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Kurt Helin

  1. Cleveland Cavalier's nuclear option: The sign-and-trade

    May 21, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland officials will not even discuss it. It is a thought they have banished from their minds, as if even allowing it to creep in seems to make it a little bit more possible. They don’t want admit the worst, nobody ever does. But the reality is they could lose LeBron James this summer. Smart…

  2. Knicks Wilson Chandler played through a broken nose

    May 21, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Wilson Chandler is hard. The man missed the end of the season with groin injury, sure, but if you complain about a man not being able to run with a sore groin you’ve never had one. And as the New York Post is reporting, Chandler played through a broken nose he got in January and…

  3. Looks like Mike Brown gets to twist in the wind through the weekend. At least.

    May 21, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Money schmoney. Looks like the Cavaliers are not rushing to make a decision on the future of coach Mike Brown. Reports started circulating yesterday that expected axe would fall on coach Mike Brown this weekend. It makes some sense — owner Dan Gilbert said a decision would come in the next seven to 10 days,…

  4. Playoff blowouts not good for television ratings

    May 21, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    It has been the postseason of blowouts. And sweeps. There just has not been a lot of drama these playoffs. That has continued into the conference Finals, where the Lakers and Celtics have looked on a collision course and far better than their opponents. Who wants to watch that? Not a lot of you, it…

  5. Dwane Casey appears to have inside track to become Atlanta Hawks head coach

    May 21, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    Dwane Casey has been one of the two hot assistant coaches being considered to slide over to the big chair this year by general managers around the league. But he’s the only one doing interviews right now (Tom Thibodeau is still a tad busy in Boston). Apparently it has worked –  Casey is the frontrunner…

  6. Jim Brown thinks LeBron James will leave because of treatment by fans

    May 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    And in today’s edition of “a celebrity with no real inside information speaks out on LeBron James” we give you Jim Brown. Brown — one of the greatest lacrosse players in the history of the sport, and he also played a little football — said he thinks LeBron is leaving Cleveland, as FanHouse reported. The…

  7. Apparently everybody loves Avery Johnson, or at least a lot of GMs do

    May 21, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    The Little General has options. Avery Johnson is apparently a popular choice among general managers around the league and could be the guy in New Orleans or New Jersey, according to reports. The New Orleans Times Picayune reports that he is a frontrunner for that head coaching vacancy — however to return to his hometown…

  8. Rockets assistant Elston Turner interviews for Bull head coaching gig

    May 21, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    Do the Bulls know what they want? Rockets assistant Elston Turner sat down with Chicago Bulls brass for a four-hour interview Thursday about the team’s head coaching gig, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge. Turner has been one of the hot assistant coaching names around the league for several years now, interviewing for several jobs including…

  9. Report: Philadelphia agrees to terms with Doug Collins to become coach

    May 21, 2010, 8:08 AM EDT

    UPDATE May 21, 8:08 am: This has been confirmed by everyone now and the formal announcement will come later today. As for details, ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan is reporting it’s a four year deal to return to the team that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 NBA Draft. Collins played eight years…

  10. Mark Cuban says he'd be interested in LeBron as a Maverick, NBA investigating as tampering

    May 20, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE 11:27 PM: That didn’t take long. Well, of course it didn’t, if there is one thing the NBA league office seems to love it’s a good investigation. The NBA is officially investigating Mark Cuban’s comments to see if they are tampering, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Brian Windhorst. No timetable for a decision.…

  11. Referee Joe DeRosa suspended for tossing ball to fan

    May 20, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

    At halftime of Game 2 in the Celtics/Magic series, referee Joe DeRosa walked over to the scorer’s table to pick up the crew’s jackets, found a heckler waiting for him there and at one point tossed the guy the ball. Turns out, that’s enough to get you suspended. DeRosa has been suspended from the next…

  12. Report: Mike Brown to be fired in next few days

    May 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Everyone knows the firing of Mike Brown is coming. Debate whether it is warranted or not all you want, the finality of it has never really been in doubt. It was just a matter of timing. According to NBA.com’s Sam Amico the axe could fall as early as Friday and will happen by Sunday. That…

