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Kurt Helin

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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!

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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.

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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