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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA Playoffs, Magic Hawks Game 1: Orlando beats Atlanta so bad that Cleveland gets the message

    May 5, 2010, 12:22 AM EST

    That was THE statement game of the playoffs. Everyone keeps on assuming that we are destined for a Cleveland vs. Los Angeles Finals, Kobe and LeBron. Just like everybody assumed that we were going to get that last year. Orlando is here to remind you they were the best team in the East last year…

  2. John Calipari would like to coach Derrick Rose again in Chicago

    May 4, 2010, 10:08 PM EST

    We said it before, we’ll say it again: The Bulls can’t fire Vinny Del Negro and then replace him with just another retread coach. If they want to be considered contenders again, want to draw the big free agents, they need to make a splash with the hire. And Phil Jackson took himself out of…

  3. No Andrei Kirilenko for Jazz in game 2

    May 4, 2010, 6:59 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko’s calf could be a deciding factor in the Lakers/Jazz second round series… and it’s still not right. Kirilenko will not suit up for game two tonight in Staples Center. He told the Salt Lake Tribune’s Ross Siler and others he might be ready for game three. Maybe. But Kirilenko thought he would be…

  4. Suns will wear "Los Suns" Jerseys as part of Arizona immigration bill protest

    May 4, 2010, 5:18 PM EST

    This took some real cajones. The controversial immigration bill (SB 1070) just signed into law in Arizona — which allows police making a “legal contact” to demand citizenship papers and makes it illegal not to have them on you — is popular with the majority of voters in the state. Those people are the Suns…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 2: Can the Jazz find a way to get easy buckets? That or grow taller.

    May 4, 2010, 4:14 PM EST

    It was clearly a shock to the Jazz’s system. They came from facing a Denver defense where the players’ main goal is to get back on offense, there is no discipline in the system, nobody really breaking up the passing lanes on Jazz cuts. There were a lot of easy baskets. Then they have to…

  6. NBA All-Star Game coming to Orlando in 2012

    May 4, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    NBA groupies, NBA players and their posses and Mickey Mouse — finally all in one place. Bring the entire family. The new Amway Center in Orlando — set to open this fall — will host the NBA All-Star Game and weekend in 2012. This largely falls in line with the NBA’s effort to give teams…

  7. Quote of the day, where Bird is high on LeBron

    May 4, 2010, 2:56 PM EST

    “He’s one guy in the league that I think he’ll probably be better than all of us when it’s all said and done.” –Larry Bird, Celtics legend and current Pacers president, on LeBron James, as told to NBA.com.

  8. Kobe vs. LeBron: The rap references mix

    May 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are not basketball players, they are cultural icons. They are brands. They are images. And they referenced in rap and hip-hop as much as the chronic. Well, not that much, but a lot. But who has the better references? Kobe with Lil Wayne? LeBron with Jay-Z? Complex put a list…

  9. Stephen Curry, Tyreke Evans get Team USA invites

    May 4, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

    With some key players hinting they are not going to play this summer, the team USA Roster — and invites to camp this summer in July — is in flux. Today USA Basketball added two star rookies – Stephen Curry and Tyreke Evans — and another young player in Jeff Green to the roster. Then…

  10. Bulls John Paxson apologizes for incident with Vinny Del Negro

    May 4, 2010, 1:51 PM EST

    Speaking publicly for the first time since the March 30 incident, Bulls Vice President John Paxson apologized to Vinny Del Negro, the Bulls organization and its fans. “I hold myself accountable, and responsible,” Paxson said. “I am not at all proud of how I handled the situation.” The situation was after a game against the…

  11. Vinny Del Negro is out. Now Bulls: Who you got that's better?

    May 4, 2010, 1:11 PM EST

    We’re going to take Bulls General Manager Gar Forman at his word. He stuck with his themes at the press conference this morning where he talked about the firing of Vinny Del Negro. (I watched the conference online). Forman deserves the break, he was thrown out to the wolves to explain this. He was the…

  12. John Salmons going to test free agent market, rather than wait to be traded at deadline

    May 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Rather than just being a boost for the stretch run and the playoffs, John Salmons may be brought in to be a boost for a team for the entire next season. Last year, he came to the Bulls near the trading deadline and helped them into the playoffs then take the Boston Celtics seven games.…

  13. Have the Hornets interviewed you yet? They're interviewing everybody else.

    May 4, 2010, 10:56 AM EST

    New Orleans is leaving no stone unturned in their search for a new coach who can keep Chris Paul from bolting town in 2012. That is job number one, don’t forget. Two seasons may seem like a long time away to worry about such things, but two more seasons like this last one will have…

