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The NBA has suspended Udonis Haslem for one game and Dexter Pittman for 3 games. The Pacers' Tyler...

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The NBA has suspended Udonis Haslem for one game and Dexter Pittman for 3 games. The Pacers' Tyler Hansbrough had his foul upgraded to a flagrant-2 but was not suspended.

Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN)

LeBron James, Serge Ibaka, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Tony Allen were named to the 2011-12 NBA...

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LeBron James, Serge Ibaka, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Tony Allen were named to the 2011-12 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Yep. The NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, Tyson Chandler, did not make the First Team. Chandler made the Second Team, along with Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Luol Deng. No Timberwolves' players received a vote.

Kahn wouldn't comment specifically on the future of any given player, saying now is not the time,...

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Kahn wouldn't comment specifically on the future of any given player, saying now is not the time, but said this summer is a time for all the young players to show how serious they are about their careers, like Kevin Love did last summer. But he added, "I'm a little patient than most." He refused to answer where Darko has played his last game and if the team will use its amnesty clause on him and wouldn't shed any light on what he thought Michael Beasley's future with the team is, or isn't. (That bold part really scares me.)

Taylor told The Associated Press on Friday that he is looking to add a minority partner who could...

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Taylor told The Associated Press on Friday that he is looking to add a minority partner who could buy a part of the team that includes an option to buy Taylor out after observing the day-to-day operations of running a professional sports team. Taylor said he has yet to speak to any specific candidates, but made it clear that one of the biggest priorities for him will be a commitment to keeping the Timberwolves in Minnesota. "I could find somebody to buy the team. That's not my problem," Taylor said at his office at Taylor Corp., a privately held printing and marketing giant. "I have to find someone that's committed to here. It's always best if it would be a Minnesotan. I'm telling you I don't know that's the way it's going to work out. I haven't had a lot of Minnesotans step up." There has long been speculation about who would take over for Taylor, who saved the Wolves from moving to New Orleans when he purchased the team in 1994. Now, Taylor thinks the timing is right to open up the search.

AP guy with a Taylor interview.

Ryan Anderson wins NBA's Most Improved Player award.

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Ryan Anderson wins NBA's Most Improved Player award.

Chris Palmer's Twitter

"A lot of people made a statement in that game that they were done playing and the season wasn't...

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"A lot of people made a statement in that game that they were done playing and the season wasn't over yet," Adelman said. "I don't understand the attitude. I don't understand why you would approach any job that way. Some guys made a big statement tonight." Who do you guys think he's talking about specifically?

Second Team - Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Rubio's playmaking drew more plaudits during his rookie...

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Second Team - Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Rubio's playmaking drew more plaudits during his rookie season, but he was most valuable to the Timberwolves on the defensive end of the floor. Minnesota allowed 7.0 fewer points per 100 possessions with Rubio on the floor, per BasketballValue.com. Rubio is skilled at playing the passing lanes and ranked third in the league in steal rate. His size was also a major asset against smaller players. When Rubio was beaten, he was still a threat to alter a shot from behind.

Basketball Prospectus names Ricky Rubio as the 2nd team Every Play Counts All Defensive PG.

Wolves owner Glen Taylor said the team has already informed or is informing president of basketball...

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Wolves owner Glen Taylor said the team has already informed or is informing president of basketball operations David Kahn that it has picked up Kahn's option for next season. That means Kahn will be back for his fourth season with the club. Kahn signed a three-year deal in May 2009 that included two more years of team options, each separate.

Today's Strib game recap buries the lead.

Eight months after disclosing her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Pat Summitt was...

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Eight months after disclosing her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Pat Summitt was poised Wednesday to announce that she will step aside as the Tennessee women’s basketball coach, making way for longtime assistant Holly Warlick take over the Lady Vols. The university will make the news official via a press release Wednesday afternoon after Summitt meets with her players in Knoxville, Tenn., to inform them in private. A news conference is expected to follow Thursday. Summitt, who has won more college basketball game than any man or woman in the sport (1,098), is not retiring but will remain part of Tennessee’s staff, assuming the title "head coach emeritus," which will give her latitude and flexibility to do as much mentoring with players as her health allows.

From the WaPo.

Was it a victimless crime? By securing a top-10 draft position, the Timberwolves prevented the...

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Was it a victimless crime? By securing a top-10 draft position, the Timberwolves prevented the Clippers from receiving the draft pick that became 2007 Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy (a future three-time All-Star whom the Wolves traded to Portland on draft night). And the Memphis win put the unfortunate Grizzlies (who also might have been motivated to lose the game) into a more difficult playoff bracket -- the Grizzlies started the postseason on the road and were swept by Dallas in the first round rather than having home-court advantage over a struggling Denver Nuggets team (which lost its first-round series to the Clippers). On the flip side, the draft pick that did not go to the Clippers in 2006 eventually became the pick that allowed L.A. to acquire Chris Paul from New Orleans in 2011 -- and the Timberwolves will not get to use their own lottery pick this season, in part because of that infamous night in 2006.

True Hoop continues its series on (the problem of?) tanking with a little blurb about the Madsen game and its continuing reverberations. The thrown game not only led to Foye > Roy, but also the team failing to hand over its 1st round pick to the Clips before 2012.
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