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Kurt Helin

  1. Winderman: March mad in NBA, too

    Mar 9, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    March, the time of year people outside of Kentucky and Syracuse start paying attention to college basketball. March Madness, with its compelling drama and emotion, are upon us. But NBC’s Ira Winderman reminds us that the NBA has plenty of dramatic March storylines as well. Like are the Lakers really in trouble with the three-game…

  2. Granger, Frye suspended for "fight"

    Mar 9, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    It wasn’t much of a fight, certainly not by Baylor women’s basketball standards. But the NBA does not tolerate it. At all. The league has announced that Channing Frye and Danny Granger have each been suspended for one game for their March 6 altercation. Officially Frye was suspended for throwing a punch at Granger (that…

  3. Big Game James may tomahawk into Charlotte

    Mar 9, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    It’s all in the family for Michael Jordan. No, not that All In The Family, meathead. All in the Tar Heel family. Jordan is keeping things with people he trusts, and those people are North Carolinians. Like Big Game James Worthy, Jordan’s Tar Heel teammate and legendary member of the Showtime Lakers, according to the…

  4. Dallas, Phoenix to play outdoors next preseason

    Mar 9, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    The Suns and Mavericks are going to play a little street ball. A little outdoor basketball. The Mavericks have agreed to be part of the annual Phoenix outdoor preseason game at Indian Wells (where some guy named Roger Federer will be working this weekend). It’s an outdoor preseason basketball game known for being in a…

  5. Larry Brown wants to sail Clippers ship again

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    No, seriously, it does happen. There are people that want jobs with the Clippers. And reports are Larry Brown is one of them. When the ownership situation was up in the air with Charlotte — and Larry Brown was worried about a visit from a visit from George Clooney’s “Up In The Air” character if…

  6. From Harvard to the NBA?

    Mar 9, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    There are plenty of Harvard guys in the NBA. They are just all in the front offices, coming up with marketing plans and crunching numbers. On the court? Yea, right. Harvard isn’t down in the ugly recruiting trenches to get the one-and-dones. Harvard requires you to go to class, there are no athletic scholarships and…

  7. Spurs bring in a D-League point guard

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    With Tony Parker sitting at home, eating fatty French foods and hanging out with wife Eva Longoria-Parker — sure, and resting his broken hand we suppose — the San Antonio Spurs have reached into the D-League for some bench depth at point guard. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs are calling up Cedric Jackson…

  8. Allen Iverson answers back

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    We’ve chronicled the crumbling of Allen Iverson’s life plenty — the allegations of drinking and gambling, his wife filing for divorce, his very ill daughter he stayed home to be with, and how his once mighty NBA career had fallen. Now, let the man have his say (as he did on his twitter account): To…

  9. Chandler saves the Knicks night

    Mar 9, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    The referees had to re-watch the end of last night’s Knicks win over the Hawks to make sure they got it right. You should just re-watch it for fun, and to see Wilson Chandler’s game-saving block.

  10. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 9, 2010, 2:41 AM EDT

    Our game recaps from Monday, or what you missed while taking the day off to visit Dunder Mifflin… Cavaliers 97, Spurs 95: Got to start with this — Manu Ginobili is a beast right now. Beast. Best player suited up for this one. Scored 38 points and was killing it from the outside — 7…

  11. Denver needs Martin back, so no surgery

    Mar 8, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    The Nuggets have searched for a way to keep Kenyon Martin from going under the knife, and thereby likely missing the playoffs. The Nuggets want to believe they can beat the Lakers in the playoffs, but that confidence might be shattered without Martin’s physical presence. Enter Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. And some hope. According to…

  12. LeBron James will sit out tonight

    Mar 8, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 6:01 pm: All-World Cavs beat writer Brian Windhorst said it is official — LeBron will not play tonight. And for you next question, no you can’t get ticket refunds. 2:14 pm: They are calling it a game time decision, but it sounds like the decision was made a couple days ago — LeBron James…

