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Kurt Helin

  1. Doc Rivers wasn't taking calls from anyone, including president Obama

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Usually, when the President of the United States wants to get in touch with you, he gets in touch with you. Unless you’re Doc Rivers. The day after Boston’s Game 7 loss to Los Angeles, Rivers cell phone rang with a 202 phone number. We’ll let the Orlando Sentinel take the story from there. Doc…

  2. Anthony Tolliver has made "The Decision Part Deux:" He will sign with Minnesota

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Classic. Got to love Anthony Tolliver. Tolliver has agreed to a two-year deal with Minnesota worth up to $4.8 million. It had been down to Minnesota and Golden State, and while Tolliver had said he preferred the Bay Area if the money was significantly more he was going to take the money. Minnesota and David…

  3. Knicks are bringing back Isiah Thomas as a consultant. No, it is not April 1.

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:44 pm: The NBA is officially looking into this deal — where a college head coach consults with an NBA team and is considered a player “recruiter” — to see if it violates league rules. Those league rules include that a team representative cannot have contact with college underclassmen. Which is essentially the core…

  4. One Cavalier to watch: J.J. Hickson

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    While the Cavaliers were losing to the Boston Celtics, J.J. Hickson spent a lot of time watching. Hickson played just shy of 21 minutes a game during last regular season, but that dropped to 7.2 minutes per game in the playoffs. Plenty of people wanted to know why. Byron Scott is not going to make…

  5. Ever seen a shot off a silo before?

    Aug 6, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    I care little about the semantics of the trick shot — what is the longest/farthest/whatever. I know that’s a big controversy and all for some folks, just can’t get into it. I just like the shots. And as I live in the city, I had never thought of what the East Side crew did. Enjoy.…

  6. Jerry Buss says the Lakers are not cutting costs. Very true — on the court.

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Right now, as you are reading this, the Lakers have a payroll of $91,906,072 for next season (thank you Sham Sports). That is more than $500,000 higher than the Lakers payroll last season, which was already higher than any other team in the Association. And we are underestimating Shannon Brown’s salary by roughly $500,000. Plus…

  7. Shaq can eat but he is no Joey Chestnut

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Nobody who has seen Shaquille O’Neal in the past few years questions that the man can eat. But the man is no professional. Some footage from the upcoming “Shaq vs.” leaked and it has O’Neal taking on professional competitive eater Joey Chestnut — the slayer of Kobayashi — in a hot dog eating contest. And…

  8. Joakim Noah will not suit up for France in World Championships

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    You don’t think of France as an international basketball powerhouse — because they are not — but they were going to roll out an impressive and long NBA front line in Turkey next month: Joakim Noah (Chicago), Boris Diaw (Charlotte) and Ian Mahinmi (Dallas). Well, they still have two thirds of that. French coach Vincent…

  9. Why Shaq didn't go to Atlanta: money and minutes

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal and his people tried hard. They pushed the idea that he as a bargain at the mid-level exception of $5.8 million, that he was a guy who should start and get big minutes still. That is what got in the way of him coming to Atlanta, and saving face was why he chose…

  10. Sean May reaches deal with Nets

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets have signed forward Sean May to a one-year deal, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. What that really means: You are going to see a lot of Derrick Favors for the Nets. The Nets have not really brought in a guy who can backup Favors for extended minutes. They are going to…

  11. Don Nelson waits on a call from Golden State

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    One does not win more games than any other NBA coach in history if one is not smart. Don Nelson is smart, he knows what is happening with Golden State. He knows there is new ownership, he knows there are plans to let him go. So he is not coming back to the Bay Area…

  12. Celtics loaded with All-Stars, but that is not a good sign

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal has appeared in 15 All-Star games. He has only danced with the Jabbawockeez at one of them, but he’s been to the game a lot. So have his Celtics teammates — they have 54 All-Star appearances as team. As you might imagine, that is far and away the most in the NBA. That’s…

  13. Bollywood basketball in the rain — all we need is Dwight Howard

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Hey, are you like, checkin’ me out? Dwight Howard is headed to India to promote the NBA in a country where basketball is the sport you play as a child, until you grow up and play cricket like real men. Unless it is a sexy basketball scene in the rain, then Bollywood is good with…

