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Kurt Helin

  1. David Stern can see retirement, and probably a little condo in Florida, in his future

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    When David Stern took over as commissioner of the NBA, Ronald Regan was an active president not an airport. Apple had just introduced the first Macintosh, not the iPad. Footloose was a brand new movie, not a musical. Larry Bird (the player not the team president) would lead his Celtics over Magic Johnson (the player…

  2. NBA Playoffs Suns-Blazers game 4: Batum re-injures shoulder, likely out

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Nicholas Batum did what you are supposed to do for the playoffs — play through it. In game two he injured the shoulder he has had surgery on last year, one that cause caused him to miss 45 games this season, but was able to lift it so he was able to play in game…

  3. Stan Van Gundy says something logical about MJ, backlash sure to follow

    Apr 23, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Blasphemer! Blasphemer! The current religion of the NBA is that Michael Jordan is the best player ever. He is THE GOAT. Not up for debate. He won six titles, scored at will, was the best defender ever, lifted the NBA to new heights, cured polio and invented the cell phone. Who would dare question him?…

  4. Russell Westbrook has serious, serious hops

    Apr 23, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook earns no bonus points for beating Derek Fisher off the dribble — that’s a gimme — but he does for knifing through the Lakers big men and throwing it down over Lamar Odom. Respect My Authoritah! Our own Matt Moore breaks down exactly how this came about over at Hardwood Paroxysm.…

  5. Vinny Del Negro calls Kirk Hinrich "Kurt" constantly

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Personally, I see nothing wrong with this. I think it’s an improvement to his name. But I could be biased here. ESPNChicago has let us in on an inside joke in the Bulls media circle — coach Vinny Del Negro consistently gets guard Kirk Hinrich’s name wrong. Chicago Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, long an…

  6. Kobe's bad shooting night still good enough to pass Jerry West

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Drowned out in all the noise in Oklahoma City was another milestone for Kobe Bryant — on a third-quarter 16-foot jumper he passed Jerry West to become the all time leading playoff scorer. Bryant now has 4,465 points scored in the playoffs, putting him eight in front of West. Earlier this season he passed West…

  7. Josh Smith does his best Joakim Noah imitation

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    The name Milwaukee comes from the Algonquian tribe word for “good land.” The Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith would like to disagree with that. Taking the bait from reporters, the Hawks athletic power forward started a little war of words bound to sit poorly with Milwaukee residents, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “There’s pretty much…

  8. Quote of the day, Amen brother

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    “Even the Amens are loud.” –Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s comment to TNT’s Craig Sager about the crowd at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City after a benediction before the game.

  9. NBA Playoffs: Oklahoma City plays like veterans and the Lakers fold under pressure, just like we expected

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:29 AM EDT

    Everyone expected this to be a series of close games, of exciting finishes. In the end, it would be the team with the calm demeanor, the team that played like they seen pressure like this a thousand times and knew how to handle it that was going to win. Oklahoma City, of course. Thursday —…

  10. David Stern complains about all the complaining

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:08 PM EDT

    Players are complaining about refs, Commissioner David Stern is fining them. Coaches are complaining about the refs, Stern is fining them. I think if he could fine this and other blogs, he would. But in comments to the media before the Lakers/Thunder game, he admitted that Pandora’s Box is open and the toils and sickness…

  11. John Wall declares he is ready to be number one pick

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

    John Wall announced what we all knew — he is declaring for the NBA Draft. He will go number one overall (sorry Evan Turner). The only real suspense is who will be his agent, as Associated Press pointed out. “If I get that No. 1 pick, it’s going to be a dream come true,” said…

  12. Delonte West's trial date pushed back until after season

    Apr 22, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    Delonte West’s court date for a series of gun and traffic charges has been delayed again. It now is set for July 21, which would be well after the end of the season, which is good news for the Cavaliers in the playoffs. Brian Windhorst had the details at the Cleveland Plain Dealer: After a…

  13. Caron Butler knows his straws

    Apr 22, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Caron Bulter was chewing straws — only McDonald’s straws — during games for a decade before he came to Dallas and the league suddenly decided it was suddenly dangerous. Right. Tons of logic there. Regardless, Caron Butler knows his straws. He is a straw Jedi. Do not doubt the man.

