Author: Kurt Helin


Woman files lawsuit against Michael Beasley alleging sexual assault


Michael Beasley finally went one toke over the line and the NBA threw up its collective hands. After numerous chances from a variety of teams to prove he could contribute in a meaningful way the league gave up. Miami gave Beasley a shot to contribute to a contender last season but let him walk after the season due to “inconsistency, lack of trust in his defense, and maturity/focus issues.”

This season Beasley is playing in China, but his history here stateside is still haunting him.

A woman filed a lawsuit against Beasley in Arizona Monday, alleging sexual assault, reports the Arizona Republic.

The woman accused Michael Beasley, who the Suns waived in September 2013 following an arrest for marijuana possession, of stripping her clothing, choking her until she was unconscious and repeatedly sexually assaulting her, according to court documents….

The woman claims that she and a friend went to a Scottsdale home that Beasley shared with a friend on Jan. 13, 2013 and that Beasley and the other man “physically overpowered, restrained, grabbed and groped,” the woman, according to court records. The lawsuit also states that the men “stripped her clothing from her, repeatedly choked her into unconsciousness, and repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped her.”

Beasley’s representatives have not commented on the incident.

Scottsdale police investigated this incident back in 2013 but did not file charges.

The one thing I would be sure about is Beasley’s NBA career is done. Before this likely, but it only adds to the reasons no team will go near the former No. 2 pick.

Rumor: Andrew Wiggins’ father says son will compete in All-Star Dunk Contest

Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timeberwolves

This is far, far from official… but we pretty much all knew that the NBA was going to invite high flying No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins to the All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest. So this tweet from Hoopshype Canada seems very realistic.

For the record, the All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest will take place Saturday night, Feb. 14, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Friday and Saturday night’s events are in Brooklyn, only Sunday’s game itself is at MSG). His teammate Zach LaVine should be in the mix with him for the Dunk Contest. With those two it will be a real show.

Why is it good Wiggins is in the Dunk Contest? Glad you asked.

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Byron Scott: “If” Lakers out of playoff contention in March Kobe could get shut down

Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

Right now, the Lakers are 10 games back of the eighth seed and the final playoff spot in the West. The Suns are on a 46-win pace with the Thunder and others chasing them, while the Lakers are on a 25-win pace.

It’s safe to say the Lakers are not making the playoffs.

With that reality, and considering the Lakers’ desire to keep Kobe healthy for one more year of the farewell tour, there is buzz the Lakers may try to shut him down. On Wednesday coach Byron Scott said that could happen somewhere after the All-Star break, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

First, Kobe would have to sign off on this, and he very well may not. He’s not really that kind of guy, plus he feels a genuine responsibility to the people who pay to come see him play. He doesn’t like to let those people down.

Kobe is just going to be on a maintainance program for this season and next. It will be interesting next season, with that one considered his last, how much he’ll want to be out there for every game for those same reasons.

Suns pay homage to Gerald Green’s missing finger with unique foam hand giveaway

Phoenix Suns v Memphis Grizzlies

This story starts when Gerald Green was back in the sixth grade. He had his mother’s class ring on when he tried to dunk on a makeshift rim (what, you couldn’t dunk in sixth grade?). He went up but the ring — on the ring finger of his right hand — caught on a nail and ripped his finger down to the bone and created other problems. Doctors said the only option was amputation near the middle knuckle.

Green still made it to the show but didn’t feel comfortable talking about his hand when he came into the league. Not that it really slowed him down. The man won the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk contest and his athletic, high-flying game won him fans at every stop. He’s now a key part of the Suns rotation, has rounded out his game, and is just more comfortable with himself as an NBA player.

So the Suns are going to pay tribute to him soon with this foam hand giveaway.

Yes, that is serious.

And I think it’s great. If Green is comfortable with this it is an inspirational story of overcoming obstacles to reach your dreams. A lot of guys would have shelved their NBA dreams the day he lost a finger, but Green has become a solid, popular NBA player.

Plus, those are the best foam hands ever. Well done, Suns.

Report: Knicks have had internal discussions about buying out Amar’e Stoudemire

New York Knicks v Houston Rockets

He was the biggest free agent signing the Knicks had made in a while and he, along with Mike D’Antoni, were going to turn around the Knicks. Sure, he was the second choice back in 2010 when LeBron James chose Miami, but he was still seen as a guy key to the Knicks future by many.

Oh, how things look different five years later.

Amar’e Stoudemire has been out since Christmas with a sore knee and since the Knicks are waiving the white flag on this season and making sure their pick has value — or, if you prefer, getting their young players experience — the franchise has talked about buying out the rest of Stoudemire’s $23.4 million contract (the last of his five-year, $100 million deal), reports Ian Begley at

Amar’e Stoudemire plans to return to the New York Knicks’ lineup Thursday on their British detour against the Milwaukee Bucks. How much longer he remains a Knick is now up for debate….

The Knicks, sources told recently, are not looking to move Stoudemire and, at least for now, intend to keep him for the rest of the season.

But sources say they have discussed internally the possibility of buying out Stoudemire to let him play for a contender if he preferred that route. Stoudemire, of course, would have to agree to such a transaction.

What that really means: If Stoudemire is willing to save the Knicks some cash and take a discount on what he is owed to be bought out, the Knicks would be willing to set him free.

It’s just that Stoudemire may not want that. He says in the story he wants to be loyal to the Knicks. It is possible the Knicks just waive him after the trade deadline — they are shopping him but moving that contract will be difficult.

Despite his long history of knee and other injuries, other teams may give Stoudemire a shot if he’d play for the minimum because when he has played this season he’s played well — 13.1 points a game on 55.8 percent shooting, with a PER of 19.7. He could be a nice veteran role player on a good team. The problem has just been staying healthy and on the court.

My guess is that Stoudemire stays and keeps getting those checks. But keep an eye on the situation.