Kevin Love is an amazing player. He’s arguably a top five NBA talent and definitely top ten. He’s got incredible stats and improves year after year.
He is not, however, a leader.
He is in fact a whiny bitch.
“I just want to win, wherever that may be,” says Kevin Love.
What ever happened to CREATING a winning environment? Whatever happened to being an inspiration to win? Whatever happened to making everyone and everything around you rise to that level? I am no professional athlete. I honestly can’t even touch my toes. Every time my dog comes near me she sticks her nose down my belly button like there might be a sandwich in there. There probably is. But I simply don’t understand this post-Jordan culture of “If you can’t beat them, join them.” Of jumping ship the minute you’re dissatisfied. You are not a winner if you leave a losing situation that you were the main cog of just to go to a place that is already winning. That makes you a Benedict Arnold. It makes you the guy from the Goonies in the Matrix who just wants a steak. Even worse, it makes you Dwight Howard.
Yes, the Minnesota Timberwolves organization is a blundering behemoth of bullshit. It’s a parade of Jonny Flynn draftings, Darko Milicic signings, Kevin Love max contract snubbings and every other dumbass move you can think of. But that was because of David Kahn. He’s gone now. We had 40 wins last season in a brutal Western Conference. We lost a dozen games by a margin of 4 points or less because of a (now gone) legendary coach who unfortunately was long past mentally checked out. For three years we’ve had crippling injuries. Still, we have Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer and a very intriguing sophomore class. We could make the playoffs next year. We could get 50 wins.
But we won’t, because Kevin Love will be gone. Because he can’t lead and he won’t lead.
So go on, get gone. Find your #1, Mr. #2. Go be the Kelly Rowland to someone’s Beyoncé. The Bumblebee to someone’s Optimus Prime. The Mike Love to someone else’s Brian Wilson.
What’s the worst that’ll happen to the Timberwolves without him? We STILL don’t make the playoffs? That’s called Tuesday here in Minnesota.