Author: Kurt Helin

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Buy Mark Jackson’s wife’s new single, he’ll personally call you and thank you


Mark Jackson’s wife, Desiree Coleman Jackson, is a singer — she goes by Kadesh and she can do a whole lot more than belt out the national anthem at games (although she’s done that, too).

She’s got a new single out call “Strip.”

What’s interesting is what her husband Mark Jackson — famed NBA point guard turned broadcaster turned Warriors coach turned broadcaster again — is doing to help promote it. (Hat tip to KD at Ball Don’t Lie and Kevin Draper)

He’s not kidding.

You know what I call that? Great marketing.

Jackson is supporting his wife, using his celebrity to get her name out there a little more, and making some fans happy in the process. It’s a win all the way around.

James Harden is visited by the Beard Guru (VIDEO)

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I’ve always thought of James Harden as a beard guru, but even the greats need to turn to someone for help at some points.

This is the latest ad from NBA 2K15 (out Oct. 7) in theory promoting their NBA game, but mostly it’s a lot of Harden and a little Anthony Davis. And a lot of the beard guru guy.

Pumped about 2K15 and all the features coming this year.

Nick Young tells Laker rookies to call him “Daddy Swag”

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Swaggy P has another nickname.

Swaggy P answers to that nickname or the name his mother calls him, Nick Young.

Unless you’re a rookie on the Lakers — then you have to call him “Daddy Swag.” Yes, that is a little awkward, but it’s part of the “rookie duties” like carrying luggage on the road. Nonetheless the players confirmed it to Lakers reporter and sideline guy Mike Trudel in a video at the Lakers’ Web site. Here’s a transcription of the key parts.

Nick Young: “The rooks know. Y’all gotta ask them what they gotta call me all year. When you talk to them next time, ask Jordan (Clarkson) what he calls me every morning, and ask Julius (Randle) what he calls me every morning… It’s got a little Swag in it.”

Jordan Clarkson: ”We call him scrappy feet. Ugly feet. No, no, he told me to call him Daddy Swag.”

Julius Randle: “I had something different.”

Randle mumbled it a few times, I am not up for hazarding a guess.

Young will help make this an interesting year for the Lakers, coming off the bench behind Kobe with a green light he could be part of a Lakers’ second unit that may be better (or at least more athletic and entertaining) than the starters. Young’s unconscious gunning makes him a fantastic sixth man.

We’ll see if Byron Scott feels the same way.

Report: Timberwolves “optimistic” about Ricky Rubio extension, except nowhere close on money


The early reports were that Ricky Rubio wanted the full five year max dollar extension. We all had a good laugh at that. As we should. I’m a bigger Rubio backer than most and I thought it was funny.

The rumor has been Minnesota offered more along the lines of four years, $43 million, but Rubio’s people want a lot more. The Timberwolves are not going to offer a fifth year, you can only have one of those extensions on the roster at a time and they have Wiggins on the roster now (we’ll see if he earns it, but you hold it for him). This obviously all goes back to how Minnesota screwed up the extension with Kevin Love not giving him a five-year max, but that’s an old story now.

The two sides are talking and while the Wolves may be “optimistic” they don’t sound anywhere close. Darren Wolfson of in Minny spoke with Wolves GM Milt Newton.

I suppose one should never say never, but don’t bet on this deal getting done. Next summer Rubio will be a restricted free agent and unless he suddenly develops a steady jump shot between the World Cup and this season he could find the free agent market about as complicated and unfriendly as Eric Bledsoe has this summer.

Speaking of Bledsoe.

Not happening. And if you’re thinking “why not swap Rubio for Bledsoe?” that makes absolutely no sense for the Suns. None. They are working to keep Goran Dragic why would they bring in Rubio, have to overpay to keep him, then have him take the ball out of Dragic’s hands?

Dirk Nowitzki covers David Hasselhoff on acoustic guitar (VIDEO)

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Well, you don’t see that every day.

And not just because you don’t watch a lot of German talk shows.

Dirk Nowitzki is doing the German talk show circuit promoting a new documentary about himself, cramming it in before training camp opens. But if you think anything with Dirk is going to be serious and studious.

Before you go off mocking the Hasselhoff song, know the song “Looking for Freedom” was a huge hit in that country in 1989-90 as East and West Germany were going through reunification and it has emotional ties to that. It’s the song Hasselhoff performed at the Berlin Wall as it was being torn down. It was a huge hit there.

How Hasselhoff got to be huge in Germany is beyond me, but I don’t want to begrudge a man his success.

Plus… Dirk can play a little.

(Hat tip That NBA Lottery Pick)