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Young and restless

It's all over — oh, right, it never started — in Minnesota, where scorned Timberwolves general manager David Kahn gave away Al Jefferson, whereupon coach Kurt Rambis began yo-yoing Kevin Love.

Or it's just starting, one or the other.

Love just played long enough to average 21 points and 17 rebounds over six games, including his 31-31 against the Knicks.

Meanwhile Michael Beasley, stolen from the Heat for two No. 2 picks, averaged 30 points.

With Beasley scoring 33 against the Clippers and hitting the game-winner — against single coverage — Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler mused, "How many No. 2 picks would you give for Beasley?" How about all of them until the end of time?

With highly regarded Timberwolves prospects Wes Johnson and Jonny Flynn, better times may await, if they stay and Rambis plays them.

"I looked out on the court at one time and we had how many guys from the '07 high school class?" Love said after beating the Clippers.

"The average age out there must have been 22."

If Rambis' problem is Love's defense, Love's problem is being 6-71/2 with a standing reach of 8-10.

Trevor Ariza has a standing reach of 8-111/2.

Unfortunately, Darko Milicic, the big center Love needs, often turns back into a pumpkin after last spring's comeback won him a $20 million deal.

Rambis and Kahn insist Milicic has misplaced his confidence, fearing harsh words will prompt him to curl up in a ball.

Meanwhile, after Love put up 23-24 against the Lakers, Rambis said: "I learned when he works hard, he's a good player."

Love does do something, at least when the ball goes up.

The last player to get one rebound every two minutes was Wilt Chamberlain in 1968-69.

Love's 14.3 rebounds in 31.2 minutes put him at one every 2.2 minutes.

The Heat index: Rallying from its 5-4, Apocalypse Now start, the Heat went 2-0.

Chris Bosh even broke out for 35 points, if only against the Suns' Channing Frye, and Bosh's six rebounds matched his 6.0 average — 0.2 lower than Kobe Bryant's.

Happily for the Heat, ESPN's Brian Windhorst notes LeBron James is learning to play pick-and-roll with Bosh.

Unhappily, James and Dwyane Wade just try to stay out of each others' way.

"They've almost taken turns having the ball in their hands in crunch time, while the other one sort of stands and watches," Windhorst said.

Suggesting teammates understand Bosh's limits, James said he runs the offense, Wade is their scorer and "CB, when he's aggressive, that's good."

Let us eat cake: Despite Commissioner David Stern's projection of a $370 million loss,'s Ken Berger reported the NBA's latest numbers project a $120 million revenue jump.

However, "league negotiators" noted with the players getting $68 million of it, the owners' $52 million is offset by $20 million in expenses for "staff, marketing, sponsorship activation" — whatever that is — leaving "only $32 million —a little more than $1 million per team."

Actually, $20 million already is committed, whether revenue jumps or not, but if $32 million is so paltry, why not give it to the government to fix a bridge or two?

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