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Kurt Helin

  1. Your top draft picks saying all the right things

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

      Clearly all the top draft picks have gone to the Crash Davis school of knowing your cliches — I just want to fit in, do what I can to help the team, take it one game at a time. In today’s world, agents have these guys pretty polished for the basics on draft night.…

  2. Magic rumored to be considering a re-do with Hedo

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    And now, officially, we have heard everything. Rumors are swirling that the Magic are looking to trade Vince Carter to clear the way for Hedo Turkoglu to return to Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel confirms this Salvador Dali painting of a rumor. Details of how it would shake out are unclear, and frankly might never get…

  3. If Phil Jackson steps down, the Lakers need to go with Brian Shaw

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    For the next week, Lakers fans are heading to their local churches and lighting candles with a prayer that Phil Jackson decides to stay on to coach the Lakers. Fans are nervous, they are doing anything they can — meditating on it, offering rum to Jobu, burning incense to please the gods. There are PETA…

  4. Looking for an athletic big man? Talk to Golden State, they have a plethora

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    The Warriors made the right pick — Ekpe Udoh was the best player available at No. 6. He is long and athletic and likes to block shots into the third row. And he’s now part of one very crowded, very young and very athletic frontcourt. Look at the lineup: at the four you’ve got Anthony…

  5. John Wall speaks

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

      This is John Wall at his post-draft press conference. Saying all the right things. The guy is practiced and polished with the media, just like he is on the court.

  6. Draft night trades: Martell Webster traded from Minnesota for Ryan Gomes, Babbitt

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    If there is one thing David Kahn believes in, it’s getting a lot of players for one position on draft night. The Timberwolves drafted the small forward they were hoping to get — Wesley Johnson at No. 4 — but they also traded for another one in getting Martell Webster out of Portland. The deal…

  7. Pat Riley says he's not shopping Michael Beasley, nobody believes him

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Sometimes rumors just seem true. Tell me Ke$ha is crazy enough to give bags of dog s%$# to people, and I tend to believe it. Because she may be actually crazier than most of the women I’ve dated. And that’s saying something. Trust me. Tell me that the Heat are shopping Michael Beasley around and…

  8. Are the Bulls now the leaders in the LeBron sweepstakes?

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    There are a lot of jittery Cleveland Cavaliers fans right now. And not just because they had four cups at the Cleveland Coffee Company. Clevelanders woke up this morning to a new landscape. Yesterday morning they were still the most logical place for LeBron James to play — they had shown him a serious commitment…

  9. Grading the NBA Draft

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    The exercise of grading a draft the moments after it happens are a bit of mental masturbation, fun but ultimately pointless. But I’m all about ultimately pointless. (Not the other thing, I’m a married man. For shame.) So I graded the draft last night for NBCSports.com. Bottom line, loved what the Spurs did, thought Oklahoma…

  10. Rasheed Wallace to retire, the world is now a little more gray

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:47 AM EDT

    The NBA just got a little less interesting. There was nobody in the league like Rasheed Wallace, and he has decided to walk away, according to David Aldridge writing for NBA.com. He battled through an injury plagued season and although he was owed nearly $13 million over the next two seasons he decided he didn’t…

  11. NBA Draft: PBT's post of picks, starting off on the Wall

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    This is it, the NBA Draft post o’ picks. This is the place where you find out who picks Wall and Turner and Favors and this those European centers who shoot threes that always are taken late in the second round. As each pick goes down, we’ll have it up in seconds and with a…

  12. Blazers to let GM Pritchard run the draft, then fire him

    Jun 24, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Pritchard is an NBA Draft wiz — Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum and everyone that makes up the young and up-and-coming Blazers. (And he gets a pass on Oden, everybody thought he was a sure thing.) So on the day of the draft, the Portand Trailblazers have fired Pritchard, according to…

  13. NBA Draft: Nets phone ringing off hook from teams wanting third pick, may listen to Indy

    Jun 24, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors is the flavor of the day. Apparently, because a lot of teams are trying to trade up to the No. 3 spot to draft him according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Part of this was fueled by the Nets themselves shopping the pick all over the place the last week or so, but only…

