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Kurt Helin

  1. Baseline to Baseline, the "Steve Nash is good" edition

    Mar 31, 2010, 3:55 AM EDT

    What you missed while picturing a statue of Tiger Woods covered in condoms…. Suns 110, Bulls 105: The Suns offense in the clutch is a beautiful thing. The spacing is spectacular, the recognition is almost flawless. They run the pick-and-roll but do it as God intended. Look at the Suns last three baskets: On one…

  2. Utah Jazz may have inside track for two seed

    Mar 30, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Nobody out West has the cushy ride that Miami does the rest of the way this season. That is the Hummer stretch limo of easy paths to the playoffs. But out in the West, where 1.5 games separate seeds two to five, and just 4.5 separate two seed Dallas to the eighth seeded Spurs, every…

  3. Phil Jackson muddies the water on his future. Again.

    Mar 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    If you want to know whether or not Phil Jackson is going to come back and coach the Lakers next year, asking Phil Jackson may be the worst way to find out. Jackson rarely says anything that doesn’t have a secondary intent and meaning. The truth is murky and covered up. Take these comments on…

  4. Amare Stoudemire thinks you're retarded, it's not about the money

    Mar 30, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    It’s not about the money. It’s never about the money in the NBA. It’s about the love of the game, the quest for self-improvement, it’s about team. Right Amare Stoudemire? You’re not suddenly All-World since the All-Star break because you see a new contract this summer. What would you say to people who are so…

  5. Ray Allen bringing basketball back to Seattle

    Mar 30, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    The fans in Seattle got screwed. They deserve some NBA basketball, Ray Allen is trying to bring it to them, at least for a night. Sports Illustrated has the details. A charity game, spearheaded by Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen and embraced by a litany of other players with ties to Seattle and the now-defunct…

  6. James Johnson drops 35 pounds

    Mar 30, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    When Loul Deng went down, James Johnson got thrown right into the middle of a playoff race. The Bulls are trying to catch Toronto for the right to be destroyed by Cleveland in the first round, and the Wake Forest rookie was suddenly the starting three on a team that needed wins. And he’s been…

  7. Josh Childress mulls ending Greece vacation, returning to NBA

    Mar 30, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    With the looming lockout on the horizon, a lot of NBA players (and their agents) are looking at Europe and saying, “I could do that.” But the one big NBA name already there — former Hawk Josh Childress — is thinking about coming back. Maybe the league’s best sixth man — an athletic and fun-to-watch…

  8. PBT now on Facebook

    Mar 30, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    I, and the rest of the team here at ProBasketballTalk, are really twitter people at heart. Not sure what that really says about us, other than we like short sentences. Really. Short. But I are open to all the Web has to offer (except YouTube cat videos). So now we have the ProBasketballTalk Facebook page.…

  9. Jeff Van Gundy appears leader to coach Nets

    Mar 30, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Now that the Nets have 10 wins, let’s start talking about what really matters — next season. The next big day on the calendar in New Jersey is May 18, John Wall Day. What you call the NBA draft lottery. It could be a huge day in franchise history if the math goes their way,…

  10. Joey Dorsey waived by Sacramento Kings

    Mar 30, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    In the flashes we have seen, it seems like Joey Dorsey can play at the NBA level. It’s hard to judge, though, when a guy gets so little burn. Even on a Sacramento team that could seem to use him. Dorsey has been cut loose, waived by the Kings. The writing was on the wall…

  11. Kenyon Martin fears he could be done for season

    Mar 30, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    Last night, Dirk Nowitzki went off on the Denver Nuggets, putting up a triple double. He got to the spots on the floor he wanted, got the shots he wanted and finished with 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Kenyon Martin’s physical play is normally Denver’s answer to Dirk, but Martin had to watch…

  12. Baseline to Baseline, the "you can't stop the Nets" edition

    Mar 30, 2010, 3:24 AM EDT

    What you missed around the NBA last night while wondering what it would be like to see Doc Rivers snap like that hockey coach… Mavericks 109, Nuggets: 93: Dallas won this one with their forwards. The obvious part of that is Dirk Nowitzki’s triple-double — 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists. Usually Denver puts Kenyon…

