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Kurt Helin

  1. Amare Stoudemire exploring his roots in Jerusalem

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    When you sign a $100 million contract to be the centerpiece of the New York Knicks, even your summer vacations become news. Amare Stoudemire is in — and is tweeting from — Jerusalem, where he is studying religion. And because we all love speculation, there were reports out there that Stoudemire was going to convert…

  2. Tim Thomas expects to sign deal with Dallas

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    Tim Thomas played just 18 games for Dallas last year – there was knee surgery at the start of the season and having to leave the team to tend to his ailing wife for the second half of the season. Thomas wants to return to Dallas this season and expects to get an offer, he…

  3. With roster in place, who do the Heat dress every night?

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Pat Riley is gifted with supernatural powers. I don’t know that for a fact, but it seems the most logical explanation for how the Miami Heat not only landed all three of the biggest free agents on the market, but also filled out the roster with quality players. Now the more practical question becomes: Who…

  4. DeMarcus Cousin's former high school coach now Kings assistant

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    The man who coached DeMarcus Cousins in high school will now help guide him into the NBA waters. Otis Hughley has been hired as a Sacramento Kings assistant coach, according to the Associated Press. He was the head coach at LeFlore High School in Mobile, Ala., where Cousins attended before his one-year at Kentucky. This…

  5. Lorenzen Wright's death ruled a homicide

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Police are investigating the death of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright as a homicide after a coroner’s report listed the official cause of death as a gunshot wound. The timeline starts just before midnight on July 18, when Wright left the house of his ex-wife who lives in the Memphis area, where he had been…

  6. Chris Bosh "put his heart and soul" into Toronto

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    Toronto General Manager Bryan Colangelo said Chris Bosh “checked out” at the end of his time in Toronto, when the Chicago Bulls caught the fading Raptors for the eighth playoff spot. Chris Bosh went on Rogers Sportsnet Thursday and fired back, saying he “put his heart and soul” into the Raptors and that what Colangelo…

  7. Video: Press Hop 2

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    It’s not all basketball, but it is the best video I saw today, so it seemed a perfect evening treat. This is from DJ Steve Porter, who is clearly a genius. There should be statues of him. 

  8. What we know about incoming Golden State owner Joe Lacob

    Jul 29, 2010, 8:43 PM EDT

    Golden State fans have proceeded under this premise: Any owner not named Al Davis was going to be better than Chris Cohan. On that scale, Joe Lacob (and partner Peter Guber) qualifies. But what kind of owners will they be? Lacob, who will be the front man and was a minority owner in Boston, did…

  9. Report: Celtics sign Von Wafer to be designated gunner off the bench

    Jul 29, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    Von Wafer has never met a shot he didn’t like. That makes him a fan favorite and a coach’s nightmare. Now, he may be Doc River’s problem. Hoopsworld is reporting that the Celtics have signed Wafer to a one year, fully guaranteed minimum deal. Other Celtics sources have yet to confirm this so please drink…

  10. Hawks re-sign Jason Collins

    Jul 29, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Atlanta wanted to bring in some size this summer, someone to beef up the middle of what can be an undersized lineup. Re-signing Jason Collins is not what they had in mind, but he is what they got. He does give them some depth at the center position. Collins was with the Hawks last year…

  11. Oh, nevermind… ESPN will not be running LeBron's weekend in Vegas story

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Yesterday we told you about the fun story of an ESPN reporter that got to be a fly on the wall when LeBron James was out on the town in Vegas, then wrote a story on it. Said story was up for about nine hours until ESPN editors yanked it down, saying they had not…

  12. Knicks make offer for Shannon Brown

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    The Lakers are waiting to sign Shannon Brown, hoping to move Sasha Vujacic’s $5.5 million to save some money first. The Knicks aren’t waiting, they have jumped in. New York has made an offer to Brown, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports. They are waiting to hear back, Brown is choosing whether to go to…

  13. Mikhail Prokhorov sticks up for LeBron

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    LeBron has plenty of people watching his back, including the editors at ESPN.com. And Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Who wrote a letter to the USA Today. The players are signed, the “Decision” is made, but the passions around this year’s extraordinary class of NBA free agents refuses to die down. What surprises me is the…

