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Kurt Helin

  1. Quote of the day, where Von Wafer is your cheerleader

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    “I’m just going to go in and try to learn all of the defensive schemes because I know that’s going to be big, depending on how much they utilize me. They haven’t told me a specific role but I’m willing to do anything they ask of me. If they need a cheerleader, that’s fine. If…

  2. Jazz owner's debate on adding Al Jefferson highlights revenue sharing issue

    Aug 2, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    We at PBT, along with most of the basketball world, have applauded what the Jazz did this offseason. They lost Carlos Boozer, but in Al Jefferson found a good replacement. They added Raja Bell. Next season, the Jazz may be a slightly better team than they were last year. But it was not an easy…

  3. LeBron James popularity, brand will return with wins

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Winning cures all ills in sports. Right now, LeBron James popularity has taken a hit. A Los Angeles based poling company, E-Poll Market Research, released the results of a survey that found his ratings on words like “appeal” and “exciting” dropped by double digits, while his rating on the word “overexposed” was up 26 percent.…

  4. Patrick Beverley reaches deal with Heat, will fight for chance to ride pine

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Patrick Beverley was that guy who had you saying, “hey, who is that?” Basketball fans would tune in to watch Olympiacos last year to catch Josh Childress and Linas Kleiza but Beverley would catch your eye. He was the point guard off the bench — replacing Von Wafer after he was let go — who…

  5. Luol Deng playing for Great Britain this summer

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    You think of Luol Deng as talented but not living up to his potential. For the English national team, he is a savior. And Deng has been cleared to play for England this summer, according to Britball. That drive starts Tuesday in a game against Hungary. He is hoping to help them qualify for the…

  6. Evan Turner blames conditioning for getting his butt kicked in Summer League

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Evan Turner got his butt kicked. And in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, he admitted it — Summer League was not good to him. “I’ve been playing pretty much every day against good competition,” Turner said. “It was really an eye-opener for me to get my butt kicked, but it was also a good…

  7. Clevelanders not done venting at LeBron, buy billboard

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    It takes time. We’ll forgive the fine people of Cleveland for not yet being over having their hearts ripped out and stomped on in a national television show. At least some of them are being clever about it. Like the Omada Group, which is paying $3,000 for a billboard about two miles from James’ Akron…

  8. And the season schedule leaks begin: Orlando to open new arena against Heat Oct. 28

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    As it always does, the NBA has grand plans — they are going to unveil their opening games and the highlights (such as Christmas Day) on an NBATV special Tuesday night (7pm Eastern, if you want to set your DVR). But as our own Matt Moore noted at the time, it’s going to be hard…

  9. Suns about sign Gani Lawal for three years

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    UPDATE 11:08 AM: According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, it’s not a make-good deal after all. Despite earlier reports from the Republic pointing to a fully unguaranteed, make-good agreement, the Suns have signed Lawal to a three-year contract with the initial season fully guaranteed for $473,604. The second and third seasons will only…

  10. Should the NBA adopt the NFL's franchise player tag?

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    LeBron James became an unrestricted free agent and left. Chris Bosh became an unrestricted free agent and left. Amare Stoudemire became an unrestricted free agent and left. Carlos Boozer became an unrestricted free agent and left. The radical shifting of the NBA landscape has some in the league (and some fans) asking if that much…

  11. Don Nelson may be back for one final season

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    The impression — even from new incoming owner Joe Lacob himself — is that there will be big changes for Golden State. Which is good, because what the Warriors have been doing has not worked for a long time. Not on the court in particular. Housecleaning is called for. Which means coach Don Nelson will…

  12. Police search home of Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife for clues in his murder

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, says she was the last person to see him alive. She told police he left her house the night of July 18 just fine, but Wright’s mother reported him missing four days later. On July 28, the murdered body of Wright was found outside Memphis.…

