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Ricky Rubio – Sweet Dime, Bro

The lovefest for Ricky Rubio really hasn't got back to the same heights as it was before he injured his knee. This little piece of basketball fun however is the Ricky we all know and fell in love with back a couple of years. A great fake and a sweet dish to Ronny Turiaf for the powerful jam. [embedvideo id="wA3fnqRWN3o" website="youtube"] Not quite Magic Johnson-esque but sweet all the same. Here's how Earvin took care of Latrell Sprewell back in the day...

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Kevin Martin – Prince Slayer

Kevin Martin of the Minnesota Timberwolves destroys Memphis' Tayshaun Prince on this two-handed throw down. Not known for many posterizing jams, Martin definitely earned some respect on this one. [embedvideo id="ZzVDQrrSoF8" website="youtube"] via NBAshowtimeHD Follow @hoopdiary// ...

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Turiaf on Heavy Rotation

[embedvideo id="mKiNR9NQtGc" website="youtube"] Bench celebrations in the NBA have been taken to a whole new level over the past couple of years with guys like Lakers' big man Robert Sacre, Warriors guard Kent Bazemore and even our own Aussie Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs getting into the freestyle spirit. One of the originators of the over-zealous bench celebration Ronny Turiaf of the Minnesota Timberwolves kept his name in the conversation on Monday night with this little beauty, captured brilliantly (as always) by Twitter must-follow @CJZERO. 42 seconds...

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Sleeving is (not) Believing

For all those people who criticised the Golden State Warriors when they debuted the sleeved jersey look, who's laughing now?? If what you see below is what the NBA is really cooking up, I'll probably put a gun in my mouth and just wait by the television. I'd love to be able say at least one of these sleeved jerseys looks good but unfortunately, that would be a lie. Shoutout to @conradburry on Twitter for the image but quite frankly I'm not sure if I'm going to laugh or...

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Sweet Home Minnesota

Forget the lack of state income tax in Florida, the Hollywood scene in Los Angeles or the lure of Madison Square Garden in New York. It seems Minnesota is (finally) the hottest free agent destination in the NBA. Why you ask? Well it's simple, silly! Frequent flyer miles baby! The Minnesota Timberwolves will be the most traveled team in the NBA next season. Finally there is a chance for the modestly paid NBA athlete to cash in some solid mileage. The plan is simple; drop everything and demand a...

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Hoop Diary loves Ricky Rubio

[embedvideo id="bzDljKZtbFk" website="youtube"] Watching Ricky Rubio play basketball is simply a joy. Check out the young Spaniard's sleek between the legs fast break pass to Andrei Kirilenko. It's plays like these that keep us hoping that Rubio makes a complete and setback-free recovery from last season's knee injury. Two points, check....

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Ricky Rubio – Basketball Master

[embedvideo id="cwq2vBi0H-E" website="youtube"] As if we needed further proof but this certainly solidifies the theory that Ricky Rubio is a gift from the basketball Gods. It also proves that throwing ridiculously awesome passes to tall white guys is pretty pointless sometimes. Much like Raef LaFrentz in the 2000 Rookie Game, Louis Amundson really took a dump on this potential play of the week from our guy Ricky. Just like Jason Williams eventually learned though, stick to legends when you make these types of passes and everything ends with dunks. ...

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A Final Roy-tirement pending?

Brandon Roy is once again staring retirement in the face after yet another setback with his surgically repaired knee. Roy initially retired from the NBA (Portland Trailblazers) in 2010 citing irreparable knee damage but made a comeback this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Having only appeared in five games so far this season and unable to take the court since the 9th of November, the Timberwolves announcement and then swiftly cancellation of a press conference featuring their former All-Star raised suspicion. With speculation of a retirement announcement in the air,...

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Future Plans – Minnesota Timberwolves

There is lots of doom and gloom swirling around the National Basketball Association at the moment with the players locked out, the owners standing firm on their demands for higher profitability and a surprising lack of leadership from David Stern. Given that, most NBA aficionados still have a smile on their face from the afterglow of a brilliant season capped by an entertaining Finals series, and there are more reasons to smile, as the overall health of the League is pretty strong. Over the next month,...

There is lots of doom and gloo...

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