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Kevin Love happy to see “bad blood” gone from Timberwolves locker room

Jul 20, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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Michael Beasley, Darko Milicic, Anthony Randolph, and Martell Webster.

Those are the four main guys Minnesota has moved out this off-season. Decide for yourself who Kevin Love was talking about when he said this to the Pioneer Press (via SLAM).

“If we get everybody back healthy, with Ricky (Rubio) back healthy, if (Brandon) 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.”

I’m not going to speculate, I’ll leave that to you.

But Love was completely back on his “We have to get better and I’m going to publicly push the organization kick” in the interview. He wants veterans, he wants to win now. Thing is, with him and Rubio they have the potential core of a good team and just veterans isn’t the answer. More talent is, regardless of age.

But Love is on Team USA where guys are showing off their title rings and he’s never made the playoffs. He wants to taste the postseason. And that drive is not a bad thing at all.

  1. drobstad - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Love is one of my favorite players in the NBA and the players the Timberwolves got rid of do not have winning attitudes. Rubio and Love can be a force of a combination moving forward but they will need a lot more than just the two of them to become seriously competitive. If Derrik Williams takes a big step forward this season they could easily be a playoff team.

    • minnesotablizzard - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      Don’t sleep on Pekovic either, he has the chance to prove he is a top 5-7 center in the league this season if he stays healthy. Barea also put up some eye popping numbers off the bench in the spring once he was finally healthy; that game vs OKC comes to mind.

      • slopmcflop - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        See, I posted this nice, articulate response detailing my thoughts, but since I’m at work and using IE, it crashed and I lost it all. So I’ll say this:

        Pekovic GOOD. Love/Rubio GOOD. Timberwolves offseason additions pretty GOOD. Team? Can be GOOD given another year of GOOD drafting. The end. Nah but seriously, TWolves should be flirting with perennial playoff team status here real soon.

      • drobstad - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

        I have Pekovic in fantasy… I loved him haha

  2. echech88 - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    It’s easy to guess Beasley….and that’s where I’d go. Guy lost playing time and touches as his time there went on.

    • dlhouse18 - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:43 AM

      I’d actually suggest Anthony Randolph as the target. I know Beasley is easy to pick on and has had locker room issues in the past, but it would ARs attitude was also bad. It would explain why Adelman refused to play him despite being relatively effective with a 17-18PER.

      • dlhouse18 - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:44 AM

        I’m new here. This lack of edit button is already killing me!

  3. adoombray - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    People always talking about Rubio and Love like they are the only guys worth a darn up there. Nikola Pekovic is a top 10 center who is only going to get better. he collects a large amount of rebounds for playing next to a rebounding machine like Love. He plays good defense in the post, is a self made, hard working player with a pretty decent jumper. I know Love wants to win now, but even if they stand tall where they are at thats a team that will continue to develop into something special. if Rubio doesn’t tear his ACL, they are a playoff team last year.

    The only real problem up there in Minnesota is they need a knock down shooter. There’s a reason they went so hard after Batum and gave up their first for Budinger. If they can get themselves a quality 2/3 who can drop it behind the arc that’s a dangerous team.

    • Deathmask - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Not to mention how Pekovic’s high ORB% complements Love well.

      • slopmcflop - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        He averaged 9.9 rbs per 36 minutes last year, and over half of those were on the offensive glass. Insane.

  4. trevormcnamara - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Don’t forget the addition of dante cunningham chase budinger and robbie hummel . Very underrated role players. Also a healthy nikola pekovic.

  5. thegrey7 - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    I’m sure he is talking about Darko (who clearly didn’t care about the team). Possibly Beasily and Randolph too, who seemed moody and unmotivated at times.

  6. misterdreamer119 - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Love is an awesome player. Tough, smart and all. The T’Wolves will not win a championship. Love and Rubio will leave the franchise at next free agency. But Ill watch them on league pass.

  7. khadeemw - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Kevin Love can say what he wants about Beasley, Randolph,etc but hes a huge part of the Timberwolves problem. He is a very good scorer and rebounder, but hes the leader of that matador Timberwolves defense. He is downright awful on defense. Part of being a leader is admitting when you need to step your game up. He is pointing fingers and has forgot was has glaring flaws are.

    • brewdogg - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      If you knew the first thing about Love, you would know that he busts his butt to improve whatever part of his game is lacking. Part of being a leader is setting an example for your teammates. Read between the lines on this one. The guys who are coming back know what he is talking about, and they get it.

      And btw, I guarantee that the departures/arrivals this offseason are as much about getting players capable of playing a team defensive concept as they are about adding talent. It will be interesting to see where Williams fits in if he isn’t moved.

      • khadeemw - Jul 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        first of all none of us know kevin love personally…second thing is that i have noy seen any improvement in his defense since his collegiate days….Kevin Love has been screaming that these guys need to this n that…all im saying is if ur best player doesnt/can’t play defense then why will a bunch of other guys play it

      • brewdogg - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM

        Since you are basing your judgement on physical observation and reputation, than I guess there is not much to say to you. But just so you are aware, only 9 teams in the league allowed fewer points per possession than the Wolves last year, and Love led all PFs in EFF, AWS, and APER.

      • khadeemw - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        then y are the timberwolves ranked 20th in defensive effiency. They were also ranked in the bottom 10 in opposing team shooting percentage. Dont throw out false information like we all cant access it.

      • brewdogg - Jul 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        My apologies…. I was accessing a BR report from Jan 10, before Rubio got hurt. At that time, their DE was 100.1. Maybe it’s not Love that’s the problem….

  8. ptestonm - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Kevin Love=the second coming of Larry Bir……….oh hell naw! Not even close

  9. jshipolito - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Kevin Love as a Laker, very nice.

  10. emosnar - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Love can hoop, get boards but his defense sucks. he can rap all he wants, at the end of the day know this Lovey Looove…. THE PACERS OWN YOU!!! lol. Time for Rubio to also be exposed. I predict another midseason injury for the gimpy Spaniard. love sounds like another premadonna star ready to find a scapegoat for the new season. Own your team and wins period bro.

  11. paulhargis53 - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Own your misspelled words, “bro”.

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