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Kurt Helin

  1. Stern using economy as hammer: $400 million in losses

    Feb 14, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Why did the owners submit the first proposal in the new Collective Bargaining Negotiations a full 18 months out from when the current deal ends? (That’s providing the owners opt out of the deal by the end of the year, which they will.) Because they want to negotiate right now. Today. In this economy. Because…

  2. Cavaliers/Suns trade revisits Shaq and Amar'e failure

    Feb 14, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    There were so many things wrong with Steve Kerr moving to bring Shaquille O’Neal to the run-and-gun Phoenix Suns a few years ago that it’s hard to remember them all. But fans and management in Cleveland should remember this one as the Cavs close in on a deal with the Suns: Amar’e Stoudemire was not…

  3. Howard sets world record sitting down

    Feb 14, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard has set a worlds record, and he didn’t even have to stand up to do it. The people from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand  — by the way, what a great job traveling the globe doing things like tasting the world’s largest cherry pie — and they did the…

  4. Coach K to Nets: "Nyet"

    Feb 14, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    If incoming Nets owner and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov wants to make a big splash with his first coaching hire, he’s not going to do it with Duke and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski. In fact, coach K thinks the whole thing is pretty funny. “The guy is Russian. You think he’d hire a Polish…

  5. Nate Robinson wins sleepy dunk contest

    Feb 13, 2010, 11:29 PM EDT

    Next year — Please. Nate Robinson has won his third dunk contest — more than Dominique Wilkins or Michael Jordan — but he was able to do it Saturday without near the flair it would have taken to beat those other legends. There was one inspired dunk all night — a pass of the…

  6. Caron Butler officially a Maverick

    Feb 13, 2010, 9:06 PM EDT

    How big is the trade that became official today, sending Caron Butler and Brandan Haywood to Dallas? Ask the guy the trade was made to beat, Kobe Bryant. Kobe, does the trade put the Mavericks on par with the Lakers? “No question,” Kobe said Saturday when asked by our girl Gina Miller whether the trade…

  7. NBA All-Star dunk contest/3-point shootout live blog

    Feb 13, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Final note to David Stern: This night only works if you have a couple athletic dunkers and a couple stars. You need Dwight. You need LeBron. You need the stars to make it work. Love Shannon and DeMar, need the star power. Especially in LA next year, where it is all about the stars. Everyone…

  8. Juan Dixon nailed for steroids in Europe

    Feb 13, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Basketball doesn’t have a steroid problems, right? Rashard Lewis getting nailed for a banned substance this summer was a fluke, right? Former NBA player Juan Dixon has been banned from play in Europe after testing positive for steroids, according to his Spanish team Unicaja. The positive test for nandrolone came in November in Greece, before…

  9. Wade wants to stay in Miami

    Feb 13, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    Dwayne Wade has made his intentions clear: He doesn’t want to leave Miami, he wants another superstar player to come to South Beach so he can win another title there. However, if the help doesn’t come to him…. Heat management, that would be the ball in your court. Wade would be one of the stars…

  10. If you call out LeBron for a dunk, you better make it

    Feb 13, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    While the dunk-in was boring people in one part of Dallas for All-Star Weekend, there was an amateur dunk contest in another part of town at the NBA Jam Session. That one had LeBron James as one of the judges. One participant had the stones to ask LeBron to be part of it — to…

  11. Steve Nash carries Olympic flame

    Feb 13, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Steve Nash has had the Olympic experience before — he was the star of the 2000 Canadian national team in Sydney. That stay was pretty short, but not as short nor as memorable as his experience Friday night. Nash was one of the five people who carried the Olympic torch through BC Place during the…

  12. Rookies beat sophomores for first time ever

    Feb 12, 2010, 11:42 PM EDT

    Can you be embarrassed by the outcome of a meaningless exhibition game? Probably not. So the NBA sophomore class can still go out and party in Dallas tonight rather than sulk in their rooms. But they had better be ready to take some heat from their friends and peers. That’s because for first time in…

