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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA finals: Aggressive LeBron not enough, must find groove with Wade

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    We all kept talking about it and marveling at it during the Heat’s defeats against Boston and Chicago to reach the NBA finals — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were playing together. Not next to each other, they were working off the ball to get open when the other had the ball, they were running…

  2. Iguodala likes idea of playing with Clippers. Ya think?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:45 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Imagine a fast break coming at you with Andre Iguodala on one wing and Blake Griffin on the other, with Eric Gordon handling the ball and D’Andre Jordan as the trailer into the lane to pick up any garbage. Rumors of the Clippers and 76ers discussing an Andre Iguodala trade had fans salivating about just…

  3. LeBron tweets sense of urgency, will he play with it?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    LeBron James had a usage rate of 20.5 last game — meaning when he was on the floor 20.5 percent of the time a play ended with a James shot, turnover or trip to the free throw line. That is his lowest number in any regular season or playoff game this past season. And according…

  4. Enes Kanter mysterious, frustrating, still will be top six pick

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:42 AM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Enes Kanter is not Sasquatch, but it has kind of felt that way for NBA teams. They don’t know much about him, there have only been rare sightings of him on the court and the footage of his play is often grainy and old. Still, nobody thinks he slips past six in this draft, and…

  5. Video: Heat, Mavericks talk about Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, who has flu, wipes his nose during an interview for the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Dallas

    Game 5 is going to be fun. Dirk Nowitzki says he is healthy. LeBron James says he is going to play like LeBron James. Tyson Chandler will be a force, as will Dwyane Wade. We’ll have a preview for you later on today, but for now, listen to the players and coaches talk about Game…

  6. Report: Casey, Frank finalists to be Raptors head coach

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    While Minnesota and Golden State went the route of hiring television analysts, it looks like Toronto may be going the more traditional route of hiring a top assistant coach who has some head coaching experience. That’s what Doug Smith is reporting in the Toronto Star. According to multiple NBA sources, the Raptors have narrowed the…

  7. Ready for a lockout? Players say owners’ demands unchanged.

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:16 AM EST

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    We’ve been trying to tell you, the lockout on July 1 is inevitable. Frankly, it has been for a long time. We’re telling you the time you might really want to worry comes in mid-September when next season’s games will start to be in danger. As for where things stand now, the two sides are…

  8. Report: Krstic signs multi-year deal to play in Russia

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:43 AM EST

    KRSTIC_NENAD

    There were reports 10 days ago that Russian power CSKA Moscow were going after the Celtics Nenad Krstic. Turns out they were true. And he accepted. Krstic has agreed to a two-year deal to play in Russia, A. Sherrod Blakely reports at CSN New England, via the Serbian web site novosti.rs. The Serbian center started…

  9. NBA Draft: Nikola Vucevic is THE big man in the draft

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:35 PM EST

    Virginia Commonwealth v Southern California

    You want to turn some scouts heads? Be the biggest man at the NBA draft combine. That would be Nikola Vucevic — at 7’0”, 260, (with a standing reach of 9.5 feet and a 7’4” wingspan) the center out of USC caught everyone’s attention as the biggest guy at the draft combine. But he also…

  10. You like it, you really like it — NBA finals ratings strong

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:57 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Once again last night, the Miami Heat collapse/dramatic Dallas comeback (choose your own narrative) was the highest rated thing on television. What’s more, through four games this remains the highest-rated finals since 2004, which was the year everybody tuned in around the globe to watch Ben Wallace play defense… well that or to watch Shaq…

  11. After two days of talks owners, players nowhere near deal

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    David Stern

    What is the bottom line after two long days of talks between NBA owners and players on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement? “We remain very far apart… I’d say we’re apart on everything, despite both sides having moved.” David Stern said, as tweeted by Ken Berger of CBS Sports. Derek Fisher, players union president, said…

  12. DeShawn Stevenson says LeBron “checked out,” is that news?

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:27 PM EST

    Jason Kidd (R) of the Dallas Mavericks g

    Because somehow a Game 5 of the NBA finals with the series tied 2-2 isn’t enough, there seems to be some manufactured drama going regarding LeBron James. And it isn’t even his fault this time. First comes this from the Associated Press: Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson is directing some sharp words toward Miami’s LeBron James…

