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Kurt Helin

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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 —…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 4: Phoenix will need more than a zone to win this one

    May 25, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Let’s just be up front — Phoenix is not going to zone their way to a win tonight. Oh, they can still win, but they will have to do it another way. They will have to maintain that aggression and quick decision making on offense. They will have to crash the boards hard again. They…

  17. Kobe not surprised by Celtics success

    May 25, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Most of the basketball world has been surprised by the Celtics playoff run. Not that they didn’t have the talent to make a serious run, but they had not shown any sign of pulling it all together since maybe November. Who thought they could turn it on now? Kobe Bryant. CBS’s Ken Berger reports Kobe’s…

  18. Doug Collins has the right plan for Philly. Now he's just got to execute it.

    May 25, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    When the Philadelphia 76ers got out and ran, they were to be feared. The team won 41 games two seasons ago that way. Last season, they slowed it down and went Princeton offense with less aggressive defense. Throw in some injuries and you have the recipe for a terrible year. Doug Collins came out in…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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