Expressing Love: Breaking Down What Kevin Love Is Accomplishing
Upon finding out that Minnesota Timberwolves forward, Kevin Love, was initially left off of the West All-Star team, I saw it as an utter travesty.
I watched as Charles Barkley voiced his mutual displeasure on TNT. I couldn't believe that coaches across the league just ignored the historical season the UCLA alum is enjoying.
It was a relief to hear that he was added to replace Yao Ming, who is sidelined for the season. Not having him on the team would have have been an all-time snub.
In addition to being slightly disrespected from National Basketball Association personnel, I'm not sure if even a third of the people on my college campus have heard of him.
I guess not enough people understand what he is doing here. Perhaps we need a review of his game and season.
His process of rebounding is a wonder to watch. He has superb feel for grabbing missed shots and his fundamentals in this regard are off the charts.
The fact that he is not overwhelming in size or athleticism proves that he has completely mastered the art of rebounding.
From boxing out, to understanding how and where the ball will bounce off the rim, he's got it down pat. A few months ago, there was a play where the ball was up in the air and he was in between two opponents. Moments later, he began to stumble backwards, but still ended up with the rebound—remarkable.
Love is putting together one of the most impressive individual seasons I've seen in my seven years of closely following the NBA. Averaging 21.4 points and and an eye popping 15.6 rebounds, he's on pace to become the first player to average 20 and 15 since Moses Malone's MVP campaign in 1983, in which he lead the Sixers to a title.
I haven't even mentioned that he scored 31 points while pulling down 31 rebounds in a game against the Knicks earlier this season—the most rebounds in one game since Barkley in 1996. He became only the 19th player in history to have a 30/30 game and first since Moses last did it in 1982.
Let's also throw in the fact that he's currently sitting on 38 straight double doubles (franchise record), and a league leading 47 on the season. While we're at it, we might as well mention that he has the most games this season (seven) with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds.
And hey, he's also shooting 43 percent from three—good for 11th best in the league.
But still, he was just a healthy Yao away from missing Midseason Classic.
A good deal of analysts and writers, most notably TNT's Kenny Smith, always feel that players on bad teams should not get the honor. I agree with that to an extent, but certainly not when a player is making history on a nightly basis.
Smith felt Los Angeles Clippers Rookie Blake Griffin was an All-Star, despite being on a bottom feeding team like Love is. He mentioned that his 47 point game a few weeks ago helps make his case.
As if doing that is worlds more impressive than grabbing 31 rebounds in a game—blasphemy.
I have always been a huge fan of the rebounding aspect of basketball. I feel blessed to be able to witness a player with his skill set in this day and age. I did not get to experience former rebounding artists such as Moses Malone and Jerry Lucas.
Kevin Love's old school style of play is in the mold of those two.
The fact that many of the coaches who decided against him being an All-Star have been a part of the league for years and have watched it for awhile before that, makes this would be snub even more unbelievable.
You would think that his play would remind them of how the game used to be decades ago, when fundamentals were more plentiful among the players around the league.
Hopefully, now that everyone sees he's an All-Star, his days of being overlooked in any regard are over.
I look forward to never having to write an article to prove his worth again.
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