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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Why the 2-3-2 format?

    Jun 8, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    For the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs, Game 5 returns to the home court of the higher seed. Game 6 is at the lower seed’s building, then the teams travel again for a Game 7, back to the higher seeds home court. The 2-2-1-1-1 format. But not for the NBA finals. Then the…

  2. David Geffen wants to buy the Clippers, but no sale

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 12:50 pm: Clipper team president Andy Roeser spoke with Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times and refuted these claims. She tweeted his response and added a comment: “Mr. Sterling has never expressed a desire to sell any part of his team. Because it is an asset of remarkable value, it’s true that there…

  3. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Officiating is already the story, and tip off is eight hours away

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    My plea has fallen on deaf ears. After seeing 134 free throws through the first two games, after seeing the officiating and fouls called play a key role in both games, the announcement of the referees for Game 3 has led basketball fans everywhere to say, “Are you kidding me?” In Boston and Los Angeles,…

  4. Cleveland's coaching catch-22

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Cavaliers are doing a little coaching tango with Tom Izzo, Michigan State’s legendary college coach. An offer is on the table, according to reports. But Izzo’s no dummy — he’s not going to sign up for a rebuilding project in the NBA. He’s only making the leap if he has a shot at a…

  5. Turkoglu actually wants to go to Sacramento

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    With all due respect to the great Tom Ziller, not many people choose Sacramento. It’s a place people end up. It’s a seat of power (California’s capital), but as a metropolitan center, well… let’s just say it’s lacking. You don’t hear major free agents to be raving about the nightlife in Sac Town. Not like…

  6. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Rajon Rondo's block from behind

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Before we move on to Game 3, let’s look back really quickly at one of the signature plays of Game 2: Rajon Rondo’s block from behind. Two things to take away from this. First, Rondo’s recovery is amazingly quick. Just a fantastic play. Second, Ron Artest should have taken the three he had, not passed…

  7. Denver Nuggets will not be sold, it's all in the family

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Stan Kroenke has purchased 40 percent of the St. Louis Rams and is in the process of trying to buy the rest. Which is good for the Rams because Kroenke is considered one of the best owners in sports, he already has the Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche. Except, the NFL has a silly rule…

  8. New Orleans Hornets make it official: Monty Williams is the man

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    We’ve know this was coming since the weekend, but the Hornets have made it official and announced former Portland assistant Monty Williams as their new head coach. He will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Reports are this is a three-year deal, with a team option for a fourth. Williams, 38, now becomes…

  9. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce talks trash to a fan. Alert the media.

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    Let’s get the facts out of the way first: With 1:12 left in Game 2 and the Celtics up by seven, Paul Pierce came over to help Kevin Garnett up off the ground and said: “We are not going back to L.A.“ Here is the video, via Sports By Brooks, and Pierce is clearly saying…

  10. Sorry Clippers, looks like Larry Brown is staying in Charlotte

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

    Larry Brown is back in Charlotte, doing his job. Which is still head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. The same job he will have next season. Apparently. That is what he is telling Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. “I’m here, coaching. So obviously I’m under contract, doing my job.” So I followed up on…

  11. Gary Payton thinking about getting into coaching

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    After he retired, Gary Payton went to Vegas. And settled down. Sounds like an oxymoron to people who have only spent a drunken, ultimately penniless night on the strip. But Vegas has grown into a big city, with suburbs and people who make their livings as dentists and mechanics and Thai restaurant cooks. People who…

  12. LeBron doesn't need New York, he can make it anywhere

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    The old school thinking goes like this — LeBron James needs to go to New York for the marketing opportunities. If he can be this big in Cleveland, imagine what will happen when he gets close to those marketing firms on Madison Avenue. When he gets in the bright lights of the media market that…

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: For the sake of watchable basketball, referees stop blowing the whistle

