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  1. Dirk Nowitzki says he shouldn’t be an All-Star this year

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The fans wanted to see Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant as the Western Conference All-Star starters. (Durant is a gimme, but we can debate later if Griffin should really start.) That leaves it to the coaches to pick the two or three forwards on the bench out of Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Paul…

  2. Kevin Love suspended two games for stepping on Scola’s face

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    UPDATE 2:20 pm: Kevin Love issued this statement on Monday: “I want to publicly apologize to Luis Scola and the Houston Rockets. My intention is to never hurt another player on the basketball court. I’ve always had the utmost respect for the game of basketball and all of my opponents. I also apologize to my…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Clippers climbing

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James prepares to make a shot against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Miami moves back into the top spot — but the Clippers have now cracked the top three, which had been the domain of the Heat, Bulls and Thunder for a while. Oh, and the Bobcats still suck. 1. Heat (18-6, last week ranked No. 2). They’ve had a few uninspired wins (like Sunday against the…

  4. Kevin Love may have intentionally stepped on Luis Scola’s face (video)

    Feb 4, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love doesn’t have a reputation as a dirty player, but that may change a bit depending on how you view the play above from Saturday night’s game between the Timberwolves and the Rockets. After a frustrating offensive trip for Love on the previous possession, and after Luis Scola turns it over and hits the…

  5. Friday And-1 links: Even the Mavs realize OKC is very good

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Here is our daily 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). Dallas’ Jason Terry says what we all already knew: Oklahoma City is the team to beat in the West. Lou Williams and the art of…

  6. PBT’s All-Star reserves — no Celtics, no Mavs, no apologies

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    This is the hard part. And the fun part. Picking the NBA All-Star game reserves. The voters picked the starting five from each team, but picking the reserves is a balancing act of rewarding good players and making sure the teams doing well get represented. You can’t make this omelet without breaking some eggs, and…

  7. Kobe, LeBron, Howard lead NBA All-Star starters

    Feb 2, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    Well fans, you got the game you wanted. And it should be a good one (as defenseless exhibitions go). Good on ya. The NBA has announced the starters for the All-Star game, as voted in by the fans. Usually there are a painful choice or two, but this year it’s a solid group. We can…

  8. Darko doesn’t believe in banks to keep his money

    Feb 2, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko Milicic has made more than $42 million in his time in the NBA. Which makes this anecdote from Casey Jacobsen — the former Stanford star who spent five seasons in the NBA and now plays in Europe — all the more interesting. Jacobsen is writing for SLAM and talks about the best and worst…

  9. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks about passing Shaq

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    Here is our daily 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). Kobe Bryant on passing Shaq on the all-time scoring list (he’s just 69 points back): “It was inevitable.” Sorry, but that feud was more than…

  10. Winderman: Bulls should look at Knicks before going all-in for Dwight Howard

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Ah, the mega-trade, the all-for-one and the hope that the one is the end-all. As the Magic continue to stagger, and as it becomes clearer that Dwight Howard did not sign up for this, the only remaining issue seems to be how “all in” a trade partner might go. And that, to a degree, brings…

  11. Tuesday And-1 links: Clipper Darrell love abounds

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    clipper darrell

    Here is our daily 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). The world is starting to realize what we at PBT have known for a while — Clipper Darrell rocks! Fantastic story about Greg Stiemsma battling…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando with another bad outing

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick

    What you missed while realizing that Homeland Security is monitoring your tweets…. Clippers 112, Thunder 100: There was a lot more to this than just Blake Griffin dunking on Kendrick Perkins, which is why it was our game of the night. Sixers 74, Magic 69: The Magic were just terrible shooting the ball in this…

  13. Kobe Bryant, Ricky Rubio already started Olympics trash talk

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    The Lakers were in Minnesota Sunday night as part of their Grammys road trip (the event that kicks them and the Clippers out of Staples Center for a couple of weeks) and that means Spanish friends and teammates Ricky Rubio and Pau Gasol were hanging out talking in the hall after the game. Then Kobe…

