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Kurt Helin

  1. Wade says LeBron having to cover Durant good for Miami

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:26 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    It’s one of the best parts of these NBA finals — Kevin Durant and LeBron James are going to be matched up on each other. The two best players in the game today going head-to-head. It’s not going to happen all the time (expect cross matching, the Heat will want LeBron on Durant at key…

  2. Report: List down to three for Orlando Magic GM post

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

    Image (1) new-orlando-magic-logo-thumb-250x179-13629.jpg for post 6226

    No pressure Orlando, no need to rush. Not like you have any big decisions ahead. The Orlando Magic search for a general manager — which will be followed by the search for a coach, which will be followed by deciding what to do about Dwight Howard — is down to three people, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski…

  3. Olajuwon pulling for pupil LeBron James in finals

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:12 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James’ post game took a leap forward this season. With the Heat not having a traditional scoring threat on the block, LeBron James has moved more to the post (particularly early in the season.) He took 13.7 percent of his shot attempts out of the post this season and shot 50.4 percent from there…

  4. Is Kevin Garnett going to retire?

    Jun 12, 2012, 10:46 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    Kevin Garnett showed in these playoffs — and in this season — that there is something left in his tank. Actually, fuel left in the tank was never the question with Garnett, because the guy’s passion for the game (and rage at anyone standing in his way) seems limitless. Coming into the season there were…

  5. Sixers interviewing replacements for GM Thorn’s job

    Jun 12, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    Rod Thorn

    Rod Thorn is the guy making the calls in the 76ers basketball side of the operations. Including who gets to replace him. Thorn, 70, is entering the final year of his contract — after which he will be a part-time consultant with the team — and is part of a committee that has already started…

  6. PBT Extra: Talking NBA finals, Miami with Ira Winderman

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Enough with the preliminaries, let’s get this thing started — one of the most anticipated, likely entertaining finals in years is set to tip-off between the Heat and Thunder on Tuesday night. So we thought why not give you another NBA finals preview. We’ve done the big preview, looked at the keys for the Heat…

  7. “Good Thunder vs. Evil Heat?” It’s more complicated than that.

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    I did a national sports talk radio interview the other day and the first question asked was “is this really the good vs. evil finals?” It caught me a little off guard. But they were not the first to ask it — it’s been a national story line for a while. The themes are simplistic…

  8. Report: Kris Humphries talking to feds claiming extortion

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:19 AM EST

    kris-humphries

    Kris Humphries really knows how to pick them. The man vaulted from solid power forward to over-saturated pop culture stardom by marrying (then 72 days later divorcing) Kim Kardashian is now having problems with another former girlfriend. Trouble that reportedly required him to go to the feds. From TMZ (via IamaGM.com): Kris Humphries’ lawyers had…

  9. Report: Bobcats coaching search down to Sloan, Snyder, Shaw

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:59 AM EST

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    And then there were three. Charlotte cast a wide net looking for their next coach but that list is now apparently down to three, according to Rick Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer (ESPN broke the story). The Charlotte Bobcats have narrowed their coaching search to three candidates: Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, Indiana Pacers…

  10. Ray Allen to have ankle surgery Wednesday

    Jun 11, 2012, 10:28 PM EST

    Ray Allen

    He played through it, after struggling at first he seemed to accept what the sacrifice would be and by the end Ray Allen was making a quality contribution to the Celtics playoff run. But now that the Celtics season is over Allen is going to have surgery Wednesday to get the bone spurs in his…

  11. Injuries, yes. But don’t think Mike Miller is ready to retire

    Jun 11, 2012, 9:25 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    LeBron James probably said it best about Mike Miller’s assortment of injuries — he needs a body-ectomy after this series. You’d be hard pressed to find a part of him that doesn’t need some treatment after the finals. But don’t think Mike Miller is done. Despite the report that came out earlier today. At media…

  12. LeBron: “I let my teammates down” in 2011 NBA finals

    Jun 11, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    LeBron James

    LeBron James has — either for the first time or the 100th, depending on how you dissect his words — owned up to what you, I, Erik Spoelstra, Jeff Van Gundy, and pretty much every sports fan living in a first world country already knew: LeBron was not very good in the 2011 NBA finals…

