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Kurt Helin

  1. Vince Carter says he can relate to LeBron James. Maybe the words LeBron least wanted to hear.

    May 13, 2010, 6:53 PM EST

    LeBron has taken a mountain of, um, well, fertilizer for his performance in Game 5. Vince Carter feels for him, as he told the Orlando Sentinel. And when Vince Carter feels for you… “It’s a tough situation to be in when you want to be, when you are the best player in the league. Which…

  2. The Bulls fired Del Negro for Lawrence Frank? Mo Cheeks?

    May 13, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

    This is a dramatic upgrade? The Bulls are about to start interviewing coaching candidates to replace fightin’ Vinny Del Negro, to bring in that name that was going to attract free agents and get the team more focused and professional. Lawrence Frank and Mo Cheeks are your frontrunners, according to the Daily Herald. Is that…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Cavaliers Game 6: Shaq has plenty riding on this game, too

    May 13, 2010, 2:41 PM EST

    In 10 years, we’re all going to really miss Shaquille O’Neal. The player, I mean. Shaq the pop culture personality will still be around on one reality show or another. But on the court he’ll be missed, the classic bruising big body, but with amazing quickness for his size. In some ways, his legacy is…

  4. Golden State sale could drag out a while. Sorry Warriors fans.

    May 13, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

    There’s still time for you — the first bids to buy the Golden State Warriors aren’t due until next week. If you have an extra $400 million or so laying around it can be all yours. You can even go in with a couple of your drinking buddies, so you each only have to come…

  5. Quote of the day, where the answer is Bennett Salvatore

    May 13, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    “I never got any rest in Miami. I still don’t know how we won that championship [in 2006]. F—— partied every night in Miami.” –Shaquille O’Neal, talking about his time in South Beach, er, with the Miami Heat. From an interview in Sports Illustrated.

  6. Tony Parker doesn't want to go to New York

    May 13, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

    Why won’t you just listen to them? First, Spurs General Manager RC Buford said “it would be crazy” not to keep someone like Tony Parker a Spur and that he is not shopping Parker around. Now, Tony Parker himself told the News Express he was dismayed by the rumors and that it would be crazy…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Cavaliers Game 6: This is must win for the Celtics, too

    May 13, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    Boston wants no part of a Game 7. By the letter of the rules, Game 6 is only a must win for Cleveland. They lose, they go home. Boston loses and there is a Game 7 back in Cleveland. Except home teams win 80 percent of game sevens — 84-21 in NBA history. Those are…

  8. Hawks taking their time on Mike Woodson, letting him walk

    May 13, 2010, 10:39 AM EST

    On Monday, Mike Woodson joins the 2010 free agent class. That’s when Woodson’s contract expires. However, the Hawks and General Manager Rick Sund — after a couple years of playoff flameouts, including an amazingly ugly one to the Magic this year — are taking their time to decide what direction the franchise should go next.…

  9. Philadelphia coaching search focused on Doug Collins

    May 13, 2010, 9:29 AM EST

    The Philadelphia coaching search has settled in on Doug Collins as the leading candidate — another recycled coach rather than a team giving a top assistant a shot. The two sides have talked almost every other day since their May 1 meeting, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. While Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski has interviewed…

  10. Kareem thinks the NBA age limit should be 21

    May 13, 2010, 8:53 AM EST

    Right now, you have to be 19 to be drafted into the NBA (your high school graduating class has to be one year removed plus you need to be 19 by the end of the year). David Stern has suggested that he’d like to see that number at 20. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he’d like it…

  11. Nets start coaching search with Avery Johnson

    May 13, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

    Nets president Rod Thorn has been waiting. The Nets need a coach, ideally before the draft, to start setting the new direction for the team. Thorn had done his homework but didn’t make any calls until new owner Mikhail Prokhorov was in place — which is the biggest key for the franchise to take a…

  12. LeBron on elbow: "an issue I'll deal with in the off-season"

    May 13, 2010, 12:07 AM EST

    It’s been a day of amateur phycologists coming up with theories on why LeBron James was not aggressive in game five, why he had an off shooting night. Fear, mental weakness, maybe planning his escape out of town — there are a host of guesses out there. But maybe most logical answer remains physical. Maybe…

  13. LeBron to Chicago suddenly hot rumor of the day

    May 12, 2010, 9:15 PM EST

    Last night’s performance by LeBron James dumped gasoline on the rumor mill. It’s been an out of control fire, a day of speculation and guesswork all over the Web. But nowhere was that flame hotter than when ESPN’s Chris Broussard went on television and said that if James decides to leave Cleveland, the Chicago Bulls…

