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Kurt Helin

  1. DeMarcus Cousins: Calipari pushed me to go pro

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    It was evident very early in the season that DeMarcus Cousins should go pro. I tuned into an early-season Kentucky game to see what all the John Wall hype was about and was quickly thinking, “who is this Cousins and how can the Lakers get him?” (Hey, I grew up a Lakers fan, what about…

  2. Andre Kirilenko out at least two weeks, Jazz suddenly flat

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Pretty soon the Jazz may just hold an open casting call for power forwards. We talked about the already injury-filled battle at the four between Carlos Boozer and Kenyon Martin, but the Jazz had a secret weapon — an AK-47. Andre Kirilenko. Well, we thought they had one. David Locke of KFAN in Salt Lake…

  3. Shawn Marion destroys Texas Stadium

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    The biggest plume of dust this side of Iceland came from the demolition of the old Texas Stadium. And now we know how that really happened. People just shouldn’t leave buttons laying around like that. It’s not Shawn Marion’s fault.

  4. NBA Playoffs: Four guys who could make the West wild

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    With ABC and TNT covering the playoffs you can count on a couple things. One is more Closer/V promos than you can stomach. Second is more star hype — Kobe, LeBron, Howard, Wade — than you can stomach. Basically, you might want to keep the Pepcid AC on hand. You and I both know that…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Kenyon Martin, Carlos Boozer to face off in battle of the walking wounded

    Apr 16, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    You may want to take a couple aspirin just to watch these games. Maybe even that Vicodin you have stashed away in the medicine cabinet. (Oh, admit it, you refilled the prescription on that just to keep around in case, right?) The Utah Jazz vs. the Denver Nuggets is the series where the “last man…

  6. David Lee wants to return to the Knicks, but they will have to pay

    Apr 16, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Knicks fans, remember what Joni Mitchell (or was it Adam Duritz?) tried to teach us: Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone. David Lee loves New York City. He’s played there for five years, become an All-Star. He was their best player hands down, giving them…

  7. Top 10 dunks of 2009-10 season

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    On a day without basketball, just a little reminder that Derrick Rose is good, that one should not get between Dwyane Wade and the rim, and that Amare Stoudemire is a man/child (well, mostly man). You will also note that none of the year’s best dunks come from the All-Star weekend Dunk Contest. Please enjoy…

  8. Nets hit the clubs hard the night before final game

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Well, it’s not like it ruined their season. Still, not very professional of key Nets players like Devin Harris and Courtney Lee to be seen out shooting tequila the night before the team’s final game of the season, a double-overtime loss to the Miami Heat. A game that didn’t impact the Nets — they had…

  9. Yao Ming may not be 100 percent until next playoffs

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    Look at that Rockets roster: Two good guards who can shoot from the outside or penetrate, some hard-working role playing forwards, good defenders, a lot of heart. It’s a quality roster in search of a star to lead them. A star like Yao Ming. He will be back with the Rockets next season, but general…

  10. Brandon Roy has knee surgery, likely done for playoffs

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    The basketball gods are not just frowning on Portland, they are going Book of Job on them. There had been hopes that Brandon Roy could return for part of the playoffs, but that seems out the door on reports by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that he will have surgery to repair the meniscus tear in right…

  11. Phil Jackson fined $35,000 again for comments on refs, Durant

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

    Good thing Phil Jackson makes more than any other coach in the league the way he is racking up find from the league lately. Today the league dropped another $35,000 fine on Jackson — his second in the last few weeks — for comments he made Tuesday. Jackson’s comments were about Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant,…

  12. R.C. Buford is higher on Richard Jefferson than Spurs fans

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Spurs fans aren’t very fond of Richard Jefferson. It’s not outright dislike in the Raptors fans and Hedo Turkoglu sense. It’s more disappointment that turns into seething frustration when they realize they are stuck with him for at least another season (unless he bails them out by opting out). Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford, who…

  13. Kim Hughes fired as Clippers interim coach. Is a good decision next?

    Apr 15, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    This makes two coaches let go in one day, although neither one was a surprise. The Clippers have let go of interim coach Kim Hughes. He had a raw deal, taking over for Mike Dunleavy, trying to change to a more open system of play when he did not have the ball handlers through the…

  14. Dallas Mavericks eyebrows will invade your nightmares

    Apr 15, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    We take a break from playoff previews and coach firings/extensions to give you maybe the most strange/awesome/creepy/cool video of the year. Rodrigue Beaubois (and Brendan Haywood), your eyes are oddly entrancing.

