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Kurt Helin

  1. Owner Leonsis thinking about all things Wizards — including urinals

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:22 PM EST

    Owner Ted Leonsis is really thinking about the Wizards. Really thinking. About everything tied to your fan experience. I mean literally everything. Don’t believe me, check out this quote from the DC Sports Bog (via NBA Facts and Rumors): “So they go to the bathroom and they put their beer [cups] in their mouth,” he…

  2. David Lee injures finger on first day of USA Basketball camp

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:09 PM EST

    UPDATE 8:09 pm: ESPN got a quote from Lee himself, and it doesn’t sound good: “I looked down and my finger was completely turned to the side,” Lee said. “It’s possibly a tendon or a dislocation of some sort. It’s something I’ve got to go have looked at either way. 6:38 pm: The biggest fear…

  3. Report: Jason Kapono available via trade. You know, if you like shooters.

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:17 PM EST

    There’s a reason the Miami Heat made sure to snatch up Mike Miller. Or that Chicago went out and got Kyle Korver. Or that Orlando chose to match an offer for JJ Redick. Great shooters are hard to find. Which is why Philadelphia will likely find interest in Jason Kapono, who they are shopping around…

  4. Lil' Wayne says LeBron in Miami means Tha Block Is Hot

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:31 PM EST

    Lil’ Wayne knows basketball. Lil’ Wayne isn’t like everybody else. So it shouldn’t be a shock his take on the LeBron James differs from plenty of people out there, but is also pretty smart. From Wayne’s Website (via SLAM): Oh Lebron! The recent move by the Miami Heat confirms that we will someday soon have…

  5. Robin Lopez latest to pull out of Team USA

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:52 PM EST

    Hey you. Yes, you. Want to play center for Team USA at the World Championships? If another players drops out, your phone just night ring. Center Robin Lopez dropped out just at the start of camp so he could do private rehab on the back injury that kept him from being effective during the playoffs.…

  6. Dell Demps is a wanted man in Phoenix, New Orleans. But in a good way.

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:17 PM EST

    Dell Demps has emerged as the hottest general manager candidate out there right now. A lot of you just muttered out loud, “who?” Trust us, you want Demps on your team. He is the number two man in the San Antonio Spurs organization (and general manager of their D-League affiliate), a guy coming out of…

  7. Pistons' rookie Greg Monroe to have minor foot surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:07 PM EST

    Greg Monroe was not blowing anybody away at Summer League in Las Vegas — well, at least until that 27 point, 14 point performance in his final game. The good news for Pistons fans is the raw rookie got better as the week went on. But now there is a minor setback, as he is…

  8. Penny Hardaway says he is not coming back to the NBA

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:24 PM EST

    We were a little skeptical and sarcastic when we heard Penny Hardaway said he thought he could help the Heat. Okay, we’re never a little skeptical and sarcastic — we’re bloggers. But in a follow up interview with the Orlando Sentinel Hardaway sounds like he understands where he is right now. And that is not…

  9. Chris Bosh is unnoticed no more — and loving it

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:53 PM EST

    See Chris Bosh on E! getting interviewed. See Chris Bosh as trendy Los Angeles restaurant. See Chris Bosh at the Hollywood premiere of “Inception.” See Chris Bosh enjoying the spotlight. LeBron James has been in the middle of it since he was a high school sophomore. Dwyane Wade led a team to a title in…

  10. Dirk Nowitzki says he is not playing in World Championships

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    He had hinted at this before and said he was still thinking about it, but Dirk Nowitzki made it official today: He will be skipping the FIBA World Championships next month (as reported at Dallasbasketball.com). “I have signed a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks,” Dirk said in making the announcement. “We have a new…

  11. Rhino running in Los Angeles again, Craig Smith signs with Clippers

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    Craig Smith is solid, reliable, a guy who is physical and will battle inside night in and night out. Consistency seemed like a novelty to Clippers fans last year, so they latched on to Rhino. He was a fan favorite late in the year, and now they get him back for another season. Craig Smith’s…

  12. David Lee is still the best citizen in the Knicks organization

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:17 AM EST

    David Lee isn’t even a Knick anymore and he is still the best representative of that organization. Which says plenty. A story in the New York Times explains how Lee was the only Knick — or former Knick, in this case — to attend the funeral for Scott Jaffer, a longtime N.B.A. security official who…

  13. Brandon Bass just wants to play, whether or not that is in Orlando

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:55 AM EST

    Brandon Bass has a lot of skills as a power forward. Just not ones that fit what Orlando wants to do. Bass is a banger inside, an in-the-paint guy. Orlando uses Dwight Howard for that. They need fours who can stretch the floor, like Rashard Lewis. So while Bass kept doing the things he does…

  14. Matt Barnes trade to Toronto is dead

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:17 AM EST

    UPDATE 9:17 am: Matt Barnes is not going anywhere. Yet. The deal announced by Barnes himself on Twitter is now dead, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The reason is a miscalculation by the teams on what could be spent. Nice. Somebody forgot to carry the one and look what happens. It puts Barnes back…

  15. C.J. Watson headed to Bulls

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:09 AM EST

    Chicago now has its backup for Derrick Rose. The Bulls will acquire C.J. Watson in a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors. Watson will get three years, $10.2 million, and the Warriors will get a second round pick and a thinner bench. The Warriors had the right to match the offer but have chosen to…

  16. Lon Babby goes from agent to Phoenix Suns president, and it feels awkward

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:41 AM EST

    It’s a move that is a little Ari Gold and feels a little awkward. Powerful agent Lon Babby is making a change to the other side of the table and will be announced today as the new president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns, replacing Steve Kerr. Babby’s clients — including Tim Duncan, Ray…

  17. Best Dunks of the Summer League

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:25 PM EST

    My favorite? Get to about the 55 second mark and watch a little showboating with John Wall. Although the Raptors high flying show with DeRozan was sure fun.

  18. John Wall and the jump shot

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    What did I like best about John Wall after watching and interviewing him at Summer League? He gets it. Sure, he was named outstanding player of the Summer League with good reason, but that’s not it. He gets basketball. Really gets it. There are plenty of talented players coming into the league that don’t get…

  19. Everybody Loves Jeremy Lin

    Jul 19, 2010, 6:52 PM EST

    The last time Harvard had a player in the NBA, the Lakers were champions — the Minneapolis Lakers. With George Mikan. Dwight Eisenhower was president and children were just getting the first polio vaccines. Jeremy Lin could change that. Fans at Summer League in Las Vegas loved him — he won over a crowd that…

  20. Maloofs reportedly meet about moving team to Seattle, which won't happen but is just one option

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:53 PM EST

    When asked about having spoken to a Las Vegas group trying to get an arena built last week, Joe Maloof said he didn’t know anything about it. Maybe not, but the Maloof brothers and owners of the Sacramento Kings are apparently keeping their options open about whether the team stays in Sacramento. The Maloofs met…

  21. Jamaal Magloire will bang bodies around for the Heat

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

    “Jamaal Magloire has a role and that role is to beat the hell out of people.” A quote from Stan Van Gundy (via Orlando Pinstriped Post).That is just fine with Miami. Which is why the Heat signed him to a one-year deal, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. It’s a one-year, veteran’s minimum…

  22. The JaVale McGee highlight reel

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:24 PM EST

    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)…

  23. Dwyane Wade issues formal apology

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

    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…

  24. Rich Cho named general manager for Portland

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:26 PM EST

    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…

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