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Kurt Helin

  1. The best shot you didn't see last night

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

    Kids, do not try this at home. Bango the Buck is a professional. You may remember (but probably not, because who else really follows these things) that Bango blew out his knee doing a stunt last year. But that deer knows no fear. He got the knee repaired and is back doing…. crazy a– stunts.…

  2. Jamal Crawford to be announced as Sixth Man of the Year today

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:43 AM EST

    The press release came out late last night, just after media members had filed stories about the Hawks crumbling on the road again — a major announcement in Atlanta at 3 p.m. today (Tuesday). That can only mean one thing: Jamal Crawford, you are about to be sixth man of the year. This should be…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks game 4: Fear the deer, pity the Hawks defense

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

    You know what the Hawks are going to do on every pick and roll. I know it. Every hoops fan knows it — the Hawks switch. They think their bigs — Al Horford, Josh Smith — are quick enough and long enough to bother point guards into bad shots. Not Brandon Jennings. All night in…

  4. Crazy Lakers fan, not as far off reality as you'd hope

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:02 PM EST

    Yes, this video is fake. It’s an actual local LA television news look and intro, so it feels real. But it is not. The beauty of it, of all good satire, is that it is just close enough to reality to hit home. And if you’ve interacted with Kobe fans, if you’ve seen how some…

  5. Erick Dampier, did you think David Stern was kidding about the referee criticism?

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:50 PM EST

    Congratulations Erick Dampier, you’re the next contestant on the “pay $35,000 game show.” After the Mavericks lost game three to the Spurs, he said to ESPN and anyone else that would listen: “When we play defense we’re under a magnifying glass,” said Dampier. “But when we’re on offense, there’s no magnifying glass.” David Stern said…

  6. Car strikes side of Atlanta team bus, nobody injured

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

    We’ve all heard of fans pulling fire alarms at the opponent’s hotel in the middle of the night, or making noise outside the hotel the night before a big game. You know, fun stuff. But crashing your car into the opposing team’s bus? That’s going to far. That’s not exactly what happened to Atlanta. This…

  7. Derrick Rose a game time decision, but expect him to play

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:04 PM EST

    Derrick Rose sprained his ankle during game four, landing on Shaquille O’Neal’s foot. Loul Deng’s still fighting his way though a sore knee. Both are expected to play Sunday, but both are considered a game time decision officially. Rose missed practice Monday to have an MRI done. My guess as to what they were looking…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Now we find out what the Lakers are really made of

    Apr 26, 2010, 3:40 PM EST

    The Lakers meandered through the second half of the season without a care in the world. At least they played like it. So Los Angeles fans and media set up imaginary tests for them. The five game road trip was one. Late season matchups with the Thunder, the Magic, a couple with the Spurs all…

  9. Grant Hill is a really, really good guy

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:48 PM EST

    Grant Hill has had his share (and a couple other people’s shares) of ups and downs on the court over his career. But at ever stop, people rooted for him because he’s a good guy. That was acknowledged on a national level today as Hill was awarded the NBA Sportsmanship Award (called the Joe Dumars…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Hawks Bucks game 4: The return of Josh Smith? Atlanta better hope so.

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

    In game three, the Milwaukee Bucks gave the Atlanta Hawks what I’ve long called “the Steve Nash treatment.” It worked, too. The best way to beat the Suns is to make Steve Nash a scorer. It seems somewhat counterintuitive, because Nash can score, and well. But the theory is you’d rather have him score 30…

  11. Dwight Howard's new nickname: "foul on you"

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    Dwight Howard has really stepped up his game in the playoffs. Well, one part of his game. He tends to foul a lot during the regular season (3.5 per game), but during the playoffs he has been on fire. So much so that his teammates have nicknamed him “foul on you” Howard told the Associated…

  12. Quote of the day, where the double negative proves our point

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    “I don’t see no fat lady.” –Dallas forward Shawn Marion, after his team fell behind San Antonio 3-1 in their best-of-seven series. Most of the rest of us, however, see her in the wings ready to take center stage.

  13. J.R. Smith understands the lost art of irony

    Apr 26, 2010, 11:51 AM EST

    Thanks to Internet snark (guilty, as charged), irony is dead. Or at least on life support in an Alanis Morissette world. But J.R. Smith gets it, the Denver sixth man is a master of irony. What else are we to take away from this post-game tweet by him yesterday? You play selfish you lose selfish…

  14. Dwyane Wade is a train and Kevin Garnett is on the tracks

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:51 AM EST

    When Dwyane Wade wants to take over a game, he takes it over. When Dwyane Wade wants to dunk the ball, he dunks the ball. Which is why you should not stand in his way. Even if your last name is Garnett.

