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Kurt Helin

  1. Larry Bird doesn’t sound like a guy hanging around for long

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    You’re not going to have Larry Bird to kick around much longer, Pacers fans. At least that’s how it sounds in a conversation Bird had with the Boston Globe. “It’s at a point now in my life where I think it might be time to really reconsider and see how long I want to do…

  2. Wizards should play even faster with Vesely in lineup

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Jan Vesely

    The Washington Wizards knew what they had — last year at Summer League Sam Cassell (coaching the team in Vegas) and Flip Saunders said the Wizards were going to run. They had John Wall, they were going to up the tempo and get in in the open court. And they did, they moved from 21st…

  3. Did Hamilton slide down draft due to Texas coach Barnes?

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jordan Hamilton

    Jordan Hamilton is a lottery-level athlete who slid all the way down the NBA draft board to No. 26, where Dallas took him, traded him and he is now the property of the Denver Nuggets. Why did he fall down the board? In part because teams had concerns about his attitude. Hamilton thinks those concerns…

  4. Another report that Hawks are close to being sold

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Logo

    First came the report the Hawks were very close to being sold again. Then the expected denial. Again. Now comes a second report from a trusted place — David Aldridge of NBA.com — that the sale is indeed close. The sale is close to being completed, though it won’t be finalized in time for an approval…

  5. Hornets lose another big man, Gray to become free agent

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Gray_Aaron

    First it was the expected news that David West is going opt out of his deal with the Hornets to test the market. Now comes news that backup center Aaron Gray will follow suit, via Yahoo’s Marc Spears on twitter. Gray was set to make $1.1 million in the last year of his deal but…

  6. Derrick Williams gamblers favorite to be Rookie of Year

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Kyrie Irving was the consensus No. 1 pick because of position and potential, but Derrick Williams — who comes into the league ready to score right away — might have a better rookie season. Which is why the bookmakers at Bodog.com made him the favorite to be the Rookie of the Year: Derrick Williams 9/2…

  7. Report: Former Knicks president Checketts advising Pistons

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Dave Checketts was the New York Knicks president the last time they were good — back when the Knicks were built around Patrick Ewing and they were flirting with a title (they never got), Checkets was steering the ship. Now he is advising Tom Gores, the new Detroit Pistons owner, according to Marc Stein at…

  8. As NBA slides toward lockout, owners talk revenue sharing

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    In negotiations that have had a lot of sticking points — percentage of Basketball Related Income (BRI), hard cap — one of the other big ones has been revenue sharing. The owners know they need to address it and David Stern has called the discussions on the topic “robust.” The players think it is an…

  9. Shaq has no advice for LeBron… other than what MJ said

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    Shaquille O’Neal had a massive, blowout retirement party at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. I didn’t get an invite either, don’t feel bad. Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review Journal was there and asked the big man if he had any advice for former teammate LeBron James (via CBS’ Eye on Basketball): “No,”…

  10. Monta Ellis did not demand a trade. Yet anyway.

    Jun 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    While it appeared Monta Ellis was being shopped around like a ShamWow in recent weeks, that appeared to be more of a gauging of interest move by the Warriors. They were trying to see what they could get if they decide to move him. But does Ellis want out of Golden State. Right now he…

  11. Rodrigue Beaubois to undergo foot surgery. Again.

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    One reason the Dallas Mavericks could repeat as champions — they should get their two most dynamic wing players back from injury next season. Caron Butler is one. Rodrigue Beaubois is the other — but not until he has another foot surgery, according Sports.fr (a French sports site). Beaubois missed most of last season after…

  12. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving draft

    This is a fantastic profile of No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving and what it was like for him growing up. Here’s a new CBA proposal from a blogger trying to find a balance. At least he is trying to find a middle ground, which is more than we can say for the sides in…

  13. David West opts out of contract, hits free agent market

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    If this were any year in the last five, what David West is doing would be a no brainer. But this year, heading into a lockout followed by a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, he is taking a risk. David West has told the New Orleans Hornets he is opting out of the final year of…

