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Kurt Helin

  1. Chris Bosh says he is serious about the Heat, too

    Jun 28, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh is not just LeBron James’ lap dog, going wherever he goes and doing whatever he says. No sir. Chris Bosh is his own man. And would go to Miami to be with Dwyane Wade to prove it, so he tells the Miami Herald. “Miami is in top contention,” Bosh said during a quiet…

  2. NBA Players Association about to send proposal to owners, which will get laughed at

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Back in February, the NBA Players Association laughed at and rejected outright a new Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal from owners. That proposal used the current economy as a reason to call for a radical shift in the NBA’s deal with players: Shifting 10 percent more of basketball income to the owners, a hard salary cap,…

  3. It's not just you, NBA executives think LeBron will be a Bull, too.

    Jun 27, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    You watched the draft day moves by the Chicago Bulls, saw they freed up almost enough room for two max guys to go along side Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, and you thought, “That is where LeBron is going to go.” You are not alone. According to one NBA executive who spoke with the New…

  4. Thinking about a backup big man? Stromile Swift says think of me.

    Jun 27, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    There is real value in low-cost, third-string veteran big men around the league who can help out a little during the long grind of an NBA season. DJ Mbenga has two rings, enough said. On July 1… well, really a couple weeks after that, teams will start to think about and call those guys. Stromile…

  5. If Nets are going to get Jerry Colangelo, they are going to have to pay

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    It was supposed to be: Mikhail Prokhorov = big spender. But Rod Thorn is stepping down as general manager in New Jersey and the rumblings around the league (according to Marc Stein and others) is that part of the reason was Thorn was asked to take a pay cut. Prokhorov was not spending big. Now…

  6. Report: Clipper coaching search down to Dwayne Casey, Vinny Del Negro

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

    Two former NBA head coaches — both fired with pretty good records but management thought they could find someone better — are the last two standing in the Clippers search for a head coach. Vinny Del Negro and Dwayne Casey are the two finalists for the Los Angeles job, reports Kevin Arnovitz at ESPNLosAngeles.com. Ironically,…

  7. Report: Rod Thorn stepping down as president of New Jersey Nets

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    In a surprise move, Rod Thorn is stepping down as president and general manager of the New Jersey Nets, ESPN reports. Thorn had met and gotten the approval from new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, and he is not being forced out or asked to leave, according to the report. This is just what Thorn wants. Thorn…

  8. LeBron James not going on recruiting tour

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    Remember talks of LeBron James going on a nationwide tour to be wined and dined by the teams and cities that wanted him? Yea, not so much. All meetings with teams will be at a neutral site, James’ right hand man Maverick Carter told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “LeBron is not going on a tour,” Carter…

  9. Celtics top pick to undergo ankle surgery

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Less than 24 hours after getting raves for picking Avery Bradley to backup Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics announced their new point guard is going to undergo ankle surgery. According to Danny Ainge (as reported by Associated Press) this is a scoping of the ankle. A relatively minor procedure, but he will miss Summer League.…

  10. Nets plan to be patient with Derrick Favors

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors is going to be good, maybe very good. Someday. Right now he is a raw rookie who is about to have to refine his game in the rough world of the NBA. It’s not an easy transition for the best of them. Avery Johnson knows this, and told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts…

  11. Your top draft picks saying all the right things

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

      Clearly all the top draft picks have gone to the Crash Davis school of knowing your cliches — I just want to fit in, do what I can to help the team, take it one game at a time. In today’s world, agents have these guys pretty polished for the basics on draft night.…

  12. Magic rumored to be considering a re-do with Hedo

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    And now, officially, we have heard everything. Rumors are swirling that the Magic are looking to trade Vince Carter to clear the way for Hedo Turkoglu to return to Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel confirms this Salvador Dali painting of a rumor. Details of how it would shake out are unclear, and frankly might never get…

  13. If Phil Jackson steps down, the Lakers need to go with Brian Shaw

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    For the next week, Lakers fans are heading to their local churches and lighting candles with a prayer that Phil Jackson decides to stay on to coach the Lakers. Fans are nervous, they are doing anything they can — meditating on it, offering rum to Jobu, burning incense to please the gods. There are PETA…