  14. Monday And-1 links: Former Net now “Moses of Rikers.”

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Jayson Williams

    Here is our daily 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). Former Net Jayson Williams is now the “Moses of Rikers.” Can you blame all the problems in your life on Minnesota GM David Kahn? Maybe.…

  15. Video: Kyrie Irving’s spinning game winner vs. Celtics

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    kyrie-irving-suns

    Sorry Celtics fans, I don’t mean to rub salt in your wound. Well, too much. But frankly this spinning game winner from Cavaliers’ rookie Kyrie Irving to beat the Celtics on Sunday is worth watching again (or at least one time if you haven’t seen it). That is a rookie calmly letting the clock run…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kyrie Irving does not fear the moment

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:33 AM EDT

    Ray Allen Cleveland Cavaliers

    What you missed while waiting for Nadal and Djokovic to finish…. Heat 97, Bulls 93: LeBron James and Derrick Rose had moments of brilliance and key missed free throws in our game of the day. Cavaliers 88, Celtics 87: If you want to say that Boston choked, to ahead — if you give up a…

  17. Blake Griffin heads 2012 rookie deal extension class

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin slam dunks against Memphis Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi of Iran and Dante Cunningham during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook got theirs. Kevin Love got a deal, as did Danilo Gallinari. Eric Gordon and Brook Lopez did not. And nobody seriously considered giving Michael Beasley one. It’s the first extension to the rookie contract — the first chance for NBA players to make serious, serious money. But as we saw…

  18. Kosta Koufos agrees to three-year extension with Nuggets

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

    Koufos_Kosta

    While we were all focused on Kevin Love and Eric Gordon’s contract extensions (well, in the case of Gordon the lack of extension), there were a few other notes that flew under the radar. For one, the Denver Nuggets extended center Kosta Koufos for three years, $9 million, something first reported by Sam Amick of…

  19. Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio looking stylish in GQ spread

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Ricky Rubio is answering the questions on the court. Which means a lot more people want to ask him questions. He is an in-demand media request but he handles it — like he handles pressure on the court — with the calm demeanor of a veteran. Probably has something to do with him having played…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Indiana gets a little revenge

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Danny Granger, David West

    What you missed while being exhausted, just like Demi Moore…. Lakers 96, Clippers 91: This was feisty like a playoff game and was our game of the night. Pacers 95, Bulls 90: Last year in the first round of the playoffs the Bulls brushed the Pacers aside with ease — this game was evidence of…

  21. Minnesota gets Love on its terms — and a lot of pressure

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Minnesota, a franchise known for handing out ridiculous contracts — hello Wally Szczerbiak! — picked now to become frugal. Kevin Love wanted a five-year, $80 million max extension to his rookie deal, but Minnesota wouldn’t give it. Four years, $62 million was the offer on the table. Minnesota won the battle Wednesday, they got their…

  22. Kevin Love agrees to shorter deal to stay in Minnesota

    Jan 25, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love could not get a five-year max extension off his rookie deal from Minnesota, so instead he has gone more the LeBron James deal route. Love will sign a four-year extension with the Timberwolves at the max they can give, around $62-$64 million, but one that gives him an opt-out after three years (first…

  23. Wednesday And-1 links: Who do you think is the MVP?

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    Here is our daily 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). I said yesterday that right now LeBron James is my MVP choice, who would you pick? We’re taking votes here at NBCSports.com. Baron Davis would…

  24. Report: Stern clears way for Hornets to offer Eric Gordon four-year deal

    Jan 25, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon went with a nice leveraged move Tuesday — he went public with the information he had been told that any potential extension to his rookie deal was in the lap of David Stern. (Remember that the league owns the Hornets right now, so Stern gets the final say on these kind of things.)…

  25. Kevin Love says no deal yet, but reports swirling

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:42 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    I’m going to go with what Kevin Love says about the current state of his extension. A report came from Pioneer Press Tuesday night that Love and the Timberwolves had agreed to a four-year, $62 million extension to his rookie deal. That is reportedly about what the Timberwolves had been offering, but short of the…

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