  13. DeMar DeRozan dunks way into real Dunk Contest

    Feb 12, 2010, 10:44 PM EDT

    Unlike virtually every week on American Idol, the American voting public got one right. Raptor rookie DeMar DeRozan won the dunk-off to earn a spot in the final four for the Dunk Contest on Saturday night, taking the popular vote with 61 percent over Clipper Eric Gordon. (DeRozan also won the Electoral College.) We have…

  14. George Karl sticking around another year

    Feb 12, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    The Denver Nuggets, right now, are as good a team as the franchise has ever had. Their championship window is open, at least a crack. Now is not when you change coaches. But George Karl’s contract was up at the end of the year, and he was getting asked about it. So, today he and…

  15. RIP: Fred Schaus, first LA Lakers coach

    Feb 12, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    The West Virginia man who helped foster professional basketball in Los Angeles, Fred Schaus, has passed away. The case of his death was not made public. Schaus, 84, was living in a nursing home in West Virginia. Schaus, a former NBA player from 1949-1954 in Fort Wayne and New York, built his reputation as a…

  16. Trade deadline buyers wait on league financial update

    Feb 12, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Plenty of trade talk, but so far no trade action. What is going on, not going to be one of those trade deadline bust years is it? It may be more about waiting until David Stern tells them the real picture with league finances this weekend in Dallas. The public will get commissioner David Stern’s…

  17. Joe Johnson to get starting nod for East

    Feb 12, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy has apparently made his choice — Atlanta’s Joe Johnson is going to get the open starting spot for the Eastern Conference on Sunday. Reports are popping up all over the Web. Johnson is a much more deserving starter than Allen Iverson, the person he replaces, the person voted in by fans who…

  18. Rondo, Team USA have "miscommunication"

    Feb 12, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Everything is good now between Rajon Rondo and USA Basketball, it was all just a Three’s Company episode. That is what the Boston Herald is saying on its Celtics Blog (the paper  stole that name, by the way): “There may have been a little miscommunication on that one,” (USA Basketball big cheese Jerry) Colangelo said.…

  19. Most experts think LeBron stays in Cleveland

    Feb 12, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    There is nothing quite as much fun as speculating on where LeBron might go this summer. New York? New Jersey? Chicago? However, the smart money has always been on Cleveland. When Sports Illustrated’s Ian Thompson asked 12 team executives, seven said he was staying for sure and three more said it was a 50/50 call.…

  20. Dream Team headlines Hall of Fame Nominations

    Feb 12, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    The 1992 Olympic Dream Team — Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley — was more than just the greatest collection of basketball talent ever on one team, they helped change the international game. That team set a level of excitement and legitimacy for the international game that inspired players world-wide. The fruits of…

  21. Celtics now deny Jamison, Butler for Ray Allen

    Feb 12, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    Update 1:04 pm Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge is now denying that these talks are taking place at all. This deal is apparently now dead. Much to the dismay of Celtics fans. 10:07 am Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge is not afraid of the big move. Heck, that’s how the Celtics got here in the…

  22. The Bucks are buyers. Seriously.

    Feb 12, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    The Milwaukee Bucks are buyers in a bear market. Yes, those Bucks. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games and now sit ninth in the east, just one game back of Chicago in the last playoff spot. The Bucks want to go to the dance this year and they want to make a move…

  23. CBA Negotiations at the NBA All-Star party

    Feb 12, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    It’s a big show in Dallas — more than 90,000 people, high flying stars, a dunk contest the night before, no expense spared for the NBA’s biggest weekend. Ignore that dark cloud over the proceedings. Today in frigid Dallas (well, for Dallas), the owners and players representatives will sit down for their first talks on…

  24. Shannon Brown's top 10 dunks

    Feb 12, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Time to start getting pumped for the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday (with the dunk-in between DeMar DeRozan and Eric Gordon tonight), and what better way than to watch the 10 best dunks of youtube sensation, Shannon Brown.

  25. Bosh not following anyone this summer

    Feb 12, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh does not want to be LeBron James’ sidekick. Dwyane Wade’s either. “That’s a good question,” Bosh said when asked by ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher if he’s bothered by the widespread perception that he’s determined to follow either LeBron James or Dwyane Wade by signing on with one of the teams they choose…

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