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Kurt Helin

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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)…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. Report: Players Association still considering filing collusion charges against league

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:24 AM EST

    In today’s latest sign that a lockout is coming next year and will seriously damage the sport: The NBA Players Association is still considering filing collusion charges against the owners, according to the Sports Business Journal today. This had been considered before, but it had been quiet, so some thought the issue had been dropped.…

  20. Fans everywhere keep asking about Tracy McGrady; GMs, not so much

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:46 AM EST

    Tracy McGrady is going to have a workout with the Clippers this week. And that’s it. Officially he is not working out or doing anything else for teams. There are hints of interest — the Chicago Bulls may take a look at him as their third guard at the two spot, according to the Sun…

  21. Mario Chalmers, the Miami Heat point guard job is yours. Don't screw it up.

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:41 AM EST

    Mario Chalmers is a nice backup point guard. Yes, his shooting regressed his second year in the league, and yes he turns the ball over more than you’d like. But he’s a nice player. And because he’s on a cheap rookie contract, he He’s your new Miami Heat starting point guard. When you hear people…

  22. DeMarcus Cousins named rookie of the month, despite late drop off

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:57 AM EST

    To say DeMarcus Cousins was a revelation at Summer League is to say how far his stock had fallen. Anyone who watched him at Kentucky knew he could dominate, but the questions about his focus and mental readiness for the NBA had him slip down the draft board. But only to number five and the…

  23. Barkley is still Barkley. Oh, and he didn't like the LeBron circus

    Jul 18, 2010, 11:57 PM EST

      Charles Barkley, talking LeBron. And the fact he was golfing left handed this week.

  24. Jordan wouldn't have called up Bird, Magic to be teammates, he wanted to beat them

    Jul 18, 2010, 11:12 PM EST

      Michael Jordan is still a competitor. Don’t get him wrong, he’d like the money the big free agents are getting now. But he says he wouldn’t have called up Larry Bird or Magic Johnson and wanted to team up. “I wanted to beat those guys.” Times are different now. For better or for worse,…

  25. Charlotte may keep Erick Dampier, but not at $13 million

    Jul 18, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    If there is one sure thing left this summer besides washed up players begging for a comeback with the Heat, it is that Erick Dampier’s contract will be terminated. He is due $13 million next season, and the fact that it was a non-guaranteed deal made him a trading chip this summer. Dallas cashed in…

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