Kevin Love's Halfhearted Apology Sets Stage for T-Wolves' Very Own 'Dwightmare'

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 14, 2012

Dec 12, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) asks for a foul call against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter at Target Center. Timberwolves won 108-105. Mandatory Credit:  Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love didn't regret the criticisms he voiced about the direction of the Minnesota Timberwolves to Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski.

He did have one regret, though: making those comments publicly (according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune).

Love didn't apologize for what he said about the franchise, and he shouldn't have.

This Minnesota regime has done little to instill any confidence in its fanbase, let alone in one of the best players ever to don a Timberwolves jersey.

Credit Minnesota for venturing in to territory where others wanted to go, but were unwilling to fit the bill for those trips. They were gifted with the selections of Ricky Rubio (fifth in the 2009 draft) and Nikola Pekovic (31st in 2008) because other teams were wary of the potential costs of the buyouts with these European pro basketball stars.

Outside of those two players, Minnesota has failed to surround Love with the kind of players needed to make the playoff run that the big man so badly desires.

His best teammate as a Timberwolve (not including the aforementioned Rubio or Pekovic)? Al Jefferson, whom the team traded to the Utah Jazz after Love's sophomore season for Kosta Koufos and two future first-round picks.

Who was the best after Big Al? Statistically, it was either Randy Foye or Michael Beasley.

Not exactly championship-caliber talent.

Minnesota had the chance to bolster its talent base with six top-20 draft picks since 2009. It hit on Rubio, but whiffed on Derrick Williams and Wesley Johnson. It traded Ty Lawson, Luke Babbitt and Donatas Motiejunas before any of them played a single game with the Timberwolves.

So Love's trepidation is understandable. Unfortunately, that doesn't make this pill any easier for Minnesota fans to swallow.

The Timberwolves had the chance to lock in Love on a max extension, but balked. They even allowed him an opt-clause in his four-year deal after the third season (2014-15).

So the clock is already ticking for the Minnesota front office to do what it hasn't done in Love's four-plus year tenure—find him some talented teammates.

Carmelo Anthony handcuffed the Denver Nuggets into trading him during the 2010-11 season. Denver was lauded for the package they received (which included Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler), but has been star-searching ever since.

Dwight Howard did the same to the Orlando Magic the following season. Orlando's compensation lacked the star-power of what Denver received for Anthony.

Minnesota could be well on its way to meeting a similar fate with Love.

His comments and subsequent semi-apology could spell the beginning of yet another sad Love story.