Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  35 responses

Kevin Love is Losing Patience With the Minnesota Timberwolves

Like just about any young star playing for a crummy NBA team, Kevin Love is tired of putting up great numbers only to end up watching the Playoffs on television. Love delivered a strong message to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ front-office from Las Vegas, while training with Team USA. From Yahoo! Sports: “Team USA’s roster is filled with 12 NBA players who have won seven total championships and appeared in a combined 700 playoff games. Only one of those dozen players has never played in a single postseason game. Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love. And he’s not happy about it. [...] ‘My patience is not high,’ Love said. ‘Would yours be, especially when I’m a big proponent of greatness surrounding itself with greatness? All these [Team USA] guys seem to have great players around them. It’s tough seeing all these guys that are young and older who have all played in the playoffs. When they start talking about that, I have nothing to talk about. If I don’t make the playoffs next year I don’t know what will happen … At this point, I’m not afraid to go on the record,’ Love said. ‘Being around these [USA] guys, they know the situation I’m in and how competitive I am. I want to win. All the players on the Timberwolves feel the same way, as well. The coaching staff is awesome. They want to win and win now. Hopefully, we can make some stuff happen. I would say it’s coming down to it for sure [next season]. It’s no secret I was willing to commit to Minnesota for five years. I’m very happy with my contract. I’d love to be in Minnesota. But like anybody else, I want to win.’ [...] T’wolves general manager David Kahn said he has spoken to Love about the franchise’s plans for the future. ‘I’m sure Kevin has a sense of urgency,’ Kahn said. ‘I think the team demonstrated it could win last season before we were hit with a cascade of injuries. I thought we were on the right track and surely we would have competed for the eighth and final playoff spot if we remained healthy. Next season is shaping up to be better than last year. Under Kevin’s leadership, I would expect him to compete for the playoffs. The one thing we can’t control is injuries. I’m hopeful for a healthy year.’”

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  • ALD

    with the team minesota has now, the playoffs should be a definate. But if all else fails and dwight howard does not get to Bk, the nets will welcome you if you want to win so bad.

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

    i they get batum it’s a step in the right direction

  • T-Money

    love could also start by playing defense and getting his teammates to buy in. it’s very difficult to win big in the nba when the best player on your team doesn’t play defense.

  • bonK

    @t money. I think grabbing most offensive rebounds in the league means your playing defense

  • http://www.slamonline.com Royal

    grabbing offensive rebounds = defense ……LOL I hope you were being sarcastic

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

    @bonk whether that was twisted logic or sarcasm, grabbing offensive boards has nothing to do with the guy your guarding busting your butt, or your unwillingness to rotatate on defense to people driving the lane. Kevin Love just comes off as selfish to me, not only with the comments he makes, but also with his play. I’m all for guys wanting their teams to improve but give it some time. Its not like FAs are beating down the door to play in Minny.

  • LA Huey

    bonK also equates cherry-picking with defense.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    LMAO @bonK’s comment that was delightfully stupid

  • bakers’-dozen

    KLove needs to lose teh 300 beard.

  • Allenp

    If he was that concerned he shouldn’t have signed that deal and taken a pay cut to play to a better team. Oh wait, we only make that argument for certain players.

  • ALD

    kevin love is feeling himself tho… shut up and play…… ThE funny thing is, Dwight never said anything to this nature.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Love needs to stop whining; if Rubio hadn’t gone down with injury the Timberwolves would have made the playoffs. Minny has done a great job building a roster that can be competitive. Everything you get has to be earned in the NBA, not given.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    He was willing to commit five years until kahn in a rare moment of genius offered four with the last year being player option. After hearing kevins slightly veiled threat i wonder if he isnt kicking himself. Because if he isnt i sure as hell would. In the face even.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Ompholos i liked that kevin went out and said this because frankly kahn has this nasty habit of fcking things up. For every kevin love and rubio hes gotten, there are wesley johnsons and jj barrea’s ridiculous salary. This is a signal to the management that if they dont get their act together hes walking.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    lmao Royal kevin Love is terrible at man to man defense, what are you saying?

