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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA power rankings, where the Nets are up to 28th

    Mar 29, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    This week, each of the top teams have a loss they regret, so we balance things out by not tinkering with the top… but the Spurs and Suns are climbing fast. And the Nets are 28th.1. Cavaliers (58-16) The true sign of a quality team – they get a little bored this time of year…

  2. Manu Ginobili crushes Kevin Garnett

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

    One standing concern in San Antonio is that after Tim Duncan, there was no rim-protecting big man for the Spurs. Who would stop the dunks? Apparently, Manu Ginobili. As if he’s not already doing everything else for the Spurs. Last night he crushed a Kevin Garnett shot. (No way the KG of three years ago…

  3. Mikhail Prokhorov, New Nets owner, is smart, lucky, not so scary

    Mar 29, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    The “Mikhail Prokhorov — Get To Know Me” campaign is in full swing. Last night he was on 60 Minutes towering over Steve Kroft. Next week he will featured in Bloomberg Markets Magazine, May 2010 edition (which we were given an advanced copy to review). Because he’s rich and Russian and we here on this…

  4. Yao Ming may enter 2010 free agent circus

    Mar 29, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    LeBron James. Dwyane Wade. Chris Bosh. Yao Ming? Maybe. Just our luck, we could have one major free agent to follow this summer. Yao can opt out of his $17.7 million deal after the season, even though he has not set foot on a court this year due to foot problems. He told the Houston…

  5. Don Nelson: Lenny Wilkens is my idol

    Mar 29, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Ask Don Nelson a question about breaking Lenny Wilkens’ record for all time victories by an NBA coach, and he will shoot you a disgusted look. The man does not want to talk about it. But Sunday night he did talk — a little — about his admiration for the man he is chasing in…

  6. Vince Carter injures toe, but nothing is broken

    Mar 29, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    It’s hard to play basketball with a sprained big toe. Well, maybe not if you’re Ben Wallace, but if your game is based on running and jumping like Vince Carter’s is, then a sprained toe will have you sitting. And Vince Carter sprained his right big toe early in Sunday’s win against Denver. The good…

  7. Hedo Turkoglu benched after he and his virus go clubbing

    Mar 29, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu has been too sick to play, or even practice this past last week. Stomach virus. We’ve all had those, a nasty bug that just knocks you off your feet and doesn’t let you exercise, work, do anything really… But you still can go hit clubs up at night. Well, my stomach viruses were…

  8. Gregg Popovich has a problem with your "world" champions

    Mar 29, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    We forget that Gregg Popovich came out of the college ranks — and not some big basketball factory, but one of those well respected small colleges where smart people go. And you have to be smart to coach those players. And Pops is smart. And he speaks proper English — not the annoying mother tongue…

  9. Eddie Jordan not helping his own cause

    Mar 28, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    If you’re trying to keep your job, especially if your a coach whose team has not performed well on the floor, you need to show your passion, your knowledge and how you’ve connected with those players and can turn things around. Meet Sixers coach Eddie Jordan. His team beat the Hawks Friday night, in part…

  10. Carmelo Anthony: game winner

    Mar 27, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony is a stone cold assassin. Don’t believe me, ask the Toronto Raptors.

  11. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 27, 2010, 4:09 AM EDT

    What you missed while watching Cinderella leave the ball… Nuggets 97, Raptors 96: In a just and fair world, Denver does not win that game. Toronto gave their best effort in, well, a long time and outplayed Denver for 28 minutes (starting at the beginning of the second quarter). It was so bad JR Smith…

  12. Carlos Delfino taken to hospital

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    Buck Carlos Delfino had his head and neck stepped on, had to leave the arena on a stretcher has been taken to an area hospital in Milwaukee. Late in the second quarter Delfino went up for a layup that he missed then fell to the ground. Miami’s Udonis Haslem went up for the rebound and…

  13. Phil Jackson says he's likely to coach Lakers next year

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 8:18 pm: In his pregame talk with the media, Phil Jackson sounded a little less certain, and a little more like this was all tied to winning another title. From the AP story: Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he hasn’t decided whether he’ll return for another season on the Los Angeles bench but he…

