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Kurt Helin

  1. Bobcats plans for pre-lockout free agent camp shot down

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:19 AM EST

    summer league

    Everyone knows the lockout is coming. The drop-dead date to start next season on time will likely be about the end of September or October 1 — after the last lockout there was one month of condensed free agency and training camps before regular season games started. The lockout will wipe out Summer League, the…

  2. Sale of Pistons to Tom Gores finally approved

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Tom Gores

    Tom Gores is now finally, officially, the owner of the Detroit Pistons. The terms of the sale had been in place a couple months but details still had to be finalized. They have been now. David Stern announced before Game 1 of the NBA finals the sale of the franchise to Gores and his equity…

  3. Video: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade take over late

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It was one fo the interesting questions coming into Game 1: Both the Heat and Mavericks had dominated late in games in the playoffs. That’s why both had advanced, both executed under pressure. So who would win the battle when they faced off. LeBron James and Dywane Wade would. We should have guessed that. The…

  4. Heat’s Mike Miller leaves arena in sling with shoulder injury

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:40 AM EST

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    They say it’s not that bad, but any time a key cog for a team leaves the arena wearing a sling you have to wonder. Mike Miller aggravated a left shoulder or arm injury late in the Game 1 Miami win and left the arena wearing a sling, according to multiple reports. He first tweaked…

  5. Dirk Nowitzki injures finger on non-shooting hand

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:05 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    In the fourth quarter of Game 1, Dirk Nowitzki made a clean strip of Chris Bosh as he was driving toward the basket, but he got called for the makeup foul after a bad whistle on the other end. To add to the problems, Nowitzki tore a tendon in his left index finger on the…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Dallas shooters go cold… or was it the Heat?

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:34 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It will be the “chicken or the egg” question out of Game 1, and we will not really know the answer until we are well along in this series. Did the Dallas Mavericks just miss shots, or did the Miami Heat make them miss? Because the key Dallas shooters were shooting like they played for…

  7. Mike Brown already preaching defense to Lakers

    May 31, 2011, 8:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Mike Brown’s first press conference as the Lakers head coach — and that’s official now, he signed the contract Tuesday — was really pretty uneventful. A lot of coach-speak. A lot of things about family, about him defining the culture and holding people accountable, about this still being Kobe’s team, about Brown trying to be…

  8. NBA Draft Preview: Where does Kyle Singler fall?

    May 31, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Kyle Singler Duke

    Kyle Singler is a Duke legend, and that will never change. He is cemented himself as part of the lore of one of the nation’s best college basketball programs. We love him for his trick shots. But where he fits in the NBA is a much trickier subject. Much more controversial. In an ideal world…

  9. LeBron comments on Jim Tressel, Ohio State mess

    May 31, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James is a big Ohio State fan, he’s been on the sidelines during Buckeye football games. He knows Jim Tressel. That would be the Jim Tressel who resigned Monday amid a heap of allegations of cars, memorabilia-for-tattoos and a bunch of other problems that will mean trouble for a program that had been at…

  10. Video: The Basketball Jones recaps the 2011 playoffs

    May 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    One good reason to move to Canada, say from a city like Atlanta, is to be able to watch J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas of The Basketball Jones on The Score. However, as a native Californian with thin blood, I’m not moving north. Not even for them. So let’s bring them to us. What follows…

  11. Report: Russia’s CSKA Moscow interested in Krstic

    May 31, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    KRSTIC_NENAD

    There’s a lot of talk from NBA players about going to play in Europe if there is an extended lockout, although most of it is fantasy not reality. Do you think a quality European club is going to sign an NBA player for half a season? But free agents, that may be a different story.…

  12. Kareem writes open letter to Pippen about LeBron, Jordan

    May 31, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Everyone has climbed all over Scottie Pippen in recent days for putting LeBron James on the same pedestal with Michael Jordan, calling Jordan the best scorer of all time but LeBron a potentially better all around player. At best it felt a little premature. In Chicago that was blasphemy. Now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has entered the…

  13. Referees announced for Game 1 of NBA finals

    May 31, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    Your crew of referees for Game 1 of the NBA finals has been announced: Steve Javie, Mike Callahan and Bill Kennedy. Bill Spooner is the alternate. That’s a solid crew, one that should by reputation be pretty even handed. It also lacks the name that will turn the stomach of Mavs fans — Bennett Salvatore.…

