PODCAST: Debating whether Derrick Rose makes the cut for Team USA

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Derrick Rose is one of five point guards in training camp for Team USA, and he is the only one who has these three things in play right now: _ He is trying to initiate a career comeback after playing only 10 games the past two seasons after injuries to both of his knees. _ He is the only one of the five Team USA point guards who has won an MVP award. Also, he started for Mike Krzyzewski four years ago

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PODCAST: More on Bulls’ Big Trade Offer for Kevin Love

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I reported this morning that the Chicago Bulls have made an offer of Nikola Mirotic, TajGibson, and Doug McDermott to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love. Naturally, this was big news in Chicago — especially since it comes one day after both McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts. They cannot be traded for another 29 days. I talked about the Bulls’ offer, and how it stacks up against other teams’ offers, in this interview with the Carman & Jurko

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PODCAST: Kevin Love Trade Talks Heating Up

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We have seen a lot of chatter on the Internet today about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ efforts to trade Kevin Love. The Cleveland Cavaliers seems to be offering the most, with a package built around Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett — the two most recent overall No. 1 picks. Cleveland also holds the rights to three 2015 first-round draft picks, their own, the Grizzlies’ and the Heat’s. If they lump two of those into their package, they will win the Love sweepstakes,

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PODCAST: Kevin Love is the Most Hated Man in Miami

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It is not often that I get into a debate with a radio host over whether a player sucks or doesn’t suck, but that was the case Monday afternoon in Miami with Orlando Alzugaray (a.k.a. Big O) on AM640. He thinks Kevin Love is a stiff who always gets injured. I think Kevin Love is the key piece to the championship puzzle in Cleveland. Big O thinks LeBron James will not be competing for a championship in his first year in Cleveland, and

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PODCAST: What will Carlos Boozer bring to Lakers?

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Carlos Boozer is joining the Lakers after they made a waiver claim on him, and Jeremy Lin will be aboard, too. Kobe Bryant is returning from injury, and Jordan Hill and Nick Young have been re-signed. So what does this mean for the Lakers? Not much. They are still going to stink in 2014-15, but at least they will be players in free agency next summer after Steve Nash and his nearly $10 million salary comes off the books. The state of

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PODCAST: Wizards Could Be Sneaky Good in Eastern Conference

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It is very easy to overlook the Washington Wizards. They are in contention for the title about as often as the Earth is under threat of alien invasion, they haven’t had an outsized personality in the locker room since Gilbert Arenas was telling Javaris Crittendon to “Pick One,” and they will undoubtedly be kept off national television next season because they just aren’t sexy. But you know what? They could very well contend for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Many

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PODCAST: Who Is Better: Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki?

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The title of this podcast is the same as the question I was asked by Steve Somers of WFAN radio in New York. My answer will be revealed during this broadcast, and go ahead and click over to Chris Bernucca’s fantastic column on Nowitzki that was published earlier today. If you are a multitasker, you can read while you listen.

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PODCAST: Talking Boozer, Bulls, ‘Melo and More on WSCR in Chicago

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Carlos Boozer was amnestied today by the Chicago Bulls, allowing them to clear the cap space to bring in their newest additions, Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol. They were in the mix for Carmelo Anthony, but the New York Knicks were able to pay him $50 million more than the Bulls could offer, which is a lot of scratch. No matter, the Bulls have emerged as a favorite to be the best team in the Eastern Conference, especially if the Pacers do

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