I recently had the opportunity to talk to Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love. Love took part in the Manhattan Beach Open on Thursday afternoon, which is part of the Jose Cuervo Beach Volleyball Series.
While I had the opportunity to talk to Love about his participation in the volleyball tournament, I was also able to talk to him about one of the things near and dear to both of our hearts: Basketball.
One of the topics I had the opportunity to talk to Love about was the incoming class of NBA rookies.
Love mentioned four he will be keeping an eye on next season.
After playing one injury-shortened season with the Duke Blue Devils, Kyrie Irving was selected with the No. 1 overall pickin this year’s draft. Irving is supposed to be one of the players expected to spark life back in the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise.
Irving being selected with the No. 1 overall pick didn’t go unnoticed by Love.
“You also have to keep an eye on No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving,” he said.
Another Duke Blue Devil on Kevin Love’s “rookie radar” is Kyle Singler. Singler played four years at Duke University, winning a National Championship in 2010. Singler was selected in the second round of this year’s draft by the Detroit Pistons.
“Also Kyle Singler, who played high school basketball near my hometown in Oregon,” the UCLA alum said.
Without hesitation, the first names out of Kevin Love’s mouth were Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams.
“Of course my two new teammates,” Love said.
Williams, who was selected with the second overall pick by Minnesota, is expected to contribute immediately for the Timberwolves. Williams is a good combo-forward with great athleticism.
Rubio, the flashy point guard from Spain, who was originally drafted by Minnesota in 2009, will make his debut in the NBA next season.
'Wolves fans have visions of Love and Rubio running the pick-and-roll dancing in their heads.