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Kurt Helin

  1. Some NBA players pushing a reform of AAU basketball

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    Virtually every American-born player in the NBA has come through the AAU program. It is the “club teams” of high school basketball. The off-season traveling teams that are designed to let the best push themselves, and face the other best young players. It was envisioned as a way to boost the Olympic program, a way…

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Phil Jackson throws some love toward Doc Rivers

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    History is not going to record Doc Rivers as the same level of coach as Phil Jackson. Because he’s not. But right now, with this team, Rivers is every bit the coach he has to be, every bit the match for Jackson. And Jackson knows it. Today at his press conference he threw some love…

  3. Report: Bobcats' Tyson Chandler may opt out, test free agent market

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Nobody can over-value their own worth like congressmen and NBA players. Meet Tyson Chandler. He is a defensive and rebounding specialist who has missed 68 games over the last two years. He is scheduled to make $12.6 million next season in the last year of his contract signed back when he was the best defensive…

  4. Bulls have come late to the LeBron party, at least in LeBron's mind

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    Right now, Chicago is the leading non-Cleveland candidate in the LeBron James sweepstakes. We think. LeBron isn’t talking, and neither are the people really on the inside of the circle (and if they are it’s not to reveal anything, just to gain leverage). So there’s a lot of Kremlinology going on, and a lot of,…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Phil Jackson wants Andrew Bynum to play

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson talked with the media today — there were no practices, both teams had the day off — and he said that Andrew Bynum still gives them something even when he is dragging his leg around.

  6. Phoenix is Amar'e Stoudemire's "Plan A." As long as they pay him.

    Jun 11, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    It’s all about the money. Amar’e Stoudemire threw a verbal bouquet to Phoenix on the last day of his youth basketball camp. But it came with the caveat — he wants to be paid. The Arizona Republic has the quote. Stoudemire called signing a contract extension with the Suns this month “Plan A.” “Camp colors…

  7. Avery Johnson's new gig: And now for something completely different

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    When Avery Johnson got his new coaching job — a coveted one, head man for the New Jersey Nets — the natural thing to do was to bring up his coaching record in Dallas. Three plus seasons, .735 winning percentage, two 60 plus win seasons, took a team to the NBA finals. But that job…

  8. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: The Big Baby and Nate show

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Here’s a clip from the best press conference of the playoffs — the Big Baby and Nate show. Also Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson talking about the Celtics bench and their energy.  

  9. Tom Izzo to decide on Cavaliers job. Someday. In the near future.

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    It was probably a lot like those time share sales pitches you suffered through to get those two free days in Las Vegas. Tom Izzo has traveled to Cleveland and heard their hard-sell sales pitch. He talked with their people and toured the facilities (which he had been at before) while his family toured the…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: If he's going to play like that, Big Baby can drool all he wants

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Make no mistake — Big Baby slobbered. He drooled. Just like a baby. On national television. For all the cameras to catch. He doesn’t really care. And if he can play like that again in Game 5, the entire city of Boston will drool right along with him. (I think the Southies already do.) “Let…

  11. Hawks brass meeting to figure out coaching decision

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks appear ready to go get their coach… after just one more meeting. Nearly a month after they fired Mike Woodson and less than a week before the NBA Draft, the Hawks owners and front office are going to sit down today and decide who they want as a head coach. That according…

  12. Quote of the day, where the Celtics are doing movie promos

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    “We’re like Shrek and Donkey.” –Nate Robinson on him and Glen “Big Baby” Davis.

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Bynum sits, game gets physical and it feels like 2008 again

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:01 AM EDT

    These Lakers were different. It’s what we heard, it’s what we saw. These Lakers were not soft, they would not roll over for the Celtics like two years ago. Right? And they didn’t. For three games. Then Andrew Bynum sat, his knee clearly worse for the wear. Then Game 4 got physical. Then for the…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4, halftime: Lakers lead after ugly half of basketball

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

    There comes a point in a seven-game series when the games get ugly. Teams have watched the film, lived the other team for a few games and they now anticipate everything. They know where the next pass is headed, the next cut is going. They can stop things before they happen. We are there in…

  15. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Andrew Bynum will play, now much remains to be seen

    Jun 10, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:44 pm: Andrew Bynum is out warming up with the team and is going to start Game 4 for the Lakers. However, there are questions within the Lakers staff and locker room about how long he can go and how effective he can be. The Celtics may want to expose him and attack, although…

  16. Phil Jackson says he will decide about next year within week of the finals ending

    Jun 10, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    The thing is, Phil Jackson doesn’t really know what Phil Jackson is going to do next year. He may have a leaning, but he’s not telling T.J. Simers no matter how many times he asks. His return to the Lakers has always been more about his health than salary or other opportunities, and he said…

  17. Wizards ready to embrace Gilbert Arenas, as if they have a real choice

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Ted Leonsis, the new owner of the Washington Wizards, wants to give Gilbert Arenas another chance. He’s said it before, and he said it again during his introductory press conference Thursday. The brilliant Dan Steinberg at the D.C. Sports Bog (part of the Washington Post) has the quote. “There will be a time when we…

  18. Kobe the Kloser willing to mock himself

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The newest Vitaminwater ad with Kobe Bryant is fairly amusing but notable for one thing — Kobe mocks his own fashion photo shoot in the middle of it. Good of him to join the club, everyone else already has.

  19. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Can the Celtics keep Kobe Bryant from beating them?

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant has not had a great NBA finals. Sure, he put up 30 points in Game 1 and 29 in Game 3, but he is shooting just 39.4 percent. He is not efficient. He got 29 points last game, but it took him 29 shots to get that. Boston’s defense is giving Kobe problems.…

  20. NBA Draft: Sacramento hosts draft workout clash of the titans

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    While the bright lights of the NBA shine on the Lakers and Celtics, the real work of the league right now is taking place in practice facilities, with college players going at each other under the watchful eyes of scouts and general managers. It is draft workout season. This is where teams bring in a…

  21. Mavericks will pick up Barea's contract

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    This was a no brainer, because good and affordable backup point guards are not easy to come by, but the Mavericks are about to pick up the option on J.J. Barea. Barea gave the Mavericks a solid 20 minutes, 7.6 points and 3.3 assists per game off the bench. He shoots at a decent rate…

  22. Andres Nocioni to Sacramento: "I said openly I would not stay."

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Don’t be surprised if the Sacramento Kings are involved in a draft day trade, and look for Andres Nocioni to be in the package. The Argentinean forward did an interview with Ole, an Argentinean sports publication. (We’re surprised an Argentinean sports publication has time for basketball on the eve of the World Cup, but whatever.…

  23. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Celtics minority owner confronts David Stern after Game 3 over officiating

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Plenty of people watching the NBA Finals have wanted to yell at NBA Commissioner David Stern about it. Celtics minority owner Jim Pallotta did just that after Game 3. He confronted Stern and said the officiating was an embarrassment to the league. That likely means a fine is on the way, and maybe a healthy…

  24. Pacers assistant coach wins game, gets fired for it

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Due to family situations or health emergencies, every season a couple top assistant coaches get the chance to slide down one seat and become the man for a game or three. They get to be the head coach. Usually little really changes save for a much worse use of time outs. It’s usually pretty boring…

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