  15. Lionel Hollins signs three-year extension with Memphis Grizzlies

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Whatever caused the delay — maybe money, maybe just waiting for the season to end — that hurdle is gone. Lionel Hollins signed a three-year extension to coach the Memphis Grizzlies today after sitting down with owner Michael Heisley last night. Financial terms of the deal have not been released. The Grizzlies finished 40-42 on…

  16. Is the Celtics locker room fractured?

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    The Celtics success in 2008 was based around Ubuntu. It was about team first. Unity and chemistry making the whole better than the sum of the parts. Got them another banner. On the court, the Celtics clearly do not look the same. Do their problems extend into the locker room, is it fractured? Boston Globe…

  17. Tracy McGrady may retire if knee doesn't improve

    Apr 15, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady has high hopes for next season. Not just playing but contributing on a contender. But what if his surgically-repaired knee won’t let that happen? Frank Isola of the New York Daily News asked just that. “It’s been two years of just trying to put my body back together and get it where I…

  18. Shaq does not want his name used on "Basketball Wives"

    Apr 15, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    I’ll be honest: I didn’t watch the premiere of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” last weekend. I was going to, it was part of the job I told myself, but there was nothing about this that is remotely appealing. So when it came time, I thought a rerun of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares on BBC America was…

  19. Bulls' front office dispute gets disputed, situation gets uglier

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    UPDATE 4/15 11:28 AM: During interviews last night, Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro denied the reports that he was the aggressor, saying  “That’s 100 percent false.” Apparently both sides have now hired lawyers, as has the team. This is not going to end well. But at least it didn’t come as a distraction at the…

  20. Kevin Durant calls Phil Jackson "disrespectful"

    Apr 15, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    We reported yesterday how Phil Jackson has already started working the referees in the Lakers/Thunder series by doing his best Kevin Garnett imitation and complaining about all the calls Kevin Durant gets. You know, like the ones Kobe Bryant gets. Kevin Durant told the Oklahoman he did not find this so funny. “Because it’s taking…

  21. Eddie Jordan officially fired as Philadelphia Sixers coach, as expected

    Apr 15, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    This news comes not with any surprise, save for the season-long surprise of just how quickly things went bad this season in Philadelphia. CBS’s Ken Berger (via twitter) and other sources are reporting that the Sixers will host an 11 a.m. news conference to announce the firing of Eddie Jordan as coach. Reports are that…

  22. Quote of the day, resting your stars

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    “Well, I’m tired of those guys. They haven’t done a darn thing for us for quite a while so I wanted to send a message that we’re a little bit angry at them. Hopefully, they’ll start playing better this weekend.” –A sarcastic Gregg Popovich of the Suprs on why he rested Manu Ginobili and Tim…

  23. NBA Playoffs: If the gods of the knee are kind, the Denver Nuggets are a contenders

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:30 AM EDT

    Let’s be up front about the one big if for the Denver Nuggets: If Kenyon Martin’s knee is healthy. Those six words should be in front of every other sentence in this post. Because if it is, if he is back to being the aggressive, physical force in the paint they need, Denver can compete…

  24. NBA Playoffs: The Lakers are just a flipped switch away from another title

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    It’s very trendy to be down on the Lakers right now. They’ve given everyone plenty of reasons the last month — spotty execution, horrible outside shooting, questionable defensive rotations and a general malaise. See, there I go doing it — we act as if these Lakers are that other team in LA. The Lakers won…

  25. Your 2010 NBA Playoff Schedule

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT

    Here is the schedule to set your life — or at least your DVR — by for the next couple of weeks. Note that all times listed are Eastern. If you don’t live out East (and I don’t) then do the math in your head. It keeps you sharp. Eastern Conference Cleveland vs. ChicagoGame 1…

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