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Kurt Helin

  1. Lamar Odom’s reality show not affecting his game

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:58 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    I’ll be up front: I don’t like to criticize other media members for their opinions. Sports should be a fun debate and if we disagree about things, so what. The vast majority of people I’ve met in this business are good people, serious and passionate, who realize we have some cool jobs. And I like…

  2. Wizards make it official: They will go red, white and blue next season

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

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    Ted Leonsis wants his teams in the nation’s capital adorned in national colors — he did it to the NHL’s Capitals, and we knew it was going to happen with the Wizards. Thursday they made it official, according to CSN Washington. “The updating of the Wizards brand has been a priority we have focused on…

  3. Pacers Darren Collison says he thinks he can play Thursday

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Indiana has played Chicago tough. They’ve been in it. Now they head home for Game 3 Thursday night. The question was would they be in it without Darren Collison, who sprained an ankle when he stepped back into the foot of a cameraman on the baseline last game. Turns out they may not have to,…

  4. PBT Thursday one liners

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Darrell Arthur

    Hey, Memphis. How does it feel to be part of a real, honest-to-goodness playoff series? Fun, isn’t it? The San Antonio Spurs absolutely owned the local television market ratings game this season. But sure Sacramento, move to Los Angeles because the television deal is key. If Bryan Colangelo is out in Toronto, look for 74-year-old…

  5. Questions about television deal cast some doubt on Kings move

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

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    It’s still a long shot the Kings stay in Sacramento — in the end you are asking a bunch of entrepreneurial, rich capitalists to vote against one of their own moving his business to a place he can (theoretically) make more money. It’s hard to get them to vote no. But they may be getting…

  6. Video: Lakers talk about win despite off night from stars

    Apr 21, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant celebrates with Gasol of Spain against New Orleans Hornets during Game 2 of NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined to score 19 points on 5-of-20 shooting, but the Lakers still won Game 2 Wednesday night to even their series. Look at that picture to the right — Kobe and Gasol couldn’t even high-five well. It shows why the Lakers are two-time defending champs. You think Miami wins if…

  7. Rockets to interview long list of top assistant coaches

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:54 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    The problem wasn’t Rick Adelman’s body of work, it was the feeling by Houston Rockets management he wasn’t the guy for a rebuilding team. They want a young coach to grow with and mold a rebuilding team, and so they are reaching out to top assistants from around the league, according to the Houston Chronicle.…

  8. Video: Russell Westbrook on spin cycle against Denver defense

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Russell Westbrook slowed down some in Game 2 against Denver, he only had 21 points. Still he was a pretty big part of the Thunder going up 2-0 in their first-round series and the Nuggets still do not have a real good option for slowing him down. Especially when he can pretty much spin and…

  9. Report: Kevin Love to win Most Improved Player award

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:06 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    It’s not a surprise, and it’s about to become official on Thursday. According to the Associated Press, on Thursday Minnesota’s Kevin Love will be named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. Love averaged an impressive 20.2 points and 15.2 rebounds per game this season. He went from being a sixth man for large stretches of last…

  10. NBA Playoffs: For one game new Spurs look like old Spurs

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:06 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    These are not your father’s San Antonio Spurs. Well, bad example, because your father’s Spurs had Artis Gilmore and George Gervin, and these definitely are not those Spurs. But these are not the four-time champion Spurs, either. This is a very different team with a different, more offense-minded identity. As Timothy Varner said at 48…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Manu Ginobili playing in Game 2 for Spurs

    Apr 20, 2011, 7:55 PM EST

    Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol, Matt Bonner

    Manu Ginobili is back. With a rather cumbersome looking brace on his sprained right elbow, but he is back. And that could make Game 2 between the Grizzlies and Spurs a lot different than Game 1. In the first game, the Grizzlies focused their defensive efforts on Tony Parker (4-of-12 shooting), tried hard to stop…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Can Nuggets slow down Thunder stars?

