Author: Kurt Helin

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Klay Thompson sets NBA record with 37 point quarter (VIDEO)


Somebody is making their All-Star case loud and clear.

Golden State’s Klay Thompson scored 37 points in the third quarter to set an NBA record for most points in a quarter. He had nine three pointers in the third quarter, that was also an NBA record. He was 13-of-13 on the quarter and you knew after a couple heat-check shots fell he was going to do something amazing. Check out this shot chart.


So tell me again how there is no hot hand in the NBA…..

The record had been 33 points in a quarter, a tie between Carmelo Anthony and George “the Ice Man” Gervin.

Thompson — a bubble All-Star guard in the West battling a number of other quality players for a spot — finished with 52 points on the night. If that shooting performance doesn’t make your case I don’t know what will. It also makes a case for Klay Thompson as one of the biggest emerging stars in the NBA period.

Photographer sues Nike over use of iconic Michael Jordan dunk image

Michael Jordan dunk

You know exactly what photo we are talking about — Michael Jordan, soaring in for a dunk, defying gravity with his legs spread and his arm over his head with the ball about to throw down a massive dunk.

You know it because it is the “jumpman” logo on the Jordan brand.

But that’s the problem for a photographer who has filed a lawsuit against NIKE — he says the shoe manufacturer didn’t have the rights to use the image in that way.

From the Associated Press:

Jacobus Rentmeester of New York City filed the lawsuit against Oregon-based Nike Inc. on Thursday in federal court in Portland, Oregon. He’s seeking unspecified monetary damages, profits generated from the image, and an injunction preventing further copyright infringement.

Rentmeester staged and shot the photo for Life magazine as part of a special section published for the 1984 Summer Olympics. As a freelancer, he retained rights to the copyright. Nike later paid him $150 for temporary use of two transparencies of the photo.

According to the complaint, Nike then produced a nearly identical photograph of Jordan and reproduced it on billboards, and when Rentmeester threatened litigation, the Oregon company paid him $15,000 for a limited license to use the image for two years.

The complaint says Nike continued to reproduce the photo after that period and used it to create the distinctive “Jumpman” logo, a silhouette of the leaping Jordan inspired by the photograph. The company went on to create the Jordan Brand division, which markets Michael Jordan products using the photo and the logo.

I’m no expert in copyright law, but this strikes me as the kind of lawsuit that gets settled out of court — money can smooth out a lot of rough patches.

Hopefully that does it, because I love NIKE’s Jordan line — maybe my favorite pair of sneakers in my limited collection is a pair of retro Jordan 1s — and I can’t picture then without the logo.

Rumor: Tobias Harris “wants to win a championship with the Knicks’’

Tobias Harris

Tobias Harris is going to be a potentially sneaky good pick up for some team this summer.

Orlando’s athletic combo forward will be a restricted free agent after turning down a four-year, $36 million extension offer. He has taken steps forward with his game this season — he is a great finisher around the rim (70 percent shooter in the restricted area) who has found his jumper and is hitting 40.7 percent from three this season. He also doesn’t fear the big moment. He’s got a few things to learn still but would be a quality could fit on a lot of teams.

But if Harris had his preference, the Long Island native would love to play for the Knicks.

That rumor comes courtesy Marc Berman of the New York Post.

A source told The Post in November the Knicks are tops on his list. Thursday night, a close friend of Harris told The Post, “He wants to win a championship with the Knicks.’’

So he plans to play for the Knicks until 2050?

(Sorry, couldn’t resist, it was just sitting on the tee.)

Harris is the kind of versatile talent the Knicks could use — he would fit the triangle offense. He can stretch the floor, attack off the dribble, runs the floor well and will move without the ball. The Knicks should have a conversation with his agent.

That said, here are the real priorities for Harris as a free agent:

• Money

• Money

• Money

No matter what any young player may say, getting paid trumps all. After that there are two other issues of note in Harris landing with the Knicks.

First, the Magic have the right to match any offer as Harris is just a restricted free agent. And they like him, meaning the Knicks would likely have to overpay to get him. I like Harris, but he’s not the guy you overpay to get.

Second, last time I looked the Knicks have an expensive combo forward. Not that Harris and Carmelo Anthony couldn’t play next to each other, but the franchise may have other, more pressing needs.

Still, something to watch.