Kevin Love is Losing Patience With the Minnesota Timberwolves

by July 09, 2012

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.'”