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Kurt Helin

  1. Bill Russell talks to U.S. World Cup soccer team

    May 25, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Basketball is a sport America dominates on the global stage. Soccer, not so much. But this year’s American team enters the World Cup with high hopes — a soft group draw makes the chance to advance out of group play very possible. Thing is, in soccer, America is still learning how to win at the…

  2. Dwane Casey getting second interview in Atlanta

    May 25, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    It’s a good day to be a top assistant coach looking for an NBA gig. First the New Orleans Hornets make an offer to Tom Thibodeau, now Dwane Casey is getting a second interview from the Atlanta Hawks. That is what the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting. Casey — a Mavericks assistant who once was…

  3. Ed Stefanski is still the man in Philadelphia

    May 25, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    One might have surmised this from the fact he headed up the recently-concluded coaching search, but now we have confirmation: Ed Stefanski is staying on as president of the Philadelphia 76ers. Ed Snider, the chairman and the man who makes the ultimate decisions for team owner Comcast-Spectacor, wondered why anyone even thought Stefanski was not…

  4. Cuban: Nowitzki opting out a good thing for Mavericks

    May 25, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Nobody really thinks Dirk Nowitzki is going anywhere. He may opt out of his existing deal and become a free agent, but that is very different than leaving. Oh, some teams likely will come a courting, but Nowitzki and the Mavericks are already working on a max extension to his existing contract. If he left…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 4: The Magic have faith

    May 25, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Just take it one game at a time? Ha. The Orlando Magic are not playing your sports cliche game, they think they can come back and win this thing. Isn’t that cute? Here is what players and coaches were saying after the game. And by the way, Doc Rivers tie looks like that win or…

  6. Hornets set to offer Tom Thibodeau their head coaching job

    May 25, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau deserves a head coaching job — the man has paid his dues, 19 years as an NBA assistant, and one of the best at it. Now it appears he is going to get to move over to the big chair. According to the Times-Picayune, the New Orleans Hornets are going to offer their…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic: Does Orlando really have a reason to believe?

    May 25, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    One down, just three more to go. That’s not how Stan Van Gundy is telling his team to look at things — he will talk about one game at a time only. Worry about and work toward winning Game 5 on Wednesday then see what the future holds. But fans don’t think that way. They…

  8. Bulls reach out to Phil Jackson through back channels

    May 25, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson returning to the Chicago Bulls? It’s a long shot. It’s not like he left Chicago on the best of terms. Plus, he would have to leave a title-contending team in the warm-weather city where his once-posed-for-Playboy girlfriend lives to move to a cold-weather city where he would be chasing past glory. But the…

  9. Knicks Eddie Curry ordered to pay $1.2 million debt

    May 24, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    Eddie Curry is living large. Too large. How large? Try a $17,000-a-month suburban New York home, a $6,000-a-month personal chef and a dozen cars. Jay-Z thinks that is large. So did the judge that ordered Curry to pay $1.2 million in personal loan debt on Monday. Curry made $10.5 million last year, an exorbitant sum…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic halftime: Magic 51, Celtics 47

    May 24, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    That was the best half the Magic have played this series. For the first time in four games, there was a real passion from the Magic, which explains the 52-47 lead. Orlando’s stars are stepping up. Dwight Howard was 6 of 8 shooting in the first half, while Jameer Nelson was 4 of 7. The…

  11. Cavaliers' players step up for Mike Brown, just not the player that matters

    May 24, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    Mike Brown is getting some love from teammates the day after he was kicked to the curb despite two 60-win seasons in a row. The Cleveland Plain Dealer asked around and Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Mo Williams had their former coach’s back. Big Z, take it away: “I have nothing but good things to say about…

  12. NBA.com Store finds: team logo toasters

    May 24, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Want to eat what Michael Jordan eats for breakfast? What Gerald Wallace eats? It ain’t Wheaties, my friend. It is toast. Bread emblazoned with the logo of the Charlotte Bobcats. Burned in by special toaster. I’m sure Kobe Bryant eats from the Lakers toaster. LeBron James eats from the Cavaliers toaster — for now. Erick…

  13. Canadian television, where the best NBA player cameos happen

    May 24, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

    If you’re a young Canadian trying to learn the game of basketball, who would be your idol? Who would you want to teach you the game? Randy Foye of the Washington Wizards, of course. Bless FreeDarko for finding this gem (and so many other reasons), off a Canadian television show called Wingin’ It. Pure gold.