  13. New Jersey Nets, you're not the worst ever, congratulations

    Mar 29, 2010, 10:59 PM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets have reached their goal of just being a kind of average very bad. The Nets picked up win number 10 on the season in style, defeating traditional power San Antonio. Except that these Spurs were without Manu Ginobili (easily the Spurs best player the last few weeks) and Tony Parker. So…

  14. Dorell Wright latest NBA player to be exposed on twitter

    Mar 29, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:45 pm: Wright made a public apology for the photos through a released statement. “I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and the Heat organization for this embarrassment. The photos were taken roughly one year ago in what I thought was a private conversation. I lacked judgment and was naive about the Internet.…

  15. Warriors' Don Nelson: Reggie Williams has a gift

    Mar 29, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    No team is having the success with D-League call ups that the Golden State Warriors are. Guys who were playing in Sioux Falls just a couple months ago are leading Don Nelson toward setting the NBA record for most coaching wins in a career. When things started to tighten up late Sunday night (a lead…

  16. Manu Ginobili out tonight with back spasms

    Mar 29, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Insert your own joke about carrying the team on his back here. Manu Ginobili will not suit up for tonight against the New Jersey Nets due to lower back spasms, according to the Spurs official twitter account. Of late Ginobili has been the best player for San Antonio, averaging 22 points a game on 51…

  17. Robin Lopez out, Phoenix Suns down

    Mar 29, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns won last night. They’ve been doing that a lot lately. They are 21-5 in the last 26, and Amare Stoudemire is playing the best ball of his career, which is making rims afraid. The offense is great, the defense is passable and the Suns are back to being the entertaining Suns. But…

  18. NBA Draft: Cole Aldrich not going to be in Kansas anymore

    Mar 29, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    Cole Aldrich noticed that all the other teams upset in the NCAA Tourney had their guys declare for the draft, and he didn’t want to miss out on the party. At a press conference schedule for 4:30 (Eastern), Cole Aldrich will announce he is going pro, according to ESPN and just about everybody else on…

  19. NBA power rankings, where the Nets are up to 28th

    Mar 29, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    This week, each of the top teams have a loss they regret, so we balance things out by not tinkering with the top… but the Spurs and Suns are climbing fast. And the Nets are 28th.1. Cavaliers (58-16) The true sign of a quality team – they get a little bored this time of year…

  20. Manu Ginobili crushes Kevin Garnett

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

    One standing concern in San Antonio is that after Tim Duncan, there was no rim-protecting big man for the Spurs. Who would stop the dunks? Apparently, Manu Ginobili. As if he’s not already doing everything else for the Spurs. Last night he crushed a Kevin Garnett shot. (No way the KG of three years ago…

  21. Mikhail Prokhorov, New Nets owner, is smart, lucky, not so scary

    Mar 29, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    The “Mikhail Prokhorov — Get To Know Me” campaign is in full swing. Last night he was on 60 Minutes towering over Steve Kroft. Next week he will featured in Bloomberg Markets Magazine, May 2010 edition (which we were given an advanced copy to review). Because he’s rich and Russian and we here on this…

  22. Yao Ming may enter 2010 free agent circus

    Mar 29, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    LeBron James. Dwyane Wade. Chris Bosh. Yao Ming? Maybe. Just our luck, we could have one major free agent to follow this summer. Yao can opt out of his $17.7 million deal after the season, even though he has not set foot on a court this year due to foot problems. He told the Houston…

  23. Don Nelson: Lenny Wilkens is my idol

    Mar 29, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Ask Don Nelson a question about breaking Lenny Wilkens’ record for all time victories by an NBA coach, and he will shoot you a disgusted look. The man does not want to talk about it. But Sunday night he did talk — a little — about his admiration for the man he is chasing in…

  24. Vince Carter injures toe, but nothing is broken

    Mar 29, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    It’s hard to play basketball with a sprained big toe. Well, maybe not if you’re Ben Wallace, but if your game is based on running and jumping like Vince Carter’s is, then a sprained toe will have you sitting. And Vince Carter sprained his right big toe early in Sunday’s win against Denver. The good…

  25. Hedo Turkoglu benched after he and his virus go clubbing

    Mar 29, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu has been too sick to play, or even practice this past last week. Stomach virus. We’ve all had those, a nasty bug that just knocks you off your feet and doesn’t let you exercise, work, do anything really… But you still can go hit clubs up at night. Well, my stomach viruses were…

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