  14. Video: Mark Cuban wants to sign Optimus Prime

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    This new commercial has movie tie ins, ESPN tie ins, and it makes Mark Cuban the first person from the Mavericks to get a commercial after the team won the NBA title. Which is fair, since he really needs the money. The new ESPN/Transformers 3 commercial is getting posted here because I thought it was…

  15. Nene will not play for Brazil this summer, sign of free agency

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    This summer, from Argentina to Lithuania, international basketball tournaments will be taking place with berths in the 2012 London Olympics at stake. But NBA contracts and the lockout will play a role. For example, soon to be free agent Nene will not be playing for Brazil this summer, according to the Associated Press. The Brazilian…

  16. Knicks may solve center problem with… Kwame Brown?

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    The Knicks need someone to protect the rim and play some defense as a big man. Ronny Turiaf tried but he is a great backup, not the answer. However they really want to preserve their cap space for potentially getting another superstar in 2012 — hello Dwight Howard or Chris Paul (new CBA willing) —…

  17. Collins says Iguodala not being shopped; pair to meet

    Jun 25, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Doug Collin’s is doing what a lot of NBA coaches are doing right now — flying all over the country, racking up healthy cell phone minutes talking to the players on their roster. They talk about offseason workouts, parts of their game to focus on. Because starting next Friday — when the lockout almost certainly…

  18. Three biggest surprises of the NBA Draft

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    Tristan Thompson

    There are always a few surprises, like that guy you drafted you thought was 21 turns out to be 26. Funny, but really that mistake by the Timberwolves was moot because Tanguy Ngombo was never going to play in the NBA. But there were some surprises when the picks still mattered. Here are the three…

  19. Biyombo says current contract buyout a non-issue

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo

    In the run-up to the draft, there were a lot of questions about Bismack Biyombo’s buyout from his Spanish club, and if that was going to happen (or was going to be decided by the Spanish courts). In meeting with the Charlotte Bobcat media on Friday, Biyombo said that the buyout was not going to…

  20. Patrick Ewing to interview for Pistons head coaching job

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Up until now, Kim Hughes — the interim coach with the Los Angeles Clippers before Vinny Del Negro was hired — was the tallest NBA coach I remember seeing. A former NBA player, he is a legit 6’10’. But if the Detroit Pistons hire Orlando assistant Patrick Ewing, all bets are off. And Ewing will…

  21. No progress in labor talks, no counterproposal by players

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    One of these days we will get to post a story on PBT about the good news in the labor talks, about the serious progress, about guys getting ready to go to New York for a game in Madison Square Garden and not a meeting in a hotel conference room. Today is not that day.’…

  22. Six good players not drafted in the NBA

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Akron v Notre Dame

    The end of the second round of the NBA Draft got ridiculous. Teams stopped trying to draft guys who could maybe make their team and help and instead drafted ludicrous reaches that they will never have to pay. Ater Majok, Tanguy Ngombo, Chukwudiebere Maduabum — these were strange choices when quality players were on the…

  23. NBA Players show up to labor talks wearing “stand” T-shirts

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

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    The NBA owners want to radically shift the league’s financial system, and that’s going to mean serious give-backs by the players. Privately, some tied to ownership will tell you they aren’t sure they can get serious concessions until the players miss a paycheck or two (and the players don’t get their first check until Nov.…

  24. You want a great NBA Draft? Wait until next year.

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Washington v North Carolina

    This year’s NBA draft was a trade-a-palooza of fun. We were entertained. But this wasn’t a great draft talent wise. It was a down year. No franchise cornerstone guys, and a lot of guys with high ceilings but serious questions about if they can ever get there. Next year on the other hand… The 2012…

  25. The reality of all those NBA trade rumors

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    We love talking trade rumors as much as anyone. It’s part of the fun of being a sports fan, talking about potential deals. And rumors were flying about like cabs in New York City leading up to the NBA Draft Thursday. Andre Iguodala to either team in Los Angeles. Lamar Odom to Minnesota or Philadelphia…

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