  14. Offseason Power Rankings

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Mix together equal parts of ego and cap space to throw around, and you get one wild off-season. Everybody was making moves. There were decisions and The Decision. And at the end of it all, the Lakers are on top. Since most of the moves have shaken out, we’ve…

  15. Your daily Chris Paul update: There is no update

    Jul 29, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Chris Paul has started to play it smart. The Times-Picayune is reporting that Monday’s meeting between Paul and new GM Dell Demps and new coach Monty Williams bought the franchise some time. After hearing Demps’ plan for retooling the roster, Paul, a three-time All-Star, is on board with the team’s direction and will not seek…

  16. Eddie House signs with Miami Heat – damn, they just got even better

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat need shooters. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are two of the very best at getting to the rim, Chris Bosh plays inside. Somebody has to space the floor besides Mike Miller. That somebody is Eddie House. House signed a two-year, $2.8 million deal with the Heat, with the second year being a…

  17. Anthony Tolliver choosing between rock or hard place, er, Warriors or Wolves

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Anthony Tolliver says he wants to choose by this weekend which struggling franchise he is going to play for next year. We’ll, that’s not how he put it to the News-Leader, but when you are choosing between Golden State and Minnesota it is the reality. “I haven’t made a decision yet,” Tolliver said, “but we’re…

  18. Arrest warrant issued for Eddy Curry. Again.

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    This just makes me sad. This week a judge issued in Chicago issued an arrest warrant for Eddy Curry. Second time that has happened in a month. The Chicago Sun-Times has all the details (via Knickstweets): Cook County Circuit Judge Alexander White ordered Curry’s arrest on Monday, after learning Curry failed to sign an agreement to pay…

  19. Portland looking for a first-round pick to trade Fernandez. So the Knicks are out.

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez isn’t talking about his future, but everyone else is. Fernandez is in Las Palmas training with the Spanish national team for the upcoming FIBA World Championships (nice location, by the way). He said on his personal blog that is his focus right now. There is gossip about my future and everyone asks me…

  20. Grizzlies, Zach Randolph may be talking extension

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Memphis likes its core of Marc Gasol, O.J. Mayo Rudy Gay, and Zach Randolph. Probably a little more than they should. And they want to keep them together. They gave a max deal to Rudy Gay this summer and now Zach Randolph told IndySportsNation.com he and his agent are trying to work out an extension…

  21. Pacers trying to trade Mike Dunleavy, T.J. Ford with little success

    Jul 29, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    The Pacers don’t really make trades. It’s been two years since their last one, it’s just not part of their corporate culture. But they are trying now. The Pacers are trying to move Mike Dunleavy and T.J. Ford, according to the Indianapolis Star. And finding this is harder than they thought. Just like they have…

  22. How to nearly get you're a$@ kicked in Cleveland: Wear a LeBron Heat jersey

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:33 AM EDT

    Let’s be clear about this: You have to be a complete and total a——- to wear a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey in Cleveland. You get what’s coming. To complain about anything short of physical violence is like those people that buy a house under the flight path near an airport then complain about all…

  23. Kenny Hasbrouck may round out the Heat roster. No, seriously.

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    Right about now is the time of the summer when guys get “make good” contracts. Which are non-guaranteed contracts. Meaning they are invited to training camp but can be cut. Which really means camp fodder — you need more than15 guys in training camp, so you invite guys you plan to cut. Kenny Hasbrouck —…

  24. Andrew Bynum has "successful" knee surgery

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum finally has had surgery on the knee he dragged through the NBA playoffs last season. The surgery took place on Wednesday and the team termed it the standard “successful.” As Hoopsworld’s Eric Pincus notes, any surgery you wake up from is successful, so Bynum passed that test. Bynum had a torn meniscus, suffered…

  25. Rockets send David Andersen to Toronto

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    With Yao Ming back and Brad Miller now in the mix, Houston needed to thin out their front line. So they basically paid Toronto to take him off their hands. Which, ironically, is sort of how they ended up with him in the first place. Toronto picks up the Australian center plus some cash for…

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