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Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 10:25 am  |  73 responses

Kevin Love: ‘This is My Time Right Now’


After taking down Blake Griffin and the visiting Los Angeles Clippeers last night, Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love was feelin’ himself, and with good reason. The Star Tribune explains: “This, Kevin Love said afterwards, is his time. But what does that mean? After he scored 39 points in a 95-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night at Target Center, in front of the Timberwolves’ sixth sellout crowd this season, Love explained. Others had played well for the Wolves coming out of the All-Star break. ‘The past two games, it’s been my time,’ he said. Guess so. Saturday, Love scored 42 at Portland. Monday, he fell a point short of becoming the first Wolves player with back-to-back 40-point games. Guess he’ll have to settle for his 13th game with 30 or more. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Love became the first player in NBA history to record 35 points, 10 rebounds and hit five three-pointers in consecutive games. In the continuing sage of Love’s ever-expanding game, we’re seeing another step — consistent crunch-time production, putting the team on his shoulders and bulling his way to victories. In a relentlessly physical game against a Clippers team that never quit, Love opened the game with 16 first-quarter points, then ended it with nine in the fourth quarter, including six of the Wolves’ final seven. The last two came on a drive into the lane with 43.4 seconds left that gave the Wolves a 95-90 lead.”

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  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    This guy does not get enough credit. Defense needs to improve — most definitely — but people aren’t even giving him to necessary recognition for what he brings to the table offensively and on the glass. These numbers are straight-up bonkers.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    I think people also have a problem with the Wolves record.

  • AD

    39 and 17 with no post game……straight beast

  • Jer Dawg

    For one game he made Blake look ordinary. He out hustled and out muscled him for rebounds. It was incredible. And their matchup for this season is 3-0 Wolves! They look great and credit coach Adelman.

  • startown

    Max: What is the problem with their record?

  • Ismael

    Yes Kevin. It’s your time now.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Its not good enough to consider him elite yet.

  • MUBWAR

    the day he gets a couple of go to moves in the post and defends a little, we have a white superstar in the nba in god knows how long.

  • 23

    mubwar, superstars arent based on talent. theyre based on like-ability. duncan and ginobili were never really a SUPERSTAR per say. yet duncan is the greatest power forward ever, and ginobili(when healthy) is as good and clutch as anyone in the league. superstars are kobe, lebron, jordan even iverson. because highlights create superstars nowadays unfortunately. in SA alot of dudes wear kobe jerseys, in LA i doubt many have a duncan/Ginobili jersey. but in my book, klove is the best pf in the league today.

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    It your time to be on a SLAM cover.

  • 23

    love avgs more points and rebounds than blake griffin, yet griffin is already one of the faces of the league because of his athleticism and dunks. and loves scores more than dwight, and is right behind him for rebounds per game. howard has been labeled a superstar for a while now and he doesnt have much of a low post game. defense dwights clearly above love due to his size and athleticism. i guess my point is, if people dont consider love a superstar right now with these numbers and clutch performances…. then i doubt some post moves are gonna raise him to that status. and thats a shame because not only is love a strait baller, but he is a very cool dude, who is actually quite funny

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    wtf is @23 talking about, Tim duncan made the all-star game his rookie year, how is that not a superstar. He’s never had the disposition of what most would perceive as a superstar. His impact was definitely felt tremendously though.

  • startown

    I thought he had some nice post moves last night, right over Kenyon Martin! Almost every game he comes up with a new move and scores. He is great

  • Thee SwissArmyKnife

    Man IMO Kevin Love is the best power forward in the league right now. Now before everyone goes off hear me out first of all he has better numbers than everyone else at the 4, and secondly he is making it his business to destroy any of them that he plays. I don’t wanna hear that LA is better he doesn’t rebound, Bosh yeah right, Amare please, Blake really?, Dirk still kinda gets a pass because he won a chip, but Love is a monster.

  • bike

    K-Love as the Great White Hope? I’m feeling an SI cover story on the guy as the biggest white superstar since Bird.

  • Ali

    Respect this dudes game…PERIOD! Yeah blake has the hops, the opps but he’s gotta develope a better OVERALL game like this dude. Every year since entering the association Love has step his game up. Much respect Love!

  • 23

    Slick ric, duncan was not as popular as he was talented. Honestly even in his young days, many fans saw duncan as a boring guy with no emotion. He was often compared to a robot. Duncan ALWAYS had respect from everyone. But how many commercials do you see duncan in? How many companies are banging at his door for a sponsorship deal? After adidas idk who else sponsored duncan. Blake griffin has done footlocker, kia, and some video game commercials. If you ask people about the nike air penny 2, most people can already imagine it in their minds. If you ask people about the adidas big fundamental shoes…. I would expect the reaction to be something like “duncan has a sig shoe?”

