In an interview with Marc J. Spears today Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love talked about his place in Minnesota currently and how he feels about his teammates on Team USA having successes or great progress with their own NBA team:
(Taken from Spears’ article)”My patience is not high, 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. It’s tough seeing all these guys that are young and older who have all played in the playoffs. When they start talking about that, I have nothing to talk about. If I don’t make the playoffs next year I don’t know what will happen.”
The Timberwolves organization are trying to prevent a Dwight Howard like fiasco in Orlando happen in the Twin Cities of Minnesota as well. This off-season the front office of the Timberwolves have been working night and day since the NBA Off-season officially began and they have already made some additions from drafting Robie Hummel and signing recently-retired and 3-time All-Star guard Brandon Roy. Last season, the Wolves looked destined for the playoffs as a low seed, probably the eighth or seventh. However, due to injuries to key players, from Rubio, Ridnour, and even the All-Star forward himself, the Wolves failed to reach the NBA playoffs.
With Rubio getting back healthy and the Wolves still trying to make trades with other NBA teams and signing free agents such as Nicolas Batum and Greg Stiemsma, the Wolves are on track to a brighter future. The Wolves are have been rumored to trade then-rookie Derrick Williams and a couple other players for Lakers big man Pau Gasol. Unlike the past seasons since Kevin Garnett took his talents to Beantown, the Wolves haven’t been this active during the off-season. However, we still don’t know for sure if the moves they’re trying to make or have made will make the team better and make Love have a reason to stay in Minnesota. Rubio’s return to the lineup will not make the team a non-playoff team to a playoff team in an instant. Even with Brandon Roy. The Wolves’ off-season is far from over and Kevin Love’s impatience is more than understandable and is nothing like a Dwight Howard plea.
The rest of the NBA are now built on deep teams (Sixers, Pacers, Nuggets) or teams with 2 or more superstars (Celtics, Heat, Lakers, Spurs). The Wolves so far only have one superstar and isn’t that deep of a team at all. The Wolves need another superstar and obviously need more size and quickness if they want to contend even just within their own division with the Thunder and Nuggets.
Kevin Love deserves a better team. He may just be 23-years of age which will give him a lot of time to win an NBA championship, but if it’s not looking good in the first 4-6 years, it’s time to move on. Kevin is entering his 5th season in the NBA and the Wolves are looking better than ever, but definitely not good enough for a run in the playoffs. It’s time to make moves T-Wolves.
Love doesn’t last forever.
For more NBA analysis and opinion check out Theon’s general NBA blog at THEONBA!