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Kurt Helin

  1. Man wrongly imprisoned for 29 years to sit courtside for Cavaliers/Celtics Game 5

    May 6, 2010, 1:54 PM EST

    I can’t imagine what it would be like. I doubt, — no, I know I couldn’t handle spending 29 years in prison for a crime I didn’t commit with the grace that Ray Towler did. He was happy upon his release. He was accused of a heinous crime (raping a 12- and 13-year-old) only to…

  2. Jeff Van Gundy: What's so wrong about a serious head coach?

    May 6, 2010, 1:23 PM EST

    “We need a guy who can relate to today’s player.” You here variants of that sentence in so many coaching searches, teams looking for a guy who can relate to, joke around with and get through to players that way. Jeff Van Gundy wants to know why? In talking about why Boston assistant coach Tom…

  3. Danny Ainge fined $25,000 for tossing the towel

    May 6, 2010, 12:42 PM EST

    Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge got caught up in the heat of the moment and forgot that at the NBA League Office, this is fining season. Ainge has been fined $25,000 by the league for throwing a town in the air to distract the Cavalier’s JJ Hickson at the free throw line during the Celtics…

  4. Amare Stoudemire earning some extra offseason cash

    May 6, 2010, 12:21 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire is a force of nature, and when Steve Nash is feeding him passes on the pick-and-roll he is an unstoppable one. That combo, that play is the most pure thing in the NBA right now. Now is the time to look like a force of nature, what with Stoudemire able to — and…

  5. Celtics benched Nate Robinson, saved themselves a cool $2 million

    May 6, 2010, 11:54 AM EST

    Nate Robinson came over to the Celtics with some hype bordering on the delusional — this was going to be the guy to change the Boston bench, provide that much-needed scoring punch, change the dynamics. The reality is that Nate Robinson was Nate Robinson — he scores a lot some days but he shoots a…

  6. Dallas learning from playoffs: Cuban says Beaubois could start next year

    May 6, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    Rodrigue Beaubois is a little ball of energy. When he was on the court the energy of the Dallas Mavericks changed — they attacked with penetration. Their tempo increased. They broke down defenses. And it was all done with a little flair. Then throughout the playoffs, Beaubois sat. And sat. And when he got his…

  7. Mark Jackson now being picky about NBA coaching gig he wants

    May 6, 2010, 10:22 AM EST

    Mark Jackson wants a team to take a leap of faith on him, to pluck him out of the broadcasting booth and with no coaching experience put him at the head of an NBA bench. Well, he doesn’t want just any team to take that leap, it turns out. Not Philadelphia, as the Philadelphia Inquirer…

  8. Kirk Snyder headed to play in prison leagues

    May 6, 2010, 10:07 AM EST

    Kirk Snyder, who spent four years in the NBA with four different teams trying to find a role as a shooting guard, will now be balling in the prison leagues. Yesterday Snyder was sentenced to three years in an Ohio prison, as reported by WCPO in Ohio (via Slam). Kirk Snyder, 26, is convicted of…

  9. Meet cranky Gregg Popovich

    May 6, 2010, 9:27 AM EST

    Two losses on the road, two games where the Spurs had chances to make a mark and instead watched the Suns do that, watched the Suns make the big plays. It has all left Gregg Popovich a little testy. Get past the cliches of the Suns in this video to get to Pops, he was…

  10. Calipari is not going to Chicago, he's negotiating with Kentucky

    May 6, 2010, 9:14 AM EST

    John Calipari is not going to be the next Chicago Bulls coach. It’s not very hard to get there, to follow the trail of media stories and derive a motive here. In an often murky world of leaks and rumors, this story shakes out as pretty straight forward. First, Yahoo reports, based on a source,…

  11. Dwyane Wade not thrilled about the idea of Pat Riley as coach

    May 6, 2010, 8:38 AM EST

    Pat Riley suggested the other day that if a free agent superstar would be swayed to come to Miami if he would coach, then he’d likely do it. Somebody forgot to ask the current superstar. Well, not the New York Post, they asked Dwyane Wade what he thought, and Riley the coach did not exactly…

  12. Just a reminder: Become a PBT fan on Facebook

    May 5, 2010, 10:33 PM EST

    We know you want to get your basketball news and opinion right in the middle of updates from your friends about the great restaurants they are going to while you have to work for a living. Life’s not fair. At least we can help you with the basketball part — become a fan of ProBasketballTalk…