  14. NBA finals Game 1 preview: It’s more than LeBron and Dirk

    May 31, 2011, 12:53 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    It’s one thing to watch the tape and read the report. Dallas knows it has to turn Dwyane Wade and LeBron James into contested jump shooters, not let them drive or get going in transition. Miami knows it needs to front Dirk Nowitzki, force him to put the ball on the floor going right and…

  15. Are the Mavericks the real villains in the NBA?

    May 31, 2011, 12:24 PM EST

    Mark Cuban

    Hating the Heat is very trendy now. LeBron James going to Miami touched a nerve with fans and that has turned whomever they are playing into America’s team. Miami’s collection of talent just seems unfair to some, and players deciding to play together seems like cheating to them. The Heat are being blamed for ruining…

  16. Report: Howard, Magic talking two-year extension

    May 31, 2011, 11:41 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Dwight Howard keeps talking about how he wants to win in Orlando, how people shouldn’t be talking about him moving on. But the only way silence the rumors is to sign an extension. Howard and the Magic are talking about a two-year extension and it only awaits his signature, according to Orlando’s Local 6 Sports…

  17. Dirk Nowitzki’s workouts unconventional to say the least

    May 31, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

    Mavericks' Nowitzki looks on during practice as they prepare for the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Dirk Nowitzki hits everything. In the playoffs, every time a shot leaves his hand you think it is going in, no matter how awkward his body position looks. And it feels different than other players who do the same thing. You see Kobe Bryant hit a leaning one-legged three pointer and you think “he probably…

  18. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    May 31, 2011, 10:25 AM EST

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    If you are looking for some over-the-top, ridiculous hatred of the Heat, start with this link. Having an age limit has not reduced the number of draft busts. Moving the age limit to 20 won’t help either. And it’s just plain wrong. A look at where things stand one month from the start of the lockout.…

  19. Thunder want Kendrick Perkins to get healthy this summer

    May 31, 2011, 10:06 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Some people in Oklahoma City blamed Kendrick Perkins for the fall of the Thunder in the conference finals to Dallas. Those people are wrong. Perkins was not causing Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to miss shots at the end of games. Jeff Green would not have saved them (people continue to overvalue him). Perkins was…

  20. PBT’s plethora of Heat vs. Mavs previews — plus a live chat

    May 31, 2011, 9:10 AM EST

    NBA Finals Preview

    While you’ve spent the weekend barbecuing or water skiing, we’ve been pumping out the NBA finals previews. Breaking down the Heat vs. Mavericks. And there is more to come — including a live chat tonight during Game 1 (starting about 9 pm Eastern). Come on back by PBT tonight at chat during the game, starting…

  21. Jazz coach Corbin says blame AAU for the Miami Heat

    May 31, 2011, 8:54 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    You heard it right after LeBron James talked about where his talents were going — other older players jumped up and said they would not have done this. They would not have willingly joined forces with other superstars to chase rings. Former NBA player and current Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin gets that. He told the…

  22. Dwight Howard tells Orlando fans he’s not Shaq

    May 31, 2011, 8:37 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Dwight Howard may have gotten mad at the Orlando Sentinel for it, but the speculation is everywhere — talk about where Howard will play next is rampant. He can opt out of his current deal in the summer of 2012 and that means if he wants he can put the Orlando Magic in the same…

  23. Big Baby blogging about summer workout regimen

    May 30, 2011, 8:10 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Glen “Big Baby” Davis, welcome to the world of blogging. We welcome you with open arms even if we are fairly sure you are not in your underwear in your mother’s basement. (And if you are, well, we don’t really want to picture that.) Davis has started blogging about his offseason workout regimen at his…

  24. Video: Best dunks of the conference finals

    May 30, 2011, 5:38 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    What’s going to help you get through the end of Memorial Day weekend? Dunks. Big dunks in big games. With that in mind we present for your entertainment the best dunks of the NBA conference finals. Dunks that changed games or just rocked rims. Something to look forward to with the NBA finals starting Tuesday…

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