  14. Utah Republicans want to dominate capital basketball games

    Mar 26, 2010, 7:28 PM EDT

    Science has shown we tend to elect taller people president in times of trouble. Clearly, this nation is facing some challenges. So, Utah Republicans have pulled out the ultimate weapon — 7’6″ former Nets/Mavericks/Sixers player Shawn Bradley. He is running for the Utah House of Representatives, according to the Desert News. “I had a lot…

  15. Arenas avoids jail time

    Mar 26, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:08 pm: Gilbert Arenas’ lawyer, Ken Wainstein, released this statement: “Judge Morin’s decision was fair and measured; it reflected a deep understanding of the relevant facts … Mr. Arenas is grateful to the court and looks forward to serving the community and once again being a force for good in the District of Columbia.”…

  16. Steve Nash's assist to high-five ratio way off

    Mar 26, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    This is so why I need an intern, so I can assign them trivial, labor intensive and mildly entertaining tasks. Like tracking the number of high fives Steve Nash gives in a game. I assure you, your guess is too low.

  17. No sympathy for Turkoglu in Toronto

    Mar 26, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    It’s really not hard to follow the line of thinking: Hedo Turkoglu was the big off-season acquisition for Toronto; Toronto has had a horrible season that is crumbling right as the playoffs start; ergo, Turkoglu the problem Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. It’s easy logic, and we like easy. So when Turkoglu had…

  18. LeBron says he could win the scoring title if he wanted. Is that news?

    Mar 26, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    In post game comments after the Cavaliers win last night, LeBron James said something that has gotten picked up by the media and blogsphere to day. We’ll take Brett Pollakoff’s version from FanHouse (because he and I think alike on this): “If I really wanted to,” James said, “if I really wanted to be the…

  19. Wade, Andy Roddick to play H-O-R-S-E, tennis doubleheader

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    I firmly believe Dwyane Wade can do anything. Why, just a few years ago I saw him carry Shaquille O’Neal and the Heat to an NBA title. He makes the MyTouch phones look as cool as an iPhone. Almost. He can leap tall buildings in a single bound, or at least he can leap Anderson…

  20. New Nets owner not exactly Internet savvy

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    NBA players are products of their generation — they communicate heavily via text and send emails, all from their cell phone. Often doing it while at a VIP table in the back of a bar while drinking Gray Goose. New Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov may find it a challenge to relate to his players (via…

  21. OMG Gentry luvs 2 text

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Alvin Gentry is the king of social media among NBA coaches. Which is a very, very small hill to climb — can you really picture Phil Jackson trying to fit his comments in 140 characters? But credit Gentry, he’s on top of it. In addition to having his own twitter account, he’s a texter, he…

  22. Nowitzki doesn't really understand ejection

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki is no Rasheed Wallace. Rasheed does not appreciate the subtle musical mastery of David Hasselhoff. Nowitzki rarely says anything to referees that will get him a technical. He did Tuesday night, getting two quick ones from Bill Kennedy and getting tossed. Nowitzki tells the Star Telegram he doesn’t know exactly what he did.…

  23. Paul Allen issues statement, says nothing

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    UPDATE 10:13 am: The Oregonian’s John Canzano tried to get more information out of Paul Allen last night. Didn’t go so well. But I asked him at the end of the first half, as he headed into the room he uses as an office, if he’d mind going stronger with the comments on Pritchard. The…

  24. Steve Kerr may stick around in Phoenix

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    Steve Kerr’s first couple months on the job in Phoenix in 2008 really can only be called an unmitigated disaster — the Shaquille O’Neal trade, sending Mike D’Antoni away and trying to take a team that was a title contender and change it on the fly. Bad idea jeans. But things are better now —…

  25. Colangelo: Individual agendas hurt Raptors

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    Toronto is a bad team. Have been for more than a month. The Raptors would have fallen out of the playoffs by now if the Bulls were worse. Since the All-Star Game, Toronto is 6-12. General Manager Brian Colangelo told Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star that individual agendas have gotten in the way of…

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