Talking Magic Johnson with author of new biography Roland Lazenby
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by Kurt Helin, Roland Lazenby
4M ago
Magic Johnson is synonymous with the five-time champion Showtime Lakers — the fast-break master with the no-look pass whose infectious smile belies one of the most competitive players ever to lace them up. In his incredibly well-researched new biography on Earvin "Magic" Johnson, author Roland Lazenby dives into the complex personality of of Magic, the guy who never forgot his roots and always seemed grounded, but also continues to compete with Michael Jordan on the financial front. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports and Lazenby discuss how Magic and Larry Bird — along with David Stern — turned the NBA ..read more
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NBA season preview with betting edge
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by Kurt Helin, Drew Dinsick
4M ago
Every NBA season comes with questions and opportunities, but this season more than most: What's going to happen with James Harden and the 76ers? Could the Cavaliers be better than the Sixers? Would that make Evan Mobley Defensive Player of the Year or maybe J.B. Bickerstaff for Coach of the Year? Those outcomes could make a savvy bettor money, so today we break down the coming NBA season with Drew Dinsick (@whale_capper) of NBC Sports Bet the Edge. We talk about under/overs we like and how to really take advantage of that if you're really confident a team will comfortably beat the number (as I ..read more
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World Cup semifinals, Central division preview and Erykah Badu
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by Kurt Helin, Corey Robinson
6M ago
This year's version of Team USA, even without America's biggest names (or maybe because of that), has shown more chemistry than we have seen from the men's senior national team in a long time. However, will that be enough against a very good German team in the FIBA World Cup semifinals, and against Canada or Serbia in the Finals (if the Americans advance)? Corey Robinson and Kurt Helin of NBC Sports discuss what they have seen with Team USA, what has worked, and what players have looked good at the World Cup. Then in Corey's Jukebox, Corey explains how Erykah Badu ties into Team USA. For Kurt ..read more
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Harden saga, Diana Taurasi, Northwest Division preview
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by Kurt Helin, Corey Robinson
6M ago
In the middle of what is usually the quiet period of the NBA calendar — when the focus should be on the basketball Hall of Fame and the WNBA — James Harden and the 76ers have kept the drama going. The 76ers ended trade talks (for now) for Harden and say they want to bring him to camp, Harden called 76ers President Daryl Morey a "liar" and said he would never play in an organization Morey is part of. Is there a good outcome for anyone in this scenario? Corey Robinson and Kurt Helin of NBC Sports discuss that and how both sides have few good options. Then the conversation shifts to Diana Taurasi ..read more
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Talking WNBA, Sixth Person of the Year love with Sun's DiJonai Carrington
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by Kurt Helin
7M ago
DiJonai Carrington's path to the WNBA was not smooth. While she came from an athletic family — her father, Darren Carrington, played eight years in the NFL, and her mother, Vickie, ran track at Northern Arizona — she had to overcome multiple knee surgeries, including one this past offseason.  It hasn't slowed her down as Carrington is one of the frontrunners to be Sixth Player of the Year, and she has helped lead the Connecticut Sun to a 19-7 record that has them as one of the title contenders this season. Carrington joined NBC Sports' Kurt Helin on this week's PBT Podcast to discuss how ..read more
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Harden trade, Summer League standouts, WNBA All-Star Game
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by Kurt Helin, Corey Robinson
7M ago
With Summer League and free agency in the rearview mirror, this is supposed to be the slow offseason of the NBA. Not so much this summer. There was plenty for Corey Robinson and Kurt Helin of NBC Sports to dive into, including the latest on the James Harden trade saga — while there is little movement on the trade front itself, there is plenty of posturing. What everyone around the NBA is really watching is  how Joel Embiid reacts, and Corey and Kurt get into that. From there the topic shifts to the WNBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas and how Sabrina Ionescu  stole the show and proved ..read more
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NBA free agency breakdown, Lillard trade talk
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by Kurt Helin, Corey Robinson
8M ago
The NBA off-season has come fast and furious and it's time to talk about the biggest moves so far — with the Damian Lillard and James Harden trades still hanging out there. Corey Robinson and Kurt Helin of NBC Sports dive into all the biggest NBA offseason stories: The Boston Celtics trading away Marcus Smart and bringing in Kristaps Porzingis, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez coming back to Milwaukee, Fred VanVleet and Dillon Brooks heading to Houston, plus much more. They then get into the possibilities of Damian Lillard getting traded to Miami and how that will drag out. Not all the offseaso ..read more
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Beal trade to Suns, NBA Draft talk
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by Kurt Helin, Corey Robinson
8M ago
So much news to get to this week that it took a few minutes even to get to the NBA Draft. But they got to it. First up was the news of the Bradley Beal  trade to the Phoenix Suns. Did anyone win? Phoenix got its man but at the possible exception of roster depth, which was already its biggest weakness. Can Beal and Kevin Durant stay healthy? Can a "big three" roster work in the world of the modern CBA? Corey Robinson and Kurt Helin of NBC Sports debate all that then move on to the Ja Morant suspension and if 25 games is the right number.  From there it's time to discuss Draymond Green ..read more
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Talking NBA Draft, what will Portland do with Sean Highkin
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by Kurt Helin, Sean Highkin
9M ago
Here's what we know for sure: The San Antonio Spurs will select Victor Wembanyama with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. After that, it could be chaos with Charlotte at No. 2 and Portland at No. 3 open to trading their picks (as is Houston at No. 4), with names as big as Zion Williamson potentially in play.  It's going to be a wild night next Thursday and Sean Highkin of the Rose Garden Report and podcast joined Kurt Helin of NBC Sports to discuss the Portland Trail Blazers plans. First, that does not include a Damian Lillard trade, the plan in Portland remains to build around ..read more
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Nuggets earn title, can it be a dynasty? Plus trade, draft talk.
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by Kurt Helin, Corey Robinson
9M ago
The Denver Nuggets left no doubt who was the best team in the NBA. Not only did they roll through the West, but also the Miami Heat dragged the game into the mud and played much of the Finals on their terms. It did not matter. The Nuggets beat the Heat at their own game. Corey Robinson and Kurt Helin from NBC Sports dive into the Nugget's win and then tackle the big questions: Can they repeat and win another? Can they turn this into a dynasty?  That tied directly into Corey's jukebox, which compares early Fleetwood Mac to where the Nuggets are right now. Finally, the duo dives into trade ..read more
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