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Kevin Love vents frustrations about Timberwolves dealings

Dec 11, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

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Kevin Love is going to be a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves for the rest of this season. And next season. And the season after that. Then he can opt out of his deal if he wants (or he can stay another season), but we are a long way from even thinking about that). He signed a four-year deal last summer because you always sign the first big contract after your rookie deal — you get paid first.

The point is that Kevin Love may be frustrated, but it’s a little bit moot. He signed the deal, he is not going anywhere for a while.

Actually, it’s not “may” be frustrated — he is frustrated. That all stems back to the contract deal he was offered — teams can only offer one five-year contract extension at a time under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Timberwolves are saving theirs for Ricky Rubio. Love — the All-Star and gold medal winner — got four and has felt slighted by that and much more, he told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and the NBC Sports Network.

“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 told Yahoo! Sports. “I mean, it’s not like I had much support out there. That’s a tough pill to swallow.”

Love said he doesn’t forget slights light that. And after a couple more seasons when he can opt out he says he will remember then, too.

Minnesota can offer more money then than any other team, but Love has made it clear on more than one occasion — and did again — that winning is what maters to him.

“I haven’t been in the playoffs yet,” Love says. “I’m looking at my contract in the eye of two years from now, and if I haven’t been to the playoffs – or it’s been one playoff berth – well, it’s going to be tough to say, ‘Oh well, I’m going to stay here and continue to rebuild.’ “

You really need to read Wojnarowski’s entire story to get how frustrated Love is with some things in Minnesota.

Love has not felt the Love from Minnesota — but that doesn’t mean they are going to lose him. He wants to win. He wants a team of good players that push themselves. They have a coach that can do it in Rick Adelman (who Love respects) and good players like Ricky Rubio and Andrei Kirilenko. If things start to gel and Love feels this is a place he can contend, that a roster is being built and maintained like in Oklahoma City and Memphis, he will stay. It’s a bottom line thing.

I think the Timberwolves — 9-9 and currently the eight seed in the West — will make the playoffs. They have defended well this year but it’s been a struggle on offense. Rubio — especially with Love — will change that.

And if the Timberwolves start making the playoffs and improving, Minnesota has nothing to worry about. But we are a few years away from discussing how Love feels when it really matters.

  1. superseahawk - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    He shouldn’t have signed that extension, that stinks for him.

  2. rayray5227 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Send him to LA please. It would’ve been awesome if we had pulled that trigger two years ago.

  3. BigBeachBall - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Players have to act like clowns in the media to get their owners to open their wallets for better surrounding talent… Typical noise… Keep moving

    • mytthor - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      I think the definition of “acting like a clown in the media” is an owner saying that a franchise player on his team, by far his best player and a top 10 player in the NBA, isn’t a star. What’s the point of that?

      At least Love’s point is 100% legit, even if he shouldn’t have said it.

  4. kush44 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    This makes me very disappointed, Love should be smart enough to know that he can’t do anything for 3 years, so all this interview does is cause a distraction for the team.

    Way to be the leader of your team Kevin.

  5. jebdamone - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    have been a die-hard wolves fan since inception and have never liked love. he has a great game and puts up absurd stats but has never been a good leader or teammate. He has always pointed fingers, moped and whined and has even gotten in fights with his teammates. he has always had a sense of entitlement. all a person has to do is look at what happened to the pups after ricky went down last year to see who holds this team together.
    as far as stats go he is a superstar, as far as leadership and intangibles, not even close.

    • snoopy2014 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Since inception of the franchise or since Inception came out? If it’s the latter, that’s only been 2 years …

    • pesos214 - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      lol to make that comment is just plain down ignorant. Have you ever been in the locker room with him? Have you ever been on the court playing with him? You’ve probably never even heard him speak in person, so to make outlandish comments like that are just plain down ignorant. I could see if you said “He doesn’t seem like a leader”, but you said not even close. And that’s hilarious. That’s fine if you feel like it when you watch a game, but unless you are in the locker room with him you just can’t make a stupid comment like that and think it’s going to mean anything

  6. clevelandschronic2 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Sure would look nice paired next to Kyrie in two years. Uncle Drew and Wes!!

