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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce talks trash to a fan. Alert the media.

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:33 PM EST

    Let’s get the facts out of the way first: With 1:12 left in Game 2 and the Celtics up by seven, Paul Pierce came over to help Kevin Garnett up off the ground and said: “We are not going back to L.A.“ Here is the video, via Sports By Brooks, and Pierce is clearly saying…

  2. Sorry Clippers, looks like Larry Brown is staying in Charlotte

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:37 PM EST

    Larry Brown is back in Charlotte, doing his job. Which is still head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. The same job he will have next season. Apparently. That is what he is telling Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. “I’m here, coaching. So obviously I’m under contract, doing my job.” So I followed up on…

  3. Gary Payton thinking about getting into coaching

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:13 PM EST

    After he retired, Gary Payton went to Vegas. And settled down. Sounds like an oxymoron to people who have only spent a drunken, ultimately penniless night on the strip. But Vegas has grown into a big city, with suburbs and people who make their livings as dentists and mechanics and Thai restaurant cooks. People who…

  4. LeBron doesn't need New York, he can make it anywhere

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:52 PM EST

    The old school thinking goes like this — LeBron James needs to go to New York for the marketing opportunities. If he can be this big in Cleveland, imagine what will happen when he gets close to those marketing firms on Madison Avenue. When he gets in the bright lights of the media market that…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: For the sake of watchable basketball, referees stop blowing the whistle

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:08 PM EST

    One hundred and thirty four. That is how many free throws we’ve gotten to witness through the first two games of the NBA finals. That is 67 free throws a game. The league average was about 48 a game during the regular season. That is a 71 percent increase in foul calls for the NBA…

  6. Avery Johnson is the front-runner for the Nets job

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

    The Nets are still talking to other candidates and keeping their options open, but the scuttlebutt is the job is going to Avery Johnson. Even Byron Scott — a man really looking for a chance to return to the NBA, but with almost no chance of returning to New Jersey — thinks so, and that’s…

  7. Report: Sergio Rodriguez close to deal with Real Madrid

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:17 PM EST

    According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Sergio Rodriguez is leaving the Knicks to return to Europe. According to the report, he is very close to signing a three-year deal with the Spanish team for $1.5 million euros (about $1.8 million dollars) a year. Think of this like the Josh Childress situation. The Knicks had the restricted…

  8. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Getting a hot Ray Allen the ball, and guys in panchos

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    After the game, there was a lot of talk about Ray Allen getting open and draining threes. Most of this video is about that. But watch until the last question. No, that is not me. And not Matt Moore (although there is a resemblance there). That is Fox Sports Radio and LA area sports talk…

  9. Clipper players lobby for Kelvin Sampson to be next coach

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    The Clippers are being very deliberate in their search for a new head coach. Deliberate is a kind word. Painfully slow may be another way to put it. Waiting for LeBron to choose may be another. Waiting for Godot may be most accurate. But some Clippers players are making themselves heard, according to the Journal…

  10. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: When it's not Kobe time, it's ugly time for the Lakers

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant entered back into the game with 6:16 left in the contest and proceeded to score five-quick points — an and-1 where Ray Allen fouled him near the elbow, followed by another bucket with a spin-to-the-left move on Allen. Then Kobe — a little tentative with five fouls — couldn’t make a shot, as…

  11. Minnesota targets Rudy Gay as their man this summer

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:28 AM EST

    Someone is going to overpay Rudy Gay this summer. Don’t get me wrong, Gay is a good player with the potential to be damn good, he’s a quality get. But some team that missed out on the LeBron/Wade/Bosh sweepstakes is going to set their sights on Gay as someone they can sell to fans. Then…

  12. Carmelo Anthony expects a max-deal extension from Denver, but may not sign it

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:59 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony was in Los Angeles Sunday night to see Ray Allen walk on water, but he can’t go anywhere now without being asked about his future. He has one more year on his current deal, paying him $17.1 million next year, followed by a player-option for the year after that. Denver can offer him…

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: How Ray Allen got his groove back (and the Celtics, too)

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:51 AM EST

    In June 1992, Ray Allen was doing what every other basketball crazed 16-year-old in the nation was doing — watching Michael Jordan rain threes on the Portland Trail Blazers. Six of them in Game 1 of the finals. Leading the Bulls to a crushing of the Trail Blazers. Tonight, Ray Allen was better than that.…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2, halftime: Ray Allen is an inhuman, three-point making cyborg

