Kevin Love Shouldn't Worry About Minnesota Timberwolves' Future
Kevin Love is freaking out, man.
The budding star signed a four-year extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves back in January, but all his time with Team USA reportedly has him wanting more (via Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears):
In an interview with Yahoo! Sports, Love urged Minnesota's management to acquire the necessary talent to make the franchise a contender. If the Timberwolves don't start winning this season, Love isn't sure how long he'll want to be a part of Minnesota's future.
I have two words for you, Kevin: Calm down.
OK, I'm going to need more words.
It's like the 23-year-old power forward has already forgotten what happened in Minnesota last year. Yes, his Timberwolves finished 14 games under .500 and failed to make the playoffs, but they were contending when Ricky Rubio was healthy.
You know, the 21-year-old rookie from Spain who was establishing himself as one of the best pure passing point guards before he tore his ACL? The one who makes everyone around him better, especially shooters (which the T-Wolves have been focusing on acquiring this offseason)?
Now, I'm not one to blame losing seasons solely on injuries, but if Rubio had not gone down in early March, the Timberwolves would have had a legit shot at postseason action.
Nonetheless, when it does get its PG back, Minnesota instantly becomes a playoff threat. And according to Love, that's all he wants:
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.
Patience is a virtue, Mr. Love.
We've already established that the Wolves have a PG-PF combo that literally every team would envy.
When will the T-Wolves make the playoffs next?
Throw in developing big men Derrick Williams and Nikola Pekovic, who, at the very least, are solid trade chips, and Minnesota has an impressive core. On top of that, ESPN.com reports that it just offered Nicolas Batum, one of the best up-and-coming small forwards in the game, a max contract and will sign Brandon Roy.
Minnesota doesn't have its own "Big Three," sure, but if Love doesn't think the T'wolves—an exciting team on the way up with plenty of cap space—are a soon-to-be playoff team, then there might be something in the water at those Team USA practices.
As long as Love shows a little bit of patience with the only team he's played for since coming out of UCLA, his recent comment will end up being nothing more than a distant memory to be chuckled at.
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