  14. You're going to need more than a broken nose to stop Steve Nash

    May 24, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Steve Nash has a broken nose. Officially, he has “a minimally displaced nasal fracture with displaced cartilage,” as Yahoo’s Mark Spears tweeted. That is still a fancy way of saying he has a broken nose. He will have to have a minor procedure to correct it, but he is not going to miss any game…

  15. Bulls make push to interview Celtics defensive mastermind Tom Thibodeau

    May 24, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Remember how the Bulls fired Vinny Del Negro and were going to get an experienced head coach, one with NBA playoff experience? That or Tom Thibodeau, apparently. With Thibodeau one of the finalists for the New Orleans Hornets job, the Bulls have stepped up their pursuit of the Boston Celtics defensive mastermind, according to the…

  16. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns: Phil Jackson is thinking about sitting Andrew Bynum, but it won't help

    May 24, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:06 pm: Both Andrew Bynum and Phil Jackson said after Lakers practice on Monday that Bynum will play and start in Game 4. Again, not a shock. Bynum’s knee is not getting better or worse by playing, it’s a matter of pain management. A game or two off is not going to help him.…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 4: Is there any hope for Orlando? Who can be their Dave Roberts?

    May 24, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    One beloved Boston sports team — the Boston Bruins — just lost a series where they were ahead 3-0. The Philadelphia Flyers came back and spanked them. So there it is Orlando, your ray of hope. It’s not much of one, it’s not even the same sport, but your team hasn’t given anybody much reason…

  18. NBA Draft 2010: Minnesota looking hard at Syracuse's Wesley Johnson

    May 24, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    It is possible that the Minnesota Timberwolves will move down in this draft — some team in love with DeMarcus Cousins could offer a sweet package to move up, and if so the Wolves would be hard pressed to turn that down. But if the offers are not so sweet, how about them taking the…

  19. William Wesley, the most powerful man you don't know

    May 24, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    The rumors are LeBron James and John Calipari are being packaged as a pair. Packaged by William Wesley, a man usually just described as an NBA power broker. Wesley works for CAA and is very tight with both men. But you can bet that wherever LeBron James lands, whoever his coach will be, when James…

  20. Grant Hill: Doug Collins could make the Sixers a playoff team next year

    May 24, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Grant Hill has been around a long time and played for a lot of coaches. While Mike Breen and the ESPN crew make it sound like he was old enough to play for Red Auerbach, he’s not been around quite that long. But he has been around long enough to play for Doug Collins in…

  21. Like every other Bulls fan, Barack Obama likes the look of LeBron James in Chicago

    May 24, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    How much pull does Barack Obama have in getting LeBron James to Chicago? Well, probably less than William Wesley. But he does want him there, and he said as much to Marv Albert in a television interview set to air on TNT on Tuesday night (at 5 p.m.). “You know, like I said, I don’t…

  22. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: Everyone is talking Amare

    May 24, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    That was Amar’e Stoudemire, That was the guy who had been playing like the best power forward in the game the last couple months of the season. He was dominant, and that’s what everyone was talking about after Game 3. Even Stoudemire himself.  

  23. Cavaliers dream big, will settle in finding a replacement coach

    May 24, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    Mike Brown is out. The Cavs have a decision to make. And they can’t afford to screw it up. Look at the best coaches being interviewed around the league for the current job openings: Avery Johnson, maybe Celtics defensive guru Tom Thibodeau is in there. That is not good enough for the Cavaliers. They need…

  24. Mike Brown fired as Cavaliers coach

    May 24, 2010, 2:58 AM EDT

    While you were watching the Lost finale, Mike Brown was losing his job. Multiple sources are reporting that the Cavaliers coach was fired Sunday night. This was expected after the Cavaliers were ousted from the second round of the playoffs by the Celtics. But while everyone knew it was going to happen, it did not…

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