    Jun 6, 2010, 9:38 PM EST

    Welcome to the Ray Allen show. Ray-Ray started out 7 of 7 from three, and he finished with 27 first half points on just 14 shots. Until his last three (a pretty open one) rimmed out, most of the crowd at Staples Center was convinced he is not human. The Lakers did not close well…

  15. Quote of the day, point guard? We don't need no stinkin' point guard?

    Jun 6, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

    “You know, it’s very interesting to me that in an era where everybody says you’ve got to have a point guard who can penetrate and that if you don’t have one you can’t win. Chicago didn’t have one and the Lakers don’t have one now. So there game is being carried through the triangle offense.”–Dr.…

  16. Report: Cavaliers shopping Mo Williams, Delonte West

    Jun 6, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Cleveland needed to make some changes. It was pretty clear that the current formula worked great in the regular season but could be exposed in a seven-game series. But damn, Cleveland. You won 60 games two years in a row. Coach? Gone. General manager? Gone. Shaquille O’Neal? Probably gone. Mo Williams? They’ll trade him. Same…

  17. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: The Celtics will play like themselves, but is that enough?

    Jun 6, 2010, 1:55 PM EST

    All that time spent in Boston practices working on the triangle sets, and the Lakers destroyed the Celtics vaunted defense with the old-fashioned pick-and-roll in Game 1. What people forget is that this happened some in 2008 — the Lakers had maybe their best offensive success with the pick-and-roll. But as Darius of Forum Blue&…

  18. Larry Ellison combines bid with existing Warrior minority owners to form super majority

    Jun 6, 2010, 1:14 AM EST

    Larry Ellison — the richest man bidding on the Warriors, the man who would be the richest owner in basketball, the man who could write the biggest check tomorrow — may win the Warriors by bringing in partners. Specifically, existing partners in the team. A group of investors who currently own 20 percent of the…

  19. Ron Artest is excited about the World Cup. Even if he doesn't know who he's cheering for.

    Jun 5, 2010, 5:46 PM EST

    There are a lot of interviews, too many interviews, during the breaks in the NBA Finals. And only so many times you can discuss rebounding or defending Paul Pierce. So the odd questions come, and every once in a while you get a great answer. Like when a reporter asked Ron Artest if he was…

  20. Miami Heat's Spoelstra says he's not worried about Pat Riley the coach

    Jun 5, 2010, 3:41 PM EST

    He’s done it before. Pat Riley may have a front office job but he would rather be sitting on the bench, winning titles. He threw aside a very good coach to do it before, when Dwyane Wade and Shaq looked like they could win a title. If the Heat can land another big star —…

  21. Thibodeau accepts deal to coach Bulls, Hornets have deal with Monty Williams to become coach

    Jun 5, 2010, 1:59 PM EST

    UPDATE 2:40 PM: K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Thibodeau has accepted the Bulls’ offer, but neither team will officially announce his decision until after the NBA finals have concluded. 1:59 pm: The New Orleans Hornets moved on from Tom Thibodeau Friday afternoon and by Saturday morning they got the other guy…

  22. Memories and lessons from the John Wooden Basketball Camp

    Jun 5, 2010, 12:28 PM EST

    Five days doing nothing but playing basketball. To me as a skinny little fourth grader growing up in Los Angeles, it sounded like nirvana. The John Wooden basketball camp. I didn’t expect anything but a week of playing my favorite sport, and it was summer so I certainly didn’t expect to learn anything. That was…

  23. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: The Lakers know what is coming Sunday

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:11 PM EST

    That was not the Celtics. Or at least the Celtics that will come to play Sunday. They’ll look the same, wear the same uniforms, but they won’t act the same. A more aggressive Lakers team and some aggressive whistles from the referees had Boston taking a step back in Game 1. They spent much of…

  24. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Boston wants its paint back

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:14 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett said he couldn’t repeat what Doc Rivers said to the team during a Friday film session. It’s probably exactly what every Celtics fan was saying last night as they watched the Lakers punch their team in the mouth, what they said when Pau Gasol grabbed another offensive rebound, what they said as the…

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