  13. Doctors talk, Kenyon Martin waits

    Mar 8, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3/8 5:53 pm: According to the twitter account of Nuggets beat writer Benjamin Hochman, one source said Kenyon Martin will return this season. That is one anonymous source, so please sprinkle that tweet heavily with salt, but it does run contrary to the conventional wisdom on Martin. 3/6 9:55 pm: In what seems to…

  14. Big Baby could have been Blind Sided

    Mar 8, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    Pop quiz hotshot: Do you want to star in a major motion picture or win an NBA ring? What do you do? What do you do? Turns out, Glenn “Big Baby” Davis sort of had that choice. At the request of some friends, he sent in an audition tape to play Michael Oher in “The…

  15. Biedrins to undergo hernia operation

    Mar 8, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Let us all hope that the doctor who will operate on Andris Biedrins in the coming days has better form with a scalpel than Biedrins does on the free throw line. According to the twitter account of Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Biedrins is going to have an operation to repair the…

  16. Garnett got way in Blatche's head

    Mar 8, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    The Celtics game of intensity and intimidation isn’t working as well this year as it did two years ago. In 2008, they could bark and the Lakers backed down in the NBA Finals. Now, most teams bark back. But for six minutes Sunday, it was 2008 again (except Avril Lavigne wasn’t on the radio all…

  17. Was Stuckey simply dehydrated?

    Mar 8, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey is undergoing a joy most of us won’t get until we’re in our 60s if we’re lucky — a whole couple days of being poked and prodded by doctors trying to figure out why we don’t feel well. They didn’t find anything in Cleveland with many of these same tests, but what’s the…

  18. Parker out six weeks, no surgery

    Mar 8, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    The doctors have spoken: San Antonio’s Tony Parker does not need hand surgery. His post-basketball career as a hand model remains safe. However, he is going to miss the next six weeks while the fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand heals, according to Mark Spears of Yahoo (via twitter). That bone, for the handful…

  19. Report: Iverson gambling, too

    Mar 8, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Stephen A. Smith made a lot of noise last week when he reported Iverson has a drinking problem, so he has gone back to that well to mention there is a gambling problem, too. Allen Iverson is in trouble, folks, deep trouble. The combination of alcohol and gambling – and a once-promising career in tatters…

  20. NBA power rankings

    Mar 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Our weekly NBA rankings, where we have a new number one, but I kind of think the second ranked team would win a seven-game series between the two. 1. Mavericks (43-21) Eleven wins in a row. Next year when some talking head says deadline trades really don’t do much for a team, remember this. However,…

  21. Yi out, because the Nets need more problems

    Mar 8, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    Swear to god this is true — the Nets have won three in a row on the road. Look it up. That has been interspersed with a plethora of home losses, but the last three road games (Knicks, Celtics and Bobcats) have been wins. So there are high hopes as the team heads out of…

  22. Grizzlies' owner willing to sell

    Mar 8, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    You can own the Memphis Grizzlies, all you need is a spare $250 million or so. Start checking the cushions in the couch for some spare change, you’re just about there. Owner Michael Heisley is willing to sell, if the price is right, he said in a recent interview with the Commercial Appeal. I’m 73…

  23. Rafter Alston healthy, still not with Heat

    Mar 8, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Rafer Alston remains in exile — whether you think of it as self-imposed or if the Heat put him out like Napoleon on Elba is a matter of perspective. The only new thing we know is he feels fine. Alston has had limited contact with close associates but has notified them his health is not…

  24. Barnes fakes, Kobe doesn't flinch

    Mar 8, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    I may start rooting for a repeat Lakers/Magic NBA Finals, just so we can get more Matt Barnes and Kobe Bryant. That was the best part of Sunday’s game (unless you are a big Magic fan, then you might go with Barnes dagger three after Kobe sagged off him and the Magic getting some revenge…

  25. It's the Birdman's world…

    Mar 8, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Chris Anderson owns the paint, and JR Smith can finish on the break. In case you needed any reminders…

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