Kurt Helin

Remembering Ray Allen: Watch his top 10 career plays


Arguably the greatest shooter ever in the NBA. He made 2,973 three-pointers, more than any player in NBA history, and he shot 40 percent from three to get there. Two time NBA champion. Two time All-NBA. Ten time All-Star.

Ray Allen is headed to the Hall of Fame.

Allen made his retirement official on Tuesday, although he hadn’t stepped on an NBA court for a couple of years. Courtesy the folks at NBA.com, enjoy the top 10 highlights from Allen’s incredible career.

Metta World Peace on the Malice at the Palace: “I definitely can’t forgive myself for that”

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Metta World Peace is still on an NBA roster. The Lakers kept him mostly not because of what he can do on the court; rather he’s the guy that pushes the team in practices, the hard-driving guy that doesn’t let the young players coast.

That’s why the past two season’s they’ve offered him an assistant coaching job. Each time he turned it down because he still wants to play, he loves basketball. Don’t believe me? Watch what he says when he makes a free throw.

World Peace isn’t the kind of guy with regrets. But in an open and honest interview with Baxter Holmes of ESPN, World Peace does regret how his tenure with the Pacers came to an end — the “Malice at the Palace” brawl that led to his suspension and ultimately the end of an excellent Pacers team that could have contended.

“That’s what I feel most bad about to this day,” World Peace told ESPN. “That’s something that I can never, ever forgive myself for. I don’t regret it, but I definitely can’t forgive myself for that…

(Then Pacers president Donnie) Walsh had constructed “a hell of a team,” World Peace said. And World Peace was playing alongside Pacers legend Reggie Miller, who was chasing a title during the twilight of a storied career. “I just feel like we were on our way,” said World Peace, who was coming off an All-Star season and was averaging 24.6 points in seven games leading up to the brawl. Yet he said he was at his most “unstable” point, and he blames himself for the team’s decline.

“So for me, that’s really, really f—-d up,” World Peace said.

World Peace has matured over the years. This is evidence, as is his speaking publicly about seeing a psychologist and working on issues — something considered taboo in the macho world of sports locker rooms.

He’s in his 17th NBA season, and while he wants to make it to 20 more likely this is the last tour for him.

But he’d make an interesting coach.

Watch Orlando’s Aaron Gordon break out 360 in-game dunk

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Richaun Holmes was just trying to operate in the high post and didn’t feel anyone on his back so, he was taking his time with the ball — and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon stripped him and was off on the break.

Which ended in an amazing two-handed, bring-it-low, 360 dunk.

We got all the angles on this one.

Orlando won the game 103-101 in an odd finish — Joel Embiid played brilliantly much of the game but had a couple of rookie turnovers in the final minutes, then with the game tied and nine seconds left this happened.

Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson drops Aaron Brooks with crossover, nails jumper


This is a little unfair to the Pacers’ Aaron Brooks, he is trying to fight through a Tarik Black pick, and just as he does the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson crosses over and goes the other direction. Brooks tries to stop and reverse.

Instead, he falls.

The Pacers were able to out execute the Lakers down the stretch, Paul George was the best player on the court at both ends when he needed to be, and the Pacers got the 115-108 win over the Lakers. Not that this game did anything to ease my concerns about the Pacers’ defense, but it’s a win. Except for maybe Brooks, he’s got to hear about it for a while.

Watch Stephen Curry go off for 23 in third, spark Warriors win


Stephen Curry looked every bit his MVP self Tuesday night.

He hadn’t been his vintage self this season, hadn’t needed to be most nights — thanks to Kevin Durant — but the Warriors had their best game of the season Tuesday night beating the Trail Blazers 127-104. Curry finished the night with 28 points on 21 shots, and was 5-of-10 from three.

The other good news for Warriors fans, this was by far the best their defense has looked this season. Not great, but better.