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Kurt Helin

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Report: Josh Childress about to get offer from Washington Wizards

    Jun 24, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    The ‘fro may be back. Two years ago, Josh Childress couldn’t get a team to make him a offer, one to compete with what he considered an undersized one from Atlanta. It wasn’t because other teams didn’t want him — he may have been the best sixth man in the game — but those teams…

  8. NBA Draft: PBT's second rounders to watch

    Jun 24, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    Michael Redd. Carlos Boozer. Gilbert Arenas. Dennis Rodman. Manu Ginobili. Guys fall through to the second round that can ball. Guys like those above. History tells us most of the guys drafted in the second round Thursday will get a shot in the NBA, only 10 or so will stick, but one or two will…

  9. NBA Draft: PBT's draft sleepers

    Jun 24, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    These are the guys that cause general managers the most grief (unless you drafted Kwame Brown No. 1 overall, then your grief is your own making). Five years from now your draft pick may turn out to be a solid role player, but every time someone talks about him they’ll say “but he passed up…

  10. NBA Draft: Pacers will give you the No. 10 pick for a point guard, but you'll want more

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Indiana wants to run. Indiana has nobody who can lead the break. Ergo, an ugly and unproductive season. Larry Bird has been trying since the season ended to get an established point guard, via trade or free agency or alien abduction. Whatever it takes. Since it is NBA Draft day, the Pacers are trying to…

  11. Celtics dangling Kendrick Perkins to move up in draft

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    The Celtics have a young star point guard paired with a front line ready to star in a remake of Cocoon. Boston knows that long term it needs to get younger. Boston also knows there are some quality big men up at the top of the draft that fit their needs. So the Celtics have…

  12. NBA Draft: PBT's draft busts

    Jun 24, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    The list is long and infamous: Kwame Brown, Adam Morrison, Darko Milic, Nikoloz Tskitishvili. There may not be any epic busts of that level in this draft, but there are going to be busts. Somebody is going to disappoint an excited fan base. Who? Here’s who we think. Cole Aldrich: I’m hesitant to put Aldrich…

  13. Rockets owner "very confident" Yao Ming returns next season

    Jun 24, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Yao Ming wants to be back. During the time of year virtually every other NBA player has his feet up relaxing, taking some time off from the grind, he is at the Rockets facility daily busting it on the court. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander watched him work out then told Jonathan Feigen he was “very…

  14. Luol Deng to the Clippers trade talks going on

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Remember three years ago, when Kobe Bryant demanded to be traded from the Lakers, the team went through the motions of shopping him around and found a decent offer from the Chicago Bulls? That deal didn’t go through in part because the Bulls would not put Luol Deng into the package. Oh, how times have…

  15. Kobe Bryant planning finger surgery

    Jun 24, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    By the finals, it wasn’t even a talking point any more. Kobe Bryant was playing through an avulsion fracture in his finger, and we didn’t blink. As if it was natural, like a salmon swimming upstream to mate or Lindsay Lohan pissing off a judge. We didn’t think twice of it. But it still hurt,…

  16. Denver shows Carmelo Anthony the money, he says he wants to see the wins

    Jun 24, 2010, 12:35 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony could be the LeBron James of 2011. I don’t mean the Nuggets have a great regular season only go down a little too easily in the playoffs. Again. No, I mean the free agent stuff– the hype and love from cities around the country that want to lure him in if he would…

  17. John Wall's first commercial

    Jun 23, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    Didn’t take long — he isn’t even the No. 1 pick. Yet. But Reebok has it’s first John Wall commercial out. Complete with the John Wall dance. Expect a lot more of these as Reebok tries to use Wall to springboard back into the basketball shoe market in a meaningful way.

  18. Al Jefferson for Zach Randolph trade dead in the water

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:05 pm: It’s that time of year, when rumored deals get leaked and die almost as fast. Just like this one. Apparently everybody in Minnesota and Memphis sobered up and realized this was a bad idea. Here is the official reasoning from Chad Ford: Memphis is unwilling to part with their picks as part…

  19. Phil Jackson says he's leaning toward retirement

    Jun 23, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    Just a few minutes before, Kobe Bryant had refused to even discuss the idea of Phil Jackson retiring, calling it a “buzz kill.” Earlier still Derek Fisher wondered if he would come back if Jackson did not. But right now, Phil Jackson is considering stepping away, which is what he told the media after conducting…

  20. Tom Thibodeau starts selling the future

    Jun 23, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    There was nothing earth shattering from Tom Thibodeau’s first appearance as the Chicago Bulls head coach. He didn’t come out and say Michael Jordan was an overrated player, or he prefers New York style thin-crust pizza, or profess his love for the Green Bay Packers. There were no cardinal sins of Chicago etiquette. What Thibodeau…

  21. Ron Harper on Kobe: "He's the closest thing we've ever had to Jordan"

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Ron Harper has perspective. He was on the Bulls during their heyday for three titles. He was on the Lakers for the first two titles of the Kobe/Shaq era. Through it all he was like a coach on the floor. And he told FanHouse Jordan remains the best, but don’t think the gap is very…

  22. Cavs shop around Mo Williams, but DeLonte West is the one you can have

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:22 pm: Mo Williams really doesn’t want to be traded. Check out what he put up on his twitter account: Pls don’t trade me, I’m not ready to go. I’m begging. My work ain’t done yet. I’m on both knees….pls. I’m serious 11:42 am: Cleveland is considering everything right now. You have a seven-team…

  23. Hormets owner George Shinn says Chris Paul is not going anywhere. Sort of.

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Once trade rumors get rolling, they are almost impossible to stop. Even when they made no sense. Like the Hornets trying to trade Chris Paul. That’s not a normal kind of insane, that’s like Charlie Manson level insane. It makes no real sense. So owner George Shinn came forward to put an end to that…

  24. Knicks talking Rudy Fernandez trade with Portland

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez is not a happy man in Portland. He feels he never got a chance, he feels ignored, he doesn’t like the coach, doesn’t like how he’s being used, probably doesn’t even like the pastrami burger at Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen. And everybody likes the pastrami burger at Kenny & Zuke’s. Maybe what he…

  25. Spencer Hawes gets another chance, but Philadelphia is not so forgiving

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    Right now, everything is good between Spencer Hawes and Philadelphia. The management there, his teammates, the fans are all good with him. It was that way in Sacramento for a long time. He was to be the future. Hawes and the fans loved each other. But that soured. He can drain threes (at a 30…

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