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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 5:35 pm  |  59 responses

Kevin Love Unhappy With Treatment from Minnesota Timberwolves Management


Minnesota Timberwolves superstar forward Kevin Love has never been shy about voicing his displeasure. Armed with a new contract (not quite the 5 years and $80 million he coveted, but $62 million over 4 years), and a  positive outlook on his team’s chances, it seemed like Love would be happy this season. He continues to harbor resentment about the way he’s been treated by the front-office in Minny, and it will be very interesting come 2015 when he can opt-out of his current deal. Per Yahoo! Sports: “I don’t know who labels people stars, but even [T'wolves owner] Glen Taylor said: I don’t think Kevin Love is a star, because he hasn’t led us to the playoffs,’ Love said. ‘I mean, it’s not like I had much support out there. That’s a tough pill to swallow.’ Kevin Love isn’t over Taylor and GM David Kahn refusing him what he had earned. He isn’t over Kahn marching into the trainer’s room after a loss and thrusting a contract offer sheet into his hands. Where else does it work that way in the NBA? ‘I’m not the one to always follow professional protocol – but I do know what it is, even at 24 years old,’ Love says. Perhaps those issues wouldn’t still be so raw had the franchise responded differently when Love broke his hand in a preseason workout. In a regimen he’s done most of his life, Love fractured a bone thrusting himself to his feet upon completion of a round of knuckle pushups. He missed a month on the floor, but his ears missed nothing from those in management whispering that maybe the injury didn’t happen the way Love insisted it did. ‘Even people in my own organization were asking if it was a legitimate injury, people calling my honesty and integrity into question,’ Love says. ‘And that’s what really hurt me.’ [...] As much as Love believes strongly in the greatness of coach Rick Adelman, Kahn has offered no reason for faith in his own wayward vision. ‘You walk into the locker room every year, and it’s completely turned over,’ Love says. ‘There’s new guys everywhere. And then it happens again and again. You start to wonder: Is there really a plan here? Is there really any kind of a … plan?’ [...] In the end, Love never wants to feel like he’s pitted against young point guard Ricky Rubio, because he adores him as a teammate and a talent. Yet, the reality is unmistakable: For all of Kahn’s missed picks, failed signings and flawed trades, Rubio is the player whom the GM can take full credit. Someday, Kahn wants Rubio to be his five-year, max-out star, but will Rubio want to stay in Minnesota should Love walk out the door? ‘It was a projection over a sure thing,’ Love says. ‘There’s no question there was an agenda here. A different agenda … I have a very, very good memory, and I always remember the people who have done right by me, and the people who have done wrong by me,’ he says. ‘It will be embedded in my brain, and something I won’t forget about. There’s no telling what will happen. I would love to compete for a championship in Minnesota, but …’ Between now and his 2015 opt-out, Love wants to be clear: Around him, he doesn’t want merely a playoff team. He wants a team that contends. ‘And that’s on me to do my part, to get us there,’ but the organization has lost the benefit of the doubt with Love. When it’s time for every franchise in the NBA to clear cap space and try to sign him, Love simply understands: ‘I’ll have the leverage.’”

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  • Sheed

    KLove needs to quit complaining. He should be happy that he’s surrounded with decent new talent compared to what they had last year… Playoff team for sure if Love just does his thing

  • Caboose

    “Love said, ‘I mean, it’s not like I had much support out there.”
    5-4 without KLove
    4-5 with KLove
    Dude’s worse than Kobe when it comes to taking any responsibility. He thinks because he puts up flashy stats that he’s done everything right on the court and if the Wolves lose, well, it can’t possibly be his fault. Why don’t you shore up that 38%(!) shooting before whining about a lack of talent?

  • roscoe

    dwightmare 2.0.

    Or Pau for Love 1.0.

  • thesage

    Uncle Drew needs to hurry up and finalize his team then start playing all these youngbloods. ASAP

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Remember when O.J. Mayo was the one who everyone said had the bad attitude and was a selfish player? And Love was the lovable guy who just wanted to play ball.
    You remember that, don’t you?

  • LakeShow

    Sorry, K-Love, but shut up.

