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  1. NBA season preview: Sacramento Kings

    Oct 19, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    Last Season: More of the same, for a club that has been truly terrible for the last six seasons. Paul Westphal was run out of town mid-season in favor of Keith Smart, who thus far has had much greater success relating to the team’s young players. DeMarcus Cousins showed significant improvement, and the speedy rookie…

  2. Dirk Nowitzki has knee surgery Friday, out six weeks

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    Rather than wait and hope it heals like it did last season, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are being proactive. Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right knee Friday morning and will be out for about six weeks, the team announced Friday. That timeframe has him returning around the start of December. That would…

  3. Kevin Love broke hand doing knuckle push ups. Ugh.

    Oct 18, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    It was like some kind of Rocky movie training montage gone bad. And without the John Cafferty “Heart on Fire” soundtrack. Kevin Love broke his hand doing knuckle pushups, according to the Timberwolves (as reported by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, among others). He was working out with a trainer at his condominium complex…

  4. With Love out what’s next for Minnesota? Nothing. Yet.

    Oct 18, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Derrick Williams, hope you’re ready for your close-up. Kevin Love has broken two bones in shooting hand and is now out for at least six weeks. Meaning we’re talking a return around Thanksgiving at the very earliest, probably more like the first week of December. That is in addition to Ricky Rubio being out from…

  5. Kevin Love breaks hand at workout, will miss 6-8 weeks

    Oct 17, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    That sound you hear is the Timberwolves playoff chances flushing away…. Kevin Love broke his hand working out at his condo building prior to the Timberwolves practice on Wednesday and is out six to eight weeks, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. That would have Love back around Thanksgiving or a couple weeks later,…

  6. Odds on NBA MVP (yes, LeBron leads), Rookie of Year

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    If you don’t have LeBron James, Kevin Durant on top of your “most likely to win the MVP” list you’re doing it wrong. Professional odds makers don’t do it wrong. So when the guys at offshore book Bovada put together a list, you know who is at the top. But the real value is farther…

  7. Tuesday And-1 links: Seattle arena takes another step (plus Basketball Prospectus)

    Oct 16, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than presidential candidates like watering down debates. • We told you the other…

  8. Monday And-1 links: Kevin Garnett may sit out game Monday

    Oct 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Kevin Garnett may sit out the Celtics preseason game on Monday. What does…

  9. Kevin Love injured his elbow while sleeping. That’s his story.

    Oct 15, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Our early leader for strangest injury of training camp goes to… Kevin Love. He sat out Minnesota’s Saturday preseason game because of a sore elbow he got from sleeping. Yes, sleeping in the wrong position. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it. From the Star Tribune. Love didn’t bang it or hyperextend it while…

  10. Kevin Love’s past the Wolves not giving him the max extension. (Note: Totally not over it.)

    Oct 14, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    When the Timberwolves decided not to give Kevin Love, All-Star, dominant rebounder, scorer, and best player on the team the max extension of five years, smart basketball fans largely had the same reaction: “Why in God’s name would you not give Kevin Love the five-year max?” The answer lies somewhere in the bowels of the…

  11. A year later, the Wolves drafting Williams still doesn’t make sense for anyone

    Oct 13, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    From Canis Hoopus.com: At some point, I think this team is just going to have to face the facts: Williams is a guy who could potentially be a pretty good power forward, on a team that has absolutely no minutes available at power forward. It’s not like the Wolves are oblivious to this sort of…

  12. NBA season preview: Minnesota Timberwovles

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Last season: What could have been. This was a team playoff bound (or at least in the mix for it) until injuries wiped out those hopes. First was the biggie, Ricky Rubio’s ACL, but then both Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic went down and the whole thing fell apart. The Timberwolves finished 26-40 and back…

  13. Kevin Love, facilitator. He wants to do more of that.

    Oct 5, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    It’s one of the mantras of star players heading into the season — they want to get their teammates involved more. “I’m going to shoot less and pass more.” Everyone says that until the games start, and even if they do it in November by February it’s a different story. But there are exceptions to…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: Felton starts but does Kidd close for Knicks?