  14. Jerry Sloan will be back coaching the Jazz. Shocking, I know.

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    The Utah Jazz made official tonight what everybody has known for a very long time — Jerry Sloan will be back for season 23 as the coach of the Utah Jazz. Yup, nobody saw that coming. Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor also agreed to a contract extension (details of the deal were not released). This…

  15. Lance Blanks is the next general manager in Phoenix

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

    Lance Blanks is the latest loss for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Blanks, now the No. 2 man on the Cleveland basketball side, has decided to take over as general manager of the Phoenix Suns. Blanks had been rumored to be the frontrunner. In practice, Blanks may be the No. 2 guy in Phoenix, too. Lon Babby,…

  16. DeJuan Blair's leg is just fine, thank you

    Aug 5, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    For once, the questions about DeJuan Blair’s leg had nothing to do with his lack of ACLs. Blair missed Summer League in Vegas because of a bruised calf muscle. Nobody knew a lot about it, but the word out of Spurs camp was it was not serious and he was sitting down more for precautionary…

  17. Whither Adam Morrison?

    Aug 5, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Now is the time of the summer when teams are grabbing guys on minimum deals — even make good deals, meaning they can be cut at training camp — to round out their roster. Guys 11 to 15 on the depth chart. And Adam Morrison’s phone is not ringing. In a fascinating look at Morrison…

  18. Roger Mason Jr. is a New York Knick

    Aug 5, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:46 pm: It’s official according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. The Knicks agreed to a one-year, $1.4 milllion deal with Mason. This comes after the Knicks missed out on Shannon Brown, who returned to the Lakers. New York offered more money but just one year (trying to preserve cap space…

  19. Avery Johnson, hanging out in Russia

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    This is what you get when your team has a Russian owner. Nets coach Avery Johnson is in Moscow and both played and coached in a pickup game with CSKA Moscow, the Russian squad Mikhail Prokhorov owned before he purchased the Nets. The official Nets Web site has pictures and tells of the events (via…

  20. Oh yes, Scottie Pippen could dunk

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Fun little trip down memory lane courtesy NBATV, some highlight dunks of Scottie Pippen. Over Patrick Ewing, over Charles Barkley, over anyone and everyone who got in his way. Pippen continues to get cast as simply Jordan’s sidekick, but Pippen could flat out ball.

  21. Shannon Brown makes it official, will be dunking for the Lakers

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    We said it was coming last night and now it’s official — Shannon Brown will stay a Laker. Brown will sign a two-year deal with the Lakers, the first year for $2.2 million and the second a player option for $2.4 million, according to Chris Tomasson at FanHouse, who spoke with Brown’s agent Mark Bartelstein.…

  22. Can the Heat be beat inside?

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Nobody is going to be better than the Miami Heat at the two, three and four spots. But picture them playing Orlando. Jameer Nelson has the ball (guarded by Mario Chalmers) and Dwight Howard (covered by Joel Anthony) comes out to set the high pick. That is a hard-to-stop P&R combo for any team, and…

  23. Coach Grandmama? Larry Johnson wants to be Chicago assistant.

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Larry Johnson could ball. He was the best player in college while at UNLV, he was a two time All Star, he averaged 19 points and 11 boards a game as a rookie for the then Charlotte Hornets. Yet, the first image of him is as a grandma in a dress. Still he has some…

  24. Celtics, Bobcats look at bringing in Larry Hughes

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Last season, Larry Hughes made $33,000 per point scored. Which is what happens when you pay a role player $13.6 million for the season. But that number might be a lot more reasonable at the veteran minimum, and apparently a few teams wouldn’t mind bringing the veteran swingman off the bench for a few minutes…

  25. Facebook comments about the Lakers lead to a fight at a kindergarten graduation. Sadly, we're serious.

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    And you wonder where Laker fans get the reputation as being idiots and fools… About 20 parents got into a fight at a Victorville, Calif., kindergarten graduation event, according to the Victorville Valley Daily Press. An old-west style saloon fight at a kindergarten graduation — some kids really start life behind the 8 ball thanks…

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