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Kurt Helin

  1. When does free agent mania cross the line? Right about at Miami-Wade County.

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Evidently serious issues like murder, drug trafficking and grand theft are not big problems in Miami-Dade County — you get that when Horatio Caine is taking off those sunglasses. That frees up the Miami-Dade County Commissioners to have time to do other important work — like unanimously voting for the area to be known as…

  2. You can bet the Lakers won't hang balloons in the rafters like they did in 1969

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    See if this sounds familiar: The Lakers are the glamour team, the team with the huge stars in the prime of their career. The Lakers have steamrolled the West on their way to the finals and were the betting favorites. The Celtics have some name players too, but they were injured and generally considered too…

  3. Who is lining up to be the Suns next GM?

    Jun 16, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    Who is going to be the man, the general manager trying to find the other key piece for a team with Steve Nash, an aging Grant Hill and a nice bench? (Yes, we left Amare Stoudemire’s name out intentionally. We see the writing on the wall.) A couple names have surfaced as possible replacements for…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Talking Game 7 with a guy in a Lakers poncho

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

        The top video, pretty much straight forward. That second video, for those of you who have been watching the post game press conferences on NBA TV and wondering “who is the nutjob in the Lakers poncho?” the answer is Vic the Brick Jacobs. He is a Los Angeles sports talk radio legend, now…

  5. Tiago Splitter wins Spanish title, now considering coming to the Spurs

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter could be the Spurs savior. San Antonio wants to make one more run with Tim Duncan at the heart of the lineup, but these playoffs showed that even with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili the team isn’t there. Splitter could change that. He is the best center in Europe, skilled and physical. He…

  6. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Jordan Farmar dunks on Kevin Garnett

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Things we did not expect to see in Game 6: Jordan Farmar dunking on Kevin Garnett. But he did in the second quarter to bump the Lakers lead up to 20. While the lead was big, this ended up still being a big play, giving the Lakers bench that had been basically nonexistent for five…

  7. O.J. Mayo dreams of being a point guard

    Jun 16, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Point guard was a weak spot or Memphis last season. It was one of their least productive spots on offense. It was where they got burned a lot defensively. It is one position the Grizzlies need to improve for next year. Enter O.J. Mayo. The team’s starting two guard is spending the summer in Memphis…

  8. Kerr goes, does that mean Amare Stoudemire is next?

    Jun 16, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

    Steve Kerr’s job number one this summer is to re-sign Amare Stoudemire. Make that was job number one. His new job number one is to work out that contract with TNT. Job number two is to stay out of his wife and kids way — they have a routine set. So what happens to the…

  9. Quote of the Day: Big Baby's motivation speech

    Jun 16, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

    “We went through too many ups and downs to lose like this,” Davis said. “Out of all the teams in the league we were the one that struggled. We were the one that went through the bumps and bruises. We went through the, ‘we’re old.’ We went through the ‘oh, they can’t play, they’re going…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Perkins goes out, Celtics go down. But is it for the count?

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:23 AM EDT

    Boston did not lose this game at the 5:30 mark of the first quarter. When Kendrick Perkins went down the Lakers were already up 6 points, L.A. had been dominating the boards, they were shooting better, they were playing with energy and getting to the 50/50 balls. But that moment may have cost them Game…

  11. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6, halftime: Lakers 51, Celtics 31

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    This was supposed to be a close series.  It has been pretty much, up until this half. The Lakers played much better defense than the last couple games, holding Boston to 34 percent shooting, 2 of 10 from three and just 31 first half points. Meanwhile the Lakers converted those misses into a lot of…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Pregame notes

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

    A few notes from inside Staples Center to tide you over until game time — and our live chat. Which you are coming back for, right? Right?!? * Phil Jackson said to expect some action with Kobe moving off the ball to get free, and less pick-and-roll action. That is smart. * He also said…

