Friday, July 20th, 2012 at 10:45 am  |  48 responses

Kevin Love Glad Timberwolves Got Rid of ‘Bad Blood’ in the Locker Room

Kevin Love continues to apply pressure to Minnesota’s front-office, as he wants more help on the court. But he is pleased with some of the offseason player departures from the team, guys that Love considered “bad blood”. Per the Pioneer Press: “In a telephone interview Thursday, July 19, from England, where the U.S. men’s basketball team is preparing for the Olympics, Love doubled down on comments he made about his waning patience with the Wolves to Yahoo! Sports two weeks ago during Team USA’s training camp. Love, who is entering his fifth NBA season and the first year of a four-year, $62 million contract extension, is the only Team USA player who has never played in the postseason. He is surrounded by Olympians who have won seven NBA championships and combined to play in 700 playoff games. ‘I feel like we have to change to get to that next level, and I want to help drive that change and push that agenda,’ he said. ‘I think we deserve a good product. The coaches deserve a good product, but most importantly the fans deserve it. They were tremendous last year for us turning things around before Ricky (Rubio) went down. We just want to keep pushing the team in the right direction, and that’s what I wanted to convey.’ […] ‘If we get everybody back healthy, with Ricky back healthy, if Roy comes in healthy, and if we can get off to a good start, we’re going to be good. But we really have to add as many as pieces as we possibly can, veteran guys,’ he said. ‘There was some bad blood in that locker room we were able to get out of there and smooth things out. That should help us out going forward.’ Asked to elaborate, Love responded: ‘Just what I said. We had bad blood in the locker room. We got that out.’ Forwards Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph, guard Martell Webster and center Darko Milicic were the most notable players Minnesota jettisoned this offseason.”

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  • JML-G

    probably shots at Beasley, since i doubt Randolph or Darko would be ”bad blood” creators lol

  • OTB

    Beasley was probably the culprit, though Webster seems like a dumba** as well. Just a bunch of immature guys.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^do you know who darko is

  • LA Huey

    Beasley and Darko.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Brad Miller

  • kobe

    Rick James!!

  • RunNGun

    That Wolves front office needs to step it up big time if they want to keep Love. At the same time, if Love was serious about winning a championship in Minny, he needs to start recruiting players like how LBJ and Wade did it; Andre Iguodala anyone? It’s a two way street after all. Concerning the purgining of bad blood, one name comes to mind DARKO.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Lol anyone remember Darko’s comments from some Euro games a few years back. And he keeps all his money under his mattress. Telling you, folks. Darko is more gansta than our very own O!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woWqSmichOo RunNGun

    If you want Gangster Darko, click the link on my name. LOL Dude goes off on some refs post-game and some nice things to say about daughters and mothers. LMAO

  • LA Huey

    I remember those Darko comments. What an A-hole.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    ^^ This.

  • Flame Heart

    I count 6 championships. 5 for kobe and 1 for Lebron. Am i missing somebody?

  • Flame Heart

    disregard that last post, I forgot chandler wasn’t always a part of the knicks.

  • JiggaUpThere

    @Flame Heart – tyson chandler was the defensive anchor of that Mavs Chamionship Team…

  • T-Money

    here’s the list of stars that can say not-so-flattering things about their organization or teammates without gettin ripped by the media: steve nash, dirk nowitzki, kevin love.

  • ALD

    kevin love better deliver this year.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    I see this dude has a lot to say these days…

  • justin05

    @t money…it all depends how you go about it..k love is surrounded by the best. And knows he belongs there so why wouldn’t he want his team to be as great as possible. Good for love, he can help change everything in minnesota. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were a serious title contender in 2-3 years.

  • Bez

    It’s funny how love talks like he wasn’t in that locker room…let’s tell you something if you let beasley or darko run ur locker room you will always be a bunch of bums…Kevin love saying their was bad blood in the locker room and doing nothing about it let’s you know he’s not the leader the wolves need going forward!!!

  • Bez

    FYI…love would not even be on the team if everyone who was supposed to play was healthy!!! Kevin love =Christian Latener

  • da real

    Martell Webster’s messed up haircut killed that locker room!! hahaha

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If you don’t think Darko was part of hte problem, then you don’t really know Darko.
    Also Kevin Love gets a way with a LOT of Locker room Lawyering. The time of behavior that typically gets certain players blackballed. Only person I know of who can spout off with the impunity of Love is Kobe. And he’s Kobe.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T_Money’s list is good, but I don’t even remember Dirk and Nash wilding like Love.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    WTH? Sorry James, but my computer locked on to you…

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    And people wonder why I strongly dislike Kevin Love. Dude is pretty underhanded. Regularly.

