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Kurt Helin

  1. Warts and all, the Lakers still better than Grizzlies Sunday

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:18 AM EST

    Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Gasol brothers

    The Laker have flaws. Unless it improves, their point guard play is going to come back to haunt them. Same with their depth issues. That night was not Sunday night against Memphis. The Lakers deficiencies were on display but could not be exploited by a Memphis team trying to find its way without Zach Randolph.…

  2. Jason Kidd out at least two more games with back pain

    Jan 8, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

    Jason Kidd

    Finally the Dallas Mavericks seemed to have found a groove, winning three of their last four including Saturday night over what is left of the Hornets. A win they got with Delonte West starting in place of Jason Kidd. Which is something they had better get used to as he will be out another two…

  3. Pacers make their case in win over Celtics, but it’s ugly

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:03 PM EST

    Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    This is the kind of game you end up with if you play a condensed season after a drastically shortened training camp. Which is to say — UGLY. But if you can look at it for a second you see one thing: These Pacers are legitimate. Maybe not Miami and Chicago legitimate, but to be…

  4. Video: Chris Paul talks trade, future with Darren Rovell

    Jan 6, 2012, 9:07 PM EST

    Chris Paul

    Interesting interview with NBC Sports Network’s own Darren Rovell sitting down with Clipper savior (for now) Chris Paul. Among the highlights. • “Whirlwind” was the word he used to describe Lakers trade falling apart then Clippers. • Says he was able to put Lakers idea behind him quickly then move on because he was excited…

  5. Drake raps about Kobe Bryant divorce

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:27 PM EST

    Canadian rapper Drake performs at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto

    Normally, right here is where you would find the video for Rick Ross’s new song “Stay Schemin” featuring Drake and French Montana. But because this is a family site, we are not about to post that video. If you are not at work and do not have children around, then follow this link. In that song…

  6. Ray Allen talks about team building blocks, Wizards

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:22 PM EST

    Ray Allen, Nick Young

    Ray Allen has been around for a while, seen the mountain top and more than one valley. There’s some wisdom there. In an interesting interview at CSNWashington.com, Allen talks about the kind of team and franchise culture high-profile players look for when deciding where to play as a free agent. Yes, the main motivation is…

  7. Kings say Chuck Hayes officially out 3-4 weeks

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Kings-void-Hayes-contract-on-heart-ailment-MIO375Q-x-large

    Just a quick update on the unfortunate injury to Chuck Hayes in Sacramento — he will be out three to four weeks, the team announced Friday. Hayes dislocated his left shoulder when he fouled the Bucks Drew Gooden and their arms got tangled up awkwardly. Hayes fell to the ground in pain and laid there for…

  8. Kings have players-only meeting before beating Bucks

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    The value of player-only meetings gets wildly overstated in the NBA. But there can be value if there is honesty and accountability taking place. After the Kings beat the Bucks on Thursday night several players referenced a meeting called by veteran Chuck Hayes after the Kings had lost a couple nights earlier to Denver. While…

  9. About all those Charles Barkley Weight Watchers ads…

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    NBA All-Star Saturday Night Presented By State Farm

    Maybe you heard, Charles Barkley has lost a few pounds. Well, of course you’ve heard — if you’ve watched one NBA game this year you’ve heard. Barkley’s Weight Watchers ads are the new Franklin & Bash promo, you simply cannot escape them. Weight Watchers wants to reach into the male market and the Round Mound…

  10. Winless Wizards conduct players-only meeting

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    Something needs to happen in Washington to turn the Wizards around. And while NBA players-only meetings usually have about all the impact of the Iowa Straw Poll it is worth a shot, so veteran Maurice Evans called one, reports CSNWashington.com. “We needed to address ourselves and identify what were some of the problems that the…

  11. Celtics GM Ainge explains he was not trying to trade Rondo

    Jan 6, 2012, 1:26 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    If a politician you didn’t like said this, you’d decry it as semantics. And you’d be right. But while differences can be subtle, they can be meaningful. Which brings us to Danny Ainge, the Celtics GM, who was asked for roughly the millionth time this year about pre-season talks to trade Rajon Rondo for Chris…

  12. Bobcats’ Corey Maggette out 2-4 weeks with hamstring injury

    Jan 6, 2012, 12:49 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats Maggette reacts as he drives to the basket against Orlando Magic Turkoglu of Turkey in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    If you had the under on the “10 games before Corey Maggette gets injured” prop bet collect your winnings. Maggette will be out two to four weeks with a hamstring issues suffered Thursday night, the team announced. The diagnosis was confirmed by an MRI. Hamstrings can be slow to heal and linger, so the Bobcats…

