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Kurt Helin

  1. Cavaliers dream big, will settle in finding a replacement coach

    May 24, 2010, 9:02 AM EST

    Mike Brown is out. The Cavs have a decision to make. And they can’t afford to screw it up. Look at the best coaches being interviewed around the league for the current job openings: Avery Johnson, maybe Celtics defensive guru Tom Thibodeau is in there. That is not good enough for the Cavaliers. They need…

  2. Mike Brown fired as Cavaliers coach

    May 24, 2010, 2:58 AM EST

    While you were watching the Lost finale, Mike Brown was losing his job. Multiple sources are reporting that the Cavaliers coach was fired Sunday night. This was expected after the Cavaliers were ousted from the second round of the playoffs by the Celtics. But while everyone knew it was going to happen, it did not…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: The Suns get in the zone and suddenly it looks like a series

    May 24, 2010, 12:18 AM EST

    Saturday in practice, Suns coach Alvin Gentry was not happy. He wanted to run some more zone but the Suns were playing it worse than they had in the first two games. Which was hard to do because they had been terrible at it in those games and the Lakers had carved it up. “To…

  4. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3, halftime: Suns 54, Lakers 47

    May 23, 2010, 9:46 PM EST

    The Suns have gotten into a zone. The Suns came out far more aggressive on offense– they looked like the Suns we’ve been expecting on offense. Amare Stoudemire was attacking the rim, Steve Nash was hitting rainbow jumpers, even Robin Lopez had a power dunk. But that didn’t stop the Lakers offense in the first…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: The Suns try to keep it simple, stupid

    May 23, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

    Alvin Gentry asked his team to step up its defensive game as they came into the Western Conference Finals with the Lakers. He asked them to front to keep the ball out of the post, to pressure the ball out of Kobe Bryant’s hands, he asked them to do things a little bit differently and…

  6. Hedo Turkoglu: "I'm not happy" in Toronto

    May 23, 2010, 12:36 PM EST

    There were times that Hedo Turkoglu seemed happy in Toronto. For example, late at night in the clubs. But not on the court, and he said as much in an interview with a Turkish newspaper (via Rotoworld). (Be warned, when you click this is a pretty rough translation.) “I’m not happy. I’m depressed because of…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 3: Ray Allen can dunk, too

    May 23, 2010, 11:34 AM EST

    The Celtics did pretty much whatever they wanted in Game 3. For example, Ray Allen decides to drive for a power dunk rather than drain the three. It was that kind of game. As for the Magic, the question on this play is the one you could ask all game: Where was the help? The…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics Game 3: This one is on the Magic players

    May 23, 2010, 1:09 AM EST

    The Orlando Magic got punched in the mouth. They fell to the ground. And they didn’t even try to get back up. Let’s not take anything away from the Celtics, they came out hungry, they came out wanting to end it. And they did. Well, sure, they still have to play one more game, but…

  9. NBA Draft: DeMarcus Cousins, the boom or bust debate

    May 22, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

    I clearly remember the first time I watched a Kentucky game this season. Like everyone else, I wanted to see what this John Wall kid was all about, so I timed a Saturday morning trip to the gym with a Kentucky game, got my spot on the stationary bike and watched. Within just a few…

  10. Hey LeBron James – come to the Clippers and pick your own coach

    May 22, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    The Philadelphia 76ers have got their man. The New Orleans Hornets are down to a couple assistant coaches they like. The Hawks are interviewing. The Nets waited for their new owner to be in place but their coaching search is going. The Bulls have done an interview and fended off John Calipari rumors. And the…

  11. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Where losing momentum is about the only Celtics concern

    May 22, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

    NBA coaches tend to operate like a lazy politician — they use fear. Scare the team by showing them their mistakes and the consequences, press the buttons on their fear of failure (or threaten their playing time), motivate them to work and focus to avoid that. Doc Rivers has to find another way — there’s…

  12. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Rashard Lewis and the last, best hope for the Magic

    May 22, 2010, 12:35 PM EST

    Fans, the media, your local bartender, pretty much everybody is shoveling dirt on the Orlando Magic. They are not only down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals, they lost their first two games at home. Orlando has to go into Boston and win, and the Celtics don’t have all those banners hanging overhead because they…

