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Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  19 responses

Kevin Love, Kurt Rambis Say There’s No Beef

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

In the T-Wolves’ season opening loss, Kurt Rambis made the curious decision to sit Kevin Love for a large (and very crucial) chunk of the fourth quarter.

Rambis felt that he had a better chance to win with Anthony Tolliver on the floor instead (despite Love’s double-double in limited minutes.)

After the game, Love was frustrated and did not speak to the media. Naturally, bloggers jumped all over the story, and at practice yesterday, Kevin and his coach were forced to address the issue.

They both say that everything is cool. From the Star Tribune:

Before Timberwolves practice, Kurt Rambis and Kevin Love talked. After practice, they worked together, the coach feeding Love as he shot jump shots. “That wasn’t just for show,” Love said. Was Love frustrated that he sat on the bench for the final eight minutes of Wednesday’s season-opening 117-116 loss to Sacramento? Yes. But was it the inaugural evening of another year of the two butting heads? Both said no Thursday.

First, Rambis: “We had a conversation this morning, yes. Kevin completely understood the decision and he was 100 percent behind it. Having said that, every single player wants to be on the floor all the time. I want players like that.” Then, Love: “I understood. I thought, after last year, I handled it like a man. And in that situation, Anthony [Tolliver] stepped up and played great down the stretch. I think, defensively, throughout the whole game, we had lapses. We got away from what we did in the preseason. In that situation Anthony was playing great. You have to give credit to him.”

Though for the most part, he says all of the politically correct things, Kevin Love occasionally lets it slip that he’s not quite sure what the hell the Timberwolves are doing (see: this summer, and the ongoing David Kahn fiasco.)

It’ll be interesting to see just how much longer he’s willing to toe the company line in Minnesota.

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  • Marvin

    FREE KEVIN LOVE! FREE KEVIN LOVE! FREE KEVIN LOVE!

  • http://www.slamonline.com zog

    dam coachin in minnesota is horrible coach papi come to minnesota the spurs dont need u any more

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    I will fucking find Kurt Rambis if this shit keeps up.

  • http://hansdeiter33@gmail.com Bmack

    Any team would LOVE This guy, (crappy pun not intended) I would take him to the Bulls in a heartbeat. That being said, Rambis must have started the marijuana smoking he told Beasley to stop.

  • T-Money

    People don’t really understand how terrible defensively this guy is.

  • Morgan

    @ T-Money – he can’t be THAT terrible defensively if he boxes out well and grabs so many boards. Unless people drop 20 points on him every game I just can’t see him not playing more minutes than what he played that game. If this happens again soon you can almost guarentee it will start trade rumours or as Marvin pointed to – “Free Love”.

  • Goosey

    Denver is looking to deal.

  • Marvin

    @T-Money- I get what your getting at but like Morgan said, the positives he brings to the floor outweigh the negatives. Love had a double-double in under 30 minutes! Rambis should preach team defense to help out individual deficiencies his team has, not bench his best player.

  • T-Money

    You can be a terrible defensive player and grab boards, totally unrelated. Booz, Al Jeff, David Lee… Actually Booz was known earlier in his career to NOT rotate out or show on screens in order to be closer to the basket on the defensive end (and in a better position to grab boards). Boards get you paid way more than solid post defense.

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    I typically don’t feel bad about other teams being in a horrible situation because well, I am a Clips fan. BUT, damn what is going on in Minny, does anyone know?

  • JER Dawg

    Minnesota is a wreck! Isiah Thomas overloaded with gutless, overpaid players. Dave Kahn just can’t draft anyone right! Both guys set their teams back. Sorry, Minny! Beautiful city, bad team.

  • http://www.gswsolutions.blogspot.com Andrew

    The Wolves new Love would be a defensive liability when they drafted him. Live with it!

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    i don’t get why these coaches try to do something different like bench their best players (like in minny or sacto) to show lessons or whatever to their best players. come on and play them and let them learn. you’re messing up team chemistry by benching them and allowing bench guys to think they are better than they are and the starters worse than they are and you just get an average team.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T Money
    Love didn’t look great on defense in the World Championships, but he didn’t look horrible. Compare that with the fact that he can easily get 20 rebounds in any game, and score 20 point and I think he deserves to be on the floor despite his defensive shortcoming.
    All the guys you named are all stars or on the cusp. I think that coaches realize it’s easier to make up for poor defense, then to replace great scoring and clutch rebounds. I think Love needs tick.

  • $tev3

    Please Trade him to a better team
    Correction make it a package deal with Flynn

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    He shouldnt have been benched. Allen, u smokin rocks or somn? Love can easily get 20 and 20????? Really???

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Tmoney you’re so f*cking stupid.

  • rob

    well guys he got 15 and 15 for me in my fantasy league the other night, so yea he’s a monster on the boards. he cant block shots, but he has one hell of an outlet pass. he would be amazing in phoenix!

  • herfdawg

    kevin love is not much more than corey maggette, except with rebounds instead of points. his stat lines fill up, and he contributes very little in terms of helping his team win. i live in minnesota part of the year. ive seen him play. have you guys actually watched him? he’s a joke to real tc b-ball fans.

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