  13. Antoine Walker working out for NBA comeback. No, seriously.

    May 5, 2010, 8:14 PM EST

    Antoine Walker needs money. Desperately. And the NBA pays very well. So, you can guess what he’s thinking. We’re all thinking this is a bad and sad idea. But he’s thinking money. Walker is working out with the University of Louisville because one can always dream of a comeback. The Associated Press has the details…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Cavaliers Celtics: Garnett and Perkins are banged up but will go for Game 3

    May 5, 2010, 5:52 PM EST

    Nobody left on a playoff team is really healthy right now. Well, Kosta Koufos is, although that isn’t really doing anybody any good. But the Celtics had team heartbeat Kevin Garnett and the guy who has to defend Shaquille O’Neal (Kendrick Perkins) banged up, and that could be trouble. Both are sore, but both will…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz: As if the Jazz don't have enough problems, Kobe is back

    May 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EST

    At one point in the first round, Kobe Bryant was showing all the leaping ability of Ron Artest. You could hardly tell them apart… well, except for the hair. And the build. And the fluidity of motion. Okay, so it wasn’t that bad. But it wasn’t good either. Oklahoma City was blanketing him with very…

  16. NBA All-Defense Team filled with playoff participants. Coincidence?

    May 5, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

    Defense wins championships. Or, at least you gets you into the playoffs. That’s the one easy takeaway from the announcement of the NBA All-Defensive teams. There are no shocks on here, everyone belongs, which is what you get when the coaches vote and not media members paid by teams who have their own agendas. Of…

  17. Sergio Rodríguez may choose Europe over the NBA

    May 5, 2010, 2:21 PM EST

    Sergio Rodríguez is going to have options. The New York Knicks hold the restricted free agent rights to a guy a number of teams see as a potential quality backup point guard. The Knicks may well want to keep him, but if another team makes a healthy offer he could end up in Orlando or…

  18. Wade's estranged wife files lawsuit against his new girlfriend

    May 5, 2010, 1:44 PM EST

    And welcome to the TMZ segment of PBT today…. Dwyane Wade is in the middle of a messy divorce and custody battle, one that may keep him off Team USA this summer. One which has now gotten even messier. The Associated Press has some details for you: The estranged wife of Dwyane Wade has filed…

  19. "Air rights" lawsuit latest block to Nets new Brooklyn home, ownership change

    May 5, 2010, 1:11 PM EST

    Freddy Krueger is back. So is another lawsuit to block the plans for the Atlantic Yards development that will be the new home of the Nets in Brooklyn. Both will not die. And both are only back because of the money. The New York Daily News has your details on maybe the most frivolous lawsuit…

  20. Sure, but can Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol dance as well as Kosta Koufos?

    May 5, 2010, 12:33 PM EST

    Sure, Pau Gasol can get you 22 points and 15 rebounds. And Kosta Koufos can get you two points and one board and barely get off the Jazz bench in a series where they are in desperate need of size. But if you’re going to a club, going to impress the ladies with your groove,…

  21. Mike Fratello: "Hey, look at me! Look at me!"

    May 5, 2010, 11:36 AM EST

    Every national television commentator with a basketball background is currently being mentioned as a possible head coach somewhere — Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Avery Johnson, Doug Collins… Everyone but Mike Fratello and Reggie Miller. Fratello tells the New Orleans Times Picayune he’d like to be interviewed too. On Tuesday, former NBA coach Mike Fratello…

  22. Suns, Spurs talk about "Los Suns," Arizona immigration bill

    May 5, 2010, 11:13 AM EST

    The Suns will take the floor in their Los Suns (really should be Los Sols) jerseys tonight, and that has sparked plenty of controversy in and of itself (check out the comments on our story). Rather than put words in their mouths, we’ll let them speak for themselves.

  23. Kelenna Azubuike picks up option to run again with Warriors

    May 5, 2010, 10:22 AM EST

    In a year when most players with a player option on their contract for next year are testing the free agent market, Kelenna Azubuike is staying put. He picked up his option for next year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Kelenna Azubuike exercised his option to stay with the Warriors for about $3.3 million…

  24. LeBron's elbow to have another MRI, tweet about it

    May 5, 2010, 9:55 AM EST

    LeBron James’ is having a second MRI on his elbow, and there is nothing funny about that. Unless you’re reading LeBron’s elbow’s twitter account. Seriously. First the news part of this post, because how can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat? LeBron is having a second MRI on his elbow today…

  25. Orlando's rout of the Hawks summed up in 14 seconds

    May 5, 2010, 9:16 AM EST

    This little video pretty well says it all. Josh Smith starts driving the lane for what is normally a monster dunk, but Dwight Howard is there so he goes with the floater. Howard skies and gets away with goaltending (that ball was on its way down). While Josh Smith is flapping his arms and moaning…

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