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Kurt Helin

  1. Tampering of a different kind: LeBron, Wade and Johnson to discuss plans together

    May 27, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    It’s a whole different kind of collusion, and there is nothing the league can do about it. Some time next month, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Joe Johnson are all going to sit down together and talk free agency plans, Wade told the Chicago Tribune. All before the July 1 official start to free agency.…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic: Game 6 or bust for Boston

    May 27, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Give credit to the Magic — a lot of teams would have just rolled over after losing three straight games and meekly surrendered their season. I’m looking at you, Atlanta. The Magic showed some fight, caught a couple breaks and won Game 4 in overtime. Then they came out and threw a knockout punch. A…

  3. NBA Draft: Blazers admit they are looking to move up, but just a little

    May 27, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Portland has been one of the teams mentioned as a possible trading partner for the Minnesota Timberwolves at for or the Sacramento Kings at five. Maybe not. Blazers left-hanging-in-the-wind General Manager Kevin Pritchard told the Portland Tribune the Blazers are looking to move up from their No. 22 position on the draft board, but not…

  4. Zach Randolph implicated as major marijuana supplier in Indianapolis

    May 26, 2010, 11:04 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph, drug kingpin? That is the charge coming out of Indianapolis — he has been implicated as a major marijuana supplier in the Indianapolis area. Randolph has not been arrested or charged, but he is currently in the middle of a police investigation in Indiana. Randolph was born and raised in Marion, Indiana, about…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics: Rashard Lewis not feeling good on, off court

    May 26, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis has not been right in the Eastern Conference Finals, he has averaged 7 points a game on 29 percent shooting. He is key — the Magic need him to stretch out the Celtics defense. And he has not been right. Maybe because he has not been feeling right. Lewis has been fighting a…

  6. Barack Obama talks basketball

    May 26, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Earlier today we gave you the highlights of Barack Obama talking basketball with Marv Albert, but fresh off the White House’s own YouTube channel here is the entire interview. What I want now more than anything is a Barack Obama basketball with the presidential seal on it (watch the video). However, I fear breaking into…

  7. Stan Van Gundy has his job… and little use for Michael Wilbon

    May 26, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    There have been plenty of people in Orlando calling for the head of Stan Van Gundy. It’s ludicrous. We’ve gone into that. But the calls are out there. Not from anybody credible, mind you. Magic general manager Otis Smith was outright dismissive of the claims Van Gundy’s job was in danger. Not the standard denial,…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Celtic Magic Game 5: It's all about the pick-and-roll

    May 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    The numbers tell the story: In the first three games of the series the Magic ran 33 pick-and-roll plays. In Game 4 they ran 43. And won.(via Eddy Rivera) And these weren’t just your standard screens. They were staggered double screens, with Rashard Lewis setting a first screen before Jameer Nelson came off that one…

  9. Mike Brown says all the right things

    May 26, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Mike Brown had his official statement released through the Cleveland Cavaliers. As one should expect with the official statement, it is filled with nice words, puppies and rainbows. “The past 5 years have been an exceptional experience. I have been very fortunate to lead a group of men who I respect and thoroughly enjoyed coaching…

  10. NBA Draft: The Sixers are considering Derrick Favors over Evan Turner

    May 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Welcome to the time of year when there are very few locks. When potential can win out over skill sets. When the words upside and motor are overused and overvalued. It has been long assumed that the top pick in the draft would be John Wall, and the second pick would be Evan Turner. After…

  11. Now nothing is sacred — NBA team logos on pizza. No, we're not kidding.

    May 26, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    We took care of your NBA-themed breakfast the other team with team-logo toast. But what about dinner? How about pizza? With your team’s logo on it? We’re not talking somebody trying to recreate the 76ers logo in pepperoni and olives. We’re talking the actual, full color logo. The NBA has approved this as part of…

  12. Cavaliers keep Mike Brown's assistants around. Because LeBron likes them.

    May 26, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

    Mike Brown is gone — and some poor grad student is getting half his calls — but his assistants are still employed by the Cavaliers. As with all things Cleveland right now, this move must be viewed through the prism of LeBron James. The Cavs assistants — Mike Malone, Melvin Hunt and Chris Jent —…

  13. Phil Jackson would like to have a vodka with Mikhail Prokhorov

    May 26, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Like sands through the hourglass, so goes the daily Phil Jackson speculation, reality be damned. I guess we have to dive in again today… Phil Jackson has not had anyone reach out to him through back channels about coaching in Chicago or anywhere else next year. And he is not going to Chicago. But new…

  14. Pity the poor guy who has Mike Brown's old cell phone number

    May 26, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown switched cell phone numbers a couple years ago. As Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted, anyone Brown really wanted to talk to already knew that and had the new number. But a lot of people didn’t get the memo. And they kept calling. That’s where Rajesh Kumar comes…

  15. The Wizards are going to draft John Wall. Like you didn't know that already.

    May 26, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    I know the Washington Wizards are going to take John Wall first overall in the NBA Draft. You know it. The Wizards know it. Everyone else in the NBA knows it. Scouts in the Puerto Rican league know it. Yak herders in Mongolia know it. Wall cemented that spot at the recent draft combine. But…

  16. President Obama picks the Lakers, and if you play with him avoid the hard foul

    May 26, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Barack Obama still watches a lot of basketball, although it tends to be the West Coast games, because those are the games that are on when he is finally getting back to the residence. Makes sense, he’s got a job with some brutally long hours. In his sit down interview with Marv Albert shown on…

  17. You can't stop… Goran Dragic? Well, apparently not.

    May 26, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Blowing by Derek Fisher off the dribble is no longer anything to write home about, but the spin them the right-handed finish over Lamar Odom… where did Goran Dragic come from? This was the kind of fun play the Suns bench was making all night long.

  18. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 4: Suns in a different kind of zone but it still means a win

    May 26, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

    Phoenix was in the zone again. Not the defense… well, they were in that too and it had an impact, but this time it was an offensive zone. There were stretches of Game 4 where it seemed no Sun could miss. The Lakers couldn’t figure them out. But that offensive zone was really a string…

  19. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 4, halftime: Suns 64, Lakers 55

    May 25, 2010, 10:16 PM EDT

    The Suns offense just went nova. Phoenix could do no wrong on offense in the second quarter, scoring 41 points to give them 64 for the half and a nine-point lead over the Lakers. The Suns bench — which has been a non-factor in this series — has awoken with 34 points on 13 of…

  20. Nets join Bulls, also reach out to Phil Jackson through back door channels

    May 25, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 7:04 pm: Rod Thorn, the man with the power in New Jersey, said, “are you kidding me?” Well, not exactly those words, but that is basically what he told FanHouse. “It’s not true,” Thorn said Tuesday in an interview with FanHouse about an ESPN report that said the Nets have made “back-channel inquires” about…

  21. Kobe Bryant, the high school years

    May 25, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    There was a time when Kobe was fresh faced and innocent. Well, as innocent as anyone is in high school anymore, but far more innocent and naive to the world than he is now. Even then, Kobe was a high school sensation, back before we had one of those every year and manufactured them as…

  22. Dwane Casey, get to know me

    May 25, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    Here’s what most people reading this story know about Dwane Casey: He is a Mavericks assistant, used to be the Timberwolves head coach, and he spells his first name funny (if he coached the Heat it would be all kinds of confusing). But people should know more about Casey the coach in Minnesota, more than…

  23. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 4: Sometimes it's just about making shots

    May 25, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Jameer Nelson helped get the Magic its first series win by nailing two three pointers in overtime. Neither of them were particularly good plays, except the part where they went through the net. And that’s all that really matters.

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