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Kurt Helin

  1. Detroit Pistons are officially for sale, but who wants them?

    May 20, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ever since Bill Davidson passed away, it was assumed that his widow Karen would sell the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment, the company that runs the team its arena The Palace in Auburn Hills. She said before she was exploring it, but she told the Detroit Free Press that the team is now…

  2. Quote of the day, I love the smell of desperation in the morning

    May 20, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    “It is truly a hideous experience. It is just awful. You could almost sense the desperation in the room.” –Minnesota Timberwolves president and general manager David Kahn, on attending the NBA Draft Lottery, as told the the Star-Tribune.

  3. Former NBAer Chris Dudley wins Oregon gubernatorial primary

    May 20, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Chris Dudley, NBA center to Chris Dudley, governor of Oregon. It could happen. Tuesday night Dudley won the Oregon Republican primary for governor. Apparently Oregon Republicans like defensive-minded shot blockers — which somehow seems fitting with a conservative worldview. The problem Dudley faces is that the majority of Oregonians do not share his worldview —…

  4. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: pick your poison with the Lakers offense

    May 20, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    The versatility of the Lakers offense is proving too much for the Suns — it’s not just inside, it’s outside as well. The Lakers know it and know how to exploit it, while the Suns are searching for answers. And sounding dazed .  

  5. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: Kobe Bryant was Steve Nash like

    May 20, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant was the best passer on the floor during Game 2. Yes, Steve Nash was still on the floor. And he is still Steve Nash. But Kobe was taking pages right out of the Nash playbook all night long — including one third-quarter play where he was dribbling near the top of the key,…

  6. Atlanta Hawks begin coaching search with Avery Johnson

    May 20, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson made the Atlanta Hawks better but oversaw a slow offense despite having amazing athletes for the fast break, and he could never get them over the hump in the playoffs. So the Hawks let him walk. Their first look at a replacement coach? Avery Johnson, according to NBA.com’s writing on twitter. Johnson is…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2: Dazed and confused Suns try to figure out what's next

    May 20, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    The Suns played straight up man-to-man. They mixed in some zone. They tried to front Pau Gasol in the post. They played behind him. They tried to double team Kobe, both aggressively and once he picked up his dribble. They tried every defensive gimmick in the book — and the Lakers scored 124 points on…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2, halftime: Lakers 65, Suns 56

    May 19, 2010, 10:18 PM EDT

    In Game 2 the Suns offense looks to the eye a little more fluid — the pick and roll is working better (but not great), they got some pretty baskets in transition, they are hitting 50 percent of their threes. They scored a respectable 56 first half points. But they still cannot stop the Lakers…

  9. Phil Jackson admits he will take a pay cut if he returns

    May 19, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson may or may not come back as the Lakers coach — but if he does it will not be at the $12 million salary he made this season. “Yes, it has been indicated there will be a pay cut,” Jackson said before Game 2 of the Lakers/Suns Western Conference Finals. ESPN’s Michael Wilbon…

  10. Mikhail Prokhorov says all the right things — with an accent

    May 19, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    He’s tall, he’s rich, he has an accent and he owns the Nets (at least that’s what we’re calling them for now. He spoke to the media this morning in New York.  

  11. Report: Doug Collins about to be Philadelphia 76ers new coach

    May 19, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    The Philadelphia Daily News and Associated Press are reporting that the Sixers have entered negotiations with former NBA head coach and current TNT analyst Doug Collins to become their new head coach. That means if they can come to terms on money — and Philadelphia has to already have a pretty good idea what they…

  12. Dwight Howard not suspended for foul on Pierce. That's fair.

    May 19, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard gave a good playoff foul to Paul Pierce in the second quarter of last night’s game. A hard foul that caught Pierce’s head. He got a “flagrant one” for that — meaning Pierce got his free throws and the Celtics got the ball out of bounds. But that will be the extent of…

  13. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: Time for the Suns to get defensive. That or it's over.