  • Dymez

    The thing that confuses me is that he’s been complaining about various things on T’Wolves’ management since like the day after he signed the long term deal. I never understood that. I think it has become obvious he doesn’t want to be there for whatever reason. Why sign to begin with? It can’t be the deal. He and Ricky Rubio should be a rock-solid foundation for the next 10 years. If they can get a true center and a capable wing player (preferably one that also plays defense), they can and will compete.

  • Caboose

    True center being Pekovic and defensive wing player being Kirilenko?

  • AndyK

    Love should be thankful with all the changes that have been made. He has nothing to whine about. Switch sports for a second and look at a guy like Larry Fitzgerald…now he has something to complain about, but yet keeps his mouth shut.

  • RunNGun

    K-LOVE should shut up and play. The diva thinks he should get CP3, LBJ, and Kobe calls. If he’d quit complaining and got back on D, perhaps he’d help his team in the win column. I can’t believe he’s still bitter about not getting the max. Sh!t, I would be upset too but if you really are… then WTF did you sign that contract then? And also, they’re building around him and he b!tches about change-change-change? Adelman made sure incompetents like Beasley, Johnson, Darko, and so on were gone this off season… what more does he want the front office to do? SHUT UP AND PLAY!

  • LakeShow

    He said: “(preferably one that also plays defense)”

    Ohh, right, so Kirilenko….

  • Redd

    Chicago would welcome you.

  • Dymez

    I’m talking about a center that can clog the paint, block some shots, and hit the occasional open 10 to 15-footers (think Kendrick Perkins). And a wing that can create his own shot and play strong defense on other swingmen (think Andre Iguodala).

    Though I do believe Nikola Pekovic is a serviceable big, he’s a defensive liability and shoots somewhere around 15% from outside of the paint — actually, outside of the Restricted Area). Not a good mesh for the drive and kick game. AK is also solid, but he’s more of an undersized 4. He can’t stick any of these talented swings one-on-one, but he’s a good roamer. The main thing, though, is I’m talking about the next 10 years. AK is on the downside of his career, he probably has 2 or 3 years left in the league.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    You CANNOT use any argument that says that Kendrick Perkins is more valuable than Nikola Pekovic. I’m a Thunder fan, and I’ll take Pekovic any and ever day….

  • Caboose

    Ah. Not sure Perk is the guy you want for this team though. The absolute ideal would be Monroe (great court vision, decent midrange, decent defense).

  • RunNGun

    The writing is on the wall; K-LOVE leavin’ in three years regardless if they make it deep in the playoffs. Make it happen, Kupchak.

  • Dymez

    Yes I can. With Kendrick Perkins as my starting 5, it won’t be easy for anyone to get points in the paint. With Nikola Pekovic as my starting 5, he gives up a lot of points. Kevin Love already doesn’t play D. The best compliment to him would be a center who can. Plus there’s the things that don’t show up on the stat sheet; Perk talks, gets people in the right order, he’s also the motivator. He’s the heart of that Thunder squad. Notice how the Thunder didn’t dominate until after Perkins got traded there and how the Celtics fell off after he left. I value that.

  • Dymez

    A lot can happen in 3 years and that might be true he’ll leave, and Kupchak definitely will TRY to make it happen. But, it won’t be easy. Brooklyn and Cleveland will also be in that mix (regarding some major signing or draft pick flourishing happening in the unforeseeable future), and they have something that the Lakers most likely won’t have by then — point guards.

  • Dymez

    He’s a good fit, too. I was just using Perk as an example, they just need to find that type. Moose isn’t on Perk’s level yet (defensively), but he has all the potential in the world to surpass him because of his skill set alone.

    Too much offense from him would make me worry about him and Love eventually clashing, though. I would probably rather take Drummond.

  • Caboose

    Are you kidding? Perkins is the heart of the Thunder squad? Also, did you know that Pekovic’s defensive rating is a good deal better than Perkins’ this year? And actually, Pekovic’s defensive rating this year is better than Perkins’ rating at ANY TIME on the Thunder.