  14. Looking for an athletic big man? Talk to Golden State, they have a plethora

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    The Warriors made the right pick — Ekpe Udoh was the best player available at No. 6. He is long and athletic and likes to block shots into the third row. And he’s now part of one very crowded, very young and very athletic frontcourt. Look at the lineup: at the four you’ve got Anthony…

  15. John Wall speaks

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

      This is John Wall at his post-draft press conference. Saying all the right things. The guy is practiced and polished with the media, just like he is on the court.

  16. Draft night trades: Martell Webster traded from Minnesota for Ryan Gomes, Babbitt

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    If there is one thing David Kahn believes in, it’s getting a lot of players for one position on draft night. The Timberwolves drafted the small forward they were hoping to get — Wesley Johnson at No. 4 — but they also traded for another one in getting Martell Webster out of Portland. The deal…

  17. Pat Riley says he's not shopping Michael Beasley, nobody believes him

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Sometimes rumors just seem true. Tell me Ke$ha is crazy enough to give bags of dog s%$# to people, and I tend to believe it. Because she may be actually crazier than most of the women I’ve dated. And that’s saying something. Trust me. Tell me that the Heat are shopping Michael Beasley around and…

  18. Are the Bulls now the leaders in the LeBron sweepstakes?

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    There are a lot of jittery Cleveland Cavaliers fans right now. And not just because they had four cups at the Cleveland Coffee Company. Clevelanders woke up this morning to a new landscape. Yesterday morning they were still the most logical place for LeBron James to play — they had shown him a serious commitment…

  19. Grading the NBA Draft

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    The exercise of grading a draft the moments after it happens are a bit of mental masturbation, fun but ultimately pointless. But I’m all about ultimately pointless. (Not the other thing, I’m a married man. For shame.) So I graded the draft last night for NBCSports.com. Bottom line, loved what the Spurs did, thought Oklahoma…

  20. Rasheed Wallace to retire, the world is now a little more gray

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:47 AM EDT

    The NBA just got a little less interesting. There was nobody in the league like Rasheed Wallace, and he has decided to walk away, according to David Aldridge writing for NBA.com. He battled through an injury plagued season and although he was owed nearly $13 million over the next two seasons he decided he didn’t…

  21. NBA Draft: PBT's post of picks, starting off on the Wall

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    This is it, the NBA Draft post o’ picks. This is the place where you find out who picks Wall and Turner and Favors and this those European centers who shoot threes that always are taken late in the second round. As each pick goes down, we’ll have it up in seconds and with a…

  22. Blazers to let GM Pritchard run the draft, then fire him

    Jun 24, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Pritchard is an NBA Draft wiz — Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum and everyone that makes up the young and up-and-coming Blazers. (And he gets a pass on Oden, everybody thought he was a sure thing.) So on the day of the draft, the Portand Trailblazers have fired Pritchard, according to…

  23. NBA Draft: Nets phone ringing off hook from teams wanting third pick, may listen to Indy

    Jun 24, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors is the flavor of the day. Apparently, because a lot of teams are trying to trade up to the No. 3 spot to draft him according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Part of this was fueled by the Nets themselves shopping the pick all over the place the last week or so, but only…

  24. Chicago talks trading Luol Deng to Orlando, will throw in free Shamwow if it will help

    Jun 24, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Luol Deng can be yours, if the price is right.     The Bulls have already cleared out a lot of cap space if the Kirk Hinrich trade goes through (meaning unless Washington sobers up) but they would still like to move Deng and are shopping him around. One rumor now in few places was Deng…

  25. Chris Bosh says he is waiting on LeBron. Aren't we all?

    Jun 24, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    As Mick Jagger said: Chris Bosh is not waiting on a lady, he’s just waiting on LeBron. (Well, he said something like that, it was a long time ago and I was pretty stoned last time I heard that song.) Chris Bosh admitted on ESPN radio this morning what we all knew already: LeBron eats…

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