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Timberwolves owner says Kevin Love no Kevin Garnett. Yet.

Mar 30, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando Reuters

Kevin Love is putting up video game numbers in March — averaging 31.2 points per game and having double-doubles in nine straight games.

It’s led to a lot of hype — too much hype.

Like saying this puts Love in the MVP discussion. He’s had an All-Star season, but a guy on a below .500 team is never going to win the award again (too many voters believe a true MVP leads his team to elite status). His stats are great, but until Love can lead the Timberwolves to being a top defensive team — and he doesn’t, his rotations are still weak to start with — he cannot be an MVP.

He needs to be more like former Timberwolves leader Kevin Garnett.

Minnesota owner Glen Taylor told the star Tribune Love is not there yet.

“Kevin [Garnett] did it for many years. Love is doing well now, but he has a long way to go to catch up with the long successful career that Garnett had,” Taylor said.

There is a bright future for the Timberwolves — they have the pieces in Love and Ricky Rubio to build around and potentially good role players like Derrick Williams and Nikola Pekovic. They have a coach now in Rick Adelman who can guide them there.

It’s exciting because there is hope again. But this is not the best Minnesota has ever been, and it’s because Love has not yet become enough like Garnett.

  1. Justin - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    There is also a long road for Love to become as big a douche as KG was and still is. Before I get flooded with thumbs down lets wait until after the game to see if I am proved correct. He always has some antics. My guess is it will come against someone like Wes Johnson or Ridnour.

    • sellahh - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Well, you’re right although douche is a little too nice thing to say. KG is a straight punk on the court but Love seems to be a wannabe padawan of KG antics, say stepping on flopping Argentinian’s head.
      But none of that matters, KG was a defensive beast and so far Love is a powerhouse only on offence. Probably better than KG ever was but still 2 sides of the court beat 1 by far.

  2. thegrey7 - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    “This is not the best Minnesota has ever been, and it’s because Love has not yet become enough like Garnett.”

    This is a dumb statement. The reason the Timberwolves are not better is because Garnett had better teammates at his prime then Love does now. If Rubio, Pek, Beasley, and Berrea were all healthy, the current Wolves team would be close to the best ever.

    • sellahh - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      “Berrea”? Lol, you mean J.J.Berreja, James Juan Berreja?

  3. rooney24 - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Taylor needs to not make comments that could piss of Love, whether valid or not. He already refused to give him a 5 year deal, and ended up giving him an out after three years. Don’t give him a reason to use his out. I’m sure he didn’t mean it as an insult, but taken out of context, it kind of sounds like a rip on Love.

    • therealhtj - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Why would you care? Love is not Lebron, Rose, Durant, or Dwight, and while he’ll be paid like a franchise cornerstone for the numbers he puts up, as a number 1 option, he won’t guide a team to a championship. So in that regard, he’s just like KG.

      • rooney24 - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Sorry, “thereal”, we aren’t all front runners that just glom on and root for some star player. Some of us are fans and actually root for the home team and want that team to have some success. That is why I (and others) would care.

        Oh, by the way, how many titles do LeBron, Rose, Durant, and Dwight have? Since you are using them as the comparison, and lack of titles as the negative, how many do they have?

        You are the definition of an internet troll. And, apparently don’t know much about basketball either.

      • therealhtj - Mar 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        You can be a homer all you want, but barring a miracle, even if Love and Rubio live up to their full expectations, there’s no way you’re getting past OKC as long as Durant and Westbrook are healthy.

        Congratulations, your team is now good enough to ensure they won’t be in position to draft a real franchise cornerstone until Love and Rubio bolt for bigger markets.

        Lebron, Rose, Durant, and Dwight may not have rings, but they sure as hell are locks for 1st team All-NBA for the foreseeable future, and as long as their teams stay relatively in tact, have far better shots at rings than a Minnesota team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004.

      • rooney24 - Mar 30, 2012 at 8:17 PM

        That’s fine, “real”. I’ll be a fan of my team. I am happy with the direction the Wolves are moving, and will cheer for them to keep getting better.

