The All Star reserves were announced tonight, and one name everyone expected to see was left off the list. On par with NBA history, that player was from our Minnesota Timberwolves. Kevin Love has had a great season for the lowly Wolves, with 21.4 points, 15.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Everyone knows he is
The Great White Hope the best rebounder in 30 years, and is in the process of putting up historical numbers that rival that of Moses Malone. However, the NBA coaches did not think these statistics made up for the fact that the team he plays for has looked downright terrible most of the season.
Most Wolves fans have given up on the season, and are clinging to the few things left to look forward to. One of those things would be the draft
once again, and the other would be the numb#rs Love has been putting up all year. To say Love getting into the All Star game is something Wolves fans have been looking forward to is an understatement, and for the League to leave him out due to his team’s record seems ludicrous with his gaudy statistics.
Luckily for Love and the most loyal fans in the NBA (look at The Wolves’ overall record… these are loyal fans) there is still a chance he will make that trip to Los Angeles for the 2011 All Star game. Yao Ming was selected by the NBA’s
China dwelling fans to start in the game this year, but since he has been injured since the beginning of the season, David Stern will be choosing his replacement. To say he owes it to Wolves fans would be an understatement. In a league that stars make or break your franchise, it has always seemed odd that the draft lottery is behind closed doors. I’m not making any accusations, but people talk, and there have been whispers about it being rigged. For the Wolves fans, it seems obvious because we have tunnel vision and only know that happens to our team. That would include never picking higher than 3rd as well as never moving up in the draft. Stern may not have had any influence on the balls bouncing that way, but that doesn’t change the public perception about him in the Twin Cities area. Stern has to pick Love to get into the game as a replacement not only because Love is having a historically great season, but also to lighten the mood in Minnesota. One move won’t make up for two decades of disappointments, but for Love to get into the All Star game could help our fans see the light at the end of this cellar dwelling tunnel.