Author: Kurt Helin

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Larry Sanders’ agent denies report his client wants to quit basketball

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Well, what did you expect him to say?

A report surfaced Monday that Bucks’ big man Larry Sanders told a member of the Bucks staff that he didn’t want to play basketball anymore. We tried to warn you that might be spin from inside a frustrated organization.

Of course, Sanders’ agent denied this, via Hoopshype.

Agent Happy Walters reaction to the Larry Sanders report: “I saw that tweet. It is not accurate at all. Rumor unsubstantiated.”

This was not the only push back on the story. The very well connected Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders tweeted this:

I’m not going to pretend to know what is going on with Larry Sanders, he’s a complex guy. The bottom line is no matter how passionate or not Sanders might be about basketball at this moment, he was as likely to walk away from $33 million (over the next three years) as you would be. He’s not leaving the game.

The questions are can Sanders really be part of the future of the Bucks franchise and can Jason Kidd guide him there? Sanders has shown flashes of being a quality rim protecting big, but the bottom line is the Bucks defense this season doesn’t really improve much when he is on the court this season. That needs to change.

Hawks to host “Swipe Right Night” sponsored by Tinder Wednesday. Yes, really.

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No, I don’t think the Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders are going to be fully participating in this.

The players… that may depend.

I saw this tweet Monday from one of the fun people to hang out with around the league, Robby Kalland, and did a quick double take.

Um… I’m not totally sure what this even means for a basketball game.

But yes, we checked and it’s real. And it will be spectacular.

(For those of you married and/or over 40, Tinder is a “dating” app that is really a hookup app where it tells you what other Tinder users are in your vicinity and if you like their picture you can “swipe right” to try to create a match, and if both parties agree to a match based on the most superficial of qualities, well, you’re consenting adults so it’s up to you. Let’s just say it was the most popular of apps for Olympic athletes staying in the village in Sochi.)

The Hawks have actually sold out their last three games via conventional means — having a good team that people will pay to see. Attendance has spiked in Atlanta this season. These Hawks are on top of the conference, getting All-Star level play out of Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Al Horford, plus coach Mike Budenholzer has them sharing the ball and playing selfless hoops. For a basketball purist this team is a thing of beauty. Hawks fans are catching on.

But for those that aren’t — Tinder night is here.

PBT Extra: Is it time for Carmelo Anthony to shut it down?

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I’m not a doctor, but I’ll play one on the Internet…

The amazing Jenna Corrado and I talk New Year’s resolutions for some NBA names and Carmelo Anthony was at the top of the list: Should he shut it down and get surgery? If his knee is really bothering him as much as it appears, absolutely he should. Yes, he should have concerns about surgery — any surgery has potential complications — and I get he wants to play in the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden, but he shouldn’t do those things at the expense of his long-term health.

We also talk about what a couple of coaches should do this new year — Kevin McHale in Houston and Tom Thibodeau in Chicago.