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Kurt Helin

  1. Suitors line up for Ilgauskas, waste their time

    Feb 26, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    It’s a disturbing analogy to think of Zydrunas Ilgauskas as the sexy woman at the bar everyone is trying to hit on (good luck getting that image out of your head). But it’s the truth. Teams are lining up to use their best pickup line on the veteran center after he was waived by the…

  2. Oden trying, but not back for playoffs

    Feb 26, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    In what could be the understatement of the year, Portland General Manager Kevin Pritchard said he wants to be “cautious” with the return of Greg Oden to the team. Oden wants to be back for the playoffs — and Pritchard wants him to keep busting it in the weight room — so nobody is telling…

  3. Pierce likely to sit out several more games

    Feb 26, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    UPDATE 2/26 9:01 am: It’s going to a few more games before Paul Pierce returns to the Celtics lineup. Doc Rivers said Pierce will be held out because the Celtics want him right when he comes back, not trying to shoot through the pain and risking further damage. Basically, exactly the opposite of Kobe. The…

  4. Blake Griffin should be back for Summer League

    Feb 26, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    You remember Blake Griffin, the guy who was going to be the runaway rookie of the year? Top overall pick by the Clippers? Built like a tank? Guy who screwed up his knee landing from a dunk? He had surgery last month and told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse he should be back working out fully…

  5. Quote of the day

    Feb 26, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    “I don’t like to play bad rookies. I like to play good rookies.” – Golden State coach Don Nelson being interviewed by Craig Sager on TNT, on his reputation for not liking to play rookies but having to play Stephen Curry extended minutes this season. Anthony Randolph and Anthony Morrow might beg to differ with…

  6. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Feb 26, 2010, 1:05 AM EDT

    Our game recaps from Thursday, or what you missed while trying to figure out who are the worst parents on LOST… Cavaliers 108, Celtics 88: Yes Celtics fans, that was as bad as you think. Not the game itself, although that wasn’t good for you. But because this game was a vision of your eventual…

  7. Pistons ban Nike Hyperize

    Feb 25, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Can a basketball shoe be too light? Turns out yes, at least according to Arnie Kander, the Pistons strength and conditioning coach for the past 18 years (via Ball Don’t Lie). After a string of ankle and foot problems with Pistons players. He told the Detroit Free Press about the problem but was too kind…

  8. Grizzlies to send Thabeet to D-League

    Feb 25, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Hasheem Thabeet finally has done something of note in his first NBA season — become the highest draft pick ever sent down to the D-League. Ridiculous Upside was first to report that the Grizzlies Friday will assign Thabeet to the Dakota Wizards (rookie guard Lester Hudson will join him). This will only increase the cries…

  9. Talking Jerry West, part one

    Feb 25, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Roland Lazenby, one of the best basketball writers of our time, has penned a new book: Jerry West, the life and legend of a basketball icon. West is one of the most compelling and complex figures in basketball, and the book is a detailed look at the conditions that formed him and how that affected…

  10. McGrady boosts Knicks off court

    Feb 25, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    On the court, despite a fairy tale first night, Tracy McGrady has not done all that much for the Knicks. He already is playing through a banged up knee, his legs are heavy and tired, he said he won’t be 100 percent until next season, and the team is 0-3. But off the court, he’s…

  11. Butler's straw chewing banned

    Feb 25, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE 12:08 pm: The NBA’s official explanation is that it is a “safety issue” (via FanHouse). Butler can chew straws on the bench, but not during game play. Because it’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye. 9:25 am: Before and during games, Caron Butler had a habit of chewing straws. Goes through…

  12. Donald Sterling: master motivator

    Feb 25, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Clippers owner Donald Sterling does care about winning. He does. Not more than he cares about profit, but he does care about winning. And like any good head of a company, it’s his job to motivate his employees. Push their buttons to get them to do their best. Like this exchange heard between Sterling and…

  13. Bobcats sale almost complete

    Feb 25, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    It has taken nearly nine months of negotiations that you knew little about, but the sale of the Charlotte Bobcats is nearly complete, according to the Charlotte Observer. As in done in the next few days. Sources close to the situation anticipate a quick resolution, as to whether Bobcats managing partner Michael Jordan or ex-Houston…

  14. Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Wizards agree to buyout

    Feb 25, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    UPDATE 10:32 am: It is now official, according to Cavaliers beat writer Brian Windhorst’s twitter account (and he’s pretty much right about all things Cleveland). Ilgauskas has been bought out of his contract. Let the bidding games begin. 12:07 am: Sorry if you bought that Zydrunas Ilgauskas Wizards jersey, but think of it as a…

  15. Cavaliers, Heat push season ticket holders for early decision

    Feb 25, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Miami Heat season ticket holders learned this week that if they renew their season seats for next year early — by March 19 — will pay the same rate they did this year. Renew by March 5 and you can pay in 10 interest-free installments. This comes on the heels of Cleveland telling its season…

  16. Nelson questions Biedrins' manhood

    Feb 25, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Andris Biedrins is having the worst season of his career. Just 18 months after he signed a new, six-year contract with the team where they paid him to be a building block. Tuesday night and then again Wednesday a frustrated Warriors Coach Don Nelson unloaded on Biedrins. “He’s not the same player this year as…

  17. Durant's 25-point scoring streak ends

    Feb 25, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Figures it would be the Spurs. If one team is going to be coolly efficient at their job while sucking some fun out of the game, it’s San Antonio. The Spurs ended Kevin Durant’s 25 point a game scoring streak at 29 games. The last guy to do more than that was named Jordan with…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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.…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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