  • Kahn is a Muppet

    What K-love is pretty much trying to do is get Kahn fired which is understandable the only thing he has done right is get rubio(I see a jason kidd type player minus the speed). Now the thing he has done wrong/t-wolves have done wrong:They have had repeatedly bad drafts from 2010 down(you could even argue 09 jonny flynn instead of curry),They bring in players, load a position up and wonder why they aren’t consistent e.g pf/sf as they don’t get consistent mins that’s why players that are talented don’t play to their potential either,they should have kept Beasley(made him 6th man) and shipped williams for something of value,when players get injured they don’t keep them in the loop and treat them poorly:first Flynn and now Love.
    The revolving door of players is pretty stupid as it doesn’t show any form of stability and anything to actually build on.These are just a few reasons why the Twolves management should take a long hard look in the mirror and say WTF are we so bad(by now they should be at least at OKC when they 1st made the playoffs level at least)..The only thing Love is doing really poorly though is voicing this opinion through the media instead of saying to the owner behind closed doors:`Hey your GM sucks balls he isn’t doing a good job for you get someone else in otherwise you are going to lose money here and never ever have a winning team’.If he had done it this way it makes a lot of senses vs media.

  • Dymez

    Kevin Durant said it himself. Ibaka said Perk is the reason for his improvement. Perk is the leader in that locker room as well. He’s the one that the players go to for just about everything. In fact, just last week or so it was reported about how the players call Perk for just about everything going on in that locker room.

    As far as defensive rating — come on man, really? Defensive rating is one of the most deceptive stats in the game, which is why no one talks about it. That’s something you would see on a show like Numbers Never Lie or something. Kobe Bryant has a better defensive rating than Michael Jordan for God’s sake, and we all know MJ is probably the best defensive guard of all-time — definitely top 3, no matter how you shake it.

  • theDankerNuggets

    c’mon Masai Wilson Chandler, Gallo, Fournier and a first rounder for Love and some bench player make it happen!

  • Caboose

    Um, no he doesn’t. Lower defensive rating=better. If you can’t read the stat, you probably shouldn’t be judging it.

  • Dymez

    I didn’t read the stat. I’ve heard about this on some comparison that every sports show does like 2 years ago or so. I don’t even know what the numbers are, because it’s a completely useless stat, and I’m definitely not judging it. It’s way too deceptive. Hell, by many ex-players it’s worse than the deceptive plus/minus rating. If you want to hang your hat on a defensive rating, go ahead, buddy. Meanwhile, Perk will continue to be recognized by the league as a great defensive center while Pekovic continues to open lanes and get scored on.

  • Caboose

    Defensive rating actually tells you that Perkins does that.

  • Dymez

    And that’s how people who play and/or watch basketball, and watch Perk and then Pekovic look at the ratings and say, “Well, that’s definitely a dumb stat.”

    Like my man Gary Payton said, “Don’t look at my PER. Don’t look at my TS%. Look at what I do. Then tell me what you saw.”

  • Caboose

    Ok, you have your subjectives, I’ll keep my actual data.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Feel free to come to Chicago Kevin

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I mean yes, Love should keep his mouth shut….but he does have a point about the management

  • Dymez

    Lol! Alright. Have fun with that data.

  • Max

    Ah man, the good old days..

  • danpowers

    question his integrtity? when you are the first healthy human being ever to break your hand doing knuckle push ups then yeah kevin, nobody will believe this sh*t lol

    anyway, if just every main contributor on this team was healthy they could be good for a shocker against any contender in the playoffs

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    He signed because they could offer the most money. Love is concerned with getting his money and his numbers.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Defensive rating is a second rate stat. It isnt on the same level as true shooting percentage. When you look at how they calculate it is shady.

  • Slick Ric

    No doubt

  • Caboose

    Not great, I agree. No way is Pekovic actually a better defender than Perk, but it just shows that Perk isn’t a dominant force on defense and Pek isn’t a Calderon-esque slack.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Said it once and say it before. Kevin Love is no leader. Rubio is a better leader then him. When Rubio was around timberwolves were floating about .500 and after he went down wolves went for 5-22.
    Love gives himself too much credit. Wolves werent relevant till Rubio came around.
    Love goes around spreading drama, and never taking responsibility. Sorry fanboys

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez


    Said it once and say it before. Kevin Love is no leader. Rubio is a better leader then him. When Rubio was around timberwolves were floating about .500 and after he went down wolves went for 5-22.
    Love gives himself too much credit. Wolves werent relevant till Rubio came around.
    Love goes around spreading drama, and never taking responsibility.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez


    Said it once and say it before. Kevin Love is no leader. Rubio is a better leader then him. When Rubio was around timberwolves were floating about .500 and after he went down wolves went for 5-22.
    Love gives himself too much credit. Wolves werent relevant till Rubio came around.
    Love goes around spreading drama, and never taking responsibility.

