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Kurt Helin

  1. Draft-day trades are coming, which ones are most likely?

    Jun 25, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    More than any year in recent memory, it feels like we are going to see a lot of trades, a lot of moves in the days, hours and minutes leading up to the draft. While the consensus may be this a deep draft, some teams are willing to move to out while other teams are…

  2. Report: Hawks offer GM job to Ferry… but they have one?

    Jun 25, 2012, 1:49 AM EST

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    The Atlanta Hawks have a general manager in Rick Sund… but they are offering the job to someone else. Specifically, they are offering it to Danny Ferry, the current Spurs assistant and former GM in Cleveland during the LeBron years. The deal is close, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Atlanta Hawks have…

  3. Report: Rockets talking with Raptors, Kings about draft trade

    Jun 25, 2012, 12:14 AM EST

    Daryl Morey

    This really shouldn’t really be a surprise — ever since Daryl Morey took over as general manager of the Rockets they have been one of the more active teams on draft day. Right now they pick No. 14 but they want to move up, according to ESPN. Sources say that Houston has discussed deals with…

  4. Thunder GM calls idea of Jackson, Van Gundy as coach “rubbish”

    Jun 24, 2012, 9:49 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    When we told you this rumor was out there — that Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy were on the list as potential coaches of the Thunder if Scott Brooks wasn’t brought back — we told you to take it with a grain of salt. Or, actually an entire box of kosher salt (we only…

  5. Report: Tony Parker needed eye surgery, Olympics still likely

    Jun 24, 2012, 3:12 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    This might help you understand why Tony Parker was frustrated enough to file a $20 million lawsuit. He had to have surgery or he could have lost an eye injured as a bystander in a TMZ dream fight in a club in New York, and in a couple weeks he’s flying back to the United…

  6. Charlotte’s scouting database is better than yours. Way better.

    Jun 24, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

    Rich Cho

    Bobcats GM Rich Cho comes at his job differently than the other 29 guys who have these gigs. Cho was an engineer for Boeing who left that to attend Pepperdine law school, then parlayed that into a job with the Sonics. One of his big projects with the Bobcats has been create a comprehensive player…

  7. Three guys who could be the surprise second best player in this draft

    Jun 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Make no mistake, this is the Anthony Davis draft. He is the franchise player, the guy who can be a top 10 player in the league, the guy you build a contender around, the guy people pay to see. The Hornets have literally won the lottery. After that there is a consensus of guys going…

  8. NBA finals: Television ratings, clearing out my reporter’s notebook

    Jun 23, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James celebrates near the end of Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami

    I had a ton of notes I took at points in Miami during the NBA finals and all of it didn’t get into posts. So I’m closing out my notebook with bullet points to put a little bow on the NBA finals. • People like to watch stars. LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the Heat…

  9. Report: League’s salary cap, luxury tax will remain unchanged

    Jun 23, 2012, 12:51 AM EST

    LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat and R

    This is not really a surprise — while per-game attendance was good and television ratings were up this season (although ratings don’t immediately translate to revenue) it was expected not to really impact the cap in a shortened season. Teams have been operating under the assumption that next year’s salary cap would be about the…

  10. Dwyane Wade admits he may miss Olympics to rehab knee

    Jun 22, 2012, 10:13 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    It was evident to anyone watching that Dwyane Wade was not himself throughout the playoffs and in the finals against the Thunder. One of the most explosive finishers in the game almost missed dunks at points because he didn’t have the elevation. He admitted to the Associated Press Friday that he may need to skip…

  11. Video: Baron Davis in “The Battle for Boom Garden”

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    baron davis

    I present this without comment because… I don’t know what to say. It’s Baron Davis. At his most Baron Davisness. And it’s a good way to start the weekend. I guess.

