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Kurt Helin

  1. The five best NBA finals. Ever.

    May 30, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    We are staring at another great one. Potentially. These 2010 Lakers and Celtics match up pretty evenly, both are championship tested; both have big stars and thrilling role players. This is going to be fun. But can it match up to the all-time greats? The best finals series ever? That is one tall mountain to…

  2. Grizzlies not changing plans — including a Zach Randolph extension

    May 30, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    The Memphis Grizzlies have their plan and they are sticking to it. Come hell or high water or drug dealing accusations or strip club beat downs. That plan includes keeping Rudy Gay in Memphis. Keeping Ronnie Brewer in Memphis. Getting another quality player in the draft. And signing Zach Randolph to an extension. Yes he…

  3. NBA finals, Celtics Lakers: Five keys for both teams to win it all

    May 30, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    David Stern is smiling. As always, the Midas touch commissioner got what he wanted. Two years ago the Lakers/Celtics NBA Finals was a ratings bonanza. The two most storied franchises in the NBA. Two large and passionate fan bases (based in large markets). A genuine rivalry renewed on the league’s biggest stage. Plus don’t forget…

  4. Amare Stoudemire is still a beast

    May 30, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Given space, given simple one-on-one coverage, nobody is stopping Amar’e Stoudemire. He is too strong. He is too quick. The man is a beast and if it is just you between him and the basket you are about to be in a poster. Pau Gasol was the victim Sunday. Just watch. The only question: When…

  5. Lakers looking ahead to Celtics, Suns wonder what is next

    May 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson told Paul Pierce this is the matchup he wanted. Kobe just sees another hurdle in his way. Alvin Gentry only sees Kobe Bryant. Steve Nash tries to see the future.  

  6. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 6: Slovenian feud almost forced a Game 7

    May 30, 2010, 3:22 AM EDT

    “I’m going to kill him.” That was Kobe Bryant’s comment about teammate Sasha Vujacic to TNT’s Craig Sager after the game. He was kidding. Probably. But I would not have wanted to be Vujacic on the plane ride back to Los Angleles — it was Vujacic who made the play that swung the momentum to…

  7. NBA Finals, Lakers Suns Game 6: When the going got tough, Kobe got going

    May 30, 2010, 12:13 AM EDT

    When asked “Kobe or LeBron?” my answer the last year has been “LeBron for the first 42 minutes of the game, Kobe for the last six.” Saturday night is exactly why. Kobe is the best closer in the NBA. Kobe is better at making tough shots than anyone in the NBA. Kobe thrives in pressure…

  8. Mike Brown to be interviewed by the Nets

    May 29, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Mike Brown has coached a team to the best record in the East two consecutive years. Critics can point to the playoff flameouts, the simplistic offenses, the heavy reliance on LeBron James. (That last one makes no sense — if you have LeBron James you better use him a lot. Who should shoot more on…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 6: In this Wild West saloon game the cards are on the table, it's about the faster draw

    May 29, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    Think of the Suns/Lakers series as a poker game in an old Wild West saloon somewhere outside Phoenix. By Game 6, the cards are on the table. Both teams have gone all-in and flipped their two cards over. All that’s left to do is flip over the turn and river cards. Meaning the strategy is…

  10. Today's coaching carousel: Hawks interview Mark Jackson, Bulls chase after Thibodeau

    May 29, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Mama, their goes that wanna-be coach. Mark Jackson — the former All-Star point guard and current NBA analyst for ABC/ESPN — is getting an interview for the Atlanta Hawks head-coaching job, according to FanHouse. The Hawks waited until Jackson was done with his responsibilities covering the Eastern Conference Finals before conducting the interview. (Off topic…

  11. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6: Boston looking forward, Orlando looking back

    May 29, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    It only took a few minutes after Boston advanced to the NBA finals for the questions to turn to “can you win the title?” But Boston had already been talking about that. Orlando had been talking title, too, which makes this one hard to take.  

