The NBA and Sprint tipped off 2013 NBA All-Star Balloting today during a special tip-off event in Houston, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2013. Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Andrei Kirilenko and Nikola Pekovic will represent the Timberwolves on the ballot as fans worldwide have the opportunity to vote for their favorite players as starters for the 62nd NBA All-Star Game. NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint will begin today at 2:30 p.m. CT.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger underwent successful surgery today to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Budinger's injury occurred at the 6:00 mark of the fourth quarter in Minnesota's game at Chicago on Nov. 10.

Budinger is expected to be out approximately 3-4 months.

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