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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA referees are biased

    Mar 7, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

    Yes, NBA referees favor stars and swallow their whistles late in games. That has been the conventional wisdom from fans for years, with the NBA of course denying that. But that is the beauty of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference — those “geeks” that fans deride for their fancy stats (“You can’t measure heart,…

  2. Can Newark steal a team?

    Mar 7, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City did it. They got to host the Hornets for nearly two seasons after the disaster of Katrina, and they rallied around the team and made them feel at home. Games sold out and there was a passion in the marketplace. OKC showed they could be home to an NBA team. That way, when…

  3. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 7, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Our game recaps from Saturday, or what you missed while wondering why anyone would shoot a man in a chicken suit… Suns 113, Pacers 105: Who knew the Pacers had any fight in them? Earl Watson kept pushing Channing Frye in the third quarter and finally Frye had had enough and one of those NBA…

  4. Orlando is hot, and will serve its revenge that way

    Mar 7, 2010, 3:10 AM EDT

    Revenge is a dish best served in a loud arena in front of 18,000 angry, screaming fans. At least that’s the plan in Orlando Sunday. The fans there want a piece of the Lakers. The team that beat them in the Finals last June. And the Magic that take the court Sunday with a roster…

  5. Rafer Alston has left the building, and the Heat

    Mar 7, 2010, 1:53 AM EDT

    UPDATE 2:50 am: According to Chris Mannix, a source has told Sports Illustrated that Alston is now considering retirement.1: 53 am: Rafer Alston has disappeared from the Miami Heat. No David Copperfield needed to make it happen, Alston was happy to burn this bridge all on his own. He just up and left the team.…

  6. LeBron sits out against Bucks

    Mar 6, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    LeBron James will not suit up tonight as the Cavaliers take on the Bucks, and he may sit out Monday’s game against the Spurs. The official reason from the Cavaliers is to give James some rest, according to Brian Windhorst’s twitter account (being run by Mary Schmitt Boyer for the night). James tweaked his right…

  7. D-League: Taping over the Swoosh

    Mar 6, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    The NBA’s D-League — you know, where your team’s rookie that can’t see the court goes to get a little burn — is an Adidas league. Adidas sponsored jerseys, sweats everything. That includes shoes. Every team gets plenty of Adidas shoes, and players are supposed to wear them. Except that some — many? — of…

  8. Marketing expert: LeBron can play anywhere

    Mar 6, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    New Yorkers have the equation backwards: New York needs LeBron James more than he needs New York. Central to the “LeBron will be a Knick” delusion is that he needs to be in New York to be a “Global Icon.” That one cannot market oneself properly unless you are near Madison Avenue and pop-up restaurants.…

  9. Chris Bosh likely to play Sunday

    Mar 6, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh had a stomach virus that had him curled up in the locker room before the game last night and taken to a hospital during it, but he will be back on Sunday. Bosh was at Raptors practice today and, according to The Score’s Holly MacKenzie, was tired but will be a go Sunday…

  10. Stuckey released from hospital after incident

    Mar 6, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3/6 1:20 pm: Rodney Stuckey has been released from the Cleveland Clinic where he spent the night, according to Yahoo. He passed a battery of tests that showed no heart problems. No word yet on what is next for Stuckey or when he might return to the court. 3/6 11:32 am: After a night…

  11. Kobe passes to self, scores

    Mar 6, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    The Lakers weren’t moving the ball well as a team last night, so Kobe Bryant just gave himself an assist, rebound and basket all on one play. Do not try this at home.

