Where's the Love?
No team wants to see its players get into it with each other, especially during a game.
Well that's what happened during a fourth quarter timeout as J.J. Barea and Kevin Love exchanged words and were separated by teammates.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have now lost three straight and their playoff hopes are starting to slip away.
The T-Wolves are 1-3 in the middle of a seven-game road trip.
Barea reacted to something Love had told him.
"[It’s] Part of the game, competitors trying to win. We're frustrated that we're losing but it happens [with] every basketball team. We just got into it. It's all right," Barea told reporters.
"He said something I didn't like. I said it back and we're all good. Nothing against him."
Said Love, "It's nothing personal with J.J. I think, we're both frustrated and we took it out on each other when we should have taken it out on the other team. That was both of our mistake."
Wizards seal Nene deal
The three-team deal that sent Nene to the Washington Wizards was officially completed yesterday after the big man arrived in D.C. Saturday and passed his physical exam.
Nene will make his Wizards debut Wednesday night when the team visits the New Jersey Nets.
Nene was one of the most sought after free agents after the NBA lockout ended.
His new coach and teammates can't wait to get him out on the court.
Coach Randy Whittman raved about their new addition.
"Nene brings us something we really haven't had a consistency of, in terms of a big man that can demand the ball inside, that can score on the inside," Whittman told reporters.
"He's an established player who has been through the rigors of a playoff series and knows what that's all about and now can be kind of a centerpiece of guidance for some of these guys because of what he's been through."
Nocioni free to go
Nocioni was granted his freedom after Philadelphia bought out the remainder of his contract.
CSNPhilly.com first reported that both sides reached an agreement late Friday.
Whatever minutes Nocioni could have gotten essentially disappeared once the Sixers acquired forward Sam Young in a deal with Memphis last Thursday.
In 11 games this season, Nocioni basically warmed up the bench, tallying 56 minutes in 11 games, the lowest in his eight-year NBA career.
Time to seize the chance
Edwin Ubiles caught the eyes of an NBA team with his impressive play in the D-League, earning a 10-day deal with the Washington Wizards, the team announced before its game at Memphis yesterday.
The 6'6" swingman averaged 20.4 points and 5.1 rebounds and shot 50 percent from the field in 35 games, all starts, with the Dakota Wizards.
The Puerto Rican became the 37th player to be called up this season.