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Kurt Helin

  1. Rockets owner "very confident" Yao Ming returns next season

    Jun 24, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Yao Ming wants to be back. During the time of year virtually every other NBA player has his feet up relaxing, taking some time off from the grind, he is at the Rockets facility daily busting it on the court. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander watched him work out then told Jonathan Feigen he was “very…

  2. Luol Deng to the Clippers trade talks going on

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Remember three years ago, when Kobe Bryant demanded to be traded from the Lakers, the team went through the motions of shopping him around and found a decent offer from the Chicago Bulls? That deal didn’t go through in part because the Bulls would not put Luol Deng into the package. Oh, how times have…

  3. Kobe Bryant planning finger surgery

    Jun 24, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    By the finals, it wasn’t even a talking point any more. Kobe Bryant was playing through an avulsion fracture in his finger, and we didn’t blink. As if it was natural, like a salmon swimming upstream to mate or Lindsay Lohan pissing off a judge. We didn’t think twice of it. But it still hurt,…

  4. Denver shows Carmelo Anthony the money, he says he wants to see the wins

    Jun 24, 2010, 12:35 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony could be the LeBron James of 2011. I don’t mean the Nuggets have a great regular season only go down a little too easily in the playoffs. Again. No, I mean the free agent stuff– the hype and love from cities around the country that want to lure him in if he would…

  5. John Wall's first commercial

    Jun 23, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    Didn’t take long — he isn’t even the No. 1 pick. Yet. But Reebok has it’s first John Wall commercial out. Complete with the John Wall dance. Expect a lot more of these as Reebok tries to use Wall to springboard back into the basketball shoe market in a meaningful way.

  6. Al Jefferson for Zach Randolph trade dead in the water

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:05 pm: It’s that time of year, when rumored deals get leaked and die almost as fast. Just like this one. Apparently everybody in Minnesota and Memphis sobered up and realized this was a bad idea. Here is the official reasoning from Chad Ford: Memphis is unwilling to part with their picks as part…

  7. Phil Jackson says he's leaning toward retirement

    Jun 23, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    Just a few minutes before, Kobe Bryant had refused to even discuss the idea of Phil Jackson retiring, calling it a “buzz kill.” Earlier still Derek Fisher wondered if he would come back if Jackson did not. But right now, Phil Jackson is considering stepping away, which is what he told the media after conducting…

  8. Tom Thibodeau starts selling the future

    Jun 23, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    There was nothing earth shattering from Tom Thibodeau’s first appearance as the Chicago Bulls head coach. He didn’t come out and say Michael Jordan was an overrated player, or he prefers New York style thin-crust pizza, or profess his love for the Green Bay Packers. There were no cardinal sins of Chicago etiquette. What Thibodeau…

  9. Ron Harper on Kobe: "He's the closest thing we've ever had to Jordan"

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Ron Harper has perspective. He was on the Bulls during their heyday for three titles. He was on the Lakers for the first two titles of the Kobe/Shaq era. Through it all he was like a coach on the floor. And he told FanHouse Jordan remains the best, but don’t think the gap is very…

  10. Cavs shop around Mo Williams, but DeLonte West is the one you can have

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:22 pm: Mo Williams really doesn’t want to be traded. Check out what he put up on his twitter account: Pls don’t trade me, I’m not ready to go. I’m begging. My work ain’t done yet. I’m on both knees….pls. I’m serious 11:42 am: Cleveland is considering everything right now. You have a seven-team…

  11. Hormets owner George Shinn says Chris Paul is not going anywhere. Sort of.

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Once trade rumors get rolling, they are almost impossible to stop. Even when they made no sense. Like the Hornets trying to trade Chris Paul. That’s not a normal kind of insane, that’s like Charlie Manson level insane. It makes no real sense. So owner George Shinn came forward to put an end to that…

  12. Knicks talking Rudy Fernandez trade with Portland

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez is not a happy man in Portland. He feels he never got a chance, he feels ignored, he doesn’t like the coach, doesn’t like how he’s being used, probably doesn’t even like the pastrami burger at Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen. And everybody likes the pastrami burger at Kenny & Zuke’s. Maybe what he…

  13. Spencer Hawes gets another chance, but Philadelphia is not so forgiving

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    Right now, everything is good between Spencer Hawes and Philadelphia. The management there, his teammates, the fans are all good with him. It was that way in Sacramento for a long time. He was to be the future. Hawes and the fans loved each other. But that soured. He can drain threes (at a 30…

