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Kurt Helin

  1. Nets start coaching search with Avery Johnson

    May 13, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Nets president Rod Thorn has been waiting. The Nets need a coach, ideally before the draft, to start setting the new direction for the team. Thorn had done his homework but didn’t make any calls until new owner Mikhail Prokhorov was in place — which is the biggest key for the franchise to take a…

  2. LeBron on elbow: "an issue I'll deal with in the off-season"

    May 13, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    It’s been a day of amateur phycologists coming up with theories on why LeBron James was not aggressive in game five, why he had an off shooting night. Fear, mental weakness, maybe planning his escape out of town — there are a host of guesses out there. But maybe most logical answer remains physical. Maybe…

  3. LeBron to Chicago suddenly hot rumor of the day

    May 12, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Last night’s performance by LeBron James dumped gasoline on the rumor mill. It’s been an out of control fire, a day of speculation and guesswork all over the Web. But nowhere was that flame hotter than when ESPN’s Chris Broussard went on television and said that if James decides to leave Cleveland, the Chicago Bulls…

  4. Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert says fans deserve better effort

    May 12, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert had good seats for a terrible game. Front row on the baseline, just about 10 feet from the Cavaliers bench. The NBA Nation has spent a day psychoanalyzing the Cavaliers and LeBron James effort. Is it his elbow? Has he mentally checked out for NewYork? Was it just an off night for him…

  5. Kim Hughes is still the Clippers coach. Sort of. It's complicated.

    May 12, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    Back on April 15, the Clippers fired interim coach Kim Hughes. It was not a surprise, the team did not play well under Hughes (8-25), although most of that was well beyond his control. There wasn’t much uninjured talent left on the roster, and what there was had started to mail in the season. Hughes…

  6. Quote of the day, Lebron is still plenty confident

    May 12, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    “They got me.”–LeBron James, on why Cleveland fans should feel confident about Game 6 in Boston Thursday. (via the Washington Post’s Michael Lee and his twitter account)

  7. Jerry West: Kobe Bryant is the best post player in the league

    May 12, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    It’s been extensively — even excessively — well documented. Kobe Bryant worked with Hakeem Olajuwon in the summer to learn the dream shake. He came into this season stronger, and early on the Lakers went to him in the post a lot. Very effectively. Then, when Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol were playing together, Kobe…

  8. Thunder's Nick Collison has his knee scoped

    May 12, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Nick Collison has found a nice niche as a quality big off the bench in Oklahoma City. He wants to keep it that way. That’s why early in the offseason — like yesterday — he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. That’s an almost routine surgery these days and Collison will be good to…

  9. Losers if John Calipari returns to the NBA: The Knicks

    May 12, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    John Calipari just shows up to watch the more important game so far in the NBA season — a game everybody wanted to have tickets for — and the rumors start flying. Calipari to the Cavs. Of course, last week it was Calipari to the Bulls. That’s not going to be the last rumor either.…

  10. Larry Brown just tries to spend time with family, but people keep asking about his plans

    May 12, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    For the record, Larry Brown is still the coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. Felt the need to mention that, because his name comes up in seemingly every coaching search. There’s also rumors of him in the front office in Philadelphia. So far, there has been no action. Just Brown spending time with his family, according…

  11. San Antonio says they are not trading Tony Parker, but the Knicks are still interested

    May 12, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    RC Buford says he wants to keep Tony Parker in San Antonio. He should — elite point guards at the peak of their game are hard to find. But if San Antonio can’t convince Tiago Splitter to come to the states from Europe, the Spurs will have to consider trading Parker, they don’t have other…

  12. So LeBron, what do you have to say for yourself?

    May 12, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    Last night was perplexing. LeBron James was almost an afterthought in the Cavs offense. He missed some early jumpers, but rather than adjust and drive the lane (something he does better than anyone in the league) he was just floating around on the weakside, He was not aggressive and seemed disinterested. Was it the elbow?…

  13. John Calipari to Cleveland to keep LeBron in town? Why not?

    May 12, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    Any place that dots can be connected around LeBron James, they will be. Even a few places they can’t people will try. So when popular Kentucky coach John Calipari had courtside seats for the Cavaliers/Celtics Game 5, lines started being drawn. We turn it over to Yahoo Sports college hoops blog The Dagger: One week…