  13. Hedo Turkoglu on Toronto: "Something is wrong with that organization"

    Aug 1, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu got his wish — the Raptors traded him out of Toronto to the Phoenix Suns. But on his way out the door Turkoglu keeps taking shots at the Raptors. Classy. Sunday there was a needlessly vindictive series of comments with Turkoglu spoke with FoxSportsArizona.com. “People have to realize something is wrong with that…

  14. Crazy things still happen to Dennis Rodman, like his Land Rover flipping

    Aug 1, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    He’s been out of the NBA for years, but you can still count on Dennis Rodman to do something that draws your attention. For a minute or so. Rodman was in a Land Rover traveling on Interstate 95 near Ft. Lauderdale when the vehicle had a tire problem and eventually flipped, according to the Associated…

  15. Ron Artest is far more self-aware than you gave him credit for

    Aug 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Ron Artest may or may not be crazy, you can make the call on that. But the man is not simple. As fans we tend to think of professional athletes as two dimensional, and we tend to care far more about what they do at their job than we do about them as people. We…

  16. George Hill: Tony Parker is not expendable

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    George Hill had Tony Parker’s starting job by the end of the season and through the playoffs. That has a lot of team executives who covet Parker (and fans of other teams and media members) thinking the Spurs will try to trade Parker this summer. It’s easy to make it work from your team’s perspective…

  17. Former security guard arrested for making bomb threats on NBA offices

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    A former security guard at the building has been arrested for making repeated bomb threats to the NBA offices in Secaucus, New Jersey.  The Star-Ledger has the details. José Quesada, 19, of Elizabeth, who surrendered to federal authorities today, was employed by a security company hired by the NBA to patrol its offices at the…

  18. Shannon Brown, these streets will make you feel brand new, plus there is more money in New York

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Shannon Brown likes Los Angeles a lot, loves playing for the Lakers. Winning is fun, plus there are perks – you don’t have a role in the new Monica video if you’re coming off the bench in Indiana. But it’s about the money at some point, and New York is offering more — Alex Kennedy…

  19. In case you forgot, Kobe Bryant is good

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Lest you forgot, Kobe Bryant is good, and started last season off with a string of game-winning shots. This is off the 2010 NBA Champions DVD.

  20. Boston Celtic options: Shaq or Kwame. Maybe choose door No. 3.

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Boston wants one more center, one more big man on the roster. The two best out there: Shaquille O’Neal and Kwame Brown. And according to Marc Stein of ESPN the Celtics are looking at those options. The problem? The Celtics only have minimum money left. Sources say they’re having trouble getting Brown to accept those…

  21. Miami Heat sell out season seats, so they fire 30 members of ticket sales staff. Classy.

    Jul 30, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat are a hot ticket — they have sold out of season seats and there is a 6,000 person waiting list now. Demand for tickets is through the roof. Everybody wants to see LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together. The tickets sell themselves. So, why keep that season ticket sales staff…

  22. Lakers and Celtics, from the new Lakers championship DVD

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    The new Lakers 2010 NBA Champions DVD is out this week — get your copy at the NBA store — and as always the production value is outstanding. Like this great synopsis of the Lakers and Celtics rivalry.

  23. John Salley has a conversation with Rony Seikaly you would never have with Kobe

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Got to love John Salley. Not so much when he was a key part of the Bad Boys, but now as one of the funnier ex-players. A guy willing to tell some stories. Which he is doing for Deadspin (and to promote his new podcast). The first one is classic — playoff veteran and champion…

  24. Jose Calderon would like to know where he is playing next season

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Jose Calderon was the best point guard Toronto had last season, he played above average and by the end of the year took the starting job from Jarrett Jack, but Bryan Colangelo is apparently not a fan. Or at least is not a fan of the three years, $29 million Calderon is still owed. Colangelo…

  25. Shaq sings to Justin Bieber (and not well)

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Yes this is backstage footage of Shaquille O’Neal signing to Justin Bieber. Yes, we are fairly sure this is a sign of the apocalypse. So is Shaq vs., which he also has been shooting this summer. I will try to make one basketball tie in — Shaq is rumored to want to be on the…

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