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Kevin Love says he loves being in Minnesota, wants to be there

Feb 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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There’s a perception that Kevin Love is not happy in Minnesota.

Part of that is fueled by Love saying he didn’t feel the love from the Timberwolves organization last contract time, saying if this was still not a playoff team when his contract is up in a few years he would have to consider his options. Another part of it is fueled by fans of other teams (and front office types) that hope he is unhappy and that Minnesota would be forced to move him. They covet him.

Don’t bet on it.

First, he’s the face of the Timberwolves franchise, the guy that sells tickets and draws sponsors. There aren’t a lot of guys like that around.

And second, he likes it in Minnesota and wants to stay. That’s what he told the Associated Press on Thursday as he returned to practice for the first time in months, following hand surgery.

“I just think that they need to realize that I love being here,” Love said. “I don’t know where the misconception came along, but I love this team. I love this organization, and somewhere along the line it went the other way. I think that wholeheartedly they need to realize that I do want to be here. I have fun being here.”

Love has got two more seasons after this one before he can opt out of his deal. He and the Timberwolves are wed for a few years, for better or worse. This year has been worse, with Love s breaking his shooting hand twice, Ricky Rubio missing the first third of the season and not looking right, and he is not expected back until next month still.

But the better part is coming. It may be next season, but it is coming. This is a good core the Timberwolves have put together. Their time will come.

  1. greej1938l - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Liar…noone likes being in Minnesota, especially in Winter.

    • apmn - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Anyone who claims to love being in Minnesota in February is either lying or has succumbed to winter madness.

    • mikebrodycomic - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      Minnesota is awesome to live in any month. Don’t blame our state just because you’re a pussy and can’t get your toesie-woesies cold.

  2. bifford - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    I don’t buy anything a player says to the local media. It’s suicide to speak otherwise.

    I would fire Khan to appease Love at this point. They obviously have a negative relationship.

  3. monkeyhateclean - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Love’s had plenty of time to brush up on his PR-speak. He’ll be a Laker in 2 more seasons.

  4. lblock07 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I live in Minnesota and can tell you first hand that Love’s disdain for Kahn has been WELL DOCUMENTED FOR YEARS. All Wolves fans already know this and mostly(completely) agree with him. In that regard, the national media outlets haven’t “reported” anything that wasn’t already common knowledge locally from the team’s beat writers.

    This real issue? All those “Love is unhappy in Minnesota, “Love doesn’t want to play for Minnesota”, Kevin Love wants to be traded from Minnesota” headlines are what tripped up Wolves fans.

    There has never been a direct quote, locally or nationally, stating this. It’s the media types, other FOs, and teams’ fans that are projecting that. Even Yahoo’s Wojo-whatever his name is felt compelled to admit through Twitter that Kevin actually only had positive things to say about the fans, state, and his current teammates after the backlash from that little novela he wrote in December. He conveniently left that stuff out. It didn’t quite fit his storyline, I guess.

  5. eugenesaxe - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    If he’s the face of the franchise, why didn’t they pay him as such? By denying him the max deal he earned, they guaranteed his departure.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      He got a max deal, just for four years not five. Rubio will get five.

  6. aheezybaby - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Chicago

  7. thomaskouns - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Injuries and a lack of a guaranteed contract have a strange way of making some players want
    to resign with teams they dished.

  8. southpaw77 - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Once he hung out with LBJ, Wade, Melo and CP3 this summer on team USA they got in his ear and ran the strong arm your team playbook they ran.
    He’l bolt if they aren’t making deep runs in the playoffs soon. Same for Kyrie, once he hangs with those me first guys in this all star game, the whispers will start.

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