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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Lamar Odom worries Doc Rivers

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Coaches worry about everything. It’s what they get paid to do. They worry matchups, execution, referees, clashing personalities, injuries, the media, who their daughter is dating, how much air is in the balls, the music played during timeouts, the cost of dry cleaning. Everything. But when a coach singles out one particular worry, as Doc…

  2. Pastor preaches, prays for LeBron James to play for one dollar a season

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson told Paul Pierce this is the matchup he wanted. Kobe just sees another hurdle in his way. Alvin Gentry only sees Kobe Bryant. Steve Nash tries to see the future.  

  3. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Boston big men will play the bully, will L.A. stand its ground?

    Jun 1, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Let the Phil Jackson mind games begin. At least he’s gotten smart about how to avoid the fines from David Stern when trying to plant subconscious messages in the mind of the referees. Jackson was talking Monday about Kevin Garnett’s play in the last series and the L.A. Times Mark Medina recorded it. “He was…

  4. LeBron James to go on Larry King, say nothing of interest

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Let us take another break from talking about the big, actual on-the-court basketball series coming up to talk about LeBron James not talking. But he is talking, you say — today he is taping an episode of Larry King Live for CNN that will air Friday night, according to Brian Windhorst’s powerful twitter account. Larry…

  5. Sacramento Kings not playing your big free agent games

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Sacramento Kings have a boatload of cap space. Nobody ever really mentions this, you don’t hear the Kings come up in the LeBron sweepstakes talk, but the money is there. Two of the worst contracts in the NBA — Larry Hughes and Kenny Thomas — come off the books, so the Kings are about…

  6. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtic: Bill Russell, Magic Johnson talk Lakers/Celtics hate

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    You don’t need to go to Lakers or Celtics blogs to find out that Lakers and Celtics hate each other. Take it from the words of the participants.

  7. While you were grilling, we were talking NBA finals

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    We know what you were doing this weekend. Putting tri-tip and chicken/apple sausages on the grill, while trying to figure out if that snow cone making machine you bought the kids could be used to make great frozen margaritas. Yes, yes it can. You were not, however, reading PBT. But now that you’re back at…

  8. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce vs. Ron Artest

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Two years ago, the Lakers tried to guard Paul Pierce in the Finals with Vladimir Radmanovic. Los Angeles might as well have tried to wrap Pierce up in wet toilet paper, it’s about the same deterrent. Pierce did whatever he wanted against the Lakers then starter, got in a rhythm and became almost unstoppable. This…

  9. Tyreke Evans gets one whopper of a speeding ticket

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans drives hard. And we don’t just mean into the lane off the high pick-and-roll. We mean his Mercedes-Benz S550. Evans was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol — think CHiPs — for doing more than 100 mph on a freeway near Sacramento, according to the Sacramento Bee. This wasn’t some polite Eric…

  10. Adonal Foyle weighs retirement

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:11 AM EDT

    Adonal Foyle did not set foot on the court last season. He played 62 minutes the year before. Blame his knees — he had he right one operated on back in training camp, then later in the season he hurt the left one. That’s the kind of thing that has a man thinking about retirement…

  11. Strangest. Basketball. Commercial. Ever.

    May 31, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Sometimes you see a commercial and you realize you are not the target audience. Like every time I see a shampoo ad. Or this one… where I have no idea who the target market is. Hoops playing botanists? Or maybe I do not understand Argentinian culture and marketing well. Clearly, they spent some bills to…

  12. NBA Finals, Celtics Lakers: Your daily health report

    May 31, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    With two banged up teams we’re going to be writing a lot of medical reports these finals — all that time watching The Operation is going to pay off now. I know my medical terms. For example, Andrew Bynum had his knee aspirated on Monday. That means drained of fluid, for you laymen who didn’t…

  13. Might Lakers Brian Shaw bring the triangle offense to Chicago?

    May 31, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    The triangle offense can win — 10 of the last 19 titles have gone to teams running the offense, and another triangle team is in the NBA finals this season. Of course, there’s a few other minor factors that go into that — Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson.…

