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Kurt Helin

  1. Quote of the day, where the Celtics are doing movie promos

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    “We’re like Shrek and Donkey.” –Nate Robinson on him and Glen “Big Baby” Davis.

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Bynum sits, game gets physical and it feels like 2008 again

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:01 AM EDT

    These Lakers were different. It’s what we heard, it’s what we saw. These Lakers were not soft, they would not roll over for the Celtics like two years ago. Right? And they didn’t. For three games. Then Andrew Bynum sat, his knee clearly worse for the wear. Then Game 4 got physical. Then for the…

  3. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4, halftime: Lakers lead after ugly half of basketball

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

    There comes a point in a seven-game series when the games get ugly. Teams have watched the film, lived the other team for a few games and they now anticipate everything. They know where the next pass is headed, the next cut is going. They can stop things before they happen. We are there in…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Andrew Bynum will play, now much remains to be seen

    Jun 10, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:44 pm: Andrew Bynum is out warming up with the team and is going to start Game 4 for the Lakers. However, there are questions within the Lakers staff and locker room about how long he can go and how effective he can be. The Celtics may want to expose him and attack, although…

  5. Phil Jackson says he will decide about next year within week of the finals ending

    Jun 10, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    The thing is, Phil Jackson doesn’t really know what Phil Jackson is going to do next year. He may have a leaning, but he’s not telling T.J. Simers no matter how many times he asks. His return to the Lakers has always been more about his health than salary or other opportunities, and he said…

  6. Wizards ready to embrace Gilbert Arenas, as if they have a real choice

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Ted Leonsis, the new owner of the Washington Wizards, wants to give Gilbert Arenas another chance. He’s said it before, and he said it again during his introductory press conference Thursday. The brilliant Dan Steinberg at the D.C. Sports Bog (part of the Washington Post) has the quote. “There will be a time when we…

  7. Kobe the Kloser willing to mock himself

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The newest Vitaminwater ad with Kobe Bryant is fairly amusing but notable for one thing — Kobe mocks his own fashion photo shoot in the middle of it. Good of him to join the club, everyone else already has.

  8. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Can the Celtics keep Kobe Bryant from beating them?

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant has not had a great NBA finals. Sure, he put up 30 points in Game 1 and 29 in Game 3, but he is shooting just 39.4 percent. He is not efficient. He got 29 points last game, but it took him 29 shots to get that. Boston’s defense is giving Kobe problems.…

  9. NBA Draft: Sacramento hosts draft workout clash of the titans

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    While the bright lights of the NBA shine on the Lakers and Celtics, the real work of the league right now is taking place in practice facilities, with college players going at each other under the watchful eyes of scouts and general managers. It is draft workout season. This is where teams bring in a…

  10. Mavericks will pick up Barea's contract

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    This was a no brainer, because good and affordable backup point guards are not easy to come by, but the Mavericks are about to pick up the option on J.J. Barea. Barea gave the Mavericks a solid 20 minutes, 7.6 points and 3.3 assists per game off the bench. He shoots at a decent rate…

  11. Andres Nocioni to Sacramento: "I said openly I would not stay."

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Don’t be surprised if the Sacramento Kings are involved in a draft day trade, and look for Andres Nocioni to be in the package. The Argentinean forward did an interview with Ole, an Argentinean sports publication. (We’re surprised an Argentinean sports publication has time for basketball on the eve of the World Cup, but whatever.…

  12. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Celtics minority owner confronts David Stern after Game 3 over officiating

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Plenty of people watching the NBA Finals have wanted to yell at NBA Commissioner David Stern about it. Celtics minority owner Jim Pallotta did just that after Game 3. He confronted Stern and said the officiating was an embarrassment to the league. That likely means a fine is on the way, and maybe a healthy…

  13. Pacers assistant coach wins game, gets fired for it

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Due to family situations or health emergencies, every season a couple top assistant coaches get the chance to slide down one seat and become the man for a game or three. They get to be the head coach. Usually little really changes save for a much worse use of time outs. It’s usually pretty boring…

  14. Byron Scott now the guy in line behind Tom Izzo for Cavaliers coaching job

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert is a Michigan State graduate, and on that campus Tom Izzo walks on water. That’s how a college coach with plenty of questions about how he would succeed in the NBA has become the guy at the center of the Cleveland coaching discussion. But now Byron Scott is the other guy…

  15. What's next for the Hawks?

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    Atlanta has been very deliberate in their coaching search, but they clearly liked Avery Johnson. The met with him three times, including last weekend. Little word was coming from the team, but Johnson seemed to be a frontrunner. Johnson’s with the Nets. So, now what? It’s down to Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey, Hawks assistant Larry…

  16. John Wall signs shoe deal with Reebok

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    John Wall is determined to carve his own path. He did not follow the pied piper that is William Wesley to his preferred agents. He did not follow LeBron James to his marketing agency. And now he’s not going with Nike for his shoe deal. Or even Adidas. Wall has agreed to a deal with…

  17. Heat throw party to show Udonis Haslem they want him back, too

    Jun 9, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Priority one for the Miami Heat this summer is to bring Dwyane Wade back. The Heat aren’t being subtle about that, either. But they have another free agent they want back, too — Udonis Haslem. To show him a little love, they threw a surprise 30th birthday party for him — bringing over 200 people…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Doc Rivers complains about officiating, dabbles in irony

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Let’s be clear up front: The officiating during the NBA finals has not been good. Fans from Boston to Los Angeles have been complaining as games have been called tight and stars have been in foul trouble. Wednesday it was Doc Rivers turn to flirt with a fine from the league, as reported by ESPN’s…

  19. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Talking Derek Fisher, the day after

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    After practices on the off day, everybody was still talking Derek Fisher. Even Derek Fisher.  

  20. David Stern is just fine with the officials, what are you talking about?

    Jun 9, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    If there is one thing the NBA loves, it’s when the officials become the story. Fans are talking about it. Players have been fitted with the shock-collars of heavy fines, which were applied liberally in the first rounds so now guys hold their tongues. The coaches try to be subtle. Doc Rivers was ironically complaining…

  21. Nets have deal with Avery Johnson to become coach

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    You knew the little general was going to get a job somewhere this summer. Looks like he got a prime one. ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting via twitter that the Nets have reached a verbal agreement with Avery Johnson on a contract to become their next head coach. The talks didn’t last long, which is…

  22. NBA instant replay: Do we need more of it? A PBT roundtable discussion

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    The star of the NBA finals Game 3 — just after Derek Fisher but ahead of Brian Scalabrine — was instant replay. The officials went to it constantly down the stretch of a close game. Good, because they got the calls right, sort of; or bad because it disrupted the flow of the game? We’ve…

  23. Izzo's decision hinges on LeBron's decision

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Tom Izzo is reaching out for advice on what to do — stay at Michigan State or make double his current salary and coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.? We and pretty much everyone else has suggested that Izzo’s decision has to hinge on LeBron James. Izzo talked to former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote (the guy…

  24. Rumor: Miami Heat free agent target order: Bosh, Stoudemire, then Boozer

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT

    This is probably what everybody surmised, but now we have a little confirmation. According to a report in the Miami Herald, the free agent the Miami Heat are targeting first is Chris Bosh, who will certainly demand the max salary. His versatile inside game and ability to run the floor should be a good fit…

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