Kevin Love impatient with Wolves
“My patience is not high,” Love said. “Would yours be, especially when I’m a big proponent of greatness surrounding itself with greatness? All these [Team USA] guys seem to have great players around them.
Woah. Didn't expect these types of remarks coming from him (though you can understand how excepetionally bad the T-Wolves were during his first few years) especially since they are now serious contenders for the playoffs and acquiring (hopefully good) Brandon Roy and maybe Batum though the Blazers are probably going to match it. Rubio and Williams are only going to get better, Pekovic found his niche as a bruiser inside.
I read it too saying, but I have no idea what he is talking about. They just signed Brandon Roy and gave a big offer sheet to Batum. All that and a healthy Rubio is probably a playoff team.
So no one likes their teams anymore? The fact that it's coming from these supposedly team first guys is probably the most disturbing part about it. Just shut up and play ball.
I wouldn't be surprised to hear more and more comments like these from players around the league. I know some people really enjoy the fact that these Super Teams are forming, but you got to remember that these guys are competitors, so for them to compete they need to be in a perfect situation now. It'll be highly unlikely to see another Dirk like year where one player carries a team on their back, and have it be successful.
Lol the NBA is turning into a dramatic TV show
Out of college many people said Love was at best a role player in the NBA. Now that he's putting up historically high numbers people continue to say he's less than great because he can't carry his team to the playoffs. The pressure and spotlight on players in today's NBA is much different than it was in the days of Wilt, Kareem, Bird, etc. I mean, MJ punched his teamate in the face during a practice and it barely got reported. With today's media scrutiny, no good deed goes unpunished.
I think Love is buckling to the pressure of the media spin. He knows his stats are off the charts and he knows many people don't give him credit for his achievements. He's beginning to realize that unless his team is successful, he'll never get the credit he's due. Also, he might still feel slightly burned that Minn didn't hand him a max contract, which may make him feel less appreciated. Then again, what do I know...
Is Kevin Love great- thats a big word, not good but great- self proclaimed at that.
Of that there is no question. KLove is putting up stats that haven't been seen in decades by anyone. And no other player in the NBA with similarly impressive stats (albeit in other categories) receive anywhere close to Love's scrutiny as a player. DRose, Durant, etc. are also mediocre players on defense, but no one seems to notice since their teams win. I think Love could become a Barkley-caliber player if he continues on his current trajectory. Barkley was also an undersized monster player with an impressive offensive game and incredible rebounding skills. He got manhandled on D by Malone and a few other superstars, but he usually held his own vs. bigger guys. In my opinion Barkley's great. And I think Love probably should be considered great too. 25 ppg and 14 rpg on his shooting percentage is insane. I think people doubt him too much.
It is nice to know that all those losses haven't kept him from developing an undeserved sense of accomplishment.
The league has never had a superstar who spent his entire career in last place. The cream rises to the top. Kevin Love has been there for four years with a roster lined with lottery picks and guys who contributed to winning teams. He should quit whining and learn to give a crap about moving his feet defensively.
The league has never had a superstar who spent his entire career in last place. The cream rises to the top. Kevin Love has been there for four years with a roster lined with lottery picks and guys who contributed to winning teams.
Here we go with this argument again..... Yeah a team lined with lottery picks such as Wes Johnson, Darko Milicic, Martell Webster, Johnny Flynn, Corey Brewer, Sebastian Telfair, Anthony Randolph, etc. Cant believe Love has trouble winning with talent as great as that.
It is a fact that Martell Webster, Luke Ridnour, JJ Barea, and Brad Miller were contributors on winning teams.
It is a fact that the Timberwolves had six former top six picks on their roster and another who entered the NBA with a top six pick salary.
It is a fact that they had nine former lottery picks.
It is a fact that former teammates like Corey Brewer, Ryan Gomes, Ramon Sessions, Randy Foye, Mike Miller, and Sasha Pavlovic, have gone on have roles with playoff teams. Al Jefferson went on to lead a Jazz team with pitiful guard and wing play to the playoffs.
It is also a fact that Tim Duncan was the only former lottery pick played for the Spurs in these playoffs.
You can keep apologizing for the results if you want, but they are what they are.
Let's be fair. Martell and Luke are barely starters in the NBA--they were contributors, but 8th/9th man level contributors. JJ is what he is. Yes, he can "contribute" from time to time, but he's not going to carry you anywhere (excepting his freakish performance in the 2011 playoffs). Brad Miller was a quality baller several years ago in Sactown. Claiming he's a reason Minn should be successful is like saying the 6ers should dominate because they had Elton Brand. As you know, he's not quite the player he was a few years back.
The reality is Minn has 2 good players, 2-3 players with potential, and 2-3 role players. That they were drafted in the lotto is irrelevant. Most of them are terrible, overpaid players.
Also, the Jefferson did not carry the Jazz. He was very good and necessary for their playoff run, but may not have even been their best player. KLove easily would have taken last year's Jazz team to the playoffs too.
