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Kurt Helin

  1. Boozer people talk to Jazz people

    Mar 19, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

    If history has taught us one thing, it is that we will not know where Carlos Boozer is going to play basketball next year until he actually signs a contract. And the league approves it. And even then it’s like 95 percent he plays there the next year. Boozer’s current team — the Utah Jazz…

  2. Jordan open to changing Bobcats' name

    Mar 19, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Bobcats is a dirty word. Well, it is in Charlotte. Some people there really hate the name — they think former owner Bob Johnson named the Charlotte franchise after himself. And they can’t stand him. So it’s not a shock that new owner Michael Jordan was asked at his first press conference if he would…

  3. Villanova's Wright considered for NBA gig

    Mar 19, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    After the way Villanova needed to come from behind to force overtime against 15-seed Robert Morris, and then barely escaped with a win, you can see why NBA teams are hot for Wildcat’s coach Jay Wright. But that’s the rumor — and if you want rumors you go to Peter Vecsey and the New York…

  4. This week's rumor: LeBron wants Johnson on Knicks

    Mar 19, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    LeBron James is not going to be a New York Knick next season. There, I said it. Everybody knows it — if his legacy is about winning titles you don’t move to a roster that takes you a step back from that goal. But when did reality ever get in the way of some good…

  5. Pau Gasol has paparazzi?

    Mar 19, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Getting the paparazzi to follow you around in Los Angeles is about as hard as attracting pigeons at a park with a loaf of bread. Pau Gasol — not exactly known as one of the beautiful people in Los Angeles — has the right bread now with a glamorous Spanish girlfriend. So the Spanish media…

  6. Pietrus out at least a week

    Mar 19, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Just when you thought the Magic were starting to get healthy, the Fates decided they were not done with them yet. Mickael Pietrus went down Wednesday against the Spurs with a sprained ankle. He told the Orlando Sentinel he hopes to be back in a week, but that may be an overly optimistic player trying…

  7. It was very different for Hansbrough a year ago

    Mar 19, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    One year ago this week was the best time in Tyler Hansbrough’s life. He was sitting on top of the college basketball world, leading a North Carolina Tar Heel team that would go on to win the NCAA Championship. He was a legend, a guy who will be mentioned along with Jordan and Perkins in…

  8. Quote of the day

    Mar 19, 2010, 7:55 AM EDT

    “Charles will continue to say things to make himself relevant.” –Dwyane Wade, responding to TNT’s Craig Sager saying that Charles Barkley has referred to Wade’s Heat teammates as “Titos,” as in Tito Jackson, who backed up Michael Jackson.

  9. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 19, 2010, 2:37 AM EDT

    What you missed while watching your bracket go up in smoke… Magic 108, Heat 102 (OT): If you were like roughly two-thirds of the people watching this game — flipping back and forth between it and the entertaining Washington/Marquette NCAA game — you felt lost. Each time you flipped back it felt like a new…

  10. Nate Robinson still does not like D'Antoni

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    Mike D’Antoni had no use for Nate Robinson — the team has no point guard to speak of and he still benched Robinson for 14 games. Why? Robinson was not team enough, and acted the clown. D’Antoni had his reasons, but jerked Robinson around pretty good. Robinson felt Boston’s blowout of the Knicks Wednesday night…

  11. Drafting the NCAA Tourney: BYU's Jimmer Fredette

    Mar 18, 2010, 8:43 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette? Who? Fredette is the first guy to come out of nowhere into the national consciousness with a big NCAA Tournament game — 37 points, stoking threes in the clutch and leading BYU to a thrilling double OT win that screwed up brackets throughout Florida. College guys knew who he was, but most of…

  12. Kobe gets a court in the Congo

    Mar 18, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    What do you buy for a man who takes helicopters to games? If you’re DJ Mbenga, you buy Kobe Bryant a court with his name on it in the Congo. Seriously. It’s in the official Lakers Blog — not The Onion — so you know it’s true. I told him, “I’m going to give you…

