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Kevin isnt feeling the Love in Minnesota

Timberwolves forward Kevin Love admitted Tuesday that he feels more appreciated and respected with Team USA than he does his full-time employer.

Love started 22 games and played just 28.7 minutes per game for the lowly Timberwolves last season.

"Yes," he responded when asked if he felt more appreciated by Team USA than Minnesota. "Just a solid yes."

"I don't want to come off sounding like a prima donna or sound like I'm complaining or anything," Love clarified. "I just feel like, since I've been here, it's really been a great team atmosphere. We feel like we have a chance to win this whole thing. I think everybody is just coming in with a great attitude and appreciating everybody as a whole, and really becoming a family.

"I'm just saying in a 15-win season, last year with the Timberwolves, a lot of stuff happened...a lot of new players...we had blown up that team. Heading into this year, we need to just start becoming a family, kind of like it is here, and integrate that family atmosphere into the Timberwolves."

Team USA center Tyson Chandler is just one person that doesn't understand why the Timberwolves haven't featured Love more.

"I can't speak for their organization, but I definitely know when we play against them, he's almost No. 1 on the scouting report, as far as big guys go," Chandler said. "[The coaches] definitely pay attention [to him]. They talk about him being the first player on the floor."

\http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/68638/20100811/love_feels_more_appreciated_by_team_usa_than_wolves/#ixzz0wIj9c19A


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kevin love to me is an

kevin love to me is an underrated player, the guy def. needs to be more featured in their offense, and he will since big al is gone now

guy just wants to win

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Yeah ,Kahn is an

Yeah ,Kahn is an idiot..Someone asked him who was the T-Wolves number 1 player?
He said that they didnt have 1..
But then he said Darko was their most important starter...
Love is very underrated..He has a great basketball IQ,great rebounder,great passer,good post player,has a little streak and he's not an explosive athlete but he's more athletic then people think...

He's my choice to lead the NBA in rebounding next season...With Amare & Boozer moving East..If Love stays healthy he might make the All-Star team..

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He didnt play more because Al

He didnt play more because Al Jefferson and him could not play at the same time. Kahn may not be a good GM but I think it took them a while but they did realize that. I been knew it would not work.

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Love & Jefferson could've

Love & Jefferson could've worked..They just werent given the time to jell...A great coach would've saw that it worked becuz he would've put them in places they could be successful..

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I may be in the minority, but

I may be in the minority, but I think Kevin Love is overrated.

That's not saying he isn't a valuable player. He has a great attitude on and off of the floor, nice intangibles and is an elite rebounder... He has a great motor. I just don't think he's a star. He struggles defending and finishing around the rim due to his lack of athleticism/explosiveness, length and size. Part of the reason he averages so many offensive rebounds is because he goes hard after his own misses. He also has poor conditioning... The baby fat that seems to keep coming back is an issue.

I'd definitely want him on my team... He's just not a player I'd consider an automatic starter, etc.

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The dude averaged 11 RPG per

The dude averaged 11 RPG per game in 28 MINUTES A GAME... do you know how hard it is for a STARTER to get that?! And here is Kevin Love getting ELEVEN PER GAME in limited time as a fringe starter.. that is beast...

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Love will never be a Top 10

Love will never be a Top 10 or 15 player..But he can be a top 20 or 25 player in the NBA

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1) He isn't/wasn't as good as

1) He isn't/wasn't as good as Al Jefferson, and they have the same strengths and weaknesses.

2) He is an awful defensive player. Teams shot 58 percent against them, and for all the mindless praise of his rebounding numbers Minnesota was still outrebounded by their opponents. They played at a fast pace and had a bunch of shots and misses to be had. They were miserably defensively, and Love was certainly no exception. But all that is okay because he is such an efficient 45 percent shooter.

3) He struggled with the triangle. For all the talk about him being smart and having a good basketball IQ, he didn't know the offense!

4) He gained weight as the year went on. Nothing like a lack of conditioning to top off bad defense and not knowing the offense.

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Good opinions, BTPH. And

Good opinions, BTPH.

And that's exactly what they are: opinions. Nothing to back up that he gained weight. None. I have season tickets in Minnesota and my girlfriend dances on the Wolves' dance team, so I spend a great deal of time watching the players. Love actually looked slimmer as the year progressed. And as for how he did in the triangle offense, it was his first year running and offense that sometimes takes seasoned veterans to grasp. I'd say he overachieved seeing that he got limited minutes.

