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Kurt Helin

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Joe Johnson would love to be Dwyane Wade's sidekick

    May 12, 2010, 8:34 AM EST

    Joe Johnson did not overwhelm in the playoffs — Atlanta relied too much on “iso-Joe” offense and not on ball or player movement. That allowed the Buck to stay close and the Magic to just blow them out. The conventional wisdom now is that the Hawks are going to let Johnson walk. He’s savvy enough…

  5. Mark Cuban says not to worry about Mavericks finances, or Ross Perot Jr.

    May 11, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    You knew Mark Cuban was not going to stay quiet. Ross Perot Jr. (not him, but his son), a minority owner of the team, has filed a lawsuit saying Dallas Basketball Ltd., the business that runs Mavericks, is “insolvent and and/or in imminent danger of insolvency.” Cuban responded to the Dallas Business Journal and said…

  6. Tim Donaghy makes wildest claim yet, crosses about eight lines of decency

    May 11, 2010, 6:34 PM EST

    Tim Donaghy has no credibility. In addition to the fact he is a disgraced referee with a gambling problem who spent time in jail for his crimes, reasonable studies looking into his claims — people that broke down the numbers — showed he was full of crap. The claims he made turn out to be…

  7. It's finally official, Mikhail Prokhorov owns the New Jersey Nets

    May 11, 2010, 6:04 PM EST

    It’s the dream of fans of so many struggling NBA teams — start the rebuilding plan by getting a new owner. An insanely rich one willing to spend. In New Jersey, step one is complete — the NBA Board of Governors has approved Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov as the owner of the New Jersey Nets.…

  8. Is the sale of the Hornets stuck? Nah, probably just David Stern trying to speed it up.

    May 11, 2010, 5:35 PM EST

    UPDATE: 5:35 pm: Hornets president Hugh Webber said that the ownership transition will be completed soon. A statement via Mark Spears at Yahoo. “Goal of both parties is still to finalize all the legalities and announce a deal sooner than later… Day to day execution of plans including the search for a head coach has…

  9. LeBron Biographer Buzz Bissinger says he is gone from Cleveland, title or not

    May 11, 2010, 4:42 PM EST

    Before we get into this story, let us bask in the glory of Buzz Bissinger being interviewed by one blog, then that story being reported on another blog. Oh, the cruelty. Oh, the journalistic dishonesty. On to our story. Bissinger has a book to sell, LeBron’s Dream Team, the book he co-authored with James about…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Cavaliers Celtics Game 5: Rajon Rondo is going to think this is a hockey game

    May 11, 2010, 2:51 PM EST

    We don’t know much about what the Cleveland Cavaliers have planned to stop the Rajon Rondo layup parade — none of their key players have spoken to the media for a couple days. Mike Brown has chosen not to tell the national media the details of his plans. Smart man. But we can infer, from…

  11. 30 years ago today Dr. J was flying

    May 11, 2010, 1:41 PM EST

    Dr. J was graceful. The game in the 1970s into the 1980s was evolving, Magic was just bringing Showtime and up tempo to the sport. It was moving from grinding toward beautiful (despite a setback in the 1990s). Guys were really just starting to play above the rim consistently (there had been a few guys,…

  12. Nets would draft John Wall with top pick, are already getting Devin Harris trade calls

    May 11, 2010, 1:09 PM EST

    After the season the Nets had, it feels like the only way the karmic scales balance out is if New Jersey wins the draft lottery, if they get the top overall pick in June. The Nets may only have a 25 percent chance at a top spot, but somehow it just seems fair if they…

  13. Lionel Hollins agrees to extension to coach Grizzlies

    May 11, 2010, 12:19 PM EST

    Before last season started, the Memphis Grizzlies were expected to be a laughing stock. The team had talent — O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, and Zach Randolph could score. But they weren’t going to share the ball or play defense. Or be any good. Oh, yes they were. Coach Lionel Hollins gets some credit for that.…

  14. Spurs say they want to keep Parker. If they can is another question altogether.

    May 11, 2010, 11:43 AM EST

    As was evident watching the Spurs got swept by the Suns, San Antonio needs to add some young legs and energy to the team, especially along the font line with Tim Duncan. A “stretch four” would be ideal, if you have one of those laying around they could have. However, as we discussed yesterday, helping…

