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Kurt Helin

  1. Dwyane Wade is no Frank Sinatra, turns down Gotti meeting

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade’s life is just like yours and mine. I’m sure this happened to you a couple weekends ago: You’re just hanging out an exclusive Manhattan club (M2) with your bodyguard protecting you and your posse when the grandson of a famous mob boss wants to talk to you. When it happened to Wade, however,…

  2. George Karl could be back for second round of playoffs

    Apr 13, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Here’s what is really important: Things continue to progress as well as could be hoped in the treatment of George Karl’s cancer. This is all that matters. But it is not a fast process — Karl will be out for the first round of the playoffs but could return to the Nuggets bench for the…

  3. Lakers, Knicks, Timberwolves headed to Europe next fall

    Apr 13, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol is going home to Barcelona and he’s bringing his teammates with him. We’ll see if he can get Ron Artest to go out to dinner with him for some classic Catalan food, like “mondonguilles amb sìpia” (meatballs with cuttlefish). Because we need video of Ron-Ron’s face when that arrives. Three NBA announced that…

  4. Jason Terry: "I know this team is locked in. We're ready."

    Apr 13, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    There’s some swagger in the Dallas Mavericks locker room right now. Not over-the-top, Sam Cassell “big balls dance” swagger, but a real, palpable confidence. A blowout win can help with that confidence (even if it is against the Clippers, who have folded the tents on the season). But this is more than that, it is…

  5. NBA backs Prokhorov in deal with Zimbabwe

    Apr 13, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    This was never about human rights. This was never about Zimbabwe. This was about New Jersey and political aspirations. Last Sunday, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asking him to open an investigation into whether Mikhail Prokhorov — the Russian billionaire seeking to buy the New Jersey…

  6. Tyreke Evans: 20-5-5 man. Just like the King, the Big O and MJ.

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    Oscar Robertson. Michael Jordan. LeBron James. And now Tyreke Evans. In case you had any doubt how good Tyreke Evans is, being put in that group should do it. Those are the only four players n NBA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game as a rookie. Love Brandon Jennings.…

  7. Celtics pick up Tony Gaffney

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    If a team is picking up a player now, it’s more about a body for practice and getting a look at him for maybe a roster spot next year. Tony Gaffney is getting that look from the Boston Celtics. The former University of Massachusetts star is expected to sign a deal today. Gaffney is a…

  8. NBA Playoff scenarios: So who plays who now?

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Twenty-four hours ago the NBA playoff picture was about as clear as Mr. Magoo sees the world. Today, it’s come into focus a little bit around the edges, but it’s still pretty dang hazy. Here’s what we know so far. Eastern Conference In the East, Cleveland has had the number one seed locked up for…

  9. Jason Kidd off-the-backboard assist to Shawn Marion

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    The first part of this clip shows just how sloppy much of the Clippers loss to the Mavericks looked last night. But oh, the finish. Jason Kidd still sees the game like few others ever have, and Shawn Marion is all the way back from that oblique strain. And they prove that with authority.

  10. Baseline to Baseline, where the old dogs take over

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:19 AM EDT

    What you missed while celebrating the Conan O’Brien news… Trail Blazers 103, Thunder 95: And the old men shall lead them. This game was supposed to be about the young up and coming powerhouses in the league, the young bucks, showcasing their new-found prowess. Instead, it was 36-year-old Marcus Camby and 34-year-old Andre Miller that…

  11. Lionel Hollins receives, sits on extension as Grizzlies coach

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    Memphis overachieved this year. Before the season, the joke was could a team finish the year with negative assists. But it turns out they can play — Marc Gasol is a pretty good center, OJ May and Rudy Gay have matured. They are fighting for a .500 record. Coach Lionel Hollins deserves some credit for…

  12. Brandon Roy has slight meniscus tear in his right knee, could miss playoffs

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE 9:37 pm: Roy made a much more somber prognosis of his condition tonight before the Blazers/Thunder game. He has a slight meniscus tear in his right knee and may not be able to return for the playoffs. However, he is putting off the inevitable surgery in hopes that his knee heals enough to let…