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    One hundred and thirty four. That is how many free throws we’ve gotten to witness through the first two games of the NBA finals. That is 67 free throws a game. The league average was about 48 a game during the regular season. That is a 71 percent increase in foul calls for the NBA…

  14. Avery Johnson is the front-runner for the Nets job

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    The Nets are still talking to other candidates and keeping their options open, but the scuttlebutt is the job is going to Avery Johnson. Even Byron Scott — a man really looking for a chance to return to the NBA, but with almost no chance of returning to New Jersey — thinks so, and that’s…

  15. Report: Sergio Rodriguez close to deal with Real Madrid

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Sergio Rodriguez is leaving the Knicks to return to Europe. According to the report, he is very close to signing a three-year deal with the Spanish team for $1.5 million euros (about $1.8 million dollars) a year. Think of this like the Josh Childress situation. The Knicks had the restricted…

  16. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Getting a hot Ray Allen the ball, and guys in panchos

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    After the game, there was a lot of talk about Ray Allen getting open and draining threes. Most of this video is about that. But watch until the last question. No, that is not me. And not Matt Moore (although there is a resemblance there). That is Fox Sports Radio and LA area sports talk…

  17. Clipper players lobby for Kelvin Sampson to be next coach

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    The Clippers are being very deliberate in their search for a new head coach. Deliberate is a kind word. Painfully slow may be another way to put it. Waiting for LeBron to choose may be another. Waiting for Godot may be most accurate. But some Clippers players are making themselves heard, according to the Journal…

  18. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: When it's not Kobe time, it's ugly time for the Lakers

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant entered back into the game with 6:16 left in the contest and proceeded to score five-quick points — an and-1 where Ray Allen fouled him near the elbow, followed by another bucket with a spin-to-the-left move on Allen. Then Kobe — a little tentative with five fouls — couldn’t make a shot, as…

  19. Minnesota targets Rudy Gay as their man this summer

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Someone is going to overpay Rudy Gay this summer. Don’t get me wrong, Gay is a good player with the potential to be damn good, he’s a quality get. But some team that missed out on the LeBron/Wade/Bosh sweepstakes is going to set their sights on Gay as someone they can sell to fans. Then…

  20. Carmelo Anthony expects a max-deal extension from Denver, but may not sign it

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony was in Los Angeles Sunday night to see Ray Allen walk on water, but he can’t go anywhere now without being asked about his future. He has one more year on his current deal, paying him $17.1 million next year, followed by a player-option for the year after that. Denver can offer him…

  21. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: How Ray Allen got his groove back (and the Celtics, too)

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:51 AM EDT

    In June 1992, Ray Allen was doing what every other basketball crazed 16-year-old in the nation was doing — watching Michael Jordan rain threes on the Portland Trail Blazers. Six of them in Game 1 of the finals. Leading the Bulls to a crushing of the Trail Blazers. Tonight, Ray Allen was better than that.…

  22. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2, halftime: Ray Allen is an inhuman, three-point making cyborg

    Jun 6, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

    Welcome to the Ray Allen show. Ray-Ray started out 7 of 7 from three, and he finished with 27 first half points on just 14 shots. Until his last three (a pretty open one) rimmed out, most of the crowd at Staples Center was convinced he is not human. The Lakers did not close well…

  23. Quote of the day, point guard? We don't need no stinkin' point guard?

    Jun 6, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    “You know, it’s very interesting to me that in an era where everybody says you’ve got to have a point guard who can penetrate and that if you don’t have one you can’t win. Chicago didn’t have one and the Lakers don’t have one now. So there game is being carried through the triangle offense.”–Dr.…

  24. Report: Cavaliers shopping Mo Williams, Delonte West

    Jun 6, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland needed to make some changes. It was pretty clear that the current formula worked great in the regular season but could be exposed in a seven-game series. But damn, Cleveland. You won 60 games two years in a row. Coach? Gone. General manager? Gone. Shaquille O’Neal? Probably gone. Mo Williams? They’ll trade him. Same…

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