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like old people love In The Heat of the Night. • Raymond Felton will…

  15. Adelman wanted Kirilenko in Minny. Brandon Roy? Meh.

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Maybe its’ because Glen Taylor is older and trying to slide out the door of Timberwolves ownership, so he is less concerned with what he tells the media. Maybe it’s because he’s a U.S. Senator who has been trusted with secrets of genuine importance that talking about what goes on behind closed doors at an…

  16. Video: Kevin Love throws out first pitch at Twins game

    Sep 27, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    So that is NBA All-Star and gold medalist Kevin Love throwing out the first pitch at a Twins game. I’ll be honest, for my personal amusement I was hoping he would bounce this up to the plate, or throw it wide and hit the Durham Bull, or something that was terrible. But really, it’s a…

  17. Rubio says he hopes for December return, but will not rush it

    Sep 27, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    This is pretty much the timeline we have expected from Ricky Rubio — he is shooting to return sometime around Christmas from a torn ACL — but what is good to hear is he is looking at the long term. Rubio’s return for two-thirds (give or take) of the NBA season is key to the…

  18. More positivity from Kevin Love about Timberwolves

    Sep 26, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    After last season then when hanging out with Team USA, Kevin Love was more than happy to tell you how frustrated he was with the Timberwolves roster. Frustrated that their playoff chances blew up with Ricky Rubio’s knee. Frustrated that when Rubio went down the Timberwolves roster was exposed. But this summer the Timberwolves got…

  19. Report: Lou Amundson agrees to deal with Timberwolves

    Sep 24, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Louis Amundson

    After looking at a few guys to come in as an off-the-bench big man for Minnesota, they made their choice. And sorry Timberwolves fans, it is not Anthony Tolliver. Minnesota and Lou Amundson reached terms on a one-year deal, tweets Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. Source tells me Lou Amundson to sign a 1-year…

  20. Could LaMarcus Aldridge win MVP? Well, no, but let’s talk about it anyway

    Sep 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol

    Welcome to today’s “There’s a week left until training camp and I’d chew my own arm off if it meant I could blog about it” post. Blazers Edge posted a link to a story on Rip City Project on Saturday night. It contained the following passage regarding LaMarcus Aldridge and a possible MVP bid: It…

  21. Kevin Love is confident Timberwolves will make playoffs

    Sep 20, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    The bar is set in Minnesota and it’s clear — playoffs or bust. They were on the bubble last year until Ricky Rubio’s ACL decided to tear. Now this year Minnesota has added real, veteran depth — Brandon Roy, Andrei Kirilenko, Greg Stiemsma and Russian rookie Alexey Shved — to the roster. And now team…

  22. Metta World Peace boasts Lakers want to get 73 wins

    Sep 17, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    For the Lakers fifth offensive option (if that), Metta World Peace isn’t afraid to do the talking. We told you how he said he didn’t think anybody could get past the Lakers. We’ve shown you his latest boast-filled video. We showed you him on Yo Gabba Gabba. He’s kind of everywhere right now. Then there…

  23. The Inbounds: How the West will almost-but-not-actually be won

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kenyon Martin, Blake Griffin

    Parity has become something of a naughty word around intelligent conversation about the NBA. Because parity is another word for “competitive balance” and that was the word the owners and league used to justify killing off 20 percent of the season last year. (When in truth the hard cap wouldn’t help a damn bit with…

  24. Blatche, Whiteside, Tolliver in mix for Timberwolves roster

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Tolliver_wolves

    Minnesota has one roster spot left to use and they want to give it to a big man. Specifically, a big man willing to take a minimum contract. Which is why a Timberwolves scout was watching Hassan Whiteside and Andray Blatche work out in Houston, something reported by ESPN 1500 out of Minnesota. Both of…

  25. Ricky Rubio update: Things progressing well. That is all.

    Aug 28, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Minnesota could be a playoff team this year, maybe should be. They have Kevin Love in the middle as the anchor, and this summer they added some guys who potentially really lift the franchise in Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko. But ultimately, Minnesota’s playoff chances come back to Ricky Rubio — the young Spanish center…

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