    Wolves will start winning when Rubio gets back. Target center will be filled up

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Finally we agree on something

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    i’m sure there’s an another organization that would be glad to have this man’s services

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    You know what this is Minny fans? Its KG-MArbury all over again. except in reverse, this time its the big man (Love) and not the guard (which in that case was marbury) complaining and feeling disrespected. But the end result will be the same, one is going to walk outta Minny, and we’ll all be left wondering “what if?” thanks to an incompetent Front office.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i wonder why people downvoted this completely true comment. 4 people don’t like the truth? Santa’s coming, so that’s good.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    RIGHT!?!?!?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    people think just because a guy has a good reputation that his skill follows. Perkins has only been a “great” defensive center in man to man situations, against the biggest, least mobile, Center’s in the league. But on average, Perkins is a bad basketball player. BAD. @Dymez:disqus

  • arjae828

    got to agree with Love. Khan is an AWFUL GM. He drafts 3 pgs back to back to back and keeps the worst one. I could see Rubio & Lawson working. Rubio and Curry would have been amazing IMO. I know hindsight is 20/20 but was anybody high on Flynn as a starter? Wesley Johnson over Cousins? was anybody in agreement on that? Imagine a back court of rubio and curry and a front court of cousins and love. Kurt Rambis as coach? Seriously?? This guy gave Darko 20 mil! If Kevin Love performed the duties required of him as poorly as David Khan has performed GM duties, he’d be in the D-League or worse. Khan has remarked on beasley’s drug use, the league’s fixed draft and a host of other topics. He’s an idiot. He’s every bit as inept as Donald Sterling. Let’s lay off Kevin Love a bit.

  • brad09′

    Name one really good move the timberwolves have made since 1996. The only one your going to name is Kevin Love. Rubio plays defense like an LA spark, the rest of that roster is terrible. LOL They tried to give how much money to Batum? and signed Roy (who looks the same as a 50 year old MJ) ? clearly the GM of this team should be fired. Btw ya he was the guy that took Johnny Flynn (worst pick since Darko). The timberwolves are a terrible franchise. I dont think it takes much to figure that out. They have never been know to make anything happen. With that being said its Love’s fault too, Who in their RIGHT mind actually thinks that franchise can win it all one day? Even more important who in their right mind wants to live in Minnesota?

  • brad09′

    Rubio is a joke, your not doing much if you drop 15 have 8 assists and your guy gets you for 35 and 12 dimes. Your telling me a 2nd year player from spain is the leader of that team? REALLLLY???? Werent relevant till Rubio came around???? Another question when the F*** did they become relevant?

  • brad09′

    awesome thought, their nameless GM might even be stupid enough to take Boozer along with it lol

  • Redd

    LOL

  • RunNGun

    Let’s see… Traded Allen for Marbury ’96. Check. ’99 Drafted Vanilla Sky… check. ’03 Trade Cassell/Sprewell and Western Conference Finals… check.

  • RunNGun

    Bashing any state in the country is irrelevant to the conversation. This is basketball, not The Destination Channel. Concerning terribly ran franchises, I can think of quite a few that are ran just as worse as Minny. The Clippers, Kings, Bobcats, and Wizards come to mind as on par; terrible owners and poorly ran front offices. Don’t give me the BS about how great the Clippers are. All the fake Clippers fans decided to “come out of the woodwork” when CP3 came aboard to the Blake Show. Beware when DROSE comes back… the running of the Bulls.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    the proof is in the win column. you should stop falling in love with this fella and open your eyes

  • danpowers

    i am confused and dont know how and what you mean when you yell at me like that! lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i was yelling about the first part of your comment. it is so damn true.

  • danpowers

    YO! nobody believes that rubbish! lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hey, lose the british accent. i don’t like being told information by foreigners.

  • danpowers
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