  14. Manu Ginobili loses shooting contest to a 13 year old

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    The Spurs need to get younger, we may have found their guy. Maybe the guy to replace Manu Ginobili some day. I’ll let the San Antonio Express-News explain: Making a short appearance at the Spurs’ youth summer camp at the University of the Incarnate Word, Ginobili — Olympic gold medalist, international icon and three-time NBA…

  15. Anyone want to trade for Elton Brand? Anyone? Hello?

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    The Sixers really, really want to trade Elton Brand. Really, really. He is the anchor on their grand rebuilding plans. First they tried to package him with the No. 2 pick, but there were no real bites on the line so now the Sixers are pretty set on taking Evan Turner in that spot. Now…

  16. Chris Douglas-Roberts traded to Bucks for a second-round pick, Nets to target Boozer in free agency

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    UPDATE 9:57 pm: The two sides have reached a deal — the Nets will get a 2012 second round pick, according to Chad Ford. The NBA equivalent of a player to be named later. That is not much to get back for an up-and-coming player like CDR. But it does free up just more than…

  17. Chris Paul wants to stay in New Orleans, but only if team is commits to winning

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Trade rumors — totally ridiculous trade rumors for the most part — are swirling around Chris Paul. But nobody asked Chris Paul about it. Well, until Chris Broussard of ESPN the Magazine did. “My first choice is to be in New Orleans,” Paul said in a telephone interview from London. “I just want to make…

  18. NBA Draft: Sacramento may take Ekpe Udoh over Greg Monroe, and Monroe could fall farther

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    What the Warriors want when they pick at No. 6 is DeMarcus Cousins. But if Mick Jagar has taught us one thing, it’s that you can’t always get what you want (because Sacramento takes him). But if they have to settle for getting what they need, that will likely be Ekpe Udoh out of Baylor,…

  19. Piston's Charlie Villanueva arrested on domestic assault charge

    Jun 22, 2010, 10:52 PM EDT

    The disappointments just keep coming from Charlie Villanueva. He was arrested and charged related to a May 19 incident in Burlington, Ontario, a Canadian city 65 miles from Buffalo, according to an Associated Press report.  His lawyer, Owen Wigderson, says Villanueva, “denies all allegations of wrongdoing and I’m very confident that he’ll be exonerated.”  Villanueva is…

  20. Nobody is sure what Phil Jackson is going to do, not even his family

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    Here’s the best part — we’re all going to know what Phil Jackson wants to do by the end of the week. Come back to the Lakers or stay on his ranch in Montana. But nobody knows what he is going to do. Apparently not even his family, although they think he may be done,…

  21. Eddy Curry picks up player option, Knicks fans dream of a trade that won't happen.

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Eddy Curry is now owed $11.2 million for next season — he picked up the player option. Like everyone sane knew he would, because where else is Curry going to make that money? Of course, a few Knicks fans didn’t see that coming.  Now twitter and sports talk radio airwaves are filled with Knicks fans…

  22. Magic, Nets, Knicks ask about trading for Chris Paul

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:42 pm: The Magic’s offer to get Chris Paul out of New Orleans had to at least make the Hornets pause — Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter for CP3 and James Posey. That according to FanHouse’s Tim Potvik. That deal would save the Hornets money long term — this is the last year of…

  23. Trail Blazers rejected Nicholas Batum for No. 4 pick offer from Wolves

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    The Trail Blazers are very high on Nicolas Batum, the French player they are convinced can become the defensive stopper on the perimeter every team needs. Batum said after his exit interviews his goal is to be first team all NBA Defense next year. How high are the Blazers on him? That they rejected the…

  24. Add John Salmons to your list of summer free agents

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    No real surprise here, we’ve been expecting this for a couple months, but now it is official: John Salmons is going to opt out and test the free agent market. That’s what the Bucks general manager told FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson. “He’s given us indications that he will opt out,” Milwaukee general manager John Hammond, named…

  25. NBA finals Game 7 draws biggest television audience since Jordan retired

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    That sound you hear is David Stern opening champagne bottles at NBA Headquarters. Nielsen Co. reports that 28.2 million people watched the Lakers repeat as NBA champions in an ugly but entertaining Game 7. The last time that many people watched an NBA game Michael Jordan was pushing off Byron Russell to hit the game…

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