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Kurt Helin

  1. Tuesday And-1 Links: Dwyane Wade to play vs. Pacers

    Mar 25, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Dwyane Wade is expected to play Wednesday night in the Heat/Pacers showdown, meaning…

  2. Quote of the Day: Kobe admits he thought Shaq was lazy

    Mar 25, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' center Shaquille O'Neal (L) la

    “It used to drive me crazy that he was so lazy. You got to have the responsibility of working every single day. You can’t skate through s—-.” Kobe Bryant talking about Shaquille O’Neal in a profile of him in the latest edition of The New Yorker.  You should go read the entire article, this is…

  3. Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson to undergo neck surgery, is officially done for season

    Mar 25, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson has been out of the Pelicans’ lineup since January 3 due to a herniated disc in his neck, an injury suffered in a game against the Celtics. Conventional treatments were not getting the injury to heal, so he will undergo surgery next month to fix the problem, the team announced Tuesday. As you…

  4. Report: Mark Jackson forces team to reassign assistant coach Brian Scalabrine off bench

    Mar 25, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson

    Let me start here (something I heard from several sources): Don’t believe that the Golden State locker room/coaching staff/organization is a hippie love in just because they are near Berkley. There are some tensions in there, some real frustrations, just ones masked by wins. Which brings us to this news: Warriors coach Mark Jackson has…

  5. As expected, Pau Gasol “doubtful” vs. Knicks Tuesday night

    Mar 25, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT

    Paul Gasol

    Tuesday night in the “we have Phil Jackson now and you don’t” showdown between New York and Los Angeles, the Knicks really need a win to keep any playoff hopes alive. The tanking Lakers could use another loss. Not surprisingly Pau Gasol will not be part of the Lakers lineup Tuesday night. Gaol sat out…

  6. Can Portland players name the Seven Dwarfs? Robin Lopez can. (VIDEO)

    Mar 25, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

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    Best part of this team video is Victor Claver naming them in Spanish.

  7. Bulls’ Thibodeau, Forman reiterate Derrick Rose is out for season

    Mar 25, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    Despite rumors out of New York, Derrick Rose is not returning to the Bulls this season for the playoffs.

  8. Spurs’ Ayres, Duncan report hearing baby crying in empty room at reportedly haunted Bay Area hotel

    Mar 25, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

    Claremont Hotel Berkley

    San Antonio’s Jeff Ayres heard a baby crying in his empty hotel room, and Tim Duncan backs him up. Creepy.

  9. After long season with Suns Goran Dragic may not play in World Cup for Slovenia

    Mar 25, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Goran Dragic

    Goran Dragic is playing nearly 35 minutes a night for the Suns and would like to rest this summer, but that means letting down his national team.

  10. Quinton Ross says Monday was “tough day” after being reported dead

    Mar 25, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Media Day

    The former NBA player was sleeping while a report of his death became widely circulated. He woke up to the surprise.

  11. The Extra Pass: Giannis Antetokounmpo is having fun. And starting to figure out how good he can be.

    Mar 25, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Greek Freak loves everything about the NBA… except that nickname. But it’s grown on him.

  12. Monday NBA grades: Tyreke Evans has found the beat in New Orleans

    Mar 25, 2014, 1:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Pelicans

    Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but Tyreke Evans has been playing well lately in New Orleans. Also, LeBron James is good at basketball.

  13. LeBron James with game-winning lay-up, Chris Bosh preserves it with block (VIDEO)

    Mar 25, 2014, 12:08 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Miami Heat

    Miami needed a win and LeBron James was going to make sure they got it. He came out gunning (15 first half shots) and behind him the Heat led most of the way against the Trail Blazers in the second half. Miami was up by 7 in the final two minutes… then gave it all…

  14. Report: Shaquille O’Neal under police investigation for incident at TNT studios

    Mar 24, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Atlanta police are investigating what Shaq’s attorney said is “horseplay” and the victim’s attorney said required surgery to repair.

  15. Tony Parker out vs. Sixers Monday… I still like Spurs’ chances

    Mar 24, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    San Antonio has won 13 games in a row. Philadelphia has lost 24 games in a row. Tony Parker sitting out for the Spurs Monday night isn’t going to change the outcome of this game. And he is sitting this one out, coach Gregg Popovich made official. Injury report: Spurs guard Tony Parker (soreness, left…

  16. PBT Extra: LeBron James is frustrated… and he should be

    Mar 24, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James is frustrated with the Heat’s defense, with the lineup changes, with the injuries slowing him down — but mostly he’s frustrated with the losing. After the Heat’s latest loss to a sub .500 team he seemed to call himself and his team out, which is what a leader should do, after the last game. In…

  17. Nick Young’s home burglarized of about $100,000 during Lakers game

    Mar 24, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT

    Nick Young

    Burglars got about $100,000 in jewelry, clothes and more from Nick Young’s house while he dropped 26 on the Magic. Swaggy P is most pissed about the Nike Air Yeezy shoes being gone.

  18. Report: North Carolina State’s T.J. Warren to enter NBA draft

    Mar 24, 2014, 4:07 PM EDT

    NC State v Saint Louis

    NC State’s T.J. Warren is going pro and is expected to be a mid first round pick, but how he fits in his game at the NBA level will be interesting.

  19. Greg Oden to start for Heat Monday against former team Trail Blazers

    Mar 24, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

    oden heat

    Greg Oden is playing it down, but he will start against the team that drafted him No. 1 all those years ago. It will be emotional.

  20. PBT Power Rankings: Streaking Spurs on top, streaking Sixers on bottom

    Mar 24, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker

    San Antonio has won 13 in a row, they remain in the top spot, Philly has lost 24 in a row and remains in the bottom slot. Hey, guess which two teams play this week?

  21. Joel Embiid says he hasn’t made up mind on entering draft

    Mar 24, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

    Joel Embiid

    The potential No. 1 pick (no lower than No. 3 unless his back has serious long term damage) says he wants to speak to the Kansas coaching staff and fellow Cameroonian Luc Mbah a Moute first.

  22. Mark Cuban: “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion”

    Mar 24, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Rockets Mavericks Basketball

    The NFL pretty much mints money for its owners. It is the unquestioned biggest sporting league in the United States. It is an 800 pound gorilla — it gets whatever it wants. Mark Cuban thinks that will be its undoing. And soon. Cuban owns an NBA team in a football city and had some interesting…

  23. Sunday NBA grades: Jarrett Jack strikes blow to Knicks playoff hopes

    Mar 24, 2014, 2:33 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while eating a $250 hamburger… Jarrett Jack, Cleveland Cavaliers. Earlier on Sunday the Atlanta Hawks had lost and so the Knicks had real motivation at the Garden vs. the Cavaliers — win and NY is just two games back of the last playoff spot in…

  24. Pau Gasol misses second half of Lakers game due to illness, will spend night in hospital

    Mar 24, 2014, 1:20 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol played his usual minutes in the first half of the Lakers eventual win over Orlando Sunday night, but didn’t come out of the locker room for the second half. The team announced that he had become ill at halftime complaining of dizziness and nausea. He did not return to the game. Then after…

  25. Jarrett Jack drops 31 on the Knicks, including dagger jumper (VIDEO)

    Mar 24, 2014, 12:58 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

    The Cavaliers’ Jarrett Jack was in the zone in the second half. The Knicks had led by 17 in the second quarter — and with a win they would move within 2 games of the final playoff spot in the East. Then Jack happened. He was knocking down rainbow jumpers, getting into the lane and…

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