  14. Cavaliers are not happy, not panicked either

    May 4, 2010, 10:03 AM EST

    That was an old fashioned ass-kicking the Celtics put on the Cavaliers last night. Not shockingly, the Celtics players were pretty happy, but get a minute in and you will see one ticked off Cavaliers coach Mike Brown. He should be, his team played with no desire. LeBron James admits it, but isn’t nearly as…

  15. David Stern on LeBron: "Hopefully, he'll stay."

    May 4, 2010, 9:53 AM EST

    I don’t know if you’ve heard this, but LeBron James can be a free agent this summer. No, really. He can be. The media is ignoring this little story, but it is true. (Before you write something in the comments, read that paragraph again in a sarcastic voice.) Since everyone else in America had weighed…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Suns Spurs Game 1: By the way, Steve Nash can score, too. A lot.

    May 4, 2010, 9:07 AM EST

    Here’s the counterintuitive trick to beating the Phoenix Suns — you want Steve Nash to score. Seriously. The theory is that when Steve Nash is forced to shoot he is less dangerous than when he is feeding Amare Stoudemire and Grant Hill dunks. Phil Jackson has used this defense with a lot of success. The…

  17. Fear the deer. No, literally fear the deer, as two break into Wisconsin pub after game

    May 4, 2010, 8:12 AM EST

    You’re sitting in the Stout Ale House in Wisconsin, having just finished watching the Bucks ad Hawks game seven, wearing your “Fear the Deer” T-shirt, drowning your sorrows — when it became literally time to fear the deer. That’s because two disoriented and frightened deer crashed through the front door of the pub and went…

  18. Steve Nash is "Nashty"

    May 3, 2010, 8:44 PM EST

    It is not my favorite of the Steve Nash movies this season — this one wins that award — but still any movie with a bunch of Nash highlight passes is going to be worth watching.

  19. Report: Vinny Del Negro fired in Chicago

    May 3, 2010, 7:49 PM EST

    UPDATE 7:59 pm: The Bulls have called a press conference for noon tomorrow to make this all official. As if it isn’t already. 7:18 pm: At least he’s not twisting in the wind anymore. After taking their sweet time to get around to it, the Chicago Bulls have fired Vinny Del Negro, according to the…

  20. Miami Heat front office locked up… now about that Wade guy

    May 3, 2010, 4:41 PM EST

    Miami has a few advantages for attracting free agents. One is, you know, Miami. Warm weather, great food and restaurants, fantastic, um… scenery. Second is the money to spend on a top free agent, so this player can afford all that great food. Third is Dwyane Wade, and the chance to win playing along side…

  21. Suns Robin Lopez to sit out Game 1, may return later in series

    May 3, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    UPDATE 3:38 pm: Lopez will not play in game one, saying there is too much weakness in his leg, according to Paul Coro. He did practice and has said he hopes to return later in the series. No Lopez is a plus for the Spurs, who will try to slow the game down and pound…

  22. LeBron James home next season: Place your bets

    May 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Part of the beauty of society/crumbling of our nation’s moral fiber (take your pick) is that you can bet on just about anything. Just a few mouse clicks and you can bet anything from presidential elections to the Oscars. Oh, and where LeBron James will suit up next year. Bodog.com put up the numbers, and…

  23. Rick Carlisle defends choice not to play Beaubois, because everyone else was so good

    May 3, 2010, 2:38 PM EST

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle went with what he trusted over what had worked for key stretches of game six against the Spurs, and for the series. Rodrigue Beaubois sat for five games, and when he did get meaningful minutes in game six — and played well — he still sat in the fourth quarter. It…

  24. Doug Collins, Avery Johnson riding coaching carousel today

    May 3, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    Round and round she goes, where she stops…. Plenty of coaching news interviews and tidbits today. We’ve combined them into one post for your reading and commenting pleasure. Doug Collins had a five-hour meeting with the decision makers of the Philadelphia 76ers over the weekend, according to the Associated Press. Collins, wisely, issued a statement…

  25. Deal reached to sell Hornets, Gary Chouest you're up

    May 3, 2010, 1:21 PM EST

    A couple weeks after a negotiation ploy that made things sound more dire than they really were, a deal has been struck for majority owner George Shinn to sell his shares to minority owner Gary Chouest. As the news comes from NBA.com, we’re going to assume the sources are legit. The club is planning an…

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