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Eye on Basketball Podcast: First podcast of the New Year

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Ethan Sherwood Strauss joins me to discuss a whole lot of tangents surrounding basketball topics. We start off with constant conversation in the basketball world about how good or bad the Minnesota Timberwolves are. Does this team really warrant all of that attention when the casual fan probably doesn't care? Is it an attempt to get Kevin Love away from the team and into a bigger spotlight? Are they built correctly around Love or is the bench the real thing holding back maximizing his talents?

The Phoenix Suns have continued to surge throughout the early part of this season and are a legitimate playoff team. What is the reasoning for their success? Does their cast of role players make you more or less likely to buy into them sustaining this throughout the season? Why is Gerald Green so good now? Is the Slash Brothers nickname acceptable or should Warriors fans be upset?

We discuss all of this, plus the Buffet of Goodness, favorite holidays, and a lack of rivalries.

You can follow Ethan Sherwood Strauss on Twitter at @sherwoodstrauss.

Have questions for the podcast? Send them to zach.harper@cbsinteractive.com, or ask them on Twitter with the hashtag #EOBPod, and we'll answer them on the show.

You can download the episode here. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and you should like us on Facebook. Follow Eye on Basketball on Twitter here.

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