  15. Another early exit, another roster shakeup for Dallas? It's not that easy.

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:33 AM EST

    Well, that didn’t work. Jason Kidd as the veteran leader, Shawn Marion as the explosive guy, Caron Butler as the steady wingman, Brendan Haywood as a steadier Erick Dampier, all focused around Dirk Nowitzki. Looked good on paper. That paper is about to be ousted in the first round by the well aged San Antonio…

  16. Former Golden State Warriors owner Franklin Mieuli dies at 89

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    There is one banner that matters hanging over the basketball court at Oracle Arena, Golden State’s 1975 NBA Championship banner. That was Franklin Mieuli’s. The former owner of the Warriors for more than two decades was the architect of that team. Mieuli died of natural causes Sunday at the age of 89. David Stern told…

  17. NBA Playoffs: LeBron James with just another 46-foot jumper/buzzer beater

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:26 AM EST

    LeBron James, killer. Destroyer of hope. Dominator. Touched by the gods. Inhuman force of nature. Whatever you want to call him, he showed what he is in game four Sunday. Including casually hitting a half-court pullup jumper over Derrick Rose. Like one does everyday. No need to put any extra push into it, just shoot…

  18. Sixers still want Larry Brown as coach, maybe more

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:08 AM EST

    When Larry Brown says “I don’t want to coach there” does anyone really take him at his word? The brass of the Philadelphia 76ers doesn’t. Can’t really blame them, either. Larry Brown has said he doesn’t want to leave Charlotte, doesn’t want to return to Philadelphia and coach the Sixers. But the brass in Philly…

  19. NBA Draft: Lottery pick Jan Vesely pulls out of NBA Draft, to stay in Serbia

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:42 AM EST

    Jan Vesely has chosen Serbia over the NBA. For now, anyway. Vesely was the one sure lottery pick left of this year’s crop of international players announced for the NBA draft, possibly the only one to go in the first round. However he and his agent told DraftExpress.com that he has decided to stay overseas…

  20. Dwight Howard dumps long-time agent

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:34 PM EST

    Dwight Howard has pulled a LeBron James. He has dumped Aaron Goodwin as his agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. Goodwin was Howard’s agent when he came out of high school and was the top pick overall by the Magic. Howard’s next move is unclear, although sources say he planned to lean more toward…

  21. NBA Playoffs, Cavaliers Bulls Game 4: All bow down before King James, including you Bulls

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:08 PM EST

    Joakim Noah has given no love to anybody or any place in this series. That includes LeBron James, who ranked as “pretty good” before the series. What did Noah tell Brian Windhorst about LeBron after he dropped a 37 point, 12 rebound, 11 assist game on the Bulls? “The best player in the world.” The…

  22. Shannon Brown will bring his dunks to the free agent market

    Apr 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Shannon Brown is one of the better athletes in the NBA. He can finish at the rim like few others. Probably shouldn’t put him in the dunk contest again, but the guy has proven with the Lakers that he can fit in with a winning team. He’s got one more year on his deal, a…

  23. The Bucks were just having some fun

    Apr 25, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    The last few months have not been that much fun for the Milwaukee Bucks, what with Andrew Bogut’s injury and the losses and the fading of a dream of a deep playoff run. But for one afternoon Sunday, that was all gone. Brandon Jennings was throwing behind the back passes, Jerry Stackhouse was dunking and…

  24. Vinny Del Negro: dead coach walking

    Apr 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    Vinny Del Negro has not done a bad job this season. The city of Chicago just rolled their eyes, but he hasn’t. The Bulls sacrificed this season on the alter of 2010 free agency. They brought in no new talent. Then as injuries ravaged the team they traded John Salmons away, so he could spark…

  25. Dwyane Wade says he and LeBron play well together, making meaningless headlines

    Apr 25, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    We all love some juicy gossip, and the “Where will LeBron play?” soap opera is the best one going right now. Followed closely by the “Where will Wade play?” one. But now things have gotten ridiculous. Truly ludicrous. Take this comment (via AP) that is drawing headlines. Speaking after practice in Miami on Saturday, one…

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