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  1. NBA releases All-Star ballot, here are my early votes

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

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    You can vote — and not just if you’re a Republican in Iowa. The NBA opened All-Star Game voting to the fans on Wednesday, so you can pick who will not play any defense in Orlando Feb. 26. Fan voting picks the starters, the coaches for the teams help pick the rest of the squad.…

  2. Report: Kevin Love has not been offered contract extension

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Among the no-brainers out there is that Kevin Love is deserving of a max contract extension off his rookie deal. He’s entering his fourth year as an All-Star and double-double machine who has improved his game this season. He will be at the core of any Timberwolves turnaround. But he hasn’t gotten even the offer…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links, or how Kevin Love = Bill Laimbeer

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    Welcome to our morning 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). Lamar Odom thinks Kevin Love is the Bill Laimbeer for a new generation. Dennis Rodman is going to coach a topless women’s basketball team in…

  4. Dwyane Wade says 2012 will be his last Olympics

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Dwyane Wade is considered one of the locks for the 2012 USA Basketball roster for the London Olympics. He has Olympic experience helping the USA get the gold medal in Beijing, he is probably the best two guard in the game today and in what should be an up-tempo affair he is one of the…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Denver makes lay-ups, beats L.A.

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:38 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while breaking your New Year’s resolutions already… Nuggets 99, Lakers 90: Best game of the night and there was a little fire to this one — second nights of a home-and-home often carry over some tension. Denver jumped out early with Kobe Bryant shooting only 1-of-10 in the first half and the…

  6. 100 early season observations

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    We lost basketball this year. Precious, sweet basketball. And even though most of the lockout happened in the offseason, those days were still slogs through disappointment and frustration. So to mourn those days and celebrate the first week of professional basketball this season, here are 100 observations on the early season. 1. Lob City’s a…

  7. Baseline to baseline recaps: Lakers sure don’t look tired

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:07 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    What you missed while debating the merits of a law forcing porn actors to wear condoms… Heat 115, Celtics 107: We broke this one down as our game of the night. But can you ever really get enough Norris Cole? Lakers 96, Jazz 71: If you watched this game and didn’t know which team was…

  8. It’s one game, but Ricky Rubio sure looked good in debut

    Dec 27, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    When I saw the Timberwolves schedule my first thought was “welcome to the NBA Ricky Rubio, we’d like you to meet Russell Westbrook.” Tough way to debut. But Rubio was not fazed in the least, he looked good in his first NBA game. Very good. The numbers are modest — six points, six assists, five…

  9. Weekend NBA rumors and deals (constantly updated)

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Just because you didn’t go to work today — you’re at home trying to hang Christmas lights, like that’s not work — doesn’t mean the wheels of NBA free agency and trades stopped. Not in the least. This post is your one-stop shop for up-to-date, breaking info on what is happening around the league. (If…

  10. Timberwolves priority to re-sign now thinner Kevin Love

    Dec 1, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Kevin Love Holds Press Conference In Times Square

    Say what you will about David Kahn — and trust me, we will — the man knows why he still is pulling a paycheck. And he said at his press conference Thursday that he wants to make sure Kevin Love gets an extension on his rookie deal. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune had the…

  11. New “Derrick Rose Rule” will make a few rookies rich(er)

    Nov 27, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Players on their rookie deals remain one of the great values to owners — they get players who often can contribute a lot but at a fraction of the salary of a veteran who does the same thing. Those rookie deals remain untouched in the new collective bargaining agreement. Except for one change — if…

  12. Kevin Martin heads to the gym (and other lockout reactions)

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Kevin Love Visits FOX Business

    Just like NBA fans, NBA players were shocked and excited early Saturday morning. (No, not like that. What is wrong with you people?) When a bleary-eyed David Stern and Billy Hunter sat side-by-side in a NYC conference room about 3:30 Saturday morning to announce a deal, the NBA players who were up got the news…

  13. Friday one liners: Steve Nash vs. Jason Kidd charity game

    Nov 25, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

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    Like the leftovers you are trying to fashion into meal, here are few things scattered around today we are fashioning into a post. • Up at UC Berkley (what you call Cal) there is a charity game scheduled now for Dec. 10 billed as “Steve Nash vs. Jason Kidd” (via the twitter of Yahoo’s Marc…