  12. Dwight Howard developing a jumper would be best offseason move for Magic

    May 29, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic are close. They went to the NBA finals last season, the Eastern Conference finals this season. You can see a championship from where they stand. But what is it going to take to get into the Promised Land? It’s about getting more out of what they have, not bringing in anything new.…

  13. Caron Butler wants to stay with Dallas

    May 29, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    After leaving the turmoil that the Washington Wizards season became, landing with the Dallas Mavericks had to feel like Nirvana for Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood. Stable organization, playoff team, fans in love with the team, what more could you want? Butler doesn’t want to leave. Can’t say I blame him. However, as they always…

  14. Hedo Turkoglu: "I do not want to go back to Toronto"

    May 29, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    So there you are, watching Turkish sports television, just like you do every night, when the most hated man in Toronto (well, as much as Canadians can hate anyone) comes on. Hedo Turkoglu. And the man has clearly had it with Toronto. (J.E. Skeets is everywhere, sees and knows all, and he found the show…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6: The legend of Nate Robinson grows taller

    May 29, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT

    Fans love Nate Robinson — he’s a guy their height who can come in and shoot their team to a win on any night. Coaches fear playing Nate Robinson because he freelances and can shoot you right out of a game just as easy. Doc Rivers had used Nate Robinson sparingly because of that. But…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6: Celtics defend their way to Finals, West had better beware

    May 29, 2010, 12:06 AM EDT

    Jameer Nelson came off the picks like he had done for the last two games, attacked into the paint like he had done for two games, tried to shoot like he had for two games. And there were long arms in the way. Not fouling, but altering shots. His kick-out passes led to contested Magic…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6, halftime: Celtics 55, Magic 42

    May 28, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Boston’s defense is back. With it is the running game and the big leads that the Celtics had in the first half of the season. Boston’s aggressive defense was back, holding the Magic to 44 percent shooing, and more importantly just 2 of 6 from three. With the Magic missing shots, Rajon Rondo got back…

  18. Ron Artest remains the most unpredictable man in the world.

    May 28, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Last night he took two of the worst shots in Lakers playoff history. Then one minute later he may have saved the Lakers season with a pure hustle rebound and putback game winner. Then after the game he went to the gym to work out. Then today, he showed up half an hour late to…

  19. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6: Big men will be banging, but little men will decide this one

    May 28, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT

    Man is it going to be fun to watch what happens inside the paint tonight tonight. Both as a fan of basketball and MMA — because there is going to be some banging. Dwight Howard and Kendrick Perkins are going to go at it inside, technicals be damned. Big Baby is back from his injury…

  20. Where did Ron Artest go to celebrate last night? The gym. To do ab work.

    May 28, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Drunk on the euphoria of a dramatic win, half of Staples Center poured into the bars and restaurants in LA Live across the street to get drunk on something other than euphoria. Can’t blame them. Couldn’t blame the players either if they slipped off to the Conga Room across the street or some other LA…

  21. Dwyane Wade will not get fined for his tampering comments

    May 28, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    NBA owners and executives are now treating the words “LeBron James” like they would treat the Hantavirus  — staying the hell away from it. Not the player, they all want to talk to him and sell him on why he needs to come to their fair town. But before July 1 they are afraid to…

  22. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 6: The Suns don't know self-pity, in fact they may be more confident now than ever

    May 28, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The Lakers players were still mobbing Ron Artest, the Staples Center crowd still singing “I Love LA” (and missing the irony of the lyrics). The Suns had slid back into their locker room, and Suns coach Alvin Gentry said Steve Nash was the first to speak. “Time to forget about this game, time to move…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Celtics Magic: Dwight Howard dares to push back, Boston fans incensed

    May 28, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE 1:28 pm: Magic coach Stan Van Gundy agrees with us. Of course he does, he’s a smart man. These were his comments today at shootaround, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel. “You know, it’s so funny the way things go, because we went down 0-3 and a lot of you guys were calling us…

  24. Zach Randolph not likely to be charged in drug case

    May 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    A day after a long-time friend tried to throw Zach Randolph under the bus, calling him the man behind an Indianapolis marijuana ring, police have backed off Randolph as a suspect. Some great reporting by the Memphis Flyer follows all the twist and turns of the case, including the statement from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police…

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