Skip to content

Kurt Helin

  1. Nicolas Batum thinks a few teams could beat Team USA

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    US forward LeBron James (L) challenges F

    It’s not going to happen this week. Tunisia and Nigeria are no threat to the United States, and while they have some talent Lithuania really isn’t either. But next week against Argentina then moving into the medal round play things are going to get serious for Team USA. They need to start playing better because…

  2. Video: USA vs. France game highlights replayed by LEGOs

    Jul 30, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    French centre Ronny Turiaf (L) challenge

    In case you didn’t get to see the USA start slow then come on to thump France in the Olympics opener for both teams on Sunday, we’ve got you covered. Kind of. From the Guardian in the UK itself, we have a recreation of the highlights, but using LEGOs. Thing is, I kind of like…

  3. Preview: USA enters the easy week of the schedule vs. Tunisia

    Jul 30, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Tunisia's Makram Ben Romdhane (R) drives

    Anthony Davis is the Team USA human victory cigar. When you see him getting serious minutes, the game is in hand. Expect to see a whole lot of Davis this week. After a nice win over France to open the Olympics, Team USA enters the softer part of their schedule this week, starting with Tunisia on…

  4. LeBron James wants Kevin Durant to shoot the rock more

    Jul 30, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Kevin Durant led Team USA with 22 points against France on Sunday, and you can look for that trend to continue. He is the best pure shooter and scorer on Team USA (frankly, the best in the world), his role on this team is to score. And LeBron James wants him doing more of it.…

  5. Deron Williams calls international basketball “slippery”

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    A lot of things are different in International basketball — the closer three-point line, the types of zone defenses, the overall style of play. And the balls and the rims, if you ask Team USA players. Which the Star Ledger did to Deron Williams (via SLAM). “If you hit any part of the rim, it’s…

  6. Ginobili has a plan for dealing with Parker’s new goggles

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Renaldas Seibutis

    There’s a big game in Group A tomorrow — Argentina vs. France. The USA should win Group A, so the winner of this game has a real leg up on second place in the group (especially after Argentina beat Lithuania on Sunday). But Argentina vs. France is something else as well — Manu Ginobili vs.…

  7. Tony Parker admits he is “totally out of shape” for Olympics

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    French guard Tony Parker catches the bal

    When you have a shard of glass in your eye that needs to be surgically removed and can cost you your vision if it shifts, you have a really good reason to take some time off from working out. Which is what Tony Parker has done since getting hit with a bottle during the Drake/Chris…

  8. Report: Undrafted Maalik Wayns signs deal with 76ers

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - Villanova v Rutgers

    For a guy who grew up in Philadelphia then played his college ball at Villanova, signing with the 76ers would be a dream come true. That’s what the undrafted Maalik Wayns has done, according to the Times Herald. A source confirmed Saturday that Wayns has agreed to a free-agent deal with the 76ers. The deal…

  9. Kobe says Team USA should be paid, but they would play anyway

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    Dwyane Wade created a firestorm a few months back when he dared agree with Ray Allen that the USA Basketball players should be paid for their time at the Olympics representing the USA. Wade backtracked soon after, because you can’t win that PR battle. Not when you march into Opening Ceremonies next to a wrestler…

  10. Report: Josh Howard close to making free agent decision

    Jul 30, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Jazz forward Howard tries to get position on Spurs forward Leonard during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Josh Howard isn’t quite the same guy who was such a force in Dallas a few years back. Injuries have slowed him, including knee surgery last season, although he says he is all the way back. Either way, coming off the bench (and at a reasonable price) he still has value for a team. And…

  11. Quote of the day: Kirilenko is a Wolf who thinks he’s a young buck

    Jul 30, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Russian forward Andrey Kirilenko scores

    “I feel great. Look at me. I’m running like a young deer.”  Andrei Kirilenko of Russia, after dropping 35 points on 17 shots in the first day of Olympic basketball to lead his team to a win. Timberwolves fans should be happy, they just signed Kirilenko and Russian point guard Alexey Shved who had 16…

  12. Report: Milwaukee in lead to sign Joel Przybilla

    Jul 30, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    It’s largely reached the “team are filling out the end of their roster” portion of the summer. So the big questions left (and we’re going to ignore that Dwight question now) are ones like “where will Joel Przybilla play next season?” And the answer may be Milwaukee. That according to a report in the Journal-Times.…

  13. Olympics Day 1 roundup: Argentina picks up key victory

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    Argentinian guard Emanuel Ginobili (2dR)