  • http://www.waihak.blogspot.com Tariq

    Max: The Wolves are steadily improving. They’re much better than last year. You don’t have to be on a contender to be an elite player. That would come into play in MVP discussions; only players on contenders should even be considered for MVP.

  • http://www.waihak.blogspot.com Tariq

    I mean, the LEAST you can say about him is that he’s one of the top 3 PFs in the league (he’s the best in my book). That’s pretty elite.

  • http://slamonline Jimbo

    Kevin Love is better than Blake Griffin. Blake Griffin is flashier and more likable.

  • 23

    In my book, I think ginobili should be regarded as a superstar in this league. Tony Parker as well, but if you don’t dunk a lot its hard to be considered a superstar

  • Paul H

    I don’t even really see Blake as that charismatic. He has usually come across as pretty boring In interviews.

  • Patrick

    Do your thing KLove. Keep proving the doubters wrong. Steal that 8th seed and give OKC a run for their money.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    The fact that the Wolves are even sniffing .500 with that roster is a credit to Love’s excellence. This guy is insanely good. I was a doubter when the year began, but wow. He’s the best big in the league right now, even with his D.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    No Love is more like able. I’m a Kevin Love fan, wasn’t initially but I am now. He’s seems like a great guy and I’d be happy with him achieving superstardom.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    He’s not the best big lol..Howard & James haven’t retired. And I’m sorry but are u really not going to credit Rubio?

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Translation everyone get the f*ck out my way I’m gettin mine!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Aw ok, you’re referring to his personality and brand, I thought you were talking about his play on the court was not superstar-like.

  • Rainman

    Did u just refer to James as a big?…

    Love is obviosuly up there with Dwight as the best big in the L.

  • 23

    slic ric, oh no duncan is already a top 10 player all time in my book. but being a superstar isnt based on skill alone. its based on many other irrelevent factors as well. but when it comes to game, duncan is up their with the best.

  • 23

    @Red, other than dwight, who grabs more boards than love? last year who led the league in rebounds and double doubles? which post player scores more points per game this season? as a matter of fact, Klove is right behind lebron in ppg this year…. just sayin

  • 23

    rubio def deserves credit for the wolves success tho. its very hard to succeed in this league without an above average point guard. and i think by now, we are all seeing that rubio is clearly a special player. but Love is no question the foundation of this franchise right now.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    All this great white superstar ish am I color blind what color is Steve Nash? What color is the reigning finals MVP? Unless I need to get my TV fixed I’m pretty sure Dirk is white. and anyone that thinks Duncan isnt a superstar hasnt been watching basketball this past decade, unless your definition of a superstar means a player has to get into some off-court trouble or have some legal issues like a divorce or r@pe case. Duncan has one of the best shoes ever made-Foamposite Pro, when college jerseys were big the Wake Forest 21 was a best seller and that black and silver 21 jersey moved units too. This year is the first year he hasnt made the all-star team, he has his regular season MVP and multiple finals MVPs. I dont know what else to say.

  • 23

    shutup, by white superstar i think people are reffering to “white american” superstar

  • 23

    and the foam pro was sported by timmy, but it was not his signature shoe. kinda like how the huarchae 2k4s are sometimes reffered to kobes. and no one will ever question duncans skill. i see many people wear kobe and jordan jerseys throughout the course of an nba season. even in games where the lakers arent playing! duncan has never been at that level of popularity. how many kids(outside of SA) do you think ever saw duncan as their fave player? and think realistically… duncan has always been underrated, and suprisingly he has one of the funniest personalitys in the nba. im a huge duncan fan, but i also think LBJ is the goat. so i know im not the same catagory as most bball fans

  • 23

    i think alot of people hear grew up idolizing vince carter, tmac, iverson even marbury moreso than they idiolized duncan. how many sig shoes does tmac have compared to ginobili? how many sig shoes does carter have compared to dirk? how many shoes does iverson have compared to nash? superstars are created by the media and shoe companies. because we go out and spend money on products with their name or logo on it so we can play like our fave players. its a shame, because alot of people will remember carters dunk over weiss but dont remember the fact that tony parker won the finals mvp in the same series against LeBron James

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    The Silver Foamposite Max were his signature shoe. Sorry the Foam pro’s were Penny’s and Pippens. You basing your idea of super stardom on shoe deals? or media hype? Cause then by that account Jason Williams was a superstar. The league used Duncan as a marketing tool continuously, he’s put up big numbers on the biggest stage, and continuously has had his team in contention since he was a rookie. How many rings does T-Mac have than Ginoboli? And Ginoboli is a superstar in south america. Where is Tmac? Carter? Iverson? or even Marbury? I think Duncan has a ring for each of them, IMO superstars are made on the court, and the way he approached the game should be idolized.