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    Love actually has a considerable amount of talent around him I don’t know what he’s whining about… they would’ve made it last year if Rubio didn’t hurt himself

  • pposse

    k love is sayin that he is sick of hearing about other players playoff experiences, when he has zero. Wouldn’t you be frustrated too? His mind might be beating up on itself, having to go thru that kind of ridicule on a daily basis. Part of him may not feel like he belongs on the team, or LBJ and Kobe have to make it seem that he does belong. I don’t think enough of us commenters on here place enough emphasis on the mental aspect of the game, and are quick to go to stats to prove their case. K Love does get defensive rebounds doesnt he..doesnt a defensive rebound close out a defensive possession? For yall to say that he doesn’t play any defense is not really fair, he is one of the leading rebounders in the league (if not the leading rebounder)!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kevin Love is only going into his 5th season and he’s already acting like any of these other star players. Hey guess what? He won’t get any bad press about it. Wonder why? (i don’t really)

  • Allenp

    Exactly. Rebounding does not qlequap defense. It equals rebounding.

  • Jose

    that was unexpected to hear from K-Love

  • LLC#12

    He’s had like 2 seasons worthy of “star” status but the guys acting like he’s been carrying a dead franchise on his own for years. You’ll make the playoffs next year so quit whining and play some D every now and again.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Royal

    DatKid….I said Kevin Love plays defense????

  • bike

    Kevin should have had a little heart to heart with KG before signing that contract.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    If he fails to get to the Playoffs again next season, and plays no D, then surely he will get some bad press from it in the media.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    This is roughly the same thing as if Brook Lopez demanded the Nets get more rebounds. Or if Kobe said he is sick of the lack of ball movement. Or if Blake requested a trade from LA because they lack fundamentals. Shut up Kevin Love, you deserve just as much flak from this as every other spoiled player.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    GP, i was simply referring to him b*tching about his team to the media. The same thing many many other star players do, and get criticized for. Not that his actual game won’t get criticism, it already does by some. Probably never will by the majority, either way that was not the point of my comment.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Their team has become better with Roy now..

  • I’m J.J. Redickulous

    He is not whining, he is just frustrated. I would not be surprised to see them make the playoffs next year with ease.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    He’s whining. Like a lil girl. Shut up K-Love. They got you Roy, trying to get you Batum. You have a good starting center in Pek. A great young PG with the best backup PG’s in the L.
    Shut yo mouth.

  • LA Huey

    The timing of this is really weird. Minnesota had the misfortune of Rubio’s injury destroying their very good playoff prospects last year and comments come on the heals of some solid pick-ups (Roy, possibly Batum) and good addition by subtraction (Beasley). With the Mavericks likely out of the playoffs out West, next year looks promising for the Wolves.

  • startown

    If Brandon Roy can play that is a big improvement, Batum is a nice player, not sure why we didn’t keep our #1 pick and get a shot blocker?

  • Wray

    Co-sign LakeShow. Looks to me like Minny has bent over backwards trying to add quality pieces around him, and he’s whining about the team not going anywhere? Lame. I know in this day and age where every superstar wants two to three more superstars in order to guarantee them a ring this is acceptable practice, but he’s in f’ing Minnesota. A championship-caliber team isn’t exactly going to be easy to come by through glamorous free agency for them. So it behooves one to shut their talky-hole and help build it from the ground up. Why say this now, considering that on paper, they’re looking pretty good for next season?

  • B.C.

    Kevin Love don’t worry you have help on the way with the arrivals of Brandon Roy and Nicolas Batum, you’ll also have a pretty decent bench with Derrick Williams, JJ Barea, and Martell Webster coming off. You guys should be a lock for a playoff spot next season.

  • RunNGun

    Gotta love how folks and the media are overreacting to this with similar quips about, “He wants out! Here’s our chance to trade for K-LOVE, K-Love to the Lakers, to the Nets, etc… cue to obscene trade rumors.” LOL What he did was just call out the front office and is resonating the same voice as Adelman; the time to win is now. As long as Taylor and Kahn adds the right pieces and they make the playoffs this will be much ado about nothing.

  • Ldub

    Nothing wrong with wanting to be in the conversation with some of the greats and most elite players of all time. That is always going to be associated with winning. (not necessarily rings) but winning period. Have to at least make the playoffs. I get what Love is saying though. If you are putting up double double every night and not winning…it can get frustrating. The new thing is to leave for greener pastures. So why not go somewhere that increases your chances of winning?