  13. Steve Kerr quits as general manager of Phoenix Suns

    Jun 15, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    UPDATE, 5:51 PM: According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Johnny Ludden of Yahoo! Sports, the impetus behind Kerr’s departure was that Suns owner Robert Sarver asked Kerr to take a 10 percent pay cut.  ORIGINAL POST, 4:07 PM:  In a surprise move, Steve Kerr is stepping down as president and general manager of the Phoenix Suns at…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Lakers, it is back to the beginning

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    What do you do when things aren’t working? Because things are not working for the Lakers. In a series that was going to be decided inside, Boston is wining the war. The Lakers shot just 47 percent (8 of 17) at the rim last game. That is 47 percent on layups and tip ins. The…

  15. Avery Johnson may hire Sam Mitchell as an assistant

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Fired ex-coaches stick together. Apparently. Because according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, new Net’s head man Avery Johnson is interviewing former Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell for an assistant’s job. Always a smart thing to have a former Coach of the Year on the sidelines. And it’s good to see Mitchell get another chance. Other assistant…

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Boston, it is win now or never

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    There’s the math, and then there is the reality. The math says Boston needs to win just one of the two games in Los Angeles to win the title. They won Game 2, they’ve proven they can win on this floor. History says they can do it — the won a Game 7 in Los…

  17. Kurt Rambis on Pau Gasol: "He just looks tired."

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol is not soft. He is tired. That is what former Laker assistant and current Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis sees, and what he told Dan Bareirro on KFAN in Minneapolis. Gasol looked good in the first two games when he was getting help from Andrew Bynum, but with Bynum fading and Odom…

  18. NBA Draft: Prospects not walking in Memphis

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    What’s not to love about Memphis? Fantastic barbecue. Up-and-coming team with good talent. Elvis. Three picks in the first round to get better. Good coach. Did we mention the barbecue? But draft prospects are not that into them. And they are not getting those prospects to come in to workouts, according to the Commercial Appeal.…

  19. New York celebrities form team to woo LeBron James

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    What do the New York Knicks have to offer LeBron James? A roster of quality players ready to compete for a title once he signs? No. More money than any other team can offer? Nope, that’s Cleveland. The chance to occasionally escape the glare of the spotlight in the comforts of your hometown? No, kind…

  20. Clippers coaching search on hold while they focus on free agents

    Jun 15, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    LeBron James has avoided being involved in any coaching decisions like they are the plague. That will not deter the Clippers, who have put their coaching search on hold while they focus on pursuing James and other free agents, according to a note in the Milwaukee Journal Times. “Put their coaching search on hold” is…

  21. Pacers have interest in Ty Lawson for No. 10 pick

    Jun 15, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    We told you yesterday that the Denver Nuggets were looking for a top 10 pick and they were dangling Ty Lawson as the bait. The Indiana Pacers are nibbling, according to Mike Wells at the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers are interested in Lawson, according to a source. The Pacers are willing to give up their…

  22. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Lamar Odom has the flu

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    This time, there may actually be a reason for Lamar Odom’s quiet night. Odom started feeling sick with flu-like symptoms on Saturday and did not feel better during his 8-point performance in Game 5 Sunday. He hoped to be felling better for Game 6, he told Lisa Dillman at the Los Angeles Times. “I haven’t…

  23. Another day, another Tom Izzo update, one not fit for a child's ear

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

    Like sands through the hourglass, so go the days of watching Tom Izzo decide…. Or not decide as the case may be. There is no decision from Camp Izzo. Literally. Yesterday 16 credentialed media showed up to Tom Izzo’s youth basketball camp but the coach did not speak to them. He did speak to his…

  24. Guy making himself some money in the finals: Tony Allen

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    There is no better time to be a free agent then after a good run in the playoffs. Just ask Hedo Turkoglu. Boston’s Tony Allen is no Turkoglu — on a number of levels  — but he is a guy about to be a free agent coming off an impressive NBA finals. Not on offense,…

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