  13. Texas star Dexter Pittman leaves NBA Draft Combine after family tragedy

    May 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    On Thursday, Dexter Pittman was running around a gym in Chicago trying to prove to a room full our NBA general managers and scouts that he is in shape and that his post game has dramatically improved. But he left to return home on Friday after his brother had been shot and killed back home…

  14. Lakers will shut down D-League D-Fenders for a season

    May 22, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

    The Lakers were on the cutting edge — they were one of the first NBA team to own and operate a D-League team to use as a farm system for their NBA squad. Jordan Farmar played a handful of games for them, and Coby Karl played there as well. Now the Lakers are shutting them…

  15. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 3: Lakers will find Suns much hotter in Phoenix

    May 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    The Phoenix Suns are not going to get well against the Lakers. Not this series, the Lakers are going to win it. Phoenix is not going to be able to do the one thing it needs to counter the Lakers — grow three or four inches a man. But like taking a cold medication, for…

  16. Best shot you'll see today: the airplane shot.

    May 21, 2010, 3:38 PM EST

    This is not the best shot you’ll see today just because there are no games on. Well, it helps, but this is just pretty impressive, period. Sure, it’s an ad and a little annoying for that. But still pretty cool thing to watch (a couple times) on a lazy Friday afternoon. It’s that or work.…

  17. It's official: Doug Collins is your new Philadelphia 76ers coach

    May 21, 2010, 2:51 PM EST

    As predicted, it became official today: Doug Collins is the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Collins was the first person Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski interviewed, back on May 1. The two sides started negotiations a few days ago and have reached a four-year deal, according to Associated Press. Collins replaces Eddie Jordan,…

  18. LeBron "afraid" to leave Cleveland?

    May 21, 2010, 2:43 PM EST

    LeBron James is hard to read because he has had a facade up for so long. So very long. Well before he became a pop culture figure whose name is tossed about in rap songs the bright lights were starting to find him. By his sophomore year in high school every serious basketball fan knew…

  19. LeBron does not want to pick his next coach

    May 21, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

    LeBron James wants a lot of things. He wants to win. He wants a boatload of money to play basketball. He wants teammates that show up in the clutch. He wants some Finals MVP trophies to go with those regular season ones. He does not want to pick his new coach. That’s what longtime James…

  20. Cleveland Cavalier's nuclear option: The sign-and-trade

    May 21, 2010, 1:09 PM EST

    Cleveland officials will not even discuss it. It is a thought they have banished from their minds, as if even allowing it to creep in seems to make it a little bit more possible. They don’t want admit the worst, nobody ever does. But the reality is they could lose LeBron James this summer. Smart…

  21. Knicks Wilson Chandler played through a broken nose

    May 21, 2010, 11:56 AM EST

    Wilson Chandler is hard. The man missed the end of the season with groin injury, sure, but if you complain about a man not being able to run with a sore groin you’ve never had one. And as the New York Post is reporting, Chandler played through a broken nose he got in January and…

  22. Looks like Mike Brown gets to twist in the wind through the weekend. At least.

    May 21, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

    Money schmoney. Looks like the Cavaliers are not rushing to make a decision on the future of coach Mike Brown. Reports started circulating yesterday that expected axe would fall on coach Mike Brown this weekend. It makes some sense — owner Dan Gilbert said a decision would come in the next seven to 10 days,…

  23. Playoff blowouts not good for television ratings

    May 21, 2010, 10:57 AM EST

    It has been the postseason of blowouts. And sweeps. There just has not been a lot of drama these playoffs. That has continued into the conference Finals, where the Lakers and Celtics have looked on a collision course and far better than their opponents. Who wants to watch that? Not a lot of you, it…

  24. Dwane Casey appears to have inside track to become Atlanta Hawks head coach

    May 21, 2010, 10:26 AM EST

    Dwane Casey has been one of the two hot assistant coaches being considered to slide over to the big chair this year by general managers around the league. But he’s the only one doing interviews right now (Tom Thibodeau is still a tad busy in Boston). Apparently it has worked —  Casey is the frontrunner…

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