  13. Bosh may start. Or he may not. He’s not worried either way.

    Jun 11, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    For the three games since he returned from a strained abdomen, Chris Bosh has come off the bench — but in Game 7 against Boston he played 31 minutes. Which is basically James Harden/Manu Ginobili sixth man minutes. So for the finals Game 1, does Bosh go back into the starting lineup? Or is he…

  14. World Peace to star as cop in Lifetime Movie Network flick

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:31 PM EST

    Metta World Peace

    If you tried to pitch this script to a Hollywood executive you could never get the project green lit because it was too weird. Then they’d go approve another Adam Sandler film and we’d all groan. But here it is: Metta World Peace will play a detective in a Lifetime Movie Network film based on…

  15. Report: Grizzlies’ owner Heisley will sell team to young billionaire Pera

    Jun 11, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

    Robert-Pera_thumb

    Robert Pera is a 34-year-old billionaire about to own an NBA team. So, what have you been doing with your life? In a move that Grizzlies have have both hoped for and feared (because the new owner might try to move the team), owner Michael Heisley has apparently found a buyer and will sell the…

  16. Monday And-1 links: An oral history of the Dream Team

    Jun 11, 2012, 3:08 PM EST

    Image (1) Dream-Team-thumb-250x274-18169.jpg for post 3660

    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 like Texans love barbeque. • If you read just one thing today, make it…

  17. Report: Cavaliers tried to trade for No. 1 pick. That’s a “no.”

    Jun 11, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

    Anthony Davis

    Franchise anchor players only come through the draft every few years, guys that you can build around for a decade or more. Providing you don’t run them off. That’s something Cleveland knows all to well. Which is why they should know New Orleans were never going to trade the No. 1 overall pick and the…

  18. Clippers put together list of GM candidates (willing to work cheap)

    Jun 11, 2012, 2:13 PM EST

    Vandeweghe

    The Clippers are on the hunt for a new general manager. One they said they’d reached a deal with in principle when clearly they hadn’t. Now we know why — Neil Olshey made the same decision you, I or any sane person would have. Broderick Turner did some digging for the Los Angeles Times and…

  19. Video: Top 10 game winning/tying shots of NBA season

    Jun 11, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    I really despise the NBA clutch/closer debate, because it can be arbitrary and it’s easy to pigeonhole guys into being great or terrible in the clutch when the reality for both is closer to the average. Just remember what Rockets GM Daryl Morey (and many others) said — good teams don’t win more close games,…

  20. Five most dominant NBA playoff teams ever

    Jun 11, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    There was a point a couple weeks ago, when San Antonio had won 10 in a row in the playoffs and looked headed to the NBA finals, it looked like the Spurs could be one of the better NBA playoffs teams ever. Then the Oklahoma City Thunder happened. No team out of this year’s NBA…

  21. Bradley Beal only working out for teams with top four picks

    Jun 11, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Bradley Beal feels pretty confident he is going high in this draft. You can tell because he’s not bothering to work out for the Kings at No. 5 or anyone below that, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Agent Mark Bartelstein told SI.com that he has no plans for Beal to conduct workouts with teams…

  22. David Stern expects your draft conspiracy theories now

    Jun 11, 2012, 10:49 AM EST

    David Stern

    When the New Orleans Hornets — still owned by the league, mind you, and about to be sold to the guy keeping them in New Orleans — won the NBA Draft Lottery and the rights to likely franchise changing first pick Anthony Davis, the conspiracy theorists were coming out of the grassy knolls everywhere. Clearly…

  23. Might Boston bring back Garnett, Allen? Ainge is open to it.

    Jun 11, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    At the trading deadline, Boston didn’t look right on the court and while the players in the locker room believed nobody else did. Boston general manager Danny Ainge considered blowing it all up with trades. He didn’t. He and Celtics fans were rewarded with a run all the way to Gam 7 of the Eastern…

  24. Five keys for Oklahoma City to become NBA champions

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

    It’s been building to this for years now — from way back when Kevin Durant was drafted (back in Seattle), followed by Russell Westbrook the next year and James Harden the year after that. Thunder GM Sam Presti was building something. Now the Oklahoma City Thunder are on the doorstep of the teams’ first championship…

  25. Five keys for Miami to become NBA champions

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    No doubt, Miami can win these NBA finals. They may be mild underdogs, but they are in this. LeBron can get the ring he craves. Yes, I picked Oklahoma city to win (in six). It’s not that the Heat don’t have the talent, I’m just not convinced that for four out of seven games they…

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