  14. Spike Lee is a Celtics fan. For the sake of LeBron.

    May 12, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Maybe he’s gone anyway. Who knows? If LeBron James has done one thing well it’s create an air of mystery and suspense around his off-season decision. Through it all, the conventional wisdom has been that if the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA title this year, he stays. However, if the Cavs melted down much earlier…

  15. Robin Lopez will return for Phoenix Suns in Game 1 against Lakers

    May 12, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    Phoenix is going to need a little more size to match up with the Lakers — Louis Amundson, Channing Frye and Jared Dudley have played well and very hard so far, but the Lakers front line presents an entirely new level of challenge. Welcome back Robin Lopez. The big physical, defensive anchor for the Suns…

  16. Joe Johnson would love to be Dwyane Wade's sidekick

    May 12, 2010, 8:34 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson did not overwhelm in the playoffs — Atlanta relied too much on “iso-Joe” offense and not on ball or player movement. That allowed the Buck to stay close and the Magic to just blow them out. The conventional wisdom now is that the Hawks are going to let Johnson walk. He’s savvy enough…

  17. Mark Cuban says not to worry about Mavericks finances, or Ross Perot Jr.

    May 11, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    You knew Mark Cuban was not going to stay quiet. Ross Perot Jr. (not him, but his son), a minority owner of the team, has filed a lawsuit saying Dallas Basketball Ltd., the business that runs Mavericks, is “insolvent and and/or in imminent danger of insolvency.” Cuban responded to the Dallas Business Journal and said…

  18. Tim Donaghy makes wildest claim yet, crosses about eight lines of decency

    May 11, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Tim Donaghy has no credibility. In addition to the fact he is a disgraced referee with a gambling problem who spent time in jail for his crimes, reasonable studies looking into his claims — people that broke down the numbers — showed he was full of crap. The claims he made turn out to be…

  19. It's finally official, Mikhail Prokhorov owns the New Jersey Nets

    May 11, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

    It’s the dream of fans of so many struggling NBA teams — start the rebuilding plan by getting a new owner. An insanely rich one willing to spend. In New Jersey, step one is complete — the NBA Board of Governors has approved Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov as the owner of the New Jersey Nets.…

  20. Is the sale of the Hornets stuck? Nah, probably just David Stern trying to speed it up.

    May 11, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 5:35 pm: Hornets president Hugh Webber said that the ownership transition will be completed soon. A statement via Mark Spears at Yahoo. “Goal of both parties is still to finalize all the legalities and announce a deal sooner than later… Day to day execution of plans including the search for a head coach has…

  21. LeBron Biographer Buzz Bissinger says he is gone from Cleveland, title or not

    May 11, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    Before we get into this story, let us bask in the glory of Buzz Bissinger being interviewed by one blog, then that story being reported on another blog. Oh, the cruelty. Oh, the journalistic dishonesty. On to our story. Bissinger has a book to sell, LeBron’s Dream Team, the book he co-authored with James about…

  22. NBA Playoffs, Cavaliers Celtics Game 5: Rajon Rondo is going to think this is a hockey game

    May 11, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    We don’t know much about what the Cleveland Cavaliers have planned to stop the Rajon Rondo layup parade — none of their key players have spoken to the media for a couple days. Mike Brown has chosen not to tell the national media the details of his plans. Smart man. But we can infer, from…

  23. 30 years ago today Dr. J was flying

    May 11, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    Dr. J was graceful. The game in the 1970s into the 1980s was evolving, Magic was just bringing Showtime and up tempo to the sport. It was moving from grinding toward beautiful (despite a setback in the 1990s). Guys were really just starting to play above the rim consistently (there had been a few guys,…

  24. Nets would draft John Wall with top pick, are already getting Devin Harris trade calls

    May 11, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    After the season the Nets had, it feels like the only way the karmic scales balance out is if New Jersey wins the draft lottery, if they get the top overall pick in June. The Nets may only have a 25 percent chance at a top spot, but somehow it just seems fair if they…

  25. Lionel Hollins agrees to extension to coach Grizzlies

    May 11, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Before last season started, the Memphis Grizzlies were expected to be a laughing stock. The team had talent — O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, and Zach Randolph could score. But they weren’t going to share the ball or play defense. Or be any good. Oh, yes they were. Coach Lionel Hollins gets some credit for that.…

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