  14. Rasheed Wallace fined for saying referees baited him into a technical

    Apr 22, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace picked up a technical in the Celtics game one win over Miami. Also the sun rises in the east, Hawaii has great beaches and Dane Cook’s 15 minutes are up. (Well, maybe we’re just hopeful on that last one.) But Sheed apparently thought he had too much money and wanted to pay some…

  15. It's official, Aaron Brooks is your Most Improved Player

    Apr 22, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    It was leaked yesterday, so no surprise, but today it became official that Aaron Brooks is your NBA Most Improved Player for the past season. We got into the “is he deserving” debate yesterday, not going to rehash all that again. Well, a little, only to say that Brooks would not have had my top…

  16. Barnes and Van Gundy fined fined because Dwight Howard is a foul mangnet

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Two games into the playoffs and Dwight Howard has racked up 10 fouls, five each game. Which has meant some extra time on the bench and some caution as he tried not to get ejected from games. Howard likes the money he makes, so he hasn’t said a word. But his coach and teammates have…

  17. How does Hornets head coach Lawrence Frank sound to you?

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    The New Orleans Hornets are on it, they are knee deep in the search for a new coach. Because you want to make that decision before the draft, to get your new man involved in the scouting and drafting of a player for his system. You don’t just want it to drag out (Clippers, I’m…

  18. Dwyane Wade staying in Miami remains the smart bet

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    After the game two loss to the Celtics — you may remember that as the one-on-five game — Dwyane Wade was clearly frustrated. He wants some help. He wants to win and that is going to take more talent than currently sits on the Heat bench. So if he’s frustrated, and he is a free…

  19. Rudy Fernandez has been given his chance, but has lost his confidence

    Apr 22, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    Remember the Rudy Fernandez from the gold medal game in Beijing? The one with 13 points in nine minutes on the court. The one that made you think “Damn, Portland has another one, another great young player.” That Rudy Fernandez has gone missing. And Portland could really use him, as he is starting in place…

  20. Kobe settles lawsuit with former maid, can we move on now?

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    It was basically a she said/she said case, but with the potential for sensationalism. We’re just not going there today. Know that a settlement has been reached between Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa in the lawsuit filed against them by a former housekeeper, according to the legal Website Onpointnews.com (via Ben Maller). No details…

  21. Would the Spurs break up the big three and trade Tony Parker?

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Next season, Tony Parker could be used as a $13.5 million expiring contract. Or, you could use him as one of the best, most experienced scoring point guards in the game. Logic might suggest the latter, Parker is part of The Big Three in San Antonio. A good team that looks very spry as of…

  22. NCAA finds more ways to make things hard on student athletes

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    I get it. I understand that there are more than 300,000 NCAA athletes and most of them will be going pro in some field other than their sport. But this organization — in its quixotic quest to keep college athletics “pure” — just finds ways to make things harder on the students it is supposed…

  23. Scariest thing in Oklahoma City? Craig Sager's legs.

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Dear reader, I apologize for this in advance, but forces beyond my control compel me to do this. I wish I could show you something less frightening, like the spiderwalk scene in the Exorcist. Or Betty White naked. But I cannot. The Lakers are staying in the legendary haunted hotel in Oklahoma City. But there…

  24. Nicolas Batum a game time decision for Blazers… but he'll play

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    An MRI machine is an insanely expensive piece of equipment, but the Portland Trail Blazers certainly are getting their money’s worth out of theirs this year. The latest news to come out of the machine is good for Portland — Nicolas Batum did no serious damage to his shoulder in game two of the series…

  25. NBA Playoffs: Gerald Wallace can defend, too

    Apr 22, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Third in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, well back of Dwight Howard> Ha. Gerald Wallace will show him a thing or two. Howard is not the only guy who can block a shot.

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