  13. Syracuse's Wesley Johnson leads today's declare for draft list

    Apr 12, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Wesley Johnson, who was the poster boy for a Syracuse team that was expected to have a down year and ended up with a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, has declared himself for the NBA draft. It was expected as it was for Devin Ebanks of West Virginia and Dominique Jones of South Florida.…

  14. Kobe Bryant out for Lakers last two games

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    An 8 for 23 afternoon will do this to you. After he returned for one game Sunday, the Lakers announced today that Kobe Bryant will sit out the Lakers final two regular season games. Those are both meaningless in the West — the Lakers have locked up home court until the Finals — and winnable…

  15. Kobe is to Batman as LeBron is to Superman

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    Finally. Someone has combined the long-standing Superman vs. Batman debate with the Kobe or LeBron discussion. The two go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Great work by Gary over at Lakersnation.com on this video. Personally, I’m still trying to figure out who the Silver Surfer of the NBA is.

  16. Carmelo Anthony may choose wedding over Team USA

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony probably has the game best suited for international basketball of any elite American player. Think about the guys who come out of Europe to the NBA, the guys trained to play international ball — Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, etc. They are big men with range, who can post up or knock down a…

  17. Count John Calipari with those who cant stand the NBA eligibility rule

    Apr 12, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    John Calipari said he had a “ball” coaching all those freshman this season. Which is good, because it’s exactly what he’s going to do next season, too. The coach of Kentucky has lost four freshmen as one-and-dones to the NBA draft, and he told ESPN’s Mike and Mike he does not like that one bit.…

  18. Detroit Pistons to lower ticket prices for next season

    Apr 12, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    There has been no area of the country hit harder by the recent economic Great Recession like Detroit. There have been few worse teams in the NBA this season than the Detroit Pistons. Combine that and you get some interesting news. The Pistons are lowering season ticket prices next year. At least 10 percent, as…

  19. Don Nelson says he has coached the hands dealt him

    Apr 12, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Don Nelson is Mr. Small Ball. Right? He wants to go small and just run you into the ground. Defense is sort of an afterthought. That’s the system he wants to play. Right. That’s not what he said on KHTK in Sacramento recently. You have got to play the hand that you are dealt.  If…

  20. Shaq, puppets and Rick Springfield

    Apr 12, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    If you’ve wondered what Shaquille O’Neal has been up to during his thumb rehab, we have your answer: Puppeteering. Good luck getting this one out of your head later.  

  21. Over? Nothing is over until the Celtics decide it is.

    Apr 12, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    War’s over man. Father time has won. He has put the Celtics on double-secret probation, they have no title hopes. Right, Paul Pierce, you don’t think the Celtics can realistically win the title, do you? (Via the Boston Herald) “Yeah,” Pierce said. “Without question. Look, there’s no way we can get around the fact that…

  22. Sasha Vujacic with the impressive dunk… didn't see that coming

    Apr 12, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic — yes, that Sahsa Vujacic — made a great fake then dunked over Marcus Camby? When it first happened I pretty much assumed there had been a mass loss of consciousness and rather than seeing the future we all saw some sort of programed Serbian dream. But NBA.com has the video evidence. It…

  23. David Lee and the summer of waiting

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Lee’s fifth season as a Knick — a franchise where he was far-and-away their best player this past campaign — comes to an end Wednesday. He will get a huge ovation from the Knicks faithful, who appreciate hustle and grit. And then… The waiting is the hardest part. Tom Petty taught us that. Lee…

  24. Robin Lopez could miss playoffs, which means Suns would set early

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    There are a couple of ways to beat the Suns in a playoff series. One is to simply shut down Steve Nash, and stop his pick-and-roll with Amare Stoudemire. What could be simpler? Not fond of option one? Well, option number two is to pound the ball inside on offense, score in the paint, and…

  25. Martin Gortat's mind in native Poland after crash

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Written on the Magic’s Martin Gortat’s shoe when he took the court Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers was the flight number of the plane that crashed and killed 96 in his native Poland a day before. Written on the tape on Gortat’s wrist was the name Lech Kaczynski, the president of Poland who died in…

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