Kevin Love says he is fed up with the Timberwolves’ persistent losing.
Funny, so are we.
Love, for all his other-worldly stats and rapid-fire ascension to the upper reaches of the NBA’s talent pyramid, seems like a bit of a whiner. During his four years with the Wolves, Love has complained about his playing time, Kurt Rambis’ offense, his lack of a supporting cast, his contract status, Al Jefferson and the frigid Minnesota winters.
Now, we’re not saying it’s surprising that Love is sick of losing. But in an interview with Yahoo! Sports — recapped on ESPN.com here — Love said, among other things:
• “If I don’t make the playoffs next year, I don’t know what will happen.”
• “We need to make some moves. We can’t just stand still. We have to make this happen.”
Two things: It’s not like prolific free agents are lining up with their resumes outside the Target Center, and the Wolves have done anything but “stand still” this summer. They’ve added Chase Budinger, and are close with Brandon Roy and Nicolas Batum, a pair of ex-Blazers who will be immediate upgrades at their respective positions.
Those additions might not be as sexy as roping in a Ray Allen, Dwight Howard or Steve Nash, but those upper-echelon players aren’t coming to the Twin Cities, not on their own free will, anyways. The Wolves clearly are building around their two cornerstones — Love and flashy point guard Ricky Rubio. They’re not about to make a big splash, but instead are poised to continue adding complementary parts — a sharpshooter here, a lock-down defender there.
So we’re not completely sure what Love expects. What we are sure of, though, is that a superstar of Love’s caliber shoulders part of the blame for the team’s struggles. Granted, he can’t do it alone, but if he’s to be paid like a franchise player, then he needs to instigate the turnaround.