  12. Don't worry, Jennings is going to keep shooting

    Mar 6, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings is not shooting well. He calls it a slump, it seems to be something more. But the man is frustrated. Understandably frustrated. And frustrated, angry people say stupid things (just listen to sports talk radio for proof). Like Jennings saying Wednesday night he doesn’t “even know if he wants to shoot the ball,”…

  13. Nets will get Russian owner in April

    Mar 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Everybody knew it was coming, the question was when. Apparently April. Out of an otherwise tedious press conference Friday, the New York Daily News reported that Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is expected to be approved as owner of the New Jersey Nets in the first half of April, according to Adam Silver, deputy NBA Commissioner…

  14. Kenyon Martin may need knee surgery

    Mar 6, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    UPDATE 3/6 10:11 am: After the game Friday night, Kenyon Martin questioned the report that there was a tear in his patella tendon, saying it was “a little more” than just tendonitis but that he didn’t know if it was torn. He had an MRI Thursday and the Nuggets will spend the weekend looking at…

  15. McGrady booed in Toronto

    Mar 6, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Apparently, they have the Internet up in Canada. Who knew? On Friday morning , Tracy McGrady talked about why he took the first chance he got to bolt out of Toronto a decade ago and why Chris Bosh may want to do the same this summer. Comments that were widely circulated on the Web. “He’s…

  16. Mysterious William Wesley to go mainstream

    Mar 6, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    William Wesley is to the NBA what the Smoking Man was to the X-files — a shadowy figure who seemed to control everything. He has been a close confidant of LeBron James. He has Michael Jordan on speed dial. He is very tight with John Calipari. He was the guy who ran out and grabbed…

  17. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 6, 2010, 2:22 AM EDT

    Our game recaps from Friday, or what you missed while filling out your Oscars pool… Bobcats 98, Lakers 83: The Lakers are not playing well right now, they are playing without confidence in the offensive system. That said, they are not playing as poorly as Lakers fans think they are. Before we get too far…

  18. Chris Bosh out against Knicks

    Mar 6, 2010, 1:31 AM EDT

    UPDATE 3/6 1:33 am: Bosh was checked out at the hospital and given IV fluids, according to However, this was not considered to be anything serious and he was released. 3/5 6:31 pm: A stomach issue has knocked Chris Bosh out of tonight’s game against the Knicks. He missed shoot around this morning with…

  19. Jason Terry to return in 10-14 days

    Mar 5, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3/5 6:35 pm: Dallas Mavericks have released an official statement saying that the surgery was a success and that Terry is expected to be allowed to resume basketball activities in 10 to 14 days. That will have him back with a few weeks left in the season and well before the start of the…

  20. Camby doesn't want to feel left out, gets injured

    Mar 5, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    If I were a Portland Trail Blazer center, I would be more paranoid than Cary Grant in North by Northwest. Friday afternoon Marcus Camby became the latest Portland big to get injured, according to the Oregonian (and they were there, so they know). During a intrasquad scrimmage, Camby ran into the basketball standard and was…

  21. Nash's body betraying him

    Mar 5, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    There are still the brilliant no-look passes. The step-back threes. The ability to hold on to his dribble as well as anyone who has ever played the game. The understanding of the angles. Steve Nash can still ball. He remains an elite point guard. But right now, at age 36 and nearly five months into…

  22. Kobe goes Phil Jackson, says Cleveland, Denver are NBA's best

    Mar 5, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant in an interview is just like Kobe on the court — he comes off as this spontaneous and off-the-cuff guy, but he is practiced and studied. Exactly like his game. And he has learned well from Phil Jackson — often he has a second message hidden in his words. Keep that in mind…

  23. Greg Oden continues role as Sisyphus

    Mar 5, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    If there is nobility in the trying, in the unwillingness to relent in the face of constant setbacks, then Greg Oden is a noble man. Like Sisyphus, he continues to push that boulder up the hill, while the rest of us take bets on when it will roll back down on him. Greg Oden slowly…

  24. Philly media wants Eddie Jordan's head

    Mar 5, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Let’s review Eddie Jordan’s year at the helm of the Philadelphia 76ers. He was given a questionable roster, one with highly paid Elton Brand clogging the lane with mediocre play. Andre Miller was gone. Jordan put in a new motion offense that required basketball IQ, so some players struggled to adjust. Oh, and he got…

  25. Bryant knows Wade's pain, also knows irony

    Mar 5, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant has been there. He’s played Atlas with the Lakers world on his shoulders. Dude carried a team that started Smush Parker and Kwame Brown to the playoffs. That, frankly, was his MVP year. He looks at Dwyane Wade and understands. “He had 14 assists, but there’s still too much on him,” Bryant said…

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