Love definitely has to work on finishing around the rim, in my opinion though. 45% is not acceptable when many of his shots are bunnies.

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Jefferson and Love could have

Jefferson and Love could have worked on the sole fact that Love is an underrated shooter. Love could have played a little more outside which would have in essence allowed him to get back on defense quicker. If Love can learn how to utilize the pick and roll better he'll be a great player.

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I had him ranked i my top

I had him ranked i my top 50.

I think Love should be looking at it as: This is my team. He did gain weight last season. He did have issues in the triangle at some points ( I saw a couple games where he looked good) but overall, I think he's someone who could breakout next season. I think he could average 15-13-4 next season.

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MrMorrison ask your

MrMorrison

ask your girlfriend to hook me up with one of her teammates

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lol

lol

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"Nothing to back up that he

"Nothing to back up that he gained weight. None"

Look at his mid-section...

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That sounds like something

That sounds like something cyclo would say.....

I didnt know you were gay.

Id rather look at the Minnesota timberwolves dance teams midsections.

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First... I have nothing

First... I have nothing against gay men or women. My aunt is gay and I happen to think she's the best aunt in the world.

However... It sounds like you're the one that's gay... Not confident/secure enough with your own sexuality to notice a basketball player's belly on the basketball court.

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love and jefferson worked

love and jefferson worked together well on offense, but they were terrible together on defense and in trnaisition. Love is a very solid player. He might never make an all-star team but he could be around a 18-13 player and be a borderline all-star. Defensively he is never gonna be great he doesnt move quick or get off the ground quick. Buthe is very strong and is smart and gets to the right spot and pretty much just puts his hands up and forces the defense to make a shot.

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IF Love is averaging 18

IF Love is averaging 18 points on a NBA team, that team isn't going to be very good...

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if he is hitting jumpers and

if he is hitting jumpers and works on his finishing ability he can get 18 on a solid team. He could be like a slower david west who does almost all his damage in pick and pops and got 20 a night.

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I typed too quickly 48, not

I typed too quickly 48, not 58 percent.

"Good opinions, BTPH.

And that's exactly what they are: opinions. Nothing to back up that he gained weight. None. I have season tickets in Minnesota and my girlfriend dances on the Wolves' dance team, so I spend a great deal of time watching the players. Love actually looked slimmer as the year progressed. And as for how he did in the triangle offense, it was his first year running and offense that sometimes takes seasoned veterans to grasp. I'd say he overachieved seeing that he got limited minutes.

Love definitely has to work on finishing around the rim, in my opinion though. 45% is not acceptable when many of his shots are bunnies."

It isn't like the Wolves went out and hired exercise guru Idan Ravin to come in and work out their guys in March after weeks of Rambis talking about Love needing to go harder for longer and responding to questions of his play falling off by saying that he hit a wall. He used all the cliche surrogates in place of saying he was out of shape.

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Love

His conditioning may play a part in his playing "only" 29 minutes per game.

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love is obvs. gnna get more

love is obvs. gnna get more than 32 mpg next yr easily... hes now their first option on offense if im not mistaken

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"hes (love) now their first

"hes (love) now their first option on offense"

The T-Wolves will have an amazing chance at the #1 pick.

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agree about jefferson and love

those guys could have worked but....in the nba if u dont click sooner rather than later then things get shaken up. thats jus how the business is

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Yeah Love does need to lose

Yeah Love does need to lose some weight...he'll end up like Big Country if he doesn't slow down. Another guy who ate his way out of the NBA despite having the skill to belong.

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He actually didn't struggle

He actually didn't struggle in the triangle. His offense is perfect for it. He isn't real athletic but he can score on the block because he uses his body very well. He's athletic enough to score on the block at a regular rate.

I have no problem with what khan is doing. He has a nice amount of young talent and isn't rushing things like some owners do and end up going in circles for years....I.E the knicks warriors clippers

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What makes him dangerous is

What makes him dangerous is what you said...he scores on the block well (mainly because he knows how to use that 275LBS to his advantage), but he's surprisingly agile for a man his weight. He moves like a ballerina at times under the basket.

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