  14. Report: Lamar Odom agrees to play in Turkey during lockout

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:50 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Only Billy Hunter and David Stern can now save us from “Khloe & Lamar in Istanbul.” There may be no greater reason to resolve the lockout and get the NBA players back to work. Lakers forward Lamar Odom has reached a deal to play with Besiktas in Turkey, joining the team that already has Deron…

  15. Kevin Love turns down Besiktas

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love Sits

    Besiktas is looking to add to Deron Williams with another NBA star, preferably one who can play in the frontcourt. They’ve targeted a number of players including Luol Deng to join Deron Williams in front of tens of thousands thousands of people in Istanbul. But one major players says he’s out of consideration, Kevin Love:…

  16. Kevin Love considering offer to play in Turkey

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Love 2

    In our overseas roundup Friday, we told you that Besiktas — the Turkish team that has Deron Williams — was making run at Luol Deng, to provide a little inside presence. They also are talking to Kevin Love, and he tells Yahoo Sports he is seriously considering it. “I’ve been going back and forth with…

  17. Video: Blake Griffin vs. Kevin Love: The Jenga rematch

    Nov 15, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin Kevin Love

    Smart marketing folks over at Jenga/Hasbro (okay, whoever Jenga/Hasbro hires to do their marketing… as an aside wouldn’t you love to have Jenga business cards, just your name on those blocks of wood?). They saw ESPN’s “Jenga War” video with Blake Griffin and Kevin Love around the ESPYs and they said “we should make a…

  18. Talking one-and-done with guys who did it

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Rose Calipari Memphis

    Part of the NBA labor talks — the part they are going to get to after they figure out the money and system stuff that have taken 133 days and are still not solved — is discussing the NBA’s age limit. The players are not huge fans. The owners are very committed and many would…

  19. Report: NBA stars exhibition tour a go, starts in Puerto Rico Saturday

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s on. Eighteen NBA stars — led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard — will be on a two-week exhibition tour of the world. It will start this Saturday in Puerto Rico, a stop that was in doubt 48 hours ago but now everything seems to be a go. That is…

  20. No All-Stars showed up for Michael Beasley’s All-Star Classic

    Oct 23, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    From the department of “Aw, sad panda” comes this element regarding Wolves forward Michael Beasley. Beasley had organized a charity event in Minnesota, billing it as the “All-Star Classic,” promoting it as including Kevin Durant and Kevin Love along with John Wall and No.2 overall Timberwolves pick Derrick Williams. One problem. They didn’t show. From…

  21. Beasley is doing ballet. Oh, and he hired a PR firm to help his image.

    Oct 21, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Michael Beasley is working on a transformation. Of himself, of his image. It’s going to take a lot of work. And a lot of time. He was arrested this summer for marijuana possession and pushed a guy in the face in a New York street ball game, two things that didn’t help the cause. But…

  22. The biggest skill Derrick Williams needs to develop? Passing.

    Oct 16, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    There’s a number of reasons why this logic is flawed. I’m aware of that going in. When we’re talking about a coach, for some reason, we automatically want to assign the same roles to his or her new team as his or her old team. So for Phil Jackson, Lamar Odom is Horace Grant. For…

  23. Video: Marion, Love, Chandler turn lock out into locked in

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    At least we can laugh about the lockout. Well, sort of, but this video from the folks at Funny or Die will make you laugh. The premise is simply that Kevin Love, Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler misunderstand the lockout and head to a junior high “lock in” night at the gym. I’d rather be…

  24. Kevin Love is back to his high school weight. Women everywhere jealous.

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Kevin Love,

    Beach volleyball is a serious workout. Kevin Love has done more than that this summer, he also has rested his body, but everything he has done seems to have worked — the Timberwolves power forward said he has dropped more than 20 pounds. That’s what he himself wrote at Grantland, where Love will blog during…

  25. Give David Kahn credit, he hit a home run this summer

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

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    Kicking Timberwolves General Manager David Kahn has been a favorite past time of bloggers and NBA writers for years. With reason. There were moves like brining in Kurt Rambis as coach to run the triangle offense — an offense minimizes traditional point guard play — then instantly drafting Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn back-to-back at…

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