Kurt Helin and the team from ProBasketballTalk at NBCSports.com talk all things NBA basketball: news, analysis and even the ridiculous. Regular guests include NBA players and media members.
Some days, like Christmas Day, the Chicago Bulls look like clearly the second best team in the East. But they are a Jekyll and Hyde team and there are questions coming out of the locker room about whether Jimmy Butler is the leader he thinks he is. Sean Highkin and Kurt Helin break that down, plus talk Suns, Blake Griffin, Cleanathony Early and the other news around the NBA.
With DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, and George Karl all trying to get along, the Sacramento Kings are one of the best stories in the NBA. Kurt Helin talks about where this team stands, its playoff chances, and potential trades with CSNBayArea.com's James Ham.
Ben Simmons of LSU is the name everybody knows, but is he really a franchise cornerstone player? Ed Isaacson of NBADraftBlog.com joins Kurt Helin to talk draft, and he isn't so sure. We also discuss Brandon Ingram and the others at the top of the draft board, as well as sleepers to watch.
Roland Lazenby's NBA novels are just fantastic reads — "Michael Jordan: The Life" or his Jerry West biography — and his next book coming out this August is about Kobe Bryant. Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk and Lazenby talk comparisons between Kobe and MJ, the Kobe farewell tour, the Rio Olympics, and more. These are two of the most fascinating NBA players of recent decades and nobody understands them like Lazenby.
MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year — we're almost at the halfway point of the NBA season and ProBasketballtalk's Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman break down all six of the major NBA end of season awards and who is ahead at the break. So lots of Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard talk. The two also discuss the latest events with the Brooklyn Nets.
While Golden State hogs the spotlight, the San Antonio Spurs have put together a better point differential — and they are still getting better. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News and Kurt Helin of NBC's ProBasketballTalk discuss how the Spurs' style will counter the Warriors, why the Thunder could be a problem, and, of course, some Boban Marjanović (starting about the 35 minute mark).
Starters, as chosen by the fans, for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, will be announced on Thursday. Did the fans get it right? And who should be chosen as reserves? Kurt Helin and Sean Highkin of NBC's ProBasketballTalk discuss it all, plus go off on tangents to discuss news and notes around the Association.
The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the five best teams in the NBA, but for a core group of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, is that going to be good enough? Could they beat Golden State in the second round? Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times joins PBT's Kurt Helin to break down Los Angeles, and discuss if the Clippers need to be broken up.
We reached out to the Twitterverse to get your questions to answer about news around the NBA, and you wanted to talk trades. ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman did just that starting in Cleveland and got into the sudden coaching change there. That was followed by discussing potential Brandon Jennings trades from Detroit, what the Bulls might do in Chicago, what the Orlando Magic might do, and some Ryan Anderson talk as well.
Before the season tipped off, the Washington Wizards were expected to be right there with Toronto, Chicago, and Atlanta as teams that would vie for the two seed in the East. As of right now, they wouldn't even make the playoffs. It's not on John Wall, but what went wrong and why? J. Michael, the CSNMidAtlantic.com insider on the Wizards, joins Kurt Helin to talk about how the Wizards' season went sideways.