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Kurt Helin

  1. Michael Jordan was better at baseball than you remember

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

    Remember what a disaster Michael Jordan was playing baseball? The well done ESPN 30 for 30 movie “Jordan Rides the Bus” has come along to remind us that why we thought Jordan went to play baseball was wrong. Oh, and that he was pretty good at it, as Eric Freeman notes at Early Termination Option…

  2. USA vs. Spain rematch probably a semi-final game at World Championships

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:29 AM EST

    For the first half of the 1990s in the NFL, the NFC championship game was the defacto Super Bowl. Dallas and San Francisco (usually) played that game with everyone knowing full well they would crush whomever they met in the Super Bowl. That’s pretty much how the FIBA World Championships will go. If the USA…

  3. One ridiculous dunk contest

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

    The Midnight Madness dunk contest in England — yes, Great Britian, across the pond — has a reputation as the best around. A well deserved reputation. Check this out, with legendary street ballers Easy J and Jus Fly. (via SLAM) And why not invite these guys to the All-Star Weekend dunk contest again?

  4. Another Denver contract sits unsigned, Nuggets offer David Griffin GM job but no deal

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:25 PM EST

    What is it with nobody signing the contracts the Denver Nuggets are offering lately? The Denver Nuggets have offered Suns executive David Griffin their general managers job, but the two sides are still negotiating money, according to Sam Amick at FanHouse. A source close to the process said the holdup has everything to do with…

  5. Quote of the day: Joe Maloof on cutbacks in Sacramento

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:12 PM EST

    Like everyone else in the country, we’ve taken a hard look at our business and found out that you can’t do business today like we did three years ago. We had some major cuts throughout the organization. We’re very lean now. We’re trim. We have no fat. Our goal is to get more fans into…

  6. Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard will be "Amazing" on the big screen

    Aug 24, 2010, 7:25 PM EST

    I’ll take “movies destined for midnight showing cult status” for 400, Alex… Following in the footsteps of Ray Allen (in a good movie, “He Got Game“) and Shaquille O’Neal (what to say about “Kazaam“…), Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard are going to star in a movie together. Currently titled “Amazing,” it will be directed by…

  7. Could Portland's Nate McMillan really be on the hot seat? Yes, yes he can.

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:38 PM EST

    Nate McMillan has been at the helm of a basketball renaissance in Portland. This was a team that won 21 games his first year with a roster led by Zach Randolph and Darius Miles — a roster that needed an overhaul. That overhaul came and so did the wins (and a better reputation). Two years…

  8. Doctors clear Yao Ming to resume basketball activities

    Aug 24, 2010, 4:53 PM EST

    On opening night, after the Lakers put up their banner and get their rings, they are going to have to deal with Yao Ming. Monday Rockets doctors cleared Yao for basketball activities and Tuesday he was on the court banging bodies with Chuck Hayes and others, according to the Rockets official Web site. “Yesterday when…

  9. Carlos Boozer sees the Bulls right there with the Heat, East elite

    Aug 24, 2010, 4:18 PM EST

    Carlos Boozer is one of those guys shifting the power in the East. He has gone from a loaded Jazz team that couldn’t quite get past the Lakers in the West to a loaded Bulls team that nobody thinks can get past Boston or Miami in the East. Boozer doesn’t see it that way; he…

  10. Kwame Brown in Charlotte means Dampier will be waived… Miami anyone?

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:51 PM EST

    Want to add to the conspiracy theory, anyone? If anyone could add a new, quality center to their roster right now it would be Pat Riley, the magician who has been pulling rabbits out of his hat all summer long as it is. Here’s how… and we’ll start with the facts. The Charlotte Bobcats signed…

  11. Mehmet Okur may miss start of season for Jazz

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:54 PM EST

    It was a tough injury at the time: Mehmet Okur going down with a ruptured Achilles tendon in the Jazz’s first playoff game. It meant he out for the playoffs — and the fate of the Jazz was sealed. It also meant the native of Turkey would miss the FIBA World Championships his nation is…

  12. The Wimbledon of basketball courts

    Aug 24, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

    I’ve played pickup games on some pretty rutty outdoor courts before, but this would take the cake. It is in Poland, part of a new sports complex where they needed a field to use for soccer too (according to the translation) so here you go. (Thanks to reader Marek Dziuba for the tip) As SLAM’s…