    May 19, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    The Suns need to punch the Lakers in the mouth. In game one the Suns were gracious hosts to Lakers who ventured into the paint to shoot — there was a red carpet, a nice spread of hors d’œuvre like bacon-wrapped scallops, plenty of space, basically everything but glasses of champagne. The Lakers took advantage…

  14. Referee DeRosa tossed the ball at a fan in Orlando. Then had him ejected. Nice.

    May 19, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    As if the referees weren’t in enough trouble for game two of the Celtics/Magic series — the terrible charging call on JJ Redick when the game was in doubt, or the nine straight calls against the Celtics earlier in the fourth quarter — there comes this, from the Associated Press: (Joe) DeRosa was walking to…

  15. Mikhail Prokhorov may rename Nets (he has other bold plans, too)

    May 19, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov talks a good game. Which is more of a good game than we have seen out of the Nets is a while. The comments out of a media brunch in New York Wednesday morning dripped of high expectations, confidence bordering on hubris (maybe not bordering on…) and big plans. Like his suggestion that…

  16. Knicks Wilson Chandler arrested for marijuana possession

    May 19, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    If you’re going to get busted for possession for marijuana — a drug half the country wants legalized anyway — might as well go all out. Like have smoke coming out of your car when you get pulled over by the cops. And having a joint plus like five bags of herb in that car.…

  17. Phil Jackson would be a perfect mentor for LeBron. But it's not going to happen.

    May 19, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson’s team is once again peaking right as it heads deep into the playoffs. Again. Why does this surprise us? Sure, there were the injuries and the ugly last couple weeks of the regular season for the Lakers, but we should have all seen that. We should have known better. History has shown us…

  18. Grizzlies not looking to stockpile picks, they want to wheel and deal

    May 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Memphis Grizzlies took a big step forward last year, they got almost all the way to .500. One of the best turnarounds in the league. But if they want to take another step — maybe into the playoffs? — they are going to need some more key contributors. That does not mean project rookies.…

  19. LeBron? Who knows? But Doc Rivers is not going to the Bulls.

    May 19, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    It was an early contender for silliest bit of LeBron speculation out there – that he was going to Chicago and Doc Rivers was going to join him. Rivers grew up in Chicago, he was going to come home to the deep-dish pizza and a Bulls team that needed him. Yea, right. Rivers himself shot…

  20. Leon Powe will remain a Cavalier

    May 19, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    There is a whole mountain of unanswered questions about what the Cleveland Cavaliers will look like on the court next season. A Mount Everest of questions. But we do know this — Leon Powe will be a part of it. Yesterday the Cavs made the no-brainer move of picking up their option on Powe. When…

  21. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 2: The Celtics are feeling pretty good right now

    May 19, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    The Celtics have been here before. And they sound like it. There isn’t a lot of excitement or “wow, can’t believe we won that one” going on here. They are veterans, they are professionals and they are moving forward. The Magic are saying the right things, too. Not that it’s going to help.  

  22. Warriors draw plenty of interest from bidders, including Larry Ellison, but no magic numbers

    May 19, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    The good news: There are a lot of people who want to buy the Golden State Warriors — including the insanely rich Larry Ellison. The bad news: None of them offered the $400 million plus that current owner Chris Cohan was hoping to get for the team. Ellison, the owner of Oracle computers, put in…

  23. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2: Stoudemire will learn rebounding not about luck

    May 19, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    The good Lamar Odom showed up and was a dominating force in game one. He keyed the Lakers first half run from which they never looked back. He finished with 19 points and more key (especially in the second half) 19 rebounds. “I’m not giving him no hype,” Stoudemire told reporters before the Suns practiced…

  24. NBA Draft Lottery: Timberwolves and Kings fall into tough choices

    May 19, 2010, 12:26 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans head sank on the desk. Minnesota General Manager David Kahn was described as “pissed” by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress after he saw his results. For every winner, there must be a loser. Yin and yang. If the Wizards and Sixers vault up the NBA Draft board, someone must fall. Minnesota had the second…

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