        You can jump from one front runner to the next. Maybe you should pick your “favorite” team the day after the Finals end. Then, you can be assured of claiming to be a fan of the best team.

        It’s all good. You be your kind of fan, and I’ll be my kind of fan.

  4. glink123 - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    textbook example of how to rebuild a franchise. same can be said about Cleveland, and to a lesser extent, Denver (Denver never really got “bad”). it amazes me how some teams can completely retool in a span of 3-5 years, while other teams (ahem, wizards) trudge along decade after decade mired in mediocrity.

  5. lakerluver - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    This Dude’s a white Moses Malone with a 3 pointer!! Best PF in the NBA. Looking forward to the day he goes back home to Cali and puts on the LAKERS jersey.

    • rooney24 - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Come on, man! LA already stole an entire franchise from MN. Now, we finally get a good player again, and you want to steal him too? Let us keep something.

    • cosmicatomic - Mar 30, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      He’s from Oregon, you idiot.

  6. Justin - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    “His stats are great, but until Love can lead the Timberwolves to being a top defensive team — and he doesn’t, his rotations are still weak to start with — he cannot be an MVP”

    ……. I am sorry but Kevin Durant’s OKC Thunder allows team to score 97.1 vs the Wolves 98.8. Therefore Kevin Durant cannot be MVP? Dumbest argument ever. It is the MVP award and not the DPOY award.

    • thetruth113 - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      No he’s right, your team needs to be amongst the best defensively or you cannot be an MVP. Just like Kobe’s MVP in 08 when the Lakers’ defense was ranked 19th in the league. Or Nash’s MVP in 06 when the Suns ranked 28th. Or Nash’s MVP in 05 when the Suns ranked DEAD LAST in defense

      • Justin - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        Yes great point. The saddest thing is put the Wolves in the weak East and we are probably a 5 or 6 seed and there would be KLove MVP talk.

      • kinggw - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM

        Put the Wolves in the East and they are still out of the playoffs.

  7. harmbry - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Love needs to up his FBPG (f-bombs per game) ratio to be in the same sentence as KG. Also needs to work on his POGSTM (picking on guys smaller than me) ratio.

  8. piddonkadonk - Mar 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    This is ridiculous. Dude has a stupid amount of offensive rebounds per game, he’s holding the team, there’s no Rubio right now, and the rest of the team is spotty at best. Having a sub-par cast surrounding him shouldn’t reflect on his ability to contend for the MVP. Wolves would be the Bobcats without him. It’s not a MVPOGT (Most Valuable Player On Good Team) award.

  9. eugenesaxe - Mar 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    One gutless nut-punching lil bitch is enough.

  10. keyshawn22 - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Lets see K-Love win a title, MVP and DPOY before we start comparing him to KG. There is only one active player that even belongs in the same sentence as KG when talking about greatness and thats Tim Duncan.

    Everyone can hate on KG all they want but his ring and hardware speak for themselves.

    However much props to K-Love he is the best power forward in basketball at the moment and is more of an MVP candidate than some of the clowns that get thrown around in the discussion (kobe)

    • bozosforall - Mar 30, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      KG didn’t win those awards in the same time frame so grouping them together is disingenuous.

  11. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    The Wolves are developing a nice young team. I love watching Love play.

  12. kirschmania - Mar 31, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    We have got to stop comparing these two. Love is Love. KG was KG. 2 different dudes. No one wants to be constantly measured up to someone else. Loves numbers speak for themself. Enough!

    • thetruth113 - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:54 AM

      And of course it is ridiculously unfair to start comparing a guy in his 4th season to one of the 25 or 30 best players of all time. Of course he’s no Garnett right now, I don’t think anyone has ever been by their 4th season. People forget how good Garnett really was in his prime. He was averaging something like 12-13 rebounds, 6 assists, and almost 2 steals and 2 blocks a game for years and spent a decade as a top 5 defensive player

  13. losangelasbasketball - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Most people can’t even watch this guy ball cause TNT and ESPN are garbage..

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