  • BoWeezy24

    Tim Duncan Was and is A “All-Star” Not “Super-Star”

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    i still think this season is a fluke. not saying he’s bad. i just dont think he can be your teams best player if you want real success. wolves are good, holes elsewhere on the team ,sure. but even with greeat teammates, idk man

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    I agree Duncan isnt the most marketable player, but to say he wasnt a superstar is crazy to me, he marqueed so many great match-ups was on the cover of Slam multiple times, would be recognized world-wide by anybody that watches basketball, has had success at the highest level of his profession and still gets endorsements (Bridgestone) and still has one of the best selling cult-following shoes of all time. OH and “superstar” or not he is a first ballot hall of famer

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    OH and the white american superstar ish is weird to me too, Blake is as much white as he is black, I guess once you have a lil black in you your tainted in white Americas eyes

  • RunNGun

    Wolves are one shooting guard away from being really good. If only they had an Andre Iguodala, Paul George, or Kevin Martin type 2… Credit to K-LOVE (silencing the critics again), Rubio (being the catalyst) and of course Rick Adelman (great coaching).

  • 23

    shutup, i agree whole heartedly with you, and to make myself clear i dont think tmac, vince, ai and steph were better than duncan. which is why i used them as an example because they were SUPERSTARS. superstardom should be based on talent and skill alone. but its not. but you cant sit here and pretend that duncan has ever been seen as the face of the league. and lol at bridgstone. how many kids grow up idiolizing bridgestone spokespersons? i hear you, duncan SHOULD have been regarded as a superstar his whole nba carreer like mj. but lets face it, duncan has never been on the same popularity level as iverson. true basketball fans like us see otherwise, be we are not the majority..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Shutup
    Are you from another country, or did you just miss the history lessons on blackness in this country?
    Because that’s EXACTLY how it works.

  • bashmo

    KLove is beast but right now Lamarcus Aldridge is best PF in NBA. KLove is a monster but Aldridge is a ridiculously talented ball player who plays both sides of the ball.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Most people I know think Duncan as the best power forward ever. You can’t be that without being a superstar.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    @Allen I got the memo, was just pointing it out, its a pet peeve of mine, actually race relations in this country make me sick for the most part, never heard of a fully German man not being white enough, and now Steve Nash’s Canadian roots disqualify him too? As for the Duncan thing I agree 100%, theres no way you accomplish all he did and not be a superstar, to try to label him as only an all-star is disrespectful, you can label someone like Kenny Anderson as just an all-star, Dana Barros was just an All-star (I just picked 2 1xallstars off the top), Tim Duncan is an all-time great and definitely a superstar.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    I am fully aware that there are fully black German people, I meant it in more of the Hitler sense, blond hair white skin sort of sense, just to be clear.

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    I’m kind of hoping that two years down the line, both Griffin and Love explode and have some sort of rivalry. C’mon, that’d be sweet.

  • bike

    For anyone who doesn’t understand the significance of an American-born Caucasian superstar, remember white players are closest to the two demographic groups indigenous to the league where whites are still in the majority: head coaches and fans.

  • charliewinning

    Superstardom is based on popularity, not play. It really isn’t that hard to grasp. Duncan is an all-time great, but he isn’t and wasn’t a superstar. Superstars are known even by non-fans. Yes, he was a vastly better player than Vince, Tmac, and Garnett but those guys were more marketable. In general superstardom doesn’t always mean superior talent. Basketball isn’t an exception. For every superstar singer, athlete, actor, and rapper there are far more talented people who do what superstars do better. Talent and skill don’t always equal superstardom. Unfortunately, substance is only a small part of massive popularity. Look at Yao Ming. International basketball superstar, but a very mediocre player. No company would have paid Duncan the $75 million Yao got from Reebok despite the fact that Yao couldn’t hold a candle to Duncan basketball wise.

  • Dingo Rob

    It wasn’t long ago Love and Bogut were on the same level so I’ve watched closely and admired the rise of Kevin Love. I hope this inspires Andrew also and gives him strength during these tough times.

  • dazzy

    Superstars make themselves and others a lot of money. That’s not always true of those great at their craft. Tom Cruise can light up the box office. Daniel Day Lewis can act circles around him. Rihanna sells records. Grab damn near any church choir broad and they’ll sing circles around her. Duncan has won rings and puts on viruoso performances at his position. Blake will likely end his career with less real achievments but more popularity amongst your average sports fan. Is it fair? Not really, but it’s reality.

  • logues

    Max: so i guess kobe wasn’t an elite player when the lakers were .500 for a few couple seasons

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Tim Duncan is a superstar, if you try to tell me otherwise i will slap you.