Well, if Martell Webster was an 8th or 9th man contributor, then so was Nicolas Batum because Webster was playing that role in 08 and 10 (he was hurt in 09) before being moved and Batum filling it past two years with roughly the same effectiveness. Is that going to be the next excuse? Luke Ridnour was a starter in Seattle and the first guard off the bench for a playoff team in Milwaukee. He was never am 8th or 9th man. Brad Miller was giving productive backup minutes for the Bulls in 2010 and Rockets in 2011, which is not a few years back. It was the each of the two years prior to joining Minnesota. I never said Barea was capable of carrying anyone, but that a championship team benefited from him being "what he is."
If you want to believe that Utah has more talent around Jefferson than Love has in Minnesota, then you need to ground it in something other than your fanboy desire to believe that is th case.
modeling after Lebron James now. Complain, make excuses, and be a primadonna. Join a "Big 3". Become a league villain. Win a championship.
LeBron went to the Finals with Z, Gooden, Hughes, Pavlovic, Donyell, Varajao, Damon Jones, Eric Snow, and Boobie Gibson. He wasn't wallowing in last place. The sad part of LeBron's decision was that he thought it was going to be easier going to Miami. It wasn't. Bosh got hurt and couldn't move laterally. Miller's body was done. Wade's body is not allowing him to do what he was able to do two and three years ago. LeBron still had to be the greatest player in the world to win a title.
But no one is arguing that KLove = LBJ. LBJ is by far the league's best player. He is amazing. KLove is great, but clearly not on LBJ's level. LBJ is a better 4 than KLove and he's not even a 4. KLove should be held to Meloish standards --that's the level of player he probably is.
Ok, so Kevin Love puts up MONSTER stats and the T Wolves lose. Ricky Rubio comes over and the T Wolves start to win some. Then he gets hurt. And the T Wolves start to lose again. It seems like Kevin Love still has some work to do to make his teammates better. Having Rubio for a full second year will help. They need Derrick Williams to emerge too. But, Brandon Roy will help. Chase Budinger is solid. Pekovic was a revelation last year. With this "talent" they should make a run for the playoffs. If not, some of the blame will be on Kevin Love.
He needs more guys around him? He had Russell Westbrook, Darren Collison, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on his team at UCLA and he still couldn't come away with a title. Derrick Rose gets heat for not coming away with a title, but he didn't have another NBA superstar on that Memphis team. And Memphis STILL beat UCLA handily in that Final Four game (with C.D.R. dunking on Kevin Love) before losing to that Kansas team. Who else did Kevin Love need THAT year? OJ Mayo? Eric Gordon? Roy Hibbert? DeAndre Jordan?
I don't understand all the hate. He didn't say he wanted to be traded. He said he loves Minnesota and wants to carry them to the playoffs. All his asked for is a little help. Look at his GM, if any player has a right to call out their managment its Love. JJ Barea's contract, Darko and Wes Johnson starting out of position are just a few reasons to be upset.
Chase is a good pick up for them, but he is not some star thats going to help turn around the franchise. Ya they offered Batum, but does anyone think for a second that Portland isn't matching it? Do they really believe Brandon Roy can play major minutes for 82 games?
They need a high caliber SG/Scorer in the worst way. If they can add that to Rubio,Williams, Love, Pekovic then Minnesota won't have to worry about making the playoffs.
I don't understand these dudes in the NBA today. Joining up with other top players when they can't get over the hump, complaing about things they shouldn't even be concerned with. I mean really...Why complain? You make 7 figures to throw a ball through a metal ring! I would kill to be in K.Love's position man. I want to be the FACE of a franchise and I don't care if we win or lose lol. I can't wait until NBA 2k13 comes out so My Player can go to the Bobcats with MKG and wreck sh*t lol
Doing this hurts guys we don't like it. Just get better in the post. Jefferson causes a double team Blake does too. Love does not. He is a great rebounder and jump shooter. That's it. I like him but will soon say f$ck him if he starts this sh!t. Enough guys. Play f#cking ball. Get better at using your teamates.
I said the same thing when I was in The Late Night Crew
Lebron was GREAT in Cleveland as he carried raoster on parr with Minnsotas to the damn finals. Real stats translate getting a rebound and and put back isnt the same as how Lebron commandd the game. Love thinks hes Dirk. I dont know if its cause hes a white guy (lets be honest) why hes comments get a pass. yet i look at guys goin off on tamer comments from Batum n Gordon. Love shoots Jumpers all day he hardley post hes a ramndom jacke who a beast on the boards. Rarely if hes grat so is Monta Ellis who had been putting up nuber since he stepped into the league just aint won anythin so hes just a scorer. whats the great one shoot like 45 % right. Compared this pleb to Lebron type of impact. whats his added win % .
had so much more impact its not worth me comparing. Have you guys watched the wolves - like 48 mins of the great Love? I doubt it so much but thats hy opinions are opinions eh