  14. What LeBron would mean to Chicago: $$$

    May 31, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James isn’t just a basketball player. Well, he is that, a damn good one. But he’s grown beyond that into a brand. A franchise unto himself. Someone that takes a team to manage. The man prints money. So with “LeBron fever” rivaling or surpassing “Blackhawks fever” in Chicago right now, the Chicago Business Journal…

  15. For Lamar Odom, this may not be "bring your family to work day"

    May 31, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Lakers players remember two years ago, when Boston fans rocked the team bus and pelted it with whatever they had in their hands after Game 6. They remember the hostile crowds. Lamar Odom remembers his kids hearing it from Boston fans. So understand that he is a little hesitant about his new, celebrity bride to…

  16. Team USA may go younger

    May 31, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    The veterans are on the fence. And the Team USA roster is in flux. This summer isn’t the Olympics, this is the FIBA World Basketball Championships (which some countries see as the bigger deal, but we don’t). It’s in Turkey, which is a great place to visit but, again, not sexy to the American audience.…

  17. Ron Artest regrets "bailing out" on Pacers; now in place of redemption

    May 31, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Ron Artest is a complex person. We tend to try to fit players into simple two-dimensional pictures, but some players burst outside those lines. Ron Artest is one of those. He is also a person and player who has matured, but we often dismiss that maturation process in players. Now Artest, dismissed by so many,…

  18. Hornets enter negotiations with Tom Thibodeau to become head coach

    May 31, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Right now Tom Thibodeau may be the prettiest girl in the bar, and the Hornets are stepping up to make their move. New Orleans has entered negotiations with Thibodeau to become their new head coach, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This means that Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower has exchanged offers with CAA, the firm…

  19. Getting to know LeBron James inner circle

    May 30, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Virtually every player in the NBA seems to have a posse, his boys, his friends. They are the guys hanging around the player at clubs, the guys who do his driving and run his errands and are supposed to take care of life’s little annoyances. Sometimes, they even get real responsibility. But no inner circle…

  20. The five best NBA finals. Ever.

    May 30, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    We are staring at another great one. Potentially. These 2010 Lakers and Celtics match up pretty evenly, both are championship tested; both have big stars and thrilling role players. This is going to be fun. But can it match up to the all-time greats? The best finals series ever? That is one tall mountain to…

  21. Grizzlies not changing plans — including a Zach Randolph extension

    May 30, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    The Memphis Grizzlies have their plan and they are sticking to it. Come hell or high water or drug dealing accusations or strip club beat downs. That plan includes keeping Rudy Gay in Memphis. Keeping Ronnie Brewer in Memphis. Getting another quality player in the draft. And signing Zach Randolph to an extension. Yes he…

  22. NBA finals, Celtics Lakers: Five keys for both teams to win it all

    May 30, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    David Stern is smiling. As always, the Midas touch commissioner got what he wanted. Two years ago the Lakers/Celtics NBA Finals was a ratings bonanza. The two most storied franchises in the NBA. Two large and passionate fan bases (based in large markets). A genuine rivalry renewed on the league’s biggest stage. Plus don’t forget…

  23. Amare Stoudemire is still a beast

    May 30, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Given space, given simple one-on-one coverage, nobody is stopping Amar’e Stoudemire. He is too strong. He is too quick. The man is a beast and if it is just you between him and the basket you are about to be in a poster. Pau Gasol was the victim Sunday. Just watch. The only question: When…

  24. Lakers looking ahead to Celtics, Suns wonder what is next

    May 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson told Paul Pierce this is the matchup he wanted. Kobe just sees another hurdle in his way. Alvin Gentry only sees Kobe Bryant. Steve Nash tries to see the future.  

  25. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 6: Slovenian feud almost forced a Game 7

    May 30, 2010, 3:22 AM EDT

    “I’m going to kill him.” That was Kobe Bryant’s comment about teammate Sasha Vujacic to TNT’s Craig Sager after the game. He was kidding. Probably. But I would not have wanted to be Vujacic on the plane ride back to Los Angleles — it was Vujacic who made the play that swung the momentum to…

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