Minnesota’s Kevin Love wonders what the Timberwolves are doing. He’s still not very happy about not being the designated franchise player for the Wolves; he’s only signed for four years instead of the maximum five-year deal. He can also opt out after his third year of the deal.
“I don’t know who labels people stars, but even [T'wolves owner] Glen Taylor said: I don’t think Kevin Love is a star, because he hasn’t led us to the playoffs,” Love told Yahoo! Sports. “I mean, it’s not like I had much support out there.
“That’s a tough pill to swallow.”
Love doesn’t stop there.
“You walk into the locker room every year, and it’s completely turned over,” Love says. “There’s new guys everywhere. And then it happens again and again. You start to wonder: Is there really a plan here? Is there really any kind of a … plan?”
The Wolves have stumbled when it comes to their first-round draft picks. After Ricky Rubio, the Wolves drafted Jonny Flynn with the very next pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Flynn is now playing in Australia. In the very next draft, they chose Wesley Johnson with the fourth overall pick. He was traded to the Phoenix Suns in the offseason and hasn’t gotten regular playing time over there. And then in the 2011 NBA Draft, they got Derrick Williams with the second overall pick. He’s not getting much burn in Minnesota, either.
So Love is frustrated with the team. He was asked by the media to expand on those comments and was also asked if he would like to take anything back. According to the Star Tribune, he’s not.
“I meant what I said, I told David there’s nothing to apologize about,” Love said. “The only thing I was sorry about is that I did in public and if there’s a learning expereince from that, it’s not to do that again.
“A lot of athletes these days say the right thing and aren’t outspoken. I happen to be in this article. I’m not going to go forward and say I have anything to apologize about. I said what I felt. I didn’t mean to alienate my team, my coaches, the organization or more importantly the fans… I said a lot of things about the team and were we’re at this point and I’ll continue to say it throughout the year because that’s how I feel.”
Love has become one of the best players in the league, even though Minnesota didn’t seem to believe in him much (according to him). This season, he’s averaging 21.2 points and 14.2 boards in nine games. Last year, he averaged 26.0 points and 13.3 rebounds. He led the league in rebounding in 2010-11 with 15.2 rebounds.
Nevertheless, the Wolves better take a look at Kevin Love and realize how good this guy really is. Again, Love can opt out two seasons from now and if they’re not careful, they can lose him.
Love did say that he wanted to retire in Minnesota and that he would hold no ill will towards Ricky Rubio if he becomes the designated five-year contract franchise player. Contracts broke up the earlier Kevin Garnett/Stephon Marbury duo in Minnesota and Timberwolves fans hope that history doesn’t repeat itself.
The Timberwolves face the Nuggets at home tonight.