Why Kevin Love Deserves to Leave the Minnesota Timberwolves
Over the years countless NBA stars have left their respective hometowns for greener pastures, often facing scrutiny from the city’s fanbase and former teammates alike.
Guys like Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony simply chose to leave because of their desire to play in a bigger market, while others like James Harden and Josh Smith felt undervalued and wished to receive a bigger paycheck at the end of the season.
Kevin Love falls into a numerous list of categories when it comes to why he wants to leave Minnesota.
And for the record, I understand why Timberwolves fans would be upset with Love (coming from a Magic fan, I still have bitterness towards the whole Dwightmare disaster). Anytime a superstar states publicly that he wants be traded, he often looks like the villain since his departure ensures the team will face a rocky road ahead.
However the reasons behind Love’s desire to leave is not due to greed or fame, it’s because of the lack of appreciation from Wolves management and the inability to surround him with playoff caliber talent.
Since Love joined the team back in 2008, Minnesota has posted a record of 153-323, failing to go above .500 once and missing the playoffs for 6 straight years.
Throw in the fact that they’ve flopped on numerous drafts by passing up on top tier talent like Stephen Curry, Paul George and DeMar DeRozan and you can at least start to understand some of Love’s frustrations with management.
But wait, there’s more.
Despite Love holding averages of 26 points and 13 rebounds during the 2011-2012 season, Wolves owner Glen Taylor refused to reward him with a 5-year early bird extension, a typical deal for a player that has become their franchise’s most vital star.
Other teams like the Warriors (Stephen Curry) and Bulls (Derrick Rose) were more than willing to shell out big bucks to ensure their stars were properly compensated, but for some reason Minnesota felt Love deserved less, despite their continuous trips to the lottery.
What was really a slap in the face though had to be Taylor’s comments about Love’s status as a player and why in his mind he didn’t consider him a true star.
“I don’t think Kevin Love is a star, because he hasn’t led us to the playoffs,” Taylor told Yahoo! Sports.
In response Love said: “I mean, it’s not like I had much support out there.”
To suggest Love is anything but a star in this league is beyond insane, as he’s proven to be one of the best stretch 4’s in the league and the sole anchor to Minnesota’s offense even back in 2012.
So with rumors swirling that Kevin Love will soon be traded to Cleveland, my message to Timberwolves fans is this: Don’t be mad at your once beloved superstar, be mad at owner Glen Taylor for ruining the chances of bringing him back.
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