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Kurt Helin

  1. Drew Gooden is a Clipper

    Feb 25, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    When the trade first went down, it was expected that the Clippers would buy out Drew Gooden and he would ;and somewhere as additional depth for a contending team. But instead, the Clippers like what they have found. “We’re going to keep him,” Clippers general manager Mike Dunleavy said in phone interview shortly thereafter with…

  2. Is Joe Johnson really an elite free agent to be?

    Feb 24, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

    The math is pretty simple. There are three sure-thing, worth-the-max-deal free agents available this summer: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. There are eight teams that have cleared enough cap space to sign a max-level free agent, eight franchises that have sold hope this summer to their fan base. One, maybe two of those…

  3. Brian Scalabrine gets a tan

    Feb 24, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    Anyone with a tan in Boston in February sticks out in the crowd. Of course, Brian Scalabrine at 6’9″ with shocking red hair didn’t really need help sticking out in the crowd to begin with. Boston cult figure (in the good way) Scalabrine bet the guys from The Toucher and Rich Show on 98.5 The…

  4. Cavs to go for Snuggie world record

    Feb 24, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    There is just no good way to introduce this one. From Canadian legend J.E. Skeets at Ball Don’t Lie: That’s right, every fan at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ March 5 game against the Detroit Pistons will wear a limited edition Snuggie before the game’s tip-off. After five snuggly minutes, the Guinness World Record adjudicator will give…

  5. LeBron about to set assist record for forwards

    Feb 24, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    LeBron James can score pretty much at will, but what has always helped set him apart was how well he could pass. How he got his teammates involved despite Mike Brown’s offense. The smart folks at The Painted Area went through the archives and found LeBron’s 8.5 assists per game this season is better than…

  6. Nobody feels sorry for Tito, er, Beasley

    Feb 24, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley was at it again this week, complaining about Charles Barkley calling him (and the rest of the Heat) “a bunch of Tito Jacksons” to Dwyane Wade’s Michael Jackson. Tito, get me some tissue. Nobody else is taking Barkley seriously (nobody ever does). Everyone else is having some fun with Beasley on this one.…

  7. Sixers fans are pissed off

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Nobody gets angry like Philadelphia sports fans. And right now, they want general manager Ed Stefanski’s head on a platter, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “I hear them,” said Stefanski, whose team has taken a huge step backward after making the playoffs in his first two seasons. “I speak with season ticket holders. I…

  8. Ariza out, Martin in as Rockets starter

    Feb 24, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    Trevor Ariza has a pretty serious hip pointer, one that is going to keep him out at least the three remaining games this week. Kevin Martin, come on down… Martin has struggled adjusting to his new team so far, going 8 or 28 from the field (28.6 percent) in two games. Not exactly the sharpshooter…

  9. The best game winner of the night

    Feb 24, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant gets all the hype for his game winner because, well, he’s Kobe Bryant. But his was not the best game winning shot last night — that belonged to Jason Richardson of the Suns.

  10. Camby latest Blazer center to go down

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    What did the Trail Blazers do to offend the basketball gods? Is there really any other explanation for what has befallen Portland big men this season. Greg Oden? Out. Joel Przybilla? Out. Marcus Camby? Out for now. He sprained his ankle five minutes into the team’s win over New Jersey on Tuesday and did not…

  11. Gary Vitti: Lakers trainer, travel agent

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    When Magic Johnson twisted an ankle on the court, Gary Vitti was there to help him. For the past 26 years, Vitti has been the team trainer and has helped every Laker player. Even Smush Parker. That’s a full time job, right? Heading a five-person training staff, dealing with team doctors and management, working with…

  12. Hawes, understand your role now?

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    Kings players have been frustrated all season — their minutes seem to fluctuate randomly under coach Paul Westphal (there are graphs to prove this, via the amazing Tom Ziller). Francisco Garcia got a rare start against the Clippers Saturday, but played just 14 minutes. Which is better than Donte Green who started Tuesday and got…

  13. Kobe's back

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Another night, another Kobe Bryant game winner. That’s what he does. (Memphis fans that want to be angry, enjoy the moving downscreen that Pau Gasol sets, very illegal but not called.)

