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Kevin Love has MRI on knee Sunday, Cavaliers decide to get second opinion


This isn’t automatically bad news, but that was just a red flag that just went up.

Kevin Love tweaked his knee during the Cavaliers win over the Nuggets Saturday, and Sunday the team decided to get an MRI done. The results? We don’t know, the team isn’t talking about it, but they are getting a second opinion reports Tom Withers at the Associated Press.

Kevin Love’s left knee injury has the Cavaliers concerned about the All-Star forward, who will get a second opinion while his teammates are in Minnesota.

Love has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game against the Timberwolves, his former team, and there is a strong possibility he’ll miss more time. The Cavs host Indiana on Wednesday in their final game before the All-Star break…

The 28-year-old complained of soreness and had swelling following Saturday’s win over Denver. He underwent an MRI on Sunday, and while the Cavs have not disclosed results of the procedure, the fact that Love will visit another doctor suggests that something was detected.

Love is scheduled to play for the Eastern Conference in this weekend’s All-Star Game. That now could be in doubt.

Love has found a real comfort level playing next to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving this season, and he has averaged 20 points and 11.1 rebounds a game.


After James Dolan, Charles Oakley meet together with Adam Silver, Oakley invited back to MSG


Apparently what James Dolan needed was an adult in the room. Or a couple of adults, one on the phone.

In the wake of Knicks legend Charles Oakley being thrown out of a Knicks game last week and being arrested after a scuffle with security guards — a situation where the Knicks’ owner looked petty and lost in public perception after saying this was all on Oakley and the former player may have a drinking problem — the two men got called to the principal’s office, er… NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s office. Then they got Michael Jordan on the phone.

Silver released this statement.

“It is beyond disheartening to see situations involving members of the NBA family like the one that occurred at Madison Square Garden this past week.  In an effort to find a path forward, New York Knicks owner Jim Dolan, Charles Oakley, and I met today at the league office, along with Michael Jordan, who participated by phone.

“Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, and their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA.  Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future.

“I appreciate the efforts of Mr. Dolan, Mr. Oakley and Mr. Jordan to work towards a resolution of this matter.”

Translated: This looked bad for the league so I forced a detente.

Oakley will be brought back to the Garden soon, which was really the only outcome where Dolan didn’t look like a complete… you fill in the derogatory term of choice. There are a lot that fit. I like that Silver stepped in and called on the big gun in Jordan to get this worked out. Oakley doesn’t have to like Dolan (just like most Knicks fans) and Dolan doesn’t have to like Oakley, but at least be civil. It’s not that hard.

Well done: Jazz to raise money for cancer research with their jersey “ad”


This is how you run a smaller market franchise the right way.

A few weeks back, the Miller family announced that the Utah Jazz are being put in a trust that would ensure the team would remain in Salt Lake City for the foreseeable future.

Now comes news that they have partnered with Qualtrics, a Utah-based data research company, to use the ad space on the team’s jersey next season to raise money for cancer research. From the team press release:

Rather than placing the company’s logo on the jersey for the 2017-2018 season, Qualtrics is sponsoring the patch in the name of its charity — 5 For The Fight — to raise funds to accelerate the pace of innovative cancer research…

The 5 For The Fight logo will be placed on all Jazz game uniforms, calling attention to a global campaign that invites everyone to donate $5 to cancer research. Qualtrics will sponsor the patch and the Utah Jazz will integrate the groundbreaking effort to support cancer research into other highly visible Jazz platforms such as in-game signage and activities, digital and social media content, and arena signage and broadcasting….

“This is the right thing to do,” Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith said. “As much as I would love to put Qualtrics on it, this idea of raising $50 million for cancer research was something we couldn’t stop thinking about it. The Jazz were open to our ideas and how we wanted to use the patch.”

Well done. Here’s what it will look like.

Starting next season, teams can put small patch ads on the left shoulder area of jerseys. Before today, four teams had announced the sale of jersey patch ads: Boston, Sacramento, Philadelphia, and now Brooklyn.

PBT Extra: A few big men have been traded, but will teams make moves for Okafor, Ibaka?

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Chris Andersen has been dealt to Charlotte, but just to clear some roster space for the Cavaliers next move.

Portland traded center Mason Plumlee and a 2018 second round pick to Denver in exchange for Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first round pick, a deal that isn’t exactly moving the needle for either side (but I like a little better for Portland).

But the big deals for big men are still lurking, and that’s what I discuss in this latest PBT Extra.

Will Orlando lower the price enough on Serge Ibaka for other teams to jump in? How soon before Jahlil Okafor gets dealt (that seems a certainty, the only questions are when and where)?

PBT Extra: Fan vote picks Klay Thompson to win three point contest, but aren’t we all rooting for Nick Young?


NBA’s All-Star Saturday night is highlighted by the Dunk Contest.

But this year’s three-point shootout (on Feb. 18) may be the most interesting lineup of the night. Seven guys and the field seems wide open, so we went to Twitter and asked the fans who they were picking to win, and I break it down in this latest PBT Extra video.

Klay Thompson came out on top with 43 percent of the vote. Hard to argue with that, he’s the defending champion in this contest and one of the best pure shooters in the game. Second at 24 percent was Kyrie Irving — another guy who has won this contest in the past.

But this is a field where a lot of guys — C.J. McCollum, Kemba Walker, Eric Gordon could all win it. Personally, I’m rooting for Nick Young — just because he will showboat, and because the postgame interview will be hysterical. Other guys may be better shooters, but nobody is more entertaining in this contest than Swaggy P.