    • tomtravis76 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:57 AM

      While money talks, Kyrie will not finish his career in Cleveland. The Players Union remembers how Gilbert trashed one of their own when the guy was a free agent. Gilbert didn’t care about Lebron ,he cared that he was losing his cash machine.

      The Wolves need to find a way to get Gasol to Minnesota for K Love.This European all star squad they are building is kind of interesting, wish the were on TV more.

  7. paulhargis53 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    This turd is always popping off. If he didn’t want to be there, he shouldnt have signed. I’m tired of his crying.

  8. dwirk - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    He’ll be a laker by the trade deadline

    • zerole00 - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Don’t the Wolves have a better record than the Lakers right now?

  9. pudgalvin - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Bring him to Chicago. He’s good friends with Rose, the Bulls still have ammo for a trade (thanks MJ, for thinking Tyrus Thomas was worth one of your lottery picks. Those protections are quickly wearing off the pick), and the Bulls have a good cap situation for the future. He’d be the perfect compliment to Rose and Noah.

  10. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Send him to Portland .Hes from Lake Oswego

  11. monkeyhateclean - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    While he was venting his frustrations, the man he was supposed to be guarding scored about 14 layups.

  12. ericdinosaur - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Somebody’s going to realize he’s a guy that just puts up good numbers and doesn’t make teams or players around him better. Rick Adelman has done more with less so the fact this guy just puts up numbers without positively impacting his team shows the kind of player he is.

    • pudgalvin - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      Yeah, but who is going to make Luke Ridnour better? I don’t disagree with what you said, but he’s basically spent half a season playing on a team that wasn’t filled with terrible players. Give him a year or two with so decent players and see if anything changes.

      • ericdinosaur - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        Luke Ridnour did decent playing alongside Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis in Seattle and neither has ever been a team first make everyone better kind of player…okay maybe not the best example. But Love just strikes me as a typical 90s player who looked awesome when you saw the back of his trading card a la glen Robinson, Antoine walker, vin baker, Keith van horn, etc. But who knows. Maybe people shouldn’t think of him as a franchise guy and buy into him as a solid 2nd option. That sounds about right.

    • metalhead65 - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      I am pretty sure if you traded him to any contender you would see that he would put them over the top putting up those”numbers” just think how awful they would be without him and those “numbers” that you say mean nothing.

  13. farminfool - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Kevin make your free throws

  14. pariseinminnesotabichez - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Not going anywhere anytime soon so all of the comments above can just chill, wait until Rubio comes back and the Wolves teach all of the teams how to play basketball

  15. cameltoehoe - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Oh my. Her comes the vultures. LAkers, Mavs & Knicks sending out feelers to gage Minnesota AND Love’s interest. It’s Dwight II, light/white version.

  16. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    Trade him to the Hornets for next years top 5-10 lottery pick, Gordon, and Jason Smith

  17. doorharp11 - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Hey klove quit complaining like you complain in games! Its getting old even from a die hard twolves fan we se enouh of this with viking recievers man up shut up and play defense, that will translate to more wins! We can get to the playoffs without you because rubio will make them that much better. You have the chance to be great even without rubio but you have to step up and be a leader so your teamates dont despise you like im starting to. You need to rebuild your attitude buddy. With love rubio kierlinko shved and pekovic thats not a playoff team thats a nba championship contender bc the new wolves look great!

  18. skinsfanwill - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    It’s about time someone should expose him for his lack of defense. He can’t guard anybody. Superstars at least make an attempt at defense. He couldn’t get off the bench with team USA because he was clueless on defense. Yeah he gets a ton of rebounds and scores 20 a night. But that’t not what makes you a superstar. Superstars make everyone else better. This team looked better without him. they didn’t start that losing streak until he came back.

  19. brewdogg - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Actually, they started losing when Budinger went down. They lost 3 of 4 between Budinger going out and Love coming back in. Granted, they lost the first 3 after Love came back, but they are 4-2 since.

    the Christmas slate of Miami, OKC, Knicks, and Houston will tell us if this team is for real or not. Until then, just sit back and relax. Rubio coming in will go a lot smoother than Love’s entrance did. These guys are still learning to play together.

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