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Kurt Helin

  1. Prosecutors want three month sentence for Arenas

    Mar 23, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Prosecutors have made their recommendation — they want Gilbert Arenas to spend three months in prison, plus have three years of probation and do 300 hours of community service. The formal sentencing is Friday. All this stems from the charges that Arenas brought guns into the Wizards locker room at the Verizon Center to confront…

  2. Shaq goes cosmic, man

    Mar 23, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Peter Max was one of the world’s most famous artists in the late 1960s. His love poster hung on the wall of every college dorm room for kids to stare at while they got stoned and talked about how bad the war was and how they should just drop out and join the hippies. Shaquille…

  3. Stoudemire brings the right hand of Thor

    Mar 23, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Anthony Tolliver, welcome to the NBA. This dunk by Amare Stoudemore may be the best of the season. The announcing crew described him as bringing the right hand of Thor, the Viking god of thunder who carried a large hammer. Sounds about right.

  4. It's now or never for Don Nelson's record

    Mar 23, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    In just five more wins, Don Nelson would become the NBA’s all-time winningest coach. An amazing accomplishment. In just 12 more games, Don Nelson is sure to be fired. Welcome to the Golden State version of Beat The Clock. With the announcement that the Warriors are up for sale, it became almost inevitable that a…

  5. Stoudemire going free agent this summer. Probably.

    Mar 23, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Economy, shmakonomy. Amare Stoudemire thinks this is the summer for him to test the free agent market. Probably. No, he’s going to do it. Maybe. That’s what he told NBA.com — he’s definitely going to do it. Most likely. We’ll see. Stoudemire cautioned that no final decision has been made. But, speaking before the Suns…

  6. Nets CEO yells at bag-wearing fan

    Mar 23, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Can you believe that Nets fans are unhappy with this team? What is there for the fans to be unhappy about? The ingrates. Monday night the Nets provided fans the chance to see Dwyane Wade do whatever he wanted on offense, to put on a real show for the fans. Wade obliged, dropping 27 and…

  7. Carmelo's fantasy owners rejoice

    Mar 23, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    You’ll be able to tell people who own Carmelo Anthony in fantasy basketball leagues today. No matter what you tell them, there will be this little smile on their face, like they know something good is going to happen to them. Like defensive question mark Danilo Gallinari asking to cover Anthony tonight. Lets allow Mitch…

  8. Jazz keeping Jeffers around

    Mar 23, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Othyus Jeffers is living the dream. If that dream involves Salt Lake City. Actually, his dream was playing in the NBA, and so Salt Lake City is just fine. After finishing a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz, the team made it official Monday night that they are keeping him through the end of the…

  9. Jerry West denies, but Ellison may come after him

    Mar 23, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    There needs to be a culture change with the Golden State Warriors. Everyone not named Chris Cohan has recognized this for years. That is a mess of an organization. In fact organization is a poor choice of words, let’s go with franchise. Whoever ends up buying Golden State, the changes need to run deeper than…

  10. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 23, 2010, 4:01 AM EDT

    What you missed while playing with your beer bottle opening remote control… Spurs 99, Thunder 96: Learning to win is filled with hard lessons, and the Spurs have been dishing them out to the Thunder all season. These are teams on opposite trajectories, but the Spurs have things to teach the young Thunder. The latest…

  11. Chris Paul starting for the Hornets tonight

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    After missing 25 games due knee surgery, Chris Paul will be back in the starting lineup for the Hornets tonight, according to the Times Picayune. Marcus Thornton, the rookie out of LSU who has played well recently, will be the starting shooting guard against the Mavericks tonight. Mo Peterson and rookie point guard Darren Collison…

  12. Tyreke Evans out a couple more games

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans head bounced off the hardwood like a basketball Friday night. He is the future of the Sacramento Kings, and they are taking no chances. Evans is going to miss at least the next two games on doctor’s orders, according to the twitter account of Jason Jones (Kings new beat guy for the Sacramento…