  13. Hornets’ Eric Gordon out 2-3 weeks to rest knee

    Jan 6, 2012, 12:02 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon, who returned to the Hornets lineup Wednesday and dropped 22 points, is back out. He will miss the next two to three weeks to rest his knee, according to a tweet from Sean Kelly, radio voice of the Hornets. His knee experienced swelling after that game. Gordon had sat out the four games prior…

  14. Friday And-1 links, where it’s Jan Vesely time

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:12 AM EST

    2011 NBA Draft

    Welcome to our morning 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). Jan Vesely’s hip better and the Washington rookie is expected to make his NBA debut Friday vs. the Knicks. Maybe that will help, because the…

  15. Video report: Knicks willing to trade Stoudemire to rent Howard

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

    howard-stoudemire

    The Knicks have opened talks that would send Amare Stoudemire to Orlando in a swap to rent Dwight Howard, reports Donny Marshall — former NBA player and current CSNNE reporter — on NBC SportsTalk Thursday. In the video above the talk of the trade starts at the 3:30 mark. There are a whole lot of…

  16. Griffin, Paul not fans of Clippers “lob city” nickname

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:14 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Clippers

    When Blake Griffin learned of the Chris Paul trade his first reaction was to chest bump DeAndre Jordan and say, “lob city.” That phrase took off instantly with Clippers faithful — at games you see homemade “lob city” T-shirts. For fans the phrase has become the team’s on the court identity as the Clips gets…

  17. Rockets’ Kyle Lowry charged with battery of female referee

    Jan 6, 2012, 9:24 AM EST

    Kyle Lowry

    An incident from one of the many charity games played during the lockout has become a very serious situation for Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry has been charged with misdemeanor battery from a clash with a female referee during a game in Las Vegas in September, reports MyFoxHouston.com (via Eye on Basketball). The declaration…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: No LeBron, no Wade, no problem

    Jan 6, 2012, 4:17 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    What you missed while wondering what a crocodile would do with a lawn mower… Heat 116, Hawks 109 (3OT): No LeBron James or Dwyane Wade for Miami, yet the Heat were gritty (a little lucky) and get an unexpected win. This game was entertaining and dramatic, much more so than we expected going in. But can…

  19. Kings’ Chuck Hayes dislocates shoulder, out indefinitely

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:34 AM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    Capping off a tumultuous day for the Kings, forward Chuck Hayes dislocated his left shoulder during the team’s victory over the Bucks. He will be out indefinitely. Welcome to the job, Keith Smart. It was an ugly play. Hayes had his arm extended as he fouled the Bucks Drew Gooden, their arms got locked and…

  20. Jason Kidd leaves game with back spasms, does not return

    Jan 6, 2012, 1:17 AM EST

    Jason Kidd

    Because the Mavericks needed another challenge to the start of their season… Point guard Jason Kidd played all but the last :30 seconds of the first quarter, but when he came off the floor he went straight to the locker room not to return. While this is not likely a severe injury, exactly how bad…

  21. Video: Dirk Nowitzki reads the lyrics of Britney Spears

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:34 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    I think what really makes this video is the robe. Sure there’s the pure poetry of the lyrics. The dramatic setting deserving of the classics. Dirk Nowitzki‘s dulcet tones. But the robe is really the best part. Hat tip to Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie.

  22. Kobe wants to try exotic German blood treatment on wrist

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:59 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant’s knee has not been the problem this season. Which is a nice change of pace. Apparently flying all the way to Germany to have an experimental blood treatment done on his knee seems well worth the expense now. Just don’t ask about the wrist. We’re not talking about the wrist. Wait… what about…

  23. Keith Smart signs two-year deal to coach Kings

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:04 PM EST

    Keith Smart

    Keith Smart had an impossible situation in Golden State when he became head coach. Not long after he was hired the team was sold to new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber whose mandate was to change the culture of a franchise that had been to the playoffs once in 17 years. Smart coached the…

  24. Heat’s LeBron James, Dwyane Wade both out Thursday

    Jan 5, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    And the Big 3 are down to one tonight. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are both going to sit out Thursday night’s Heat game against the Hawks, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. We’re weighing everything, the schedule ahead, rest, how much treatment we can do and what the recovery time will be,” coach…

  25. Roy Hibbert wants you to know he is not Hasheem Thabeet

    Jan 5, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert

    Roy Hibbert — he of “Parks & Rec” fame, who also happens to be the starting center for the Indiana Pacers — has pet peeves, just like the rest of us. And not just people who don’t use their turn signals. He was on 790 The Ticket in Miami and was asked what is the…

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