  13. LeBron is to Cleveland as Wade is… not to Chicago

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:41 PM EST

    Last week we discussed how the fine folks of Chicago cannot muster the hate for Dwyane Wade that Clevelanders have so easily tapped into for LeBron James. Why is that? He is a born-and-raised Chicago guy who flirted with the city before deciding to stay in Miami (and join forces with LeBron and Bosh). Why…

  14. Eddie House knows revenge is a dish best served with Heat

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

    Eddie House liked being a part of the Boston Celtics. He was the gunner off the bench, a key part of a team that won a ring in 2008. And last season they shipped him out to New York, a basketball wasteland at the time, for Nate Robinson. House admitted to the Arizona Republic he…

  15. Maybe Jordan was not suspended from basketball for gambling, maybe he just liked baseball

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:04 AM EST

    Michael Jordan went to play baseball as a quiet suspension for his gambling activities. It’s an accepted truth in America, right up there with the man on the grassy knoll and the aliens at Area 51. Except that maybe it’s not true. None of it. Especially the MJ part. Tuesday night the latest in ESPN’s…

  16. Tyler Hansbrough has minutes just waiting for him, if his head clears

    Aug 24, 2010, 10:20 AM EST

    This is how thin the Indiana Pacers are up front: They are talking about playing Danny Granger at the four some this season. It’s actually not a bad idea when the Pacers want to go really small and quick for a stretch, but it leaves them some rebounding issues. While the Pacers did well this…

  17. Evan Turner gets shoe deal with Chinese shoe company Li Ning

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:24 AM EST

    Walk into Foot Locker to pick up some shoes and Li Ning isn’t there among the Nikes and Adidas. But the company is almost as big. Li Ning is the biggest China-based shoe and athletic apparel company, a power player in a booming market. They had $1.2 billion in sales last year, which is no…

  18. Nuggets sit down with Carmelo Anthony to woo him, while Rockets, Clippers wait in the wings

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:48 AM EST

    It still sits there on the table. The elephant in the room. The thing as subtle as an Oliver Stone film — three years, $65 million. Denver’s contract extension offer to Carmelo Anthony. Which he has yet to sign. Because it sits untouched trade rumors swirl. But the Nuggets don’t want to ship him off,…

  19. Mustafa Shakur gets shot with Hornets

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    New Hornets General Manager Dell Demps comes from the San Antonio organization, where among his duties was to be general manager for the Spurs D-League team the Austin Toros. As such, he got a good look at Mustafa Shakur, the former Arizona point guard who lit it up for the Tulsa 66ers last season –…

  20. Sasha Vujacic, Maria Sharapova working out together in Florida

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:15 PM EST

    Maria Sharapova has been working out at the IMG Academy in Florida since before she was a teenager. It’s where she really learned the game and became a No. 1 player in the world with a pocket full of Grand Slam titles. Sasha Vujacic is her man and just needs to get in some off-season…

  21. Kevin Durant has long arms, can play some defense

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:25 PM EST

    In case you hadn’t seen it, here are Kevin Durant’s two blocks to save the game for Team USA against Spain. In a very smart move, the USA switched defense to a zone on the final possession, and that caught Spain by surprise and cut off the drive. Check out a great breakdown of that…

  22. Grizzlies owner more defensive about Xavier Henry contract than his team gets on the court

    Aug 23, 2010, 7:33 PM EST

    Last year, the Memphis Grizzlies had the No. 2 pick in the draft and took a big-man project in Hasheem Thabeet. We don’t know yet how that will turn out long term, Thabeet is a work in progress. We do know that the guys taken after him — James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings,…

  23. 3-on-3 basketball in the Olympics? Don't laugh, they approved solo synchronized swimming.

    Aug 23, 2010, 6:18 PM EST

    At the Youth Olympics that you are not paying attention to Singapore (they are still going on), there was, of course, basketball. 3-on-3 basketball. Half-court. For gold medals. And according to the Edmonton Sun, we may see more of it — like in the regular adult Olympics. The overwhelming success of three-on-three basketball at the…

  24. Rajon Rondo, Amar'e Stoudemire are "Educators"

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:41 PM EST

    Pretty amusing new commercial from Foot Locker, perfect for a little off-season refreshment. “Who’s been eating hummus?”

  25. Kevin Love has a thick head, he's fine

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:40 PM EST

    Kevin Love got smacked on the head pretty good in the United States win over Lithuania Saturday then did not play on Sunday. But don’t read anything into that, he is good to go and likely will see the court against Greece Wednesday. The reason he didn’t play Sunday was it was just one day…

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