    Apr 20, 2011, 7:27 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    The Denver Nuggets are a really good team. In the classic sense of team. They play good team defense. They move the ball on offense. They are well coached. They play hard. They play smart. And all that does not stop a Kevin Durant or a Russell Westbrook. Three times in the last month the…

  13. Winderman: NBA should have replay official for playoffs

    Apr 20, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Before each playoff game, four referees enter their locker room. Only three emerge. The fourth is in attendance in case of injury, a smart move by the league with so much at stake. The greater issue, especially in light of some egregious officiating errors this postseason, is why not utilize that fourth pair of eyes?…

  14. MRIs on Stoudemire, Billups negative; both questionable for Friday

    Apr 20, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    The good news — it’s nothing serious. The MRIs for both Amar’e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups confirmed the original diagnosis in both cases, reports the New York Daily News. That’s a break for New York. Well, except that both are on the bubble for Game 3, and the Knicks losing Friday night to the Celtics…

  15. Watch Kobe, Lakers new “words can hurt” PSA

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:48 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    We’ve all seen the fallout and talked about Kobe Bryant being caught using a homophobic slur on national television. As our own John Korlik said so well, freedom of speech is different from freedom from consequences. Kobe’s words had consequences. The slur he used is simply an unacceptable word to use in civilized society. He…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Game 2 is probably the game when the Lakers wake up

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant reacts as he stands behind New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    I feel like we’ve all seen this movie before. The Lakers are going to come out, get the ball inside to Pau Gasol early and often, defend the pick-and-roll better and just flat out execute their game plan in a way they did not in Game 1. It seems like for the last three years…

  17. Other players say Kobe is most clutch. Great, this debate again.

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Lakers

    It’s a debate as circular and weary as congressional budget battles (whichever party doesn’t have the president is suddenly filled with deficit hawks, not so much when there guy is in there). Is Kobe Bryant clutch? Other NBA players say yes. When polled by Sports Illustrated and asked to anonymously say who they would want…

  18. Knicks need to execute late or Celtics will be executioner

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    New York Knicks forward Anthony and head coach D'Antoni react in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    The Knicks are not dead in their series against the Celtics. But when they take the floor Friday night in a shaking-the-building loud Madison Square Garden, there will be a guy standing in the corner wearing a full length black hooded robe, with a boney hand holding a sickle. He’s waiting for just one more…

  19. Doc Rivers denies report Shaq is out for playoffs

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

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    UPDATE 2:09 pm: As one would expect, Celtics coach Doc Rivers shot down the report saying Shaquille O’Neal is done for the playoffs. Our man A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England went to the source and talked to Rivers: I know that’s not true,” Rivers told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to play. I just don’t…

  20. Magic fans launch StayDwight.com

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    And the campaign has begun. Well, really the campaign to keep Dwight Howard with the Orlando Magic began when Otis Smith made sweeping changes looking to upgrade the Magic roster this season by bringing in Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas. Seeing how well that worked, some Magic fans have launched a Web Site — StayDwight.com…

  21. Kentucky’s Brandon Knight, Terrance Jones to enter draft

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:43 PM EST

    NCAA Final Four Kentucky UConn Basketball

    Brandon Knight and Terrance Jones may be making the right move. In a season when a lot of other potential lottery picks — Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones, Jared Sullinger — are staying in college, this could be a chance to move up the board in a weaker year because next year will be a very…

  22. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Kings Farewell Basketball

    It’s been a fun first round so far, but here is a look back at the 10 best first round series ever. Sacramento leaders will make they pitch to other NBA owners about why the Kings should stay today. They are hoping the other owners have more open minds than the Maloofs. Grant Hills is…

  23. Brandon Roy fights off tears when sat for much of Game 2

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy is not that Brandon Roy anymore. He’s not the three-time All-Star, the guy who can regularly take over games, who was an elite guard, who was a building block of the Portland franchise. His knees have robbed him — and us, for he was a joy to watch — of that. Roy himself…

  24. Former Sun, journeyman center Oliver Miller arrested for assault

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Oliver Miller

    Oliver Miller, who basically ate himself out of the NBA and whose work ethic was so poor as to get kicked off the Harlem Globetrotters, has always been the easy butt of jokes. I know, I once had him on a fantasy team. But there is nothing funny about his recent arrest on assault and…

  25. Portland owner, one of world’s richest men, complains about NBA finances

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Paul Allen

    For some context, Portland Trail Blazer owner Paul Allen is worth $13 billion dollars according to Forbes. That would make him the 21st richest man in the United States. Which is the kind of money you get when you are one of the founders of Microsoft. Put it this way: When it was time to…

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