  • basketball_iQ

    kevin love is very overrated and bloated in his own mind. he is not good.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    @Allenp At least the other dudes on Money’s list have some seniority. Love hasn’t done squat in the NBA grand scheme and has just been running his mouth.

  • Juice

    well hopefully minnisota has a better season soon. and i hope anthony randolph isnt that bad blood heading to Denver. Im glad we replaced the birdman with randolph.

  • http://www.stillonthebench.blogspot.com TR

    I’m a big Kevin Love fan, but he needs to stop talking. When the season rolls around just get your team into the playoffs. You’re the leader and an all-star, get it done.

  • ALD

    wo wo . kevin love maybe feeling himself but that does not mean he is overrated. dude is a beast and will only get better Godwilling. I find it comical how ppl are so emotional and dislike a guy when they answer questions truthfully. we dnt know what was goin on in that locker room and kevin could be stating the truth. Kevin has made some strong statements but now of a sudden he’s a bum and overrated. Do i need to drop kevin loves stats from last year. You critics make yourselves sound like fools everyday lol.

  • ALD

    Ya cant want kevin love to stio talking and want Dwight howard to start. I like when people speak their mind because the real person can be depicted.

  • SikhWitIt

    Martell Webster is one of the NBA’s most soft-spoken guys; I seriously doubt he was the source of any tension in the locker room.

  • Nick

    He clearly meant SuperCoolBeas & Darko.

  • JellyBean

    We all know that Beasley was one of the problems in the locker room. Randolph was pretty solid. He might be a knucklehead but I doubt it. Same with Tolliver. He was a decent locker room guy. He lead by example. Martell…hmmmmm. Darko…hmmm. He was pretty darn immature at times, same with Beasley. Either way, we have to move on. Hopefully Rubio and B-Roy are at 100% and add some extra offensive punch, especially Rubio.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Beasly and randolph left as free agents, martell seems like a chill dude and Darko was amnestied, in other words Darko was “got rid off”.

  • http://twitter.com/FlavaKlav Klav

    Whoa whoa whoa…I thought I was tripping but obviously the writer of the original article can’t count. Kobe has 5, Dwyane has 2, and Tyson has 1. That is equal to 7???? RIIIIIIIIIIGHT. But I don’t know, Love has been a prick ever since I can remember playing him in basketball in middle school. So comments like these are not even the slightest bit surprising.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Well I think the writer was talking about the 2012 team which does not include Dwayne but LeBron rather sooo Kobe(5)+Bron(1)+Tyson(1)= 7

  • http://slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    Love is a ginormous douche nozzle. And plays no defense. ….. Darko is a serbian gangster….. Supercoolbeas will flourish and rise.. Martell is uh martell.. Anthony randolph is still talented right? But where’s his head at? In beasleys basement? Stayin foggy? …. #freedarko

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Kevin Love is the Azelia Banks of the NBA. Good but talks too damn much to ever get any fan followings outside the cult backing.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Since someone mentioned it, I will say: Nash publicly organized a coup in the Phoenix Suns locker room that got Terry Porter fired because Porter was making the Suns play defense. He got NO heat. Dwight went behind close doors and asked for Van Gundy to be fired and he became a super villain/people were acting like Van Gundy not winning a ring with a roster specially assembled to fit his system wasn’t worthy of him losing his job.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Redd

    @Betcats you’re serious? Azealia is dope unlike other female artists & doesn’t kiss a** chill. But Love is becoming quite the prick.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Redd, she has been disowned by everyone she has worked with. She sends shots at people on all levels in the industry. She is talented but the fact she can’t seem to stop talking reckless about other people is going to be her downfall.

  • dma

    gotta be beasley and darko. webster is a great guy. but to air this out in the press? the love family stays stupid with stupid comments.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Redd

    You mean the shots to that white girl? I mean not to say Im a ‘fan’ but I enjoy the fact she doesn’t care for fame.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Nah Redd, I also mean the shots at TI, Iggy, Lil Kim, and her former manager within the past couple months.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Lot of commentary on here about a team that will eventually fold out of fan disinterest.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Redd

    Iggy is a wack white girl who wanted to rap for attention & in her agenda demeaned one of the greatest atrocities of America. TI & Kim are wack too. With all due respect I can’t agree.