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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Stan Van Gundy willing to help Thunder out by taking Durant off their hands

    Dec 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Selfless. Really, that is the best word to describe Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. Reporters in Orlando were talking with Van Gundy about the alleged rift between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant when Van Gundy came up with an inspired solution, according to the Oklahoman (via Ball Don’t Lie). “I think it’s very serious, and…

  4. Friday And-1 links (and the truth about height measurements)

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Barea of Puerto Rico and NBA team Dallas Mavericks celebrates with his teammates after their win over Mexico during their men's final basketball game at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara

    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). Who are the guys in the NBA not nearly as tall as listed? Well, if J.J. Barea is 6’0” then I am looking down on…

  5. Baseline to baseline recaps: Kevin Durant is an assassin

    Dec 30, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

    What you missed while watching an octopus pick the BCS matchups…. Lakers 99, Knicks 82: We broke this down as our game of the night. Thunder 104, Mavericks 102: This was easily the best game the Mavericks have played this season. The ball movement was back, the clever veteran plays were there. Delonte West said…

  6. Durant, Thunder coach play down Westbrook altercation

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Durant Westbrook

    “Nothing to see here, move along.” No, we’re not just quoting Chief Clancy Wiggum, we’re summing up what Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Thunder coach Scott Brooks said about the altercation on the bench between Westbrook and Durant on Wednesday. Royce Young of Eye on Basketball spoke to Westbrook and Durant about everything at shootaround…

  7. Stop talking Rondo for Westbrook trade, it’s a bad idea

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Russell Westbrook

    In the wake of Russell Westbrook having a spat with Kevin Durant while at the same time the Boston Celtics are off to an 0-3 start, there’s been all sports of buzz on the Internet and talk radio about a Westbrook for Rajon Rondo trade. Stop it. Let it go. It doesn’t work. And it’s…

  8. Grizzlies Conley may miss a couple games due to ankle

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Mike Conley

    It was 24 seconds into the Grizzlies playoff rematch with the Thunder when point guard Mike Conley rolled his ankle, and at the time we didn’t know the severity. All we knew was Conley didn’t come back and rookie Jeremy Pargo was thrown into the fire (and acquitted himself quite well). Conley was wearing a…

  9. Thunder show even on off night they are good, beat Grizzlies

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:46 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay

    Elite teams win on their off days. This was certainly an off day for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook went 0-13, missing shots he usually drains blindfolded. He got frustrated and that led to words with Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant, to the point Durant and Westbrook had to be separated. And in the end, the…

  10. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant have altercation on bench

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:29 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Be careful about reading too much into this — good teams with competitive players have fights on the sideline. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had one of those during the second quarter of the team’s victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday and had to be separated by teammates, according to the Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry. Westbrook’s…

  11. Photo of the day: Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan rollerskates

    Dec 28, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

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    You can put skates on just about anything with a soul. My in-line skates are a pair of old CCM ice skates (yea, I used to play some hockey, what of it?) I had converted over. But Russell Westbrook did me one better. Did everyone one better. He converted a pair of Air Jordan III…

  12. 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…

  13. Video: Eric Gordon with the game winner for Hornets

    Dec 27, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon is very, very good. In a few years he will be one of the best slashing guards in the league. The Clippers were only going to trade him for a handful of players in the league (Chris Paul being one of them). Here he is getting the Hornets a win over the Suns…

  14. Baseline to baseline recaps: Dallas has some issues

    Dec 27, 2011, 7:48 AM EDT

    Chris Andersen, Vince Carter,

    What you missed while out celebrating Boxing Day…. Kings 100, Lakers 91: We covered this one already in our game of the night. Nuggets 115, Mavericks 93: Mavericks forward Sean Williams threw up when subbed out in the fourth quarter of this game, which got a lot of laughs on the Mavs bench but pretty…

  15. The gift-giving guide for NBA Christmas Sunday

    Dec 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Wait, so we’re going to have actual, real-life games on Sunday? Like, for real? With defense and actual coordinated playsets (as opposed the summer exhibitions) and everything? BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER. And since ’tis the season and all, we thought it would be good to put together what the teams playing in Sunday’s season openers really…

  16. NBA Season Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    2010-11 record: 55-27 Head Coach: Scott Brooks, who his players really like. Significant Departures: Robert Vaden? Significant Additions: Reggie Jackson, a personal sleeper favorite in the draft at PBT. Best-Case Scenario: The slimmed-down Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka are one of the best defensive frontcourts in the league.  Russell Westbrook continues to be one of…

  17. Circle your calendars: Games not to miss on NBA schedule

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks

    We’re not so presumptuous as to tell you what to watch… well, yes we are. There is an NBA schedule littered with good games worth watching that was just released today. What follows are the games that leapt off the page at us as ones not to miss. Dec. 25: Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks:…

  18. Thursday morning one liners: NBA rumor mill keeps churning

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Durant football

    LeBron James and Kevin Durant played flag football Wednesday night. The score: Nobody tore an ACL. That’s the only score that matters. If you want to get an early jump on MVP voting (which, admittedly, may be a tad premature what with training camps not even open yet) we’ve got you covered here at NBC.…

  19. Westbrook, Griffin talk dunks, wear suits in GQ

    Nov 30, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Nothing goes together like fashion and dunks. Well… maybe chocolate and peanut butter, but that’s it. Which is why a new photo spread in the pages of GQ goes so well together. NBA players Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Andre Iguodala, JaVale McGee and Shannon Brown talk dunks and get their pictures taken dunking in suits.…

  20. Reports: Chris Paul won’t sign in Boston; Pacers talk to Celtics

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Chris Paul

    There is a lot of smoke around the Chris Paul to the Celtics rumors, enough to make you think there is some fire. But that is a very, very different thing than saying this trade is going to happen. More likely it is not. Why? For one, take this tweet from Chris Broussard of ESPN.…

  21. 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…

  22. Jeff Green thinks he was overshadowed by Durant, Westbrook

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green has never lacked for confidence. He has lacked for defense. He has lacked consistency. He has been a guy who shows flashes of brilliance but now both in Boston and Oklahoma City the team outscores opponents faster when he is siting on the bench. They were better when he was benched. But Green’s…

  23. Baron Davis to host latest charity game, this one in L.A.

    Nov 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    And the charity games keep on rolling in as we wait for lockout negotiations to start up again. Baron Davis and Tina Thompson will be hosting one in Los Angeles this Sunday at Southwest College benefitting the Kids in LA Sports Foundation. On the list to play are some guys with Los Angeles ties —…

  24. Wall, Westbrook in New York club where man was shot

    Nov 16, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Let’s be clear at the start — none of the NBA (or NFL) players at the club were involved in the incident. They were not tied to the shooter, they were not the targets. This is a case of wrong place, wrong time. But a few NBA stars including John Wall and Russell Westbrook —…

  25. Can decertification mean all NBA contracts are void? Not likely.

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Among the arguments David Stern warned the union about when talking about decertification was this — the league would try to invalidate all existing contracts if the union decertified. That’s in the league’s pre-emptive lawsuit against the union trying to block decertification. But can they really? Maybe the better question is, do they really want…

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