    We’ve broken down the USA win over France a few ways now, but there were five other games in the Olympics on Sunday. And we know you didn’t watch all of them because you were entranced by beach volleyball. We get that. To help you out, here is a recap of the rest of the…

  14. Video: LeBron’s insane 50-foot, thread-the-needle bounce pass

    Jul 29, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    It was just the first quarter of the third game of the first day of the London Olympics, and I feel safe saying you are not going to see a better pass than this. Tyson Chandler rebounds the miss, makes a quick pass out to LeBron, who is the only person on earth who could…

  15. USA starts slow, picks up pace to blow out France 98-71

    Jul 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    We’re going to see a lot of games from Team USA during the Olympics. This was not an end-to-end dominant performance to open the Olympics from the Americans. France was in it early. Tony Parker was making smart plays slashing into the lane while The USA shot 29.2 percent overall and was 0-of-6 shooting from…

  16. Steve Nash’s videos are getting stranger and stranger

    Jul 29, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of the Shawshank Redemption (more than the original Stephen King novella) but it is ripe for parody. Just not sure this was the best one I’ve ever seen. Steve Nash and his production company have done some good work in the past (the Terry Fox “30 for…

  17. Magic GM says Howard could start season on Magic roster

    Jul 29, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    Rob Hennigan

    “Process.” That was new Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan’s word of the day in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. He said the team would follow the process and trade Dwight Howard when they got to the end of the process. I would translate what he said as “these offers all suck, we’re going to…

  18. Preview: Things get defensive as USA takes on France

    Jul 28, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    France's player Tony Parker looks on, du

    If the French team that earned a spot in the London Olympics by coming in second at EuroBasket last summer were the one taking on the United States on Sunday, American fans would have reason to worry. That French team played lock down defense and had Tony Parker at his shot-creating best to spark the…

  19. Ricky Rubio recovering, hopes to be running by September

    Jul 27, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Rick Rubio

    These Olympics would be a lot more fun if Ricky Rubio were there playing for Spain. It also would make things a little scarier for the United States. But it is our loss as basketball fans. Back in March, in a fluke little collision, Rubio torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament. It ended…

  20. David Stern blames Dwight Howard’s agent for all the leaks

    Jul 27, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    Oh, great. David Stern is getting involved in the Dwightmare. That will make everything better. One of the most annoying parts of the entire Dwight Howard trade saga has been the constant flow of leaks trying to spin the story — and keeping the news cycle going on the story. The latest of those has…

  21. The debate that will not die: LeBron says 2012 team could beat Dream Team

    Jul 27, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

    LeBron James of the 2012 USA Basketball

    Which update and debate is more annoying right now: 2012 Team USA vs. the Dream Team; or the Dwight Howard saga? It’s close for me, because at some point our Dwightmare will end but the unanswerable, theoretical Dream Team debate could go on seemingly forever. Case in point: At a pre-Olympic media session on Friday…

  22. Friday And-1 links: Marv Albert is ready for Nets vs. Knicks

    Jul 27, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    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. • Marv Albert with the imaginary first call at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the Nets take on…

  23. Raptors ink John Lucas III to deal, giving them 3 point guards

    Jul 27, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    We told you recently this was close and now it has become official. Although, that hints at other moves. The Toronto Raptors have signed John Lucas III to a new deal, the team has confirmed. Lucas played well in the absence of Derrick Rose in Chicago for much of last season, averaging 7.5 points a…

  24. Reason 4,723 Team USA doesn’t stay in the Olympic Village

    Jul 27, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler Olympic bed

    There are a whole lot of reasons the USA Olympic men’s basketball team is not staying in the wild, out of control party the Olympic village. Security for one. Second, the rooms in the village are basically dorm rooms and do you think Kobe Bryant and LeBron James want to stay in a dorm? But…

  25. Hornets Xavier Henry has minor knee operation

    Jul 27, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Henry_Xavier

    What is it with Hornets players needing minor surgery Friday? First it was Austin Rivers needing some bone spurs taken out of his ankle, and now it is swingman Xavier Henry having his knee cleaned up a little bit, according to Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune. GM Dell Demps confirmed that Henry had arthroscopic surgery to…

Featured video

Clippers playoffs? MCW shooting? Your twitter questions answered.
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. H. Whiteside (6243)
  2. K. Martin (5768)
  3. K. Durant (5739)
  4. K. Lowry (5565)
  5. D. Wade (5168)
  1. G. Monroe (5161)
  2. R. Rubio (5161)
  3. B. Knight (5153)
  4. D. Rose (5143)
  5. P. George (4948)