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  1. Kevin Love offers to buy tickets for Timberwolves fans

    Jan 16, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    Now this is community relations. Kevin Love tweeted this over the weekend. Our fans have been Awesome. Buy a ticket to the Kings game and I’ll buy your seat for Detroit. Call Now!!! 612.673.1640. It’s not a joke, the offer is real. The Kings game is Monday, the Pistons game is Tuesday. Traditionally those two…

  2. Phil Jackson reached out to Lamar Odom to help

    Jan 16, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Things are not going well for Lamar Odom, on or off the court. Things were bad enough off the court he considered taking a year off — and that was before the Lakers tried to trade him. It was his wife Khloe Kardashian that encouraged him to get back out there. Off the court issues…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Heat slip, Bulls charge into top spot

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Miami tripped up out West and the Bulls ran over them on the way to the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Meanwhile, jump on the Sixers bandwagon while you can. 1. Bulls (12-2, last week ranked No. 2). Five wins in a row and their next five games are against teams under .500, so…

  4. Dikembe Mutombo allegedly involved in sordid gold scam

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo

    Dikembe Mutombo is a guy known nearly as well for his international humanitarian efforts as his post-block finger wag. A guy well respected around the league. But this could ruin that reputation — Mutombo was at the heart of a dirty deal to move $10 million in Congolese gold out of that nation and to…

  5. Injury update: ‘Melo to play; Rose, CP3 to sit on Monday

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Just a quick injury update on a couple NBA stars for your Monday: • Derrick Rose is out as his Bulls face off against the Grizzlies in Memphis. His injured toe is still giving him trouble, here is the quote via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “Almost every game, I jam it. By the…

  6. LeBron James says he “can relate” to Tim Tebow

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    When you think of athletes like LeBron James, Tim Tebow probably isn’t the first guy that comes to mind. But LeBron James sees some similarities and relates to him, he told Chris Tomasson of FoxSportsFlorida.com. And stop with the “losing in the playoffs” jokes, that’s not what he meant. “I can relate to him a…

  7. USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for Olympic team

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    USA+Basketball+Senior+National+Team+Training+gMvzcmCmURol

    When USA Basketball sends a dozen players to the Olympics in London this summer, the roster will come from these 20 finalists, released by USA Basketball on Monday: Guards: Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook, Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant Forwards: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Carmelo…

  8. Kyrie Irving might play for Australia in Olympics

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Here’s something I didn’t know about Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving — he has dual citizenship in the United States and Australia. He was born down under while his father was playing professional basketball there. Which means Irving has a choice to make in the next few weeks — does he want to play for…

  9. Monday And-1 links: Schedule wearing everyone down

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to our look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Is fatigue setting in for the Chicago Bulls? Maybe a little, but it is the same for every team. Yao Ming is getting into politics in…

  10. Full slate of NBA on tap for Martin Luther King day

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    martin-luther-king-jr

    The NBA has tried to make Martin Luther King Day it’s sporting day — and it’s a good fit (well as good as any sporting attempt to claim the day). The NBA has become a league about inclusion on a lot of levels: If you can ball well enough it doesn’t matter if you are…

  11. Kendrick Perkins returns to Boston for first time Monday

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    It’s going to be weird. With all due respect to Jeff Green, nobody in the Boston locker room wanted the Kendrick Perkins trade to go down. Perk was part of the family, part of the foundation, part of the reason there is banner 17 at the Boston Garden. Celtics fans didn’t like it much either,…

  12. Video: Pistons new locker room way nicer than your place

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Palace_of_Auburn_Hills

    The Palace at Auburn Hills got some upgrades this off-season. Which it needed. So thank you Tom Gores. (He owns the Pistons and the building now, so he wrote the check.) But the coolest of those was the new locker room for the Pistons, which has a lounge sweeter than half the clubs the players…

  13. Kobe says guys most like him: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derrick Rose

    Kobe Bryant is the guy with the rep as the toughest dog in the junkyard. Deservedly so. Which led to this interesting comment he made after the Clippers knocked off the Lakers Saturday night, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “The game just gets easier with Chris Paul,” Bryant said before comparing himself to Paul. “He’s a dog. He’s…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Who needs Manu?

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:41 AM EDT

    Steve Nash Tony Parker

    What you missed while thanking you deity of choice that we don’t have to see any more “discount double take” commercials the next three weeks. Please tell me we don’t….. Spurs 102, Suns 91: Even without Manu Ginobili, the Spurs have more depth than the Suns, and that came through in this game. Tim Duncan…

  15. Caron Butler nearly returned to Miami

    Jan 15, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Caron Butler was part of a pretty special team in Miami. It featured Dwyane Wade in his rookie season, Lamar Odom, and Butler. It was a young, athletic team with players starting to come into their own. They upset the Hornets in the first round and then gave the Pacers a run in the second…

  16. Chris Paul injury forces Clippers to call-up Courtney Fortson from NBA Development League

    Jan 15, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Courtney Fortson

    Chris Paul suffered a strained hamstring in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 102-94 victory on Saturday night and, while the injury isn’t expected to keep him out for long, the team has a plan in place until their All-Star point guard returns to full strength. That contingency plan comes with the name Courtney Fortson, a waterbug-type…

  17. Are the Bulls taking too long to agree to an extension with Thibodeau?

    Jan 15, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    Tom Thibodeau won 62 games in his first season as Chicago’s head coach. He won Coach of the Year. He took his team to the Eastern Conference Finals. So naturally, the Bulls are taking their time agreeing to an extension with him. And now, there’s a report from New York that he’s not super-thrilled with…

  18. Boston is 4-7, if Kevin Garnett doesn’t turn it around neither will Boston

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    When Kevin Garnett came to the Celtics in 2008, he helped change the team culture by not putting up with excuses. He wanted his ring and this team was going to get him there — don’t pull your own weight at your own risk. To this day he still talks a good game. But this…

  19. Nets, Grizzlies continuing pursuit of Mayo trade

    Jan 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    O. J. Mayo

    O.J. Mayo is moving past last season’s disaster which featured a fist fight on a plane with a teammate, a suspension for PEDs, and the first benching of his since he started playing basketball at the competitive level. He’s played well on and off ball, has been more coachable and has rediscovered his scoring knack.…

  20. Lamar Odom nearly took sabbatical this season over personal isssues

    Jan 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Lost in discussions of his mental state on the floor and history, as well as the turmoil over a rejected trade that wasn’t good for two of the three teams anyway has been the fact that Lamar Odom had a rough summer. He was driving to the funeral of a cousin when his driver accidentally…

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