  13. Reading the tea leaves on Chris Bosh

    Mar 18, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    As it has been with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, so let it begin with Chris Bosh. Let the reading of tea leaves in everything he does commence, let even his smallest action be over-analyzed. Starting with his reaction while running back to play defense after scoring the 10,000th point of his career. From the…

  14. Dwight Howard does not hear your criticism

    Mar 18, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Not sure if you ever noticed this, but ESPN tends to overhype things. Deserved or not, if a sporting event is on the network, it gets pumped. Lots of cross promotion. ESPN was showing the Orlando against San Antonio game Wednesday night, so along those lines on a morning show I usually mute they asked…

  15. Quote of the day

    Mar 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    “Steph’s a phenomenal player, but Tyreke — that’s a grown-ass man.” –Kobe Bryant, asked to compare Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans and Golden State’s Stephen Curry after the Lakers played them in consecutive games. (Via SLAM)

  16. Curry says he likes playing with Ellis

    Mar 18, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

    If it was all on the court, it would be fine. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry work together pretty well on the court (at least on Don Nelson’s free-for-all system), with Curry at the point and Ellis as the slasher. Off the court, Monta has his issues with the way everything has gone down. The…

  17. Have we seen the last of Scalabrine?

    Mar 18, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    Michael Finley has come to the Celtics and not sucked. We did not see that coming. He’s shooting 13 percent better overall, eight percent better from three and is scoring four more points a game than he did near the Riverwalk in San Antonio It’s good for the Celtics. Well, every Celtics not named Brian…

  18. Triple double can send you to Arby's

    Mar 18, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    We Want Tacos! We want to print out the box score from this game and get small curly fries! Doesn’t quite have the same ring. Detroit, if you’re going to do a food promotion, do it right, and don’t be cheap. We’ll turn it over to Empty the Bench to explain (via Trey Kerby, who…

  19. Bucks not thrilled Bogut may play Worlds

    Mar 18, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut — defensive stopper. There’s something I never thought I’d type a couple years ago, but Bogut has grown his game. Give the man his due. In his last 10 he’s averaged three-and-a-half blocks a game to go with his 16 points. Since the All-Star game he’s been the second best center in the…

  20. Chris Paul may be back by weekend

    Mar 18, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    And the New Orleans backcourt situation is about to get interesting. Chris Paul, who underwent knee surgery on Feb. 4, has been back practicing before games — running, taking shots and generally looking good. Good enough to be playing this weekend, according to the Times Picayune (easily my favorite newspaper name in the nation). Paul…

  21. Granger out indefinitely

    Mar 18, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Indiana isn’t very good with Danny Granger in the lineup. Without him… ugh. Well, it’s going to be more ugh for a while. While a CT scan of his head and neck showed no serious damage, the Indianapolis Star is reporting there is no timetable for Granger’s return. “(The team’s physicians will) evaluate him on…

  22. Chris Bosh game winner

    Mar 18, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    It’s not just Kobe and LeBron — Chris Bosh can hit a game winner, too. And make it look easy.

  23. Lakers all kiss Kobe's a–

    Mar 18, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant can dominate the ball and take the Lakers out of their offense. In other breaking news, the sun rises in the East and Kirstie Alley may have put on a few pounds. So Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles asked the Lakers shooting coach Craig Hodges if anyone stands up to Kobe on this team,…

  24. D-League team beats Hornets

    Mar 18, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Don Nelson threw a D-League team out on an NBA floor Wednesday night. Almost literally. Anthony Tolliver was playing in Idaho in January. Reggie Williams was playing for Sioux Falls last month. Chris Hunter was playing for Fort Wayne when the season started. Three guys who were sharing hotel rooms, flying in coach, carrying all…

  25. Leaner, meaner Amare

    Mar 17, 2010, 11:42 PM EDT

    Since the All-Star Game, Amare Stoudemire has been Beasting. With the capital “B.” Like Kobe/LeBron level Beasting. In the last 10 games he is averaging 28 points, 9 rebounds, shooting 54.6 percent and attacking the rim so he gets 10 free throws a game. He and Steve Nash are running an unstoppable pick-and-roll like they…

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