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Kurt Helin

  1. Report: LeBron "100 percent" endorses Izzo as coach

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    It has been the biggest lingering question about the Cavaliers pursuit of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo to take their head job: What would LeBron James think? Because right now all things Cavaliers revolve around what LeBron James wants and thinks. When they order new pens for the Cavaliers offices they ask, “What color pens…

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Note to Phil Jackson, the Celtics can win games in the fourth quarter, too

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    This is what Phil Jackson (wearing a mic) told his team during a fourth-quarter time out, as the Lakers were making a fourth-quarter run. “(Boston) loses more games in the fourth quarter than any team in the league. They know how to lose games, and they’re showing us that now.” They also know how to…

  3. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Lakers problems all stem from their defense, or whatever you call that

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:31 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson was wrong after the game. He was doing what he had to do — he needed to build up his team’s confidence, not tear them down — but that doesn’t mean he was accurate. When questioned about the Lakers defense he did not seem all that disappointed. “They scored 92 points,” Lakers coach…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5, halftime, Celtics 45, Lakers 39

    Jun 13, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

    Boston’s defense showed up big time — holding the Lakers to 39 points on 33 percent shooting. Meanwhile, the Celtics are shooting 66 percent and they are getting out in transition. Rajon Rondo has 10 points, Paul Pierce had 15 and the bench did well again. Yet the Celtics lead only by 6, 45-39. That…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: What happens if Bynum is not right, again?

    Jun 13, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum is going to play. He had his knee drained of more fluid, and he is in the full “I will play through the pain” warrior mode we fans expect from athletes. He will be in the Lakers starting five tonight. But he was out on the court Thursday night, too. For all of…

  6. Kobe Bryant: Jerry West is the greatest Laker

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

    If you put it to a vote of the fans, Magic Johnson would probably win with Kobe Bryant a close second. Then again, maybe Chick Hearn deservedly wins it all. But among the candidates there seems to be a mutual admiration society. Jerry West said Kobe Bryant was the best Laker ever. Saturday, Kobe returned…

  7. Great NBA finals Game 5s: the Michael Jordan flu game

    Jun 12, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Game 5 has given us some of the greatest NBA finals moments — even Avery Johnson was a Game 5, series clinching star. (Whatever happened to him, anyway?) On of the greatest: Michael Jordan dropping 38 points on the Utah Jazz despite having the flu.

  8. Darren Collison may be the carrot to go with a bad-contract stick

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    They’ve got a new owner and a new coach, so predicting what the New Orleans Hornets are going to do this off-season is about like predicating what Lamar Odom is going to show up for Game 5. Basically, you can’t. But this is not a high-revenue team and they are already over the luxury tax…

  9. Kobe Bryant can't shoot better than a busboy

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant may think he can get his shot anytime he want, but as the ultimate busboy Ricardo shows, he’s not all that. At least at pop-a-shot. By the way, Barney’s Beanery rocks.

  10. Hawks hire Larry Drew as coach

    Jun 11, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

    It’s always the one right under you nose that you don’t notice. Until you do. The Atlanta Hawks have promoted assistant coach Larry Drew to the head coach position, according to multiple reports. Yahoo was first, plus there is one on NBA.com, so, we can probably trust it. It’s an interesting choice. After Mike Woodson…

  11. Another reason Hedo Turkoglu won't get traded (sorry Raptors fans)

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    Toronto fans have had it with Hedo Turkoglu and would like him traded (as tarring and feathering remains illegal in Canada). Turkoglu has had it with Toronto and wants to be traded. Good luck with that. As if the ginormous contract given Turkoglu was not enough, it has a trade kicker, as Sham Sports reports.…

  12. Some NBA players pushing a reform of AAU basketball

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    Virtually every American-born player in the NBA has come through the AAU program. It is the “club teams” of high school basketball. The off-season traveling teams that are designed to let the best push themselves, and face the other best young players. It was envisioned as a way to boost the Olympic program, a way…

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Phil Jackson throws some love toward Doc Rivers

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    History is not going to record Doc Rivers as the same level of coach as Phil Jackson. Because he’s not. But right now, with this team, Rivers is every bit the coach he has to be, every bit the match for Jackson. And Jackson knows it. Today at his press conference he threw some love…

  14. Report: Bobcats' Tyson Chandler may opt out, test free agent market

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Nobody can over-value their own worth like congressmen and NBA players. Meet Tyson Chandler. He is a defensive and rebounding specialist who has missed 68 games over the last two years. He is scheduled to make $12.6 million next season in the last year of his contract signed back when he was the best defensive…

  15. Bulls have come late to the LeBron party, at least in LeBron's mind

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    Right now, Chicago is the leading non-Cleveland candidate in the LeBron James sweepstakes. We think. LeBron isn’t talking, and neither are the people really on the inside of the circle (and if they are it’s not to reveal anything, just to gain leverage). So there’s a lot of Kremlinology going on, and a lot of,…

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Phil Jackson wants Andrew Bynum to play

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson talked with the media today — there were no practices, both teams had the day off — and he said that Andrew Bynum still gives them something even when he is dragging his leg around.

  17. Phoenix is Amar'e Stoudemire's "Plan A." As long as they pay him.

    Jun 11, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    It’s all about the money. Amar’e Stoudemire threw a verbal bouquet to Phoenix on the last day of his youth basketball camp. But it came with the caveat — he wants to be paid. The Arizona Republic has the quote. Stoudemire called signing a contract extension with the Suns this month “Plan A.” “Camp colors…

  18. Avery Johnson's new gig: And now for something completely different

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    When Avery Johnson got his new coaching job — a coveted one, head man for the New Jersey Nets — the natural thing to do was to bring up his coaching record in Dallas. Three plus seasons, .735 winning percentage, two 60 plus win seasons, took a team to the NBA finals. But that job…

  19. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: The Big Baby and Nate show

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Here’s a clip from the best press conference of the playoffs — the Big Baby and Nate show. Also Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson talking about the Celtics bench and their energy.  

  20. Tom Izzo to decide on Cavaliers job. Someday. In the near future.

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    It was probably a lot like those time share sales pitches you suffered through to get those two free days in Las Vegas. Tom Izzo has traveled to Cleveland and heard their hard-sell sales pitch. He talked with their people and toured the facilities (which he had been at before) while his family toured the…

  21. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: If he's going to play like that, Big Baby can drool all he wants

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Make no mistake — Big Baby slobbered. He drooled. Just like a baby. On national television. For all the cameras to catch. He doesn’t really care. And if he can play like that again in Game 5, the entire city of Boston will drool right along with him. (I think the Southies already do.) “Let…

  22. Hawks brass meeting to figure out coaching decision

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks appear ready to go get their coach… after just one more meeting. Nearly a month after they fired Mike Woodson and less than a week before the NBA Draft, the Hawks owners and front office are going to sit down today and decide who they want as a head coach. That according…

  23. 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.

  24. 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…

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