  13. League fines Gilbert Arenas for twitter comments

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Arenas_beardshot

    Gilbert Arenas returned to twitter just in recent weeks  — @agentzeroshow — and already the league has fined him. The league would not specify which tweets from Arenas got the fine or how much it was for, according to the Orlando Sentinel. It could be any number of jokes to or about women (although frankly, there are…

  14. Add Golden State to the list of teams that covet Nene

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:41 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Whatever the new Collective Bargaining Agreement looks like, whatever the new pay structure is going to look like, Nene is going to get paid. He is the best big man on the market. It doesn’t take a genius to look at Dallas and see what a big man who can defend and rebound can do…

  15. In Game 4, Jason Terry lived up to the talk

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EST

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    Jason Terry got singled out by Dirk Nowitzki after Game 3. Then Terry talked some smack, saying LeBron James couldn’t keep him down for seven games. We all chuckled. But after Game 4, Terry is the one laughing. Terry finished with 17 points, 8 of those coming in the fourth quarter. He attacked the rim…

  16. Klay Thompson shooting up draft boards

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Klay Thompson

    Klay Thompson can shoot the rock. As well or better than anybody else in the draft. And in a draft where every player is a question mark, general managers will gravitate toward what they know works — and a guy that can shoot works in any system. Thompson was one of the best shooters at…

  17. Mavs’ Brendan Haywood could be out for rest of finals

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

    Brendan Haywood (C) of the Dallas Maveri

    Brendan Haywood gave it a shot on his bad hip, he played 3:05 (time that included a nice rest at the end of the first quarter) but he couldn’t do much. Chris Bosh blew by him like he was statue, Haywood had no lateral movement. And he admitted to ESPN Dallas the strained right hip…

  18. Warriors shopping Monta Ellis to more than Sixers

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    Yesterday we told you about talks between Golden State and Philadelphia regarding a Monta Ellis for Andre Iguodala swap. It’s a long way from happening, but the two sides have talked. But Golden state has not been monogamous in shopping Ellis around, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. League sources said the Warriors also have…

  19. Deron Williams will switch agents to Leon Rose, CAA

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:39 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams is switching agents — we told you that yesterday — but where he has landed may be very good for the New Jersey Nets. Williams is switching to Leon Rose, part of the powerhouse Creative Artists Agency (CAA) that represents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and a host of other big-name stars…

  20. Mark Jackson talks about “culture change” for Warriors

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Mark Jackson moved to the other side of the microphone for 30 minutes and spoke to the media as head coach of the Golden State Warriors Tuesday. He did not once say “mamma, there goes that man.” Which was a little disappointing. What he did talk about is something that has echoed through every discussion…

  21. Video: Dwyane Wade blocks Tyson Chandler’s dunk

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

    Tyson Chandler, Dwyane Wade

    There were a lot of amazing plays down the stretch of Game 4. And a lot of missed shots. But also a lot of great plays. But the one that may have been the most amazing was Dwyane Wade‘s block of a Tyson Chandler dunk. This is not some soft guy rolling to the rim,…

  22. NBA owners, players have long bargaining session

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    The NBA’s owners and players remain a long, long way from reaching a deal. If you want good news at least both sides are talking — not in some secret hideaway, not because a judge ordered them to, but because they want to. And they will meet again Wednesday. Neither side would discuss in detail…

  23. Dallas was much more than sick Dirk Tuesday night

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:37 AM EST

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    Dirk Nowitzki was an inspiration, a guy with a triple-digit fever hitting what was essentially the game-winning bucket, the dagger shot on a scoop layup with 14 seconds left. But he’s not why the Mavericks won. Or not primarily. They won because of zone defense and Tyson Chandler and the pick-and-roll and a number of…

  24. Nowitzki finds way to lead despite triple-digit temperature

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:58 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki looks up with Mavericks fans standing in the background during Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Dallas

    Dirk Nowitzki just seemed off. Well, it didn’t look like that for the first few minutes of the game, when he had the Mavericks first six points including a ridiculous rainbow turnaround. Those shots had you thinking it could be one of those nights for the perfect German scoring machine. Then he fell apart, hitting…

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