  14. Chicago talks trading Luol Deng to Orlando, will throw in free Shamwow if it will help

    Jun 24, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Luol Deng can be yours, if the price is right.     The Bulls have already cleared out a lot of cap space if the Kirk Hinrich trade goes through (meaning unless Washington sobers up) but they would still like to move Deng and are shopping him around. One rumor now in few places was Deng…

  15. Chris Bosh says he is waiting on LeBron. Aren't we all?

    Jun 24, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    As Mick Jagger said: Chris Bosh is not waiting on a lady, he’s just waiting on LeBron. (Well, he said something like that, it was a long time ago and I was pretty stoned last time I heard that song.) Chris Bosh admitted on ESPN radio this morning what we all knew already: LeBron eats…

  16. Report: Josh Childress about to get offer from Washington Wizards

    Jun 24, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    The ‘fro may be back. Two years ago, Josh Childress couldn’t get a team to make him a offer, one to compete with what he considered an undersized one from Atlanta. It wasn’t because other teams didn’t want him — he may have been the best sixth man in the game — but those teams…

  17. NBA Draft: PBT's second rounders to watch

    Jun 24, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    Michael Redd. Carlos Boozer. Gilbert Arenas. Dennis Rodman. Manu Ginobili. Guys fall through to the second round that can ball. Guys like those above. History tells us most of the guys drafted in the second round Thursday will get a shot in the NBA, only 10 or so will stick, but one or two will…

  18. NBA Draft: PBT's draft sleepers

    Jun 24, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    These are the guys that cause general managers the most grief (unless you drafted Kwame Brown No. 1 overall, then your grief is your own making). Five years from now your draft pick may turn out to be a solid role player, but every time someone talks about him they’ll say “but he passed up…

  19. NBA Draft: Pacers will give you the No. 10 pick for a point guard, but you'll want more

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Indiana wants to run. Indiana has nobody who can lead the break. Ergo, an ugly and unproductive season. Larry Bird has been trying since the season ended to get an established point guard, via trade or free agency or alien abduction. Whatever it takes. Since it is NBA Draft day, the Pacers are trying to…

  20. Celtics dangling Kendrick Perkins to move up in draft

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    The Celtics have a young star point guard paired with a front line ready to star in a remake of Cocoon. Boston knows that long term it needs to get younger. Boston also knows there are some quality big men up at the top of the draft that fit their needs. So the Celtics have…

  21. NBA Draft: PBT's draft busts

    Jun 24, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    The list is long and infamous: Kwame Brown, Adam Morrison, Darko Milic, Nikoloz Tskitishvili. There may not be any epic busts of that level in this draft, but there are going to be busts. Somebody is going to disappoint an excited fan base. Who? Here’s who we think. Cole Aldrich: I’m hesitant to put Aldrich…

  22. Rockets owner "very confident" Yao Ming returns next season

    Jun 24, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Yao Ming wants to be back. During the time of year virtually every other NBA player has his feet up relaxing, taking some time off from the grind, he is at the Rockets facility daily busting it on the court. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander watched him work out then told Jonathan Feigen he was “very…

  23. Luol Deng to the Clippers trade talks going on

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Remember three years ago, when Kobe Bryant demanded to be traded from the Lakers, the team went through the motions of shopping him around and found a decent offer from the Chicago Bulls? That deal didn’t go through in part because the Bulls would not put Luol Deng into the package. Oh, how times have…

  24. Kobe Bryant planning finger surgery

    Jun 24, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    By the finals, it wasn’t even a talking point any more. Kobe Bryant was playing through an avulsion fracture in his finger, and we didn’t blink. As if it was natural, like a salmon swimming upstream to mate or Lindsay Lohan pissing off a judge. We didn’t think twice of it. But it still hurt,…

  25. Denver shows Carmelo Anthony the money, he says he wants to see the wins

    Jun 24, 2010, 12:35 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony could be the LeBron James of 2011. I don’t mean the Nuggets have a great regular season only go down a little too easily in the playoffs. Again. No, I mean the free agent stuff– the hype and love from cities around the country that want to lure him in if he would…

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