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Kurt Helin

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.  

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 2, halftime: Celtics 53, Magic 51

    May 18, 2010, 10:23 PM EDT

    The Magic were much more aggressive getting Dwight Howard open. The Celtics matched that, being more aggressive attacking the rim. The result was an offensive half from two defensive teams that ended with the Celtics up two, 53-51 at the break. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 22 as he could not seem to miss,…

  8. Nets negotiating to keep Rod Thorn around

    May 18, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    New Jersey-to-Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is at the NBA Draft Lottery tonight, in town to see just how challenging his team’s road to redemption is — a lottery win tonight makes it a whole lot faster and easier. But he knows who he wants to guide that process regardless — Rod Thorn. Thorn and…

  9. Manute Bol fighting for his life with kidney failure

    May 18, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Popular former NBA player Manute Bol is currently in a northern Virginia hospital fighting for his life. Dan Steinberg at The Sports Bog (part of the Washington Post) reports that Bol had been hospitalized after a return from his native Sudan with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome — a life-threatening skin condition — as well as kidney failure.…

  10. NBA Draft Lottery: Could the NBA's top pick be moved before the draft?

    May 18, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Teams just do not trade the top pick in the NBA Draft. Doesn’t happen. It has been 17 years since the NBA’s top overall pick was traded before the draft. The fact is elite talent is just too hard to come by in the NBA, you need elite talent to win big and if you…

  11. Shannon Brown: I could have made that dunk

    May 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    What was the most jaw dropping play of Game 1 between the Lakers and the Suns had a couple things wrong with it. It was Shannon Brown almost leaping Jason Richardson for a dunk. The problems are: 1) That should have been called a charge; 2) Brown missed the dunk. But he says he could…

  12. David Arquette's new role: Staples Center security guard. He gets knocked down for his troubles.

    May 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    There are celebrities who show up to those prime courtside Lakers seats to be seen, and then there are celebrities who are Lakers fans. Or maybe a little of both. Jack Nicholson likes to be seen, but nobody questions his fanhood. Same with David Arquette. You know him, the guy from the Scream movies married…

  13. Mikhail Prokhorov video: Nets will win championship within five years

    May 18, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov is a confident man. Also, an insanely rich man. Combine those two and you get a guy that says everything a Nets fan could hope to hear in a low-tech video message to Nets fans just released. Prokhorov promises a truly international team that will make the playoffs next year and win a…

  14. Everyone readying for Cleveland's Mike Brown to be fired. Including Mike Brown.

    May 18, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has not been lined up in front of the firing squad yet, but he and his staff are requesting their last meals. While reports that Brown would be fired the day after the Cavaliers were eliminated from the playoffs were premature, everyone expected us to get to that point. And…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Kobe don't need no stinkin' practice

    May 18, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    No practice for a week. Fluid drained from your knee. So what? These little inconveniences did not slow Kobe Bryant in Game 1 against the Suns. He dropped 40 and was a key reason the Lakers won big to take a 1-0 series lead. The Suns will make adjustments, although there may not be many…

  16. What is going on in Detroit?

    May 18, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    The Detroit Pistons were a franchise that knew what it was. Family owned and civic minded. Loyal. Putting together hard-nosed defensive teams where the sum was greater than the individual parts. This season that fell apart on the court. However, Detroit News columnist Terry Foster suggests that may be just the visible manifestation of larger…

  17. Kobe's wife wears "Do I look illegal" shirt, only one talking immigration

    May 18, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson isn’t going to talk about it. Kobe Bryant won’t go near it. The Lakers aren’t going to talk about it or wear their Los Lakers jerseys. While there was a small protest outside, inside Staples Center the Arizona Immigration law discussion was dead. Except for Kobe Bryant’s wife. Vanessa Bryant is part Hispanic…

  18. John Calipari and LeBron can be bought separately; Kentucky recruit told Calipari will return

    May 18, 2010, 8:34 AM EDT

    LeBron James and John Calipari are not tied at the hip. A day after reports that CAA agent and the NBA’s quietest power broker William “worldwide” Wesley was trying to sell teams on the two as a package, everybody and their brother are denying it. The Chicago Bulls are telling ESPN.com’s Andy Katz that they…

  19. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: In LA, Suns burned by their own defense

    May 18, 2010, 1:13 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich touted the Suns improved defense. Everyone was talking about it. That’s how they were finally going to get over the hump — be just good enough on defense to go with an amazing offense. The Lakers blew that defense up. They blew right by it from the perimeter and right into the heart…

  20. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1, halftime: Lakers 62, Suns 55

    May 17, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

    When Lamar Odom is on, the Lakers are a much, much tougher team. And he is on. Odom has 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting, added eight rebounds and has played good pick-and-roll defense as the Lakers took a seven point lead at the half. Kobe Bryant has added 14, Amare Stoudemire leads the…

  21. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Robin Lopez will start (TNT's EJ can shoot and other notes)

    May 17, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    Be sure to come back at 9 p.m. (Eastern, 6 on the West Coast) for our live blog from tonight’s game. Robin Lopez will start for the Phoenix Suns in the only real bit of pregame news from players and coaches before Game 1 at Staples Center. Suns coach Alvin Gentry said he wasn’t expecting…

  22. Phil Jackson doesn't want to mix basketball, politics

    May 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The Lakers have Los Lakers jerseys, but they will not be wearing them. As we told you before, the Lakers are not going to play your immigration law games. Phil Jackson said later that he didn’t see what the big deal was with the law, or why teams should become involved and protest. That, of…

  23. Is Big Z done as a Cavalier?

    May 17, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas was hurt when he was traded to clear salary cap space to bring in Antawn Jamison to Cleveland. But he came back, because he loved the fans and loved the city. But now he’s got to do what is best for him. He wants to play another year or two, and while he…

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