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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA Draft Lottery 101: The primer

    May 17, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Tomorrow night, Secaucus is the place to be. Okay, Secaucus, New Jersey, is never THE place to be. Better to be down in Orlando, where the Eastern Conference Finals are taking place, for example. But some team will leave Secaucus Tuesday night thinking they are on the path to the Finals after they win the…

  2. Today is the day the Warriors owner finds his team not worth as much as he hoped.

    May 17, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    I’m sure you knew this already, because you and your drinking buddies had been working on your submission over the weekend: Today is the first day to submit formal bids to buy the Golden State Warriors. This is where wishes meet reality. Like when you put a home up for sale and you work with…

  3. What do the Knicks have to lure LeBron? New York City

    May 17, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    Clippers fans are throwing a quaint little parade. Bulls fans are acting like frontrunners. Cavaliers fans are FREAKING OUT. The Knicks? They are ready to make a pitch to LeBron James using the best selling point they have: New York City. The stars, the glamour, the fast paced life, all of it. Living the perfect…

  4. Jazz owner hints the team might be just fine without Carlos Boozer

    May 17, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Let’s be perfectly clear — the Jazz are going to try and bring back Carlos Boozer. And not in some half-assed way. That’s not how the Jazz and the Miller family do business, this is a professional organization. They will make what they think is a fair offer. But if Boozer goes, that would not…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 1: The last word

    May 17, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    It’s time for the last word on Game 1 between Boston and we are giving it to the players and coaches. Well, this isn’t the last word from us, who are we kidding? There will be some more breakdowns and analysis later. But these guys should get their say.  

  6. Doug Collins, Avery Johnson in Sixers set up second round of coach interviews

    May 17, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    The preliminaries are over — the Philadelphia 76ers are getting serious about a new coach now. They did their due diligence and interviewed virtually everybody living east of the Mississippi River. Then they flew to Phoenix and interviewed Doug Collins. Now that the team brass has enough frequent flier miles for that vacation to Hawaii,…

  7. Clippers fans to put on LeBron parade

    May 17, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. –Red (Morgan Freeman) from the Shawshank Redemption For Clippers fans, there is always hope. Hope that this time the number one pick stays healthy. Hope that the owner and general manager will make more good calls than…

  8. Report: Lebron James, John Calipari being shopped as package deal.

    May 17, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

    Buy one, get the second one at an exorbitant full price. And it may be worth it. May. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls are one of the team that have been approached about interest in a LeBron James and John Calipari package deal. League sources said Sunday that noted NBA power broker William…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 1: Where the Magic couldn't score inside or out

    May 16, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    Magics fans couldn’t help but ask: Who were those guys? What happened to the Magic that steamrolled an Atlanta team (who finished with a better record than Boston)? They recognize the guys from the fourth quarter comeback, but that was not enough. Now the Magic are in a 1-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals.…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 1: Matt Barnes on Ray Allen? Vince Carter on Paul Pierce? Interesting.

    May 16, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes is nasty. He is a gritty defender. Hard nosed. In your face. Opposing fans hate him — Boston fans will come to loathe him like nobody else this playoffs. But Ray Allen may dislike him more. Allen has been deadly these playoffs — 42.5 percent from three and hitting better from everywhere than…

  11. Hawks apparently ready to bid against themselves for Joe Johnson

    May 16, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    You just knew somebody was going to make the mistake this summer of offering Joe Johnson a max deal that extends too long at five years. Didn’t expect it to be the Hawks, though.   That is what the New York Daily News is reporting the Hawks will do, adding that they want a new…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Andrew Bynum's knee continues to be a pain

    May 15, 2010, 7:56 PM EDT

    Nobody thinks a week off between the end of the Lakers/Jazz series and the start of the Lakers/Suns series was a good idea (it was even a day longer for the Suns). Well, the NBA league offices think it’s a good idea, but nobody logical. The Lakers were at least hoping to get one good…

  13. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert speaks, says little

    May 15, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Dan Gilbert got up on an empty stage yesterday and said, “well, that sucked.” Not in those exact words, but that was the gist. Here are his exact words about how the Cavaliers plan to go forward after a loss that could have devastating effects on the franchise for a decade or more.  

  14. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Phil Jackson can't resist a little dig at Steve Nash

    May 14, 2010, 11:33 PM EDT

    Is it really a big Lakers playoff series if Phil Jackson doesn’t take a stab at an opposing city or player? Nope. So I guess we have a series. After Lakers practice Friday Phil Jackson was asked if it was hard to simulate in practice what Steve Nash does in a game. We have his…

  15. Maybe we should listen to what LeBron himself said about his plans

    May 14, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    Tons of speculation and talk today — from the highest office in the land on down — on what LeBron James will do next. Maybe we should try listening to what LeBron James says. Not that he says much, but he is the authority on his plans.  

  16. Obama thinks LeBron James would look great in a Bulls uniform

    May 14, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Apparently Barack Obama is willing to risk losing Ohio in the next election. The Baller-In-Chief is a Chicago Bulls fan, so not a shock that he likes the idea of LeBron James playing for his team. ESPNChicago did the snooping. “He doesn’t want to tamper,” senior adviser to the president — and former Bulls season-ticket…

  17. Clevelanders "We Are The World" video to keep LeBron in town. Seriously.

    May 14, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

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  18. Cavaliers front office just looks, acts stunned

    May 14, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    First, team owner Dan Gilbert stepped up to the mike (well, sort of, there was no podium so he just looked exposed). “Obviously we’re very disappointed…it’s one of those things that you can’t believe it,” he said in a televised press conference. Then General Manager Danny Ferry took the stage and didn’t sound like a…

  19. Mike Brown still the coach in Cleveland. For now.

    May 14, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:50 PM: He may not have it for that much longer, but Mike Brown is still the Cavaliers coach, said team owner Dan Gilbert in a press conference Friday afternoon. “That’s not true,” Gilbert said of the report from Sports Illustrated that Brown has been fired. “Right now we are going through the evaluating…

  20. Tony Parker to skip World Championships; Rodrigue Beaubois to take his place

    May 14, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    Coming off a season where injuries kept him out of the lineup and held him back when he was in it, Tony Parker has decided to take the summer off. Parker will not represent France in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey in August. He announced his decision on his Web site. After a long…

  21. Players union will submit new Collective Bargaining Agreement next month

    May 14, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    When the owners submitted their first proposal of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement to the Players Association at the All-Star Game, it was just dismissed out of hand. The owners went big — asking for basically a hard cap, shorter contract lengths with less money guaranteed, and a request to cut the players share of…

  22. Mike Woodson let go as coach of Atlanta Hawks

    May 14, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    This is not a shock, it’s not a bad decision. It was even expected in most quarters. A few will cheer (like the half dozen Hawks fans who hang to the end of those blowout games at home). But there should be some sadness, too. Mike Woodson has been let go as the head coach…

  23. John Calipari tweets he is staying at Kentucky. Nobody believes him.

    May 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    John Calipari insists he is not leaving Kentucky. Seriously. You can tell he means it because he said it on twitter today. I’ve said many times that I’ve got the best job in the country. Still the speculation runs wild and I can’t stop that… I want to address this with the Big Blue Nation…

  24. You should fear Tony Allen? Yes, it appears so

    May 14, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    All the talk about that LeBron guy — not to mention the play of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — overshadowed the fact that the Celtics got contributions up and down the roster in this win. And this series. For example, did you know Tony Allen was a ferocious dunker? Neither did we, but he…

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