  13. Lest you had any doubt, Flip Saunders loves him some John Wall

    May 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Yesterday, Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders shot down the asinine rumor that the Wizards would consider trading the number one overall pick this year. Some teams might have, but not the Wizards. Now, he has gone on the the Junkies on 106.7 the Fan in Washington D.C. and professed his love of John Wall by…

  14. Evan Turner thinks he could be first pick, but he'll take Philly

    May 20, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    John Wall is going to be the first pick in the draft. He is. That doesn’t mean it’s not debatable — we’ll be happy to play devil’s advocate to the conventional wisdom. Evan Turner is going to be drafted second overall. But he thinks he should be considered for that top pick, something he said…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics: Dwight Howard does too have post moves

    May 20, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard is a brute in the low post with no moves, he just gets by on his sheer force and athleticism, right? He can’t adjust because of that, which is why the Celtics can stop him, right? Wrong. Nobody is suggesting Howard has all the post moves of Pau Gasol, but he does have…

  16. Ben Wallace mulling retirement

    May 20, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    In the middle of a disastrous Pistons season, Ben Wallace had a rebirth, his best season in a long time. Not that anybody noticed because people stopped watching Detroit early on, but he played pretty well. He played more minutes per game, led the Pistons in rebounds per game, shot at one of the highest…

  17. Detroit Pistons are officially for sale, but who wants them?

    May 20, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ever since Bill Davidson passed away, it was assumed that his widow Karen would sell the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment, the company that runs the team its arena The Palace in Auburn Hills. She said before she was exploring it, but she told the Detroit Free Press that the team is now…

  18. Quote of the day, I love the smell of desperation in the morning

    May 20, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    “It is truly a hideous experience. It is just awful. You could almost sense the desperation in the room.” –Minnesota Timberwolves president and general manager David Kahn, on attending the NBA Draft Lottery, as told the the Star-Tribune.

  19. Former NBAer Chris Dudley wins Oregon gubernatorial primary

    May 20, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Chris Dudley, NBA center to Chris Dudley, governor of Oregon. It could happen. Tuesday night Dudley won the Oregon Republican primary for governor. Apparently Oregon Republicans like defensive-minded shot blockers — which somehow seems fitting with a conservative worldview. The problem Dudley faces is that the majority of Oregonians do not share his worldview —…

  20. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: pick your poison with the Lakers offense

    May 20, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    The versatility of the Lakers offense is proving too much for the Suns — it’s not just inside, it’s outside as well. The Lakers know it and know how to exploit it, while the Suns are searching for answers. And sounding dazed .  

  21. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: Kobe Bryant was Steve Nash like

    May 20, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant was the best passer on the floor during Game 2. Yes, Steve Nash was still on the floor. And he is still Steve Nash. But Kobe was taking pages right out of the Nash playbook all night long — including one third-quarter play where he was dribbling near the top of the key,…

  22. Atlanta Hawks begin coaching search with Avery Johnson

    May 20, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson made the Atlanta Hawks better but oversaw a slow offense despite having amazing athletes for the fast break, and he could never get them over the hump in the playoffs. So the Hawks let him walk. Their first look at a replacement coach? Avery Johnson, according to NBA.com’s writing on twitter. Johnson is…

  23. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2: Dazed and confused Suns try to figure out what's next

    May 20, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    The Suns played straight up man-to-man. They mixed in some zone. They tried to front Pau Gasol in the post. They played behind him. They tried to double team Kobe, both aggressively and once he picked up his dribble. They tried every defensive gimmick in the book — and the Lakers scored 124 points on…

  24. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2, halftime: Lakers 65, Suns 56

    May 19, 2010, 10:18 PM EDT

    In Game 2 the Suns offense looks to the eye a little more fluid — the pick and roll is working better (but not great), they got some pretty baskets in transition, they are hitting 50 percent of their threes. They scored a respectable 56 first half points. But they still cannot stop the Lakers…

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