  12. Jeremy Lin’s new agent looking to Asia for endorsements

    Jun 22, 2012, 6:45 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Here is a little trove from the rumor mill: When “Linsanity” was in full bloom and companies from all over the globe were reaching out to him looking for deals, it was a disorganized mess. Nobody seemed to be in charge. Jeremy Lin has a new agent and marketing man — Jim Tanner — just…

  13. Warriors interested in bringing in Brandon Roy

    Jun 22, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy wants to return to the NBA. Golden State wants him. The Warriors GM confirmed that to Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on Friday morning that the team has interest in former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, who has made it clear that he will try to play…

  14. Does a ring change the perception of LeBron James?

    Jun 22, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There is something different about LeBron James today — he is an NBA champion. He has a chip. Nobody can ever take that away from him. But s that really going to change how people feel about him? “In the information age, reputations are made and broken down more cheaply than they used to be,”…

  15. Video: NBA micro-movie Game 5 — Thunder vs. Heat

    Jun 22, 2012, 4:04 PM EST

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    Thunder fans, you may want to avert your eyes. This wasn’t a pretty ending to your season. But it was a real coronation of the Miami Heat as champions that turned into a rout and a 12-minute fourth quarter party leading up to the win. Miami could do no wrong — LeBron James recorded a…

  16. Jeremy Lin, union wins “Bird rights” arbitration, which is good for Knicks

    Jun 22, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    The New York Knicks offseason just got brighter. In an unexpected decision, an arbitrator ruled for Jeremy Lin, Steve Novak — backed by the NBA players union — saying that players picked up on waivers (like Lin and Novak were) can be re-signed by their team using their “Bird rights” (the rights of a team…

  17. It wasn’t just LeBron. Dwyane Wade had to grow up, too.

    Jun 22, 2012, 3:11 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    MIAMI — This wasn’t Dwyane Wade’s first time posing with the Larry O’Brien trophy. Six years ago, a young, brash, fearless and athletic player was an unstoppable force for four games, the Dallas Mavericks had no answer for his attacks to the rim, and it was he that pushed and pulled the Miami Heat to the…

  18. Which teams could crash the Thunder/Heat finals next year?

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:47 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    These finals didn’t feel like a one-time thing. One year from now the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder could well be back on the NBA’s biggest stage. This is a budding rivalry. Between LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Between the flashy East Coast city and the solid Midwestern city. Miami’s stars are in their…

  19. Video: Kevin Durant cries after losing in NBA finals

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    He’s going to take heat for this from some of you. The same way Chris Bosh did last year. It’s not manly to cry. He is a mama’s boy. You say that and you would be wrong. What we want from our stars is for them to care. To care about the team, to care…

  20. Thunder, coach Scott Brooks still fighting over new contract

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Scott Brooks

    The NBA finals were not Scott Brooks finest hour. He lived with players that were struggling — Kendrick Perkins — while leaving players impacting the game more on the bench. He didn’t stick with his rotations. Perkins even called him out. But Brooks is part of the family, the young coach that has grown up…

  21. Nets, Suns, Blazers and Knicks on Raymond Felton’s radar

    Jun 22, 2012, 8:31 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    Free agent point guard Raymond Felton wants to play in a system that works for him next year. Of course, what he really wants to do is get the largest paycheck possible. But after that it’s about fit — he wants to be in an up-tempo offense again, Felton told SCNow.com (which is the combined…

  22. Parker files lawsuit over injury in Chris Brown/Drake fight

    Jun 22, 2012, 7:50 AM EST

    Parker of the Spurs competes in the skills competition during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida

    Tony Parker is getting back on the court — just not that kind of court. Tony Parker was out with his girl at a trendy SoHo nightclub the night a fight broke out between the camps of singer Chris Brown and rapper Drake. It was a good, old fashioned bar fight with mass confusion and…

  23. Video: Miami Heat rain down threes on Thunder

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:56 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Miller shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during the first quarter in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    It has always been the fear of other teams facing the Miami Heat — with two of the best dribble penetration guys in the league in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, if they their shooters started knocking down threes they were going to be unbeatable. As evidence, we present you every three from the Heat’s…

  24. Thunder learn one more painful lesson, talk about taking one more step

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:40 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    To a man, as they hugged the Larry O’Brien trophy, Miami Heat players said the sting of losing in the finals last year drove them to their win this year. They felt the pain, absorbed the lessons and got better. As the clock was winding down and the party was winding up inside AmericanAirlines Arena…

  25. Miami Heat are your NBA champions, rout Thunder 121-106; LeBron MVP

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:50 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The King has his ring. Finally playing like the team the rest of the league feared Miami Heat roared to an NBA title Thursday night. NBA finals LeBron James had a triple double in the biggest game of his career, Heat role players drained threes like they were layups, the Heat offense fired on all…

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