Love Voices Frustration With Timberwolves Organization

Love Frustrated With T-Wolves Front Office

12/12/12 in NBA   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Dec 04, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) prior to playing the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Sixers 105-88. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY SportsIn 2011, the Timberwolves Front Office refused to give their franchise’s most valuable player since Kevin Garnett the five-year-contract he clearly deserved.  However frustrated he was, Love continued on with All-Star quality play and a supporting cast filled with question marks. 
 
Now, Love is ready to voice his frustration, geared towards owner Glen Taylor and GM David Kahn.  He told Yahoo! Sports, “I don’t know who labels people stars, but even Glen Taylor said: I don’t think Kevin Love is a star, because he hasn’t led us to the playoffs.”  Love’s direct response to this claim: “I mean, it’s not like I had much support out there.”
 
Two things are extremely clear from this statement: that Love’s talent is not fully appreciated by the Timberwolves Front Office and that the two-time NBA All-Star probably won’t have to think twice if he sees an intriguing offer from another franchise during his free agency summer in 2015.  And both of these problems are absolute travesties for a Timberwolves franchise that has enough trouble signing and drafting big-time talent as it is.
 
Love was also unhappy with the way the organization handled the news of his broken hand in the preseason.  He said, “Even people in my own organization were asking if it was a legitimate injury, people calling my honesty and integrity into question.  And that’s what really bothers me.”
 
The nucleus of Ricky Rubio and Love is an excellent battery to work around, but if you lose Love, who is to say Rubio will stay, and what other solid parts has the team really developed around them?  Pekovic has come along nicely and Derrick Williams is an intriguing project, but the rest of the roster is made up of average players with 1 to 2 year contracts such as Ridnour, Kirilenko, Brandon Roy, and Chase Budinger.
 
Love had his own things to say about how poorly the management has handled things:
 
“You walk into the locker room every year, and it’s completely turned over.  There’s new guys everywhere.  And then it happens again and again.  You start to wonder: Is there a plan here?”
 
The Timberwolves better figure out the plan soon, because in 2015 both Rubio and Love have contract options that they will quite probably be unwilling to agree to unless the team adds some more promising talent to support the main duo.
 
The team has missed the playoffs 8 years in a row and has lost over 60% of their games 6 straight years.  Right now, they are tied for 8th in the West and when Rubio returns, it’s possible they could make a solid run at the 7th or 8th seed in the playoffs.  But it’s time for the team’s front office to grow up, realize that if they want their team to compete in today’s NBA, you need to hold onto players with superstar potential – what, do they think they’re going to just lose Love and sign LeBron? – and Kevin Love is certainly someone you don’t want to just lose.  Give the man the contract he deserves and don’t try and weasel your way out of the money you would otherwise use to sign another marginal player to a short-term deal, guys.
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