  14. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

    Our game recaps from Tuesday, or what you missed while your wife had control of the remote so she could watch women’s figure skating.L.A. Lakers 99, Memphis 98: Kobe Bryant can cover up a multitude of sins for a team. Memphis deserved this one, largely because the Lakers decision making is often terrible. Shannon Brown…

  15. Mavericks go to D-League for backup center

    Feb 24, 2010, 3:11 AM EDT

    UPDATE 2/24 3:55 am: According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Mavs worked out Jones only to say “Thanks, but no thanks.” Dallas could sign training camper Jake Voskuhl in Jones’ place, as the Mavs continue to look for depth at center while Erick Dampier sits due to injury. 2/23 3:15 pm: With Erick Dampier out…

  16. Kings waive Larry Hughes

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    In a surprise to nobody, Larry Hughes has been waived by the Sacramento Kings. Hughes was salary filler to make the three team Tracy McGrady/Kevin Martin trade work, but the Kings were always going to cut him loose. He never even came to the West Coast to rehab his fractured finger. Today Sacramento made it…

  17. Iverson in/out deadline next week

    Feb 23, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson is off dealing with a sick child, excused from being with the team on its three-game West Coast road swing. With good reason, family should matter more than basketball. Still, there is a deadline for his return — next week, according to Ken Berger at CBS. If Allen Iverson can’t make it back…

  18. Riley talked to Wade about trades

    Feb 23, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat made some very public plays around the trade deadline, trying to land Amar’e Stoudemire or Carlos Boozer to be the inside to Dwyane Wade’s outside. (Sure, Wade is more of a slash to the inside guy, but you know what we’re saying.) Those attempts were more about this summer than this season.…

  19. Vince Carter: 86-feet, sitting down, nothing but net

    Feb 23, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard put on a show All-Star weekend, hitting a half-court shot while sitting down, He had a crowd of people from the Guinness Book of World Records looking on (not to mention a full stadium). Vince Carter says that ain’t nothin’.

  20. Jayson Williams gets five years in jail

    Feb 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE 1:30 pm: Before the sentence came down, Williams addressed the court and the members of the Christofi family at the sentencing. “I am not a bad man, but I acted badly on Feb. 14,” Williams said. “I will work endlessly to improve myself, to help others and to again make positive contributions in our…

  21. Tracy McGrady already hurt in New York

    Feb 23, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    UPDATE 1:25 pm: McGrady is now listed as probable for tonight’s game against the Celtics. 9:38 am: For one game, we all saw the Tracy McGrady we wanted to see, wanted to believe was still in him. A guy who could drive and pass or hit the three. The guy who could just take over…

  22. Wade not playing tonight

    Feb 23, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2/23 1:15 pm: Wade is now listed as week-to-week and will not suit up for the Heat against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. However, the Heat then have a long break until a back-to-back Saturday and Sunday against the Bucks and the Magic. Wade has taken off his protective boot but on Monday could not…

  23. Five best in-game dunkers in the NBA

    Feb 23, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Dunking in a game is radically different than dunking in the Dunk Contest. As Eric Freeman pointed out at The Baseline — in game the “how” is often tightly defined as the dunker has a small window and defenders are closing in on him. It’s a race to the basket. The best dunks often come…

  24. Spurs rodeo ride shows them to be average

    Feb 23, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    The legendary “rodeo trip” — when the San Antonio Spurs are forced into a long road trip because horses, bulls and cowboys fill the AT&T Center — is usually when the Spurs bond and start to make a run heading into the end of the season and the playoffs. This year, not so much. They…

  25. Jeanie Buss wants schoolyard All-Star Game

    Feb 23, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    There have been more suggestions on how to fix the All-Star game than there are Dunkin’ Donuts in Boston. Well, that’s an exaggeration, there may be more Dunkin’ Donuts than people in Boston, but there has been a lot of All-Star Game discussions. Lakers Vice President of Business Operations Jeanie Buss (you know, the Buss…

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