  14. Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert says fans deserve better effort

    May 12, 2010, 7:34 PM EST

    Dan Gilbert had good seats for a terrible game. Front row on the baseline, just about 10 feet from the Cavaliers bench. The NBA Nation has spent a day psychoanalyzing the Cavaliers and LeBron James effort. Is it his elbow? Has he mentally checked out for NewYork? Was it just an off night for him…

  15. Kim Hughes is still the Clippers coach. Sort of. It's complicated.

    May 12, 2010, 5:17 PM EST

    Back on April 15, the Clippers fired interim coach Kim Hughes. It was not a surprise, the team did not play well under Hughes (8-25), although most of that was well beyond his control. There wasn’t much uninjured talent left on the roster, and what there was had started to mail in the season. Hughes…

  16. Quote of the day, Lebron is still plenty confident

    May 12, 2010, 3:35 PM EST

    “They got me.”–LeBron James, on why Cleveland fans should feel confident about Game 6 in Boston Thursday. (via the Washington Post’s Michael Lee and his twitter account)

  17. Jerry West: Kobe Bryant is the best post player in the league

    May 12, 2010, 2:34 PM EST

    It’s been extensively — even excessively — well documented. Kobe Bryant worked with Hakeem Olajuwon in the summer to learn the dream shake. He came into this season stronger, and early on the Lakers went to him in the post a lot. Very effectively. Then, when Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol were playing together, Kobe…

  18. Thunder's Nick Collison has his knee scoped

    May 12, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

    Nick Collison has found a nice niche as a quality big off the bench in Oklahoma City. He wants to keep it that way. That’s why early in the offseason — like yesterday — he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. That’s an almost routine surgery these days and Collison will be good to…

  19. Losers if John Calipari returns to the NBA: The Knicks

    May 12, 2010, 1:37 PM EST

    John Calipari just shows up to watch the more important game so far in the NBA season — a game everybody wanted to have tickets for — and the rumors start flying. Calipari to the Cavs. Of course, last week it was Calipari to the Bulls. That’s not going to be the last rumor either.…

  20. Larry Brown just tries to spend time with family, but people keep asking about his plans

    May 12, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    For the record, Larry Brown is still the coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. Felt the need to mention that, because his name comes up in seemingly every coaching search. There’s also rumors of him in the front office in Philadelphia. So far, there has been no action. Just Brown spending time with his family, according…

  21. San Antonio says they are not trading Tony Parker, but the Knicks are still interested

    May 12, 2010, 12:27 PM EST

    RC Buford says he wants to keep Tony Parker in San Antonio. He should — elite point guards at the peak of their game are hard to find. But if San Antonio can’t convince Tiago Splitter to come to the states from Europe, the Spurs will have to consider trading Parker, they don’t have other…

  22. So LeBron, what do you have to say for yourself?

    May 12, 2010, 10:19 AM EST

    Last night was perplexing. LeBron James was almost an afterthought in the Cavs offense. He missed some early jumpers, but rather than adjust and drive the lane (something he does better than anyone in the league) he was just floating around on the weakside, He was not aggressive and seemed disinterested. Was it the elbow?…

  23. John Calipari to Cleveland to keep LeBron in town? Why not?

    May 12, 2010, 9:43 AM EST

    Any place that dots can be connected around LeBron James, they will be. Even a few places they can’t people will try. So when popular Kentucky coach John Calipari had courtside seats for the Cavaliers/Celtics Game 5, lines started being drawn. We turn it over to Yahoo Sports college hoops blog The Dagger: One week…

  24. Spike Lee is a Celtics fan. For the sake of LeBron.

    May 12, 2010, 9:16 AM EST

    Maybe he’s gone anyway. Who knows? If LeBron James has done one thing well it’s create an air of mystery and suspense around his off-season decision. Through it all, the conventional wisdom has been that if the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA title this year, he stays. However, if the Cavs melted down much earlier…

  25. Robin Lopez will return for Phoenix Suns in Game 1 against Lakers

    May 12, 2010, 8:54 AM EST

    Phoenix is going to need a little more size to match up with the Lakers — Louis Amundson, Channing Frye and Jared Dudley have played well and very hard so far, but the Lakers front line presents an entirely new level of challenge. Welcome back Robin Lopez. The big physical, defensive anchor for the Suns…

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