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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1, halftime: Lakers pound ball inside, lead foul-filled half

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:32 PM EST

    The Lakers had said they were not going to back down, that they would go right at the Celtics. And they did. The result is a 50-41 lead at the half, with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combining for 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Lakers have 28 points in the paint, the Celtics…

  2. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Coaches have most boring pregame press conferences ever

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:11 PM EST

    Wow, that was just useless. Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson said almost nothing of interest in their pregame press conferences. Rivers lasted just longer than two minutes. Apparently even the media is sick of talking about this game. Phil Jackson had one good line, when asked about NBA TV analyst and former Minnesota Timberwolves General…

  3. John Wooden hospitalized, in "grave condition"

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    Coaching legend John Wooden, the man who made UCLA a basketball powerhouse, the man who coached so many NBA greats, is in the hospital in “grave condition.” He apparently isn’t eating anymore and one UCLA blog is reporting sources told them this is “the last time he will come to a hospital” and that it…

  4. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Winning game one sets the tone

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    Phil Jackson things winning Game 1 is important. Shocking. As for the players, they don’t care so much about the rivalry, they care about the ring.  

  5. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: ProBasketballTalks' prediction post

    Jun 3, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

    Apparently nobody in Boston will be buying the team on this blog a beer next time we visit. They’ll be all too happy to serve us crow, however. We’ve decided to put our predictions out there, to make them official and public and all that. And for possibly the first time ever (well, outside of…

  6. Report: Thibodeau turns down Hornets, or not. We don't know yet.

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

    UPDATE 2:45 pm: Now it appears that there is no decision, but the deadline is looming for one this afternoon. At least that’s what Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on twitter. Tom Thibodeau is still in play for Hornets job and clock’s ticking toward an afternoon deadline to accept or reject offer, sources tell Y! We…

  7. Your tax dollars at work: New York Mayor Bloomberg launches "C'Mon LeBron" campaign

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:37 PM EST

    It’s come to this. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has teamed with NYC & Company — the official marketing and tourism organization for New York City — to launch an effort to bring LeBron James to the Knicks. http://www.cmonlebron.com It ties directly into the official tourism Web site for the city. So that would be…

  8. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Boston players already $100 richer for making it to the finals

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:43 PM EST

    Back on Feb. 18, a Celtics team that had been showing the drain of a long regular season came in to Staples Center and looked young again for a night. They beat the Lakers by a point, ending a four-game winning streak for L.A. The Celtics locker room was loud and boisterous. Then Doc Rivers…

  9. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Sheed is ready to roll, but don't count on Daniels

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

    We checked in with Hawkeye over at the 4077 and here is the Celtics M*A*S*H* Unit report: Rasheed Wallace has practiced with the team and is ready to go, he is expected so play tonight. It’s important, not only because the Celtics could use his shooting coming off the bench tonight, but because later in…

  10. Nike's new Kobe Bryant ad

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:16 PM EST

    During the game tonight you’re going to have a lot to do during the commercials: run to the fridge for another beer, restock the chips and salsa, pretend to listen to what your wife/girlfriend is saying about plans this weekend, read up on the comments you missed from the ProBasketballTalk live chat (yes, we are…

  11. Peja Stojackovic is not leaving for Greece, no matter how much the Hornets wish he would

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:55 AM EST

    Peja Stojackovic is going to be overpaid $14 million next season by the New Orleans Hornets. He is going to shoot about 37 percent from three, shoot poorly inside the arc, barely ever get to the free throw line and play poor defense. He missed 20 games last season with back issues. But a rumor…

  12. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Slowing Kobe Bryant

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    Against Orlando, the Celtics were willing to let Dwight Howard score. They single-covered Howard so perimeter defenders could stay home on the Magic’s shooters. They thought (correctly, it turns out) that Dwight Howard could not beat them alone, even if he went off for a big night. Try that with Kobe Bryant and he will…

  13. The machine vs. the dragon

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Everyone know Machine is king of Slovenia. Sorry go go, but you cannot even grow mustache.

  14. Oh, how the stock of Michael Beasley has fallen

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:44 AM EST

    Remember the Michael Beasley at Kansas State? He killed people from the post. He was an amazing finisher at the rim, with either hand. He could face up and blow by anyone. He worked hard off the ball. He was so fluid. He had 13 30 point, 10 rebound games. He looked like a man…

  15. Quote of the day, the love/hate relationship of the Celtics with Rajon Rondo

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:18 AM EST

    “Everyone wants to choke [Rondo] at times, but in a good way.” –Kendrick Perkins, talking about how stubborn and in-their-face Rajon Rondo can be with his teammates (reported by Mark Spears of Yahoo).

  16. Report: Tom Thibodeau more interested in Nets job

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:42 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau has a bird in the hand — an offer from the New Orleans Hornets. They want an answer. But the New Jersey Nets have expressed interest, and that has led to a dilemma for Thibodeau, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated (via twitter). Multiple sources have told SI that Thibodeau is more…

  17. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Swelling back in Bynum;s knee, he'll play anyway

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:25 PM EST

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Andrew Bynum’s knee will not get better until he has surgery this summer. Before that, it’s going to hurt and swell and everything else. Two days after taking about 70 cc (think almost three shot glasses) of fluid out of his knee, Bynum said today at…

  18. What drives an NBA player?

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    We’d like to think it’s the love of the game that motivates a player. More realistically, money does. But Phil Jackson had a more interesting answer today at his press conference. I think joy is in the competition, and if you are a player that relishes competition, I think this is what you consider to…

  19. Winderman: Forget New York, Cleveland can get LeBron and Bosh

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

    Well, so much for having to miss Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Learning that it might be better off next time to actually go live when it comes to “Larry King Live,” CNN has released the entire transcript of Tuesday’s taped interview with LeBron James, after several outlets reported the content of the…

  20. Hornets pushing Tom Thibodeau to make up his mind. Not like he's got anything else to think about.

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:14 PM EST

    You know how life works — you’re biggest, toughest decisions come when you have no time to think about it because the rest of your world is crashing down on you. It’s always everything at once. Welcome to Tom Thibodeau’s world. On one hand, the Celtics assistant coach and defensive guru has the simple little…

  21. Iron Chef will cook to keep LeBron James in Cleveland

    Jun 2, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    Of all the crazy, ridiculous offers to lure LeBron James somewhere, or keep him in Cleveland, this is the first one where if I were him I’d take the person up on it. Because I love good food. Cleveland restaurateur and Food Network Iron Chef — American, not the cooler original Japanese version — Michael…

  22. Dwight Howard thanks the fans

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:50 PM EST

    Cool little video from Dwight Howard, thanking the Orlando fans for their support this season. Classy. Clearly unrehearsed, which makes it feel more authentic. He and the players were not happy — and should not have been happy — with their playoff exit to Boston. Still took the time to do this. Watch for yourself.

  23. Jerry West on Kobe Bryant: "He's the greatest Laker"

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    Jerry West is a man to listen to. Not a man given to hyperbole. A man of perspective. As competitive an NBA player and general manager as there ever has been (read the book), but a man with an eye for the bigger picture. There are a few people around — Bill Bradley, Bill Russell,…

  24. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Boston's defense may come as a shock to the Lakers system

    Jun 2, 2010, 1:07 PM EST

    Orlando thought they were ready — they were a confident team coming off two playoff sweeps, their offense was clicking. Then reality hit hard — Boston’s defense was overwhelming at the start of Game 1 for Orlando. Long arms and quick feet were everywhere. The Magic were coming off a long layoff, and there just…

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