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Kurt Helin

  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Tyreke Evans leaves game with concussion

    Mar 20, 2010, 2:52 AM EDT

    The accounting of his injuries would make you think Tyreke Evans has taken up MMA fighting. And is not very good at it. From the twitter account of the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones: Concussion, chipped tooth, gum laceration and x-ray to check for jaw fracture tomorrow morning for Evans. Damn. Evans got elbowed in the…

  16. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 20, 2010, 2:22 AM EDT

    What you missed while wondering if your office NCAA pool will pay out all the way down to 19th place so you can get your money back… Thunder 115, Raptors 89: The Raptors play no defense and the Thunder are explosive on offense. What more do you need to know? It’s not even that Oklahoma…

  17. Andrew Bynum leaves with Achilles strain

    Mar 20, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

    UPDATE 1:34 am: Phil Jackson didn’t sound optimistic about Bynum after the game. “We’re a little concerned. He’ll probably miss a little while.” No official word on how long he may miss until he is re-evaluated Saturday. There was no incident, Bynum was just running and felt a couple seconds of sharp pain which lessened…

  18. Joe Johnson: game winner

    Mar 19, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

    And this is why the man will get paid this summer — uses his strength to create room, then drains the contested game winner against Charlotte. Hawks win! Hawks win!

  19. The hits keep on coming for Knicks

    Mar 19, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    When the basketball gods are angry with you, they are without mercy. And the Knicks have really pissed them off. David Lee, who starts as the Knicks center despite being an undersized power forward, was scratched just before the game because of tendonitis in his right knee. Eddy Curry wasn’t ready to play yet because…

  20. Phil Jackson says Jerry Buss knows when to hold them…

    Mar 19, 2010, 10:16 PM EDT

    During his pregame meeting with the press, there was plenty of talk comparing the Lakers organization and its history of success, and what they are trying to build in Minnesota (with former Lakers assistant and still legend Kurt Rambis). Ownership is at the heart of that, and Phil Jackson was candid in a monologue about…

  21. Brook Lopez has had enough. Finally.

    Mar 19, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez has a lot of reasons to be frustrated. I can think of 61 off the top of my head. Make that 62 when he thinks about his brother getting glorious feeds from Steve Nash.  The Nets have 14 games to win three, or they go down as the worst team in NBA history.…

  22. Wizards sign Livingston through end of the season

    Mar 19, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    The Wizards have like what they have seen from Shaun Livingston, enough that they are keeping him around through the end of the season. ESPN’s Marc Stein broke the news on twitter, although it was not a big surprise to anyone. It’s a good step forward for one of the hardest comeback stories around. Hopefully…

  23. P.J. Carlesimo may head back to college

    Mar 19, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    P.J. Carlesimo has been brushing off interest from colleges for years, saying he wanted to stay in the NBA and get a head-coaching job there. Despite that, his name came up as a front-runner for the Oregon head-coaching job even before Ernie Kent was fired. Well, now Kent has been fired. And according to Adrian…

  24. Dorell Wright does it all

    Mar 19, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    You can admit it, you didn’t watch much of the Magic vs. Heat matchup because you were watching Washington and Marquette. We forgive you. But you really should see the hustle play by Dorell Wright. Then watch it again.

  25. Players Association taking their sweet time

    Mar 19, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    The owners made the first move, put the first offer of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement on the table — a radically different and lopsided offer, but an offer. They want to negotiate now. In this economy. When they are losing boatloads of money. When they have leverage. Salary cap guru Larry Coon of the…

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