  • RedRum

    I would like to see how many rings the supposed superstars like Griffin, Love, Lebron et al will have when they finish their career. I would also put kobe in that discussion, as although he has 5 rings, the first three are Shaq’s, not his.

  • startown

    Love is better than Aldridge

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Lol @white people getting upset over the white superstar line. Lebron can play PF wtf. Do you not see him shutting Gasol down smh.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Tim Duncan not/wasn’t a superstar? Are u kidding me? Back in his hayday EVERYONE KNEW WHO TIMMY WAS. I was a 10 year old kid when I became a timmy fan. The dude was a downright leader and was a beast.. offensively , defensively, FUNDAMENTALLY, sure he didn’t garner the fav player status as of the likes of iverson or Kobe, but nevertheless EVERYONE who knows ball, knows about TIMMY. And if u don’t, you gotta be at least 15 years old. Growing up, I didn’t want the handles/flashiness that iverson & Kobe had… I worked on my post game, modeled it after timmys. I was abusing kids down low and I was only 5 ’10 . My best TD memory was when he forced OT against the suns in the playoffs with a 3!

  • l2ising Phoenix

    On topic: k love is the best pf in the league, aldrige is a close second, I say this because Love straight up abused the blazers frontcourt a couple nights ago. Proud of this man. Commin out of UCLA , Nobody seen this progression comming. The wolves is serious.

  • hushabomb

    LeBron is a brand name 1st, basketball player 2nd. Duncan is a basketball player 1st, brand name 2nd. The same can be said for Kevin Love. And working out with Rose and Westbrook means that this type of progress was coming. All 3 have had great seasons so far. Let’s not get into colour. Let’s call Kevin Love an up and coming player who deserves all this praise due to hard work and diligence (not to mention Rubio)

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Best PF ever? Honestly, rings aside how many people thinks Duncan is better than Malone?

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I don’t get how people try to group KLove with Dwight and then casually throw in the “minus the defensive dominance”. Living in Toronto, I can’t tell you how often I hear “Bargnani is a top 3 center in the league, minus the defense and rebounding and help defense”. Or the “Steve Nash is a top 5 pg of all time, minus the whole defensive liability thing”. I’m not sure if i’m just old school, but I find way to many individual place little if any emphasis on the defensive side of the ball as criteria for measuring greatness.

  • manu

    duncan got a near quadruple double in the winning game in the nba finals….hes a superstar

    and klove is better than griffin. people hate on him yet hes leading the wolves with a bunch of no name young guns into the playoffs….

    griffin had a bunchh of youngns last year…they almost finished last

  • manu

    klove is 3-0 against griffin this year…hit a game winner on his azz…outperformed him every time and still gets no love…this is dumb hes clearly the best pf in the game

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    Tae: Skill wise, Duncan gets the edge because of his massively superior defense. But it’s close. Obviously, when you factor in stuff like team success, Duncan skyrockets.

  • will

    heck, he is still highly underrated and does not get anywhere near the attention he deserves. i think mainly because of the t-wolves record and he isnt a showpony.. but definitely the best and most versatile PF out at the moment. 3 point shootout winner proves this

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    I think Duncan is better than Malone hands down, and many people might disagree but I feel McHale was better than Malone and Barkley is right there with him.

  • RedRum

    The problem with evaluating Duncan is that people see only one side of the court and forget how good of a defender Duncan was. He was probably the best post defender ever. And before people start crying, you have to see Duncan play live to understand what he did for defence. Not only he could block, shut down his man, probably play the best help defense the game has ever seen, he was the main communicator, directing the defense non-stop, telling players where to go, how to move, where to back up. And each call was the absolutely correct, he could see two-three plays ahead what was going to happen. I have only seen Jordan do that this efficiently. As a coach, a player like that would be my wet dream.

  • RedRum

    I have also seen Malone, Barcley and McHale play. Let me just tell you that they do not even come close to what TD did. If anything, they are probably the PF who are considered stars and have played the worst defense I have ever seen… so no, it is not even close how much better TD is than all them. As for the KLove issue. Same applies. Great rebounder, great scorer, plays absolutely no defense. Griffin I would say is a better defender, so at this point I would take Griff over KLove.

  • The Truth

    One of the most underrated players in the NBA, he’s a straight BEAST!!!!

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Logues cmon now, The Wolves from now without Love are clearly better than the Lakers were without Kobe. If next year the Wolves win 50 I’ll consider him elite.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    @redrum I agree 100% that Duncan is head and shoulders ahead of the pack, but to put Malone at #2 is just wrong I think McHale is #2 Malone and Barkley share 3/4

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