianlian, a solid player but pretty pedestrian scorer by NBA standards, is taking on a new and very difficult role this summer — team star and leader. He is the big name on the Chinese national team heading into the World Championships in Turkey. It’s been tough going recently, with China struggling in scrimmages…

  4. Report: Carmelo Anthony going to leave Denver

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:57 PM EST

    You thought I was kidding when I said Carmelo Anthony was going to be the next LeBron James. Not on the court, there James is still vastly superior (to use one stat, Anthony had an All-Star level PER of 22.2 last season, while LeBron had a League-leading 31, and the last player other than James…

  5. Kobe Bryant hanging in the studio with Kanye West

    Aug 16, 2010, 7:31 PM EST

    Is there a bigger sign of the divergent paths their careers have taken than knowing Kobe Bryant was hanging with Kanye West and Mos Def last week, and the last we saw of Shaq he was with Justin Bieber? As the people who have not unfollowed Kanye’s shoutout-heavy twitter account knew (or as you can…

  6. Carlos Arroyo on the streets of Puerto Rico

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    Great find by SLAM, a World Basketball Festival video of Carlos Arroyo, talking about how he loves the game he grew up with. Arroyo is a good player who is about to find himself in a much bigger spotlight because of who his new teammates are. Which is good — Arroyo is a lot of…

  7. Well, at least Minnesota's uniforms will look good this season

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:56 PM EST

    Minnesota is taking the Fernando Lamas philosophy into next season — it is better to look good than to feel good. We’ve got plenty of questions about how the Timberwolves will play, but they have updated their uniforms. As you can see in the photo to the right, they look fantastic on headless mannequins. (Thanks…

  8. Knicks fans are going to love them some Ronny Turiaf

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

    It’s hard not to love Ronny Turiaf because he loves the game. It was almost taken away from him, and now he plays with the attitude fans want to see — he goes hard every night, and he cheers like mad from the sideline. He dances. He cares. And he wants the Knicks to win.…

  9. Of Xavier Henry, Nate Robinson, rookie contracts and incentives

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:32 PM EST

    Xavier Henry and the Memphis Grizzlies remain at an impasse. There are only two first round picks from the last draft that have not signed, and they both belong to the Memphis Grizzlies. It’s because Memphis has broken with what is seen as rookie contract tradition. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, rookie contracts are…

  10. Caron Butler's summer vacation: A little Lance Armstrong imitation, a little Tim Grover

    Aug 16, 2010, 1:31 PM EST

    It’s a little hard to picture Caron Butler — all 6’7″, 215 pounds of him — in Lycra shorts and a tight-fitting yellow cycling shirt with about 1,000 sponsors plastered all over it. You know, decked out like the weekend warrior cyclist. But if you’ve been in Washington DC this summer, you may well have…

  11. Udonis Haslem's attorney convinced he'll beat this rap

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:43 PM EST

    Udonis Haslem is maybe the most beloved member of the Heat — remember that 200 team employees showed up for a surprise party at his house. This is a guy who has been anything but a problem. Which is why his arrest for marijuana in the car was a surprise. Haslem was pulled over for…

  12. Magic sign Stanley Robinson to camp contract; him making the team a longshot

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:08 PM EST

    Stanley Robinson is the kind of guy teams should take a shot at in the second round — no doubt this guy is an NBA-level athlete. He needs more skills and more polish — he needs some coaching and time in the gym — but the foundation is there. The Orlando Magic took him with…

  13. Pistons about to sell for less than Warriors

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Last December, Forbes estimated the value of the Golden State Warriors at $315 million, yet when the team hit the open market, it sold for a record $450 million (although that deal has yet to be finalized). So with the Detroit Pistons valued at $479 million, they should sell for… Nope. They are not going…

  14. Quote of the day, Larry Bird gets the laugh at the 1960 US Olympic Team's expense

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    “I don’t know who had the best team, but I know the team in 1960 was a hell of a lot tougher than we were. I couldn’t imagine the ’92 team getting in a covered wagon for eight days, going across the country, jumping in the Atlantic Ocean, swimming for six days, then walking 3,000…

  15. Oleksiy Pecherov signs deal to return to Europe

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    For the past three seasons, Oleksiy Pecherov tried to find his place in the NBA. Now his place will be in Milan. Pecherov has signed a deal to play for Armani Jeans Milano, according to The Hoops Market. Pecherov played in just 44 games for the Timberwolves last season. Then with the re-signing of Darko…

  16. Doc Rivers gave Shaq a reality check before Boston signed him

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

    Shaquille O’Neal was still on the market late in the free agent season in large part because of his demands. He was asking for at least the mid-level exception. He wanted a key role on the team. Basically, he wanted to be treated like the Shaq of 2005. Boston was interested in him, but not…

  17. Can Boston start an all future hall of famers lineup?

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

    We said it before — if this were 2000 the Boston Celtics would be an unstoppable force. And yes, I know Rajon Rondo would have been 14 at the time, wouldn’t have mattered with Shaq, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in their primes. But it is a decade later, and the Celtics have…

  18. Amare Stoudemire in Israel

    Aug 15, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

    There was a lot of talk about Amare Stoudemire going to the Holy Land this summer (in part because the New York media was excited to have a big star to write about again, not that Starbury wasn’t fun and all). That led to a lot of speculation. Here, you can see for yourself what…

  19. JaVale McGee discovered last season he has asthma

    Aug 15, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    Last season, Flip Saunders kept watching JaVale McGee and thinking “he shouldn’t get that tired that fast.” McGee is maybe the best athlete on the team, one of the best natural athletes in the association, yet he wore down quickly. That had been happening since he played at Nevada, but he went to the doctor…

  20. Dwyane Wade shows no mercy, swats shots of little kids

    Aug 15, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade blocking childrens’ shots from John Karalis on Vimeo. Dwyane Wade is better than your average 10 year old on the court. You probably knew that, but if you had any questions about his ability to dominate children on a court, here is the video evidence from an exhibition event at Rucker Park in…

  21. Carmelo Anthony plans on taking his sweet time with extension decision

    Aug 15, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony seems pretty comfortable stepping into LeBron James’ shoes. Last season, in every city he traveled to, James got the question “can you picture yourself playing in X?” He tried to shut the speculation down, he stopped talking about his contract issue, he said he had thought about playing everywhere. But every stop of…

  22. Team USA routes France. What did we really learn?

    Aug 15, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

    As expected, Team USA routed France, 86-55. We talk about how Team USA is sending a “B” team to the World Championships (Kobe, LeBron, Wade, Melo and more are staying home) but France also has six NBA players not suiting up, including Tony Parker. So what we know for one thing is that the basketball…

  23. Sorry Knicks fans, but the Isiah Thomas saga may have another chapter

    Aug 15, 2010, 1:32 PM EST

    It’s the questions most often asked around the New York Knicks saga: Why in the world would the Knicks even consider bringing Isiah Thomas back? Are they dropping acid like it’s 1968 in the Knicks offices? Bringing him back makes no sense if you’re thinking like a basketball executive. It makes no sense if you’re…

  24. JaVale McGee, Jeff Green cut from Team USA

    Aug 15, 2010, 11:55 AM EST

    JaVale McGee is a freak athlete, but that alone is not enough to get you on Team USA. McGee himself announced that he has been cut from Team USA via his twitter account this morning. The Bad new is….. I got cut from the USA team :(… But i get to go back and work…

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