  13. Stephon Marbury: Chinese All-Star MVP

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Adjectives fail me, so we present without commentary the report straight from the fine folks at Reuters (via Ball Don’t Lie): Former NBA player Stephon Marbury justified his status as the highest profile import in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) with an MVP performance at the league’s All Star weekend. The former Minnesota, New Jersey,…

  14. Billups: "And1 basketball… messed up the game"

    Mar 22, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups is old — 33, which by NBA standards borders on being a grandpa.And like any old guy, he knows in his bones the current generation just doesn’t get it, how to play basketball the right way (like he does). Nobody is teaching these kids right. He told Mike and Scott on 104.3 the…

  15. Are Larry Ellison, San Francisco next for Warriors?

    Mar 22, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    Larry Ellison. Just had to get that out there. If you are mentioning the announcement that the Golden State Warriors are for sale and potential next owners — not to mention what that will mean for the franchise —  you have to start with Ellison. Because he’s said he’s interested and he’s ridiculously rich. Think…

  16. Battier out at least 10 days

    Mar 22, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Shane Battier’s sprained knee is going to keep him out at least 10 days to two weeks. That according to Jason Friedman, your official NBA.com beat reporter for the Rockets. So he’s probably not making this up. Battier sprained the knee in the game against the Knicks Sunday. Friedman adds that Jared Jeffries likely will…

  17. NBA power rankings

    Mar 22, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

    Our weekly NBA rankings, where we start to see teams get ready for the playoffs. Or try to improve their lottery position. Either way. 1. Cavaliers (56-15) Seven game win streak, best record in the NBA, and they get Big Z back this week. The only intrigue left for the last few weeks of the…

  18. Anderson leaving OSU for NBA

    Mar 22, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Oklahoma State swingman James Anderson thinks he is ready for the NBA. Scouts pretty much agree. According to the Oklahoman, there will be a news conference today on the campus in Stillwater where the announcement Anderson is leaving for the NBA will be made. This is not a shock, Anderson could have gone pro after…

  19. Salmons has some decisions to make

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    The reason the Bucks are the team nobody wants to face in the first round of the playoffs is John Salmons. Well, Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings are a couple other reasons, but Salmons completes them — Milwaukee needed another guy who could create his own shot on the perimeter, who could get to the…

  20. Darko likely still headed to Europe

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    For reasons that even the string theory can’t even explain, there has been a sudden drive in the American media to keep Darko Milicic in the United States. Ideally with the Minnesota Timberwolves, so that Kevin Love can never see the court again. String theory can’t explain that, either. We even reported about how a…

  21. Jordan builds bridges, Bob Johnson goes River Kwai

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan wrote an open letter to the people of Charlotte Sunday, basically saying “give me a chance.” He talked of commitment to the area, of Carolina roots and passion. It’s what you say to a city when you are trying to build a bridge. Particularly to the business community — fans in the upper…

  22. LeBron ready to sign for next year – with Nike

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    In a move that will surprise nobody from he Kobe Bryant puppet on down, LeBron James isn’t going anywhere next season. In terms of a show contract. There is a greater chance of LeBron playing for the Clippers next season than there is of him leaving Nike. You can question if Cleveland put enough around…

  23. Dwight Howard is Little Rasheed Wallace

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    If you looked at him from behind, squinted real hard and added a bald spot, you could almost swear Dwight Howard is Rasheed Wallace. Yea, maybe not. But apparently NBA referees think so, because Howard is pocking up technicals at a vintage Rasheed-like pace this season. One more and Howard will have 16 — something…

  24. The Paul, Collison experiment about to begin

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Great. Just what the New Orleans Hornets needed — another eye-popping point guard. The Hornets roster has more than its share of holes, but the point was not one of them. They already had the best in the league. Every other spot on the floor you could ask questions, but not point guard. So when…

  25. By the way, LeBron is good

    Mar 20, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    In the first of roughly a trillion records that will someday belong to LeBron James, Friday night he became the youngest player to reach 15,000 points in his career. His new mark knocks Kobe Bryant out of the top spot by nearly two years (James is 25 years, 79 days). LeBron came into the league…

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