  15. Knicks fans only hope: Become Celtics fans for a night

    May 11, 2010, 10:40 AM EST

    Intellectually, Knicks fans know LeBron James is not leaving Cleveland to help rebuild New York. He just applied to change his number next year — something he only needed to do if he stayed in Cleveland. New Yorkers’ heads tell them all hope is lost, despite the fact the Knicks hired a full time guy…

  16. Stan Van Gundy, Magic players talk sweep

    May 11, 2010, 10:04 AM EST

    It looked easy, but Stan Van Gundy said it wasn’t as easy as it looked, sweeping the Atlanta Hawks. Although, I think he was just being polite.  

  17. Mavericks get busy: start extension talks with Nowitzki, pick up Barea option

    May 11, 2010, 9:35 AM EST

    The Dallas Mavericks have some big decisions to make this offseason, some things they should take their time and thing about. But they’ve wasted no time getting started on the things they know they want to do. Dallas has already started negotiations to extend Dirk Nowitzki’s contract, and they will pick up the option on…

  18. Kevin McHale wants to coach the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls fanbase just hangs their heads.

    May 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Kevin McHale was a smart basketball player, he is a smart man. He knows a good coaching gig when he sees one. And he sees and wants one — the Chicago Bulls. The entire city of Chicago just had a chill run up their spine like they walked out of a lakeside building on a…

  19. Carlos Boozer had a worse day than you

    May 11, 2010, 8:29 AM EST

    If Carlos Boozer walked around singing some Boomtown Rats — “I don’t like Mondays” — I would not blame him. And I’d give him a wide berth when I can across him. For the fourth game in the series he was utterly outplayed by Pau Gasol. Boozer was 4 of 11 from the floor and…

  20. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 4: Utah, now all hope is lost. Officially.

    May 11, 2010, 2:41 AM EST

    It’s a simple but true basketball axiom — good tall will beat good small. The Jazz are good, they played hard and execute their offense well, but the Lakers were just a taller, longer team. A better team. In the first two games of the series Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom punished the…

  21. Ross Perot Jr. sues saying the Dallas Mavericks are "insolvent"

    May 10, 2010, 9:03 PM EST

    Mark Cuban has said that there are two kinds of professional sports team owners: The kind that want to win and the kind that want to make money. You can guess where Cuban falls on that scale — the man spends. Remember, Cuban bought the Mavericks from Ross Perot Jr. (although Perot kept a minority…

  22. San Antonio Spurs: That looked like the end of an era, but can one big move revive it?

    May 10, 2010, 5:09 PM EST

    Phoenix’s defense is getting a lot of attention — everyone from Gregg Popovich on down is saying it’s better, even if the stats don’t really say the same thing. Whatever. That’s not why the Suns swept the Spurs aside in four games. The sweep happened because the Spurs were not the same defensive team they…

  23. NBA Draft: Butler's Hayward stays in, but lots more drop out

    May 10, 2010, 4:24 PM EST

    All sorts of NBA Draft movement in the last couple days. You know what that means? Bullet points. Who doesn’t love them some bullet points. * Butler’s Gordon Hayward is in — and he will sign with agent Mark Bartelstein. Good decision by Hayward, he is a first round pick likely to go in the…

  24. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 4: It's over, but the Jazz want it to be over on their terms

    May 10, 2010, 3:12 PM EST

    Three losses. By a total of 14 points. All where the Jazz had a fourth-quarter lead. That is a tough out. Tonight the Lakers look to sweep the Jazz in a series that is decided. The only thing not decided is how much the Lakers get before the Game 1 with the Suns next Sunday…

  25. Robert Horry thinks the NBA has become a soft "quarterback league"

    May 10, 2010, 2:24 PM EST

    Steve Nash was bloodied and injured, just another series for him against the San Antonio Spurs. Except this time it was an inadvertent Tim Duncan elbow that left him with an eye almost swollen shut. That brought back memories of Robert Horry. He has gone in the minds of some from being “Big Shot Bob”…

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