Petulance is a Bandwagoner

If anger is remembered pain and fear is anticipated pain, in what state is a Minnesota Timberwolves fan who calls for Love to be shipped?

This just in: Fear of abandonment causes mistrust. Constantly rehashing the mess Kahn/Taylor/Love have created causes inconsolable apoplexy.

I don’t know what the first leg of the Kevin Love dissatisfaction tour that has become the 2012-2013 Wolves season was.

Was it the dizzying heights of last season’s statistical explosion that tipped off Love’s self-awareness as one of (if not the best) power forwards in the NBA? Being named to the Olympic Team? All-NBA? All-Star? The accolades start to pile up. You’ll notice they tend to be performance-based awards for excellence.

Chicken or egg — is Love an ego-maniac because he’s a great player or did his skills catch up with his self-confidence?

Love has worked relentlessly, if not before he was drafted, at least since he came to Minnesota. It’s a story arc full of well-worn examples: Wittman told him he couldn’t shoot 3s, somebody told him he wasn’t a go-to player, so-and-so said Love and Big Al couldn’t co-exist, weight loss-reinvention, Kahn wouldn’t offer him a 5-year deal, Taylor noted stars get teams to the Playoffs. Insults, results, accolades, repeat.

Surely we can all agree: motivation is good. The Wolves gave Love the early opt-out instead of the 5-year deal he wanted.  Flexibility for the franchise begat a ticking time-bomb of a contract. Love’s motivation to perform is met by the front office’s necessitation motivation to use this time wisely.

[Cue interview with Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports. Bring in the boo-birds.]

Going into the Florida two-step that was the Orlando-Miami back-to-back, it was understood that the Magic was the more winnable of the two — an almost necessary win, given the murderer’s row the Wolves had coming up of Miami, OKC, Knicks — and thus, losing to the Magic was the bigger bummer of the two losses.

The reaction seems to be either too light: Miami took advantage of a snake-bitten team on the 2nd night of a back-to-back — or nuclear: the Wolves need to trade that good-for-nothing face of the franchise who bad-mouthed his employer.

Reality is somewhere in-between. Dwyane Wade did Shved like he does everybody — in the post and going to the rim. Miami did the Wolves like they do everybody — with 3s and perimeter defense. Love told Woj what Wolves fans have been crowing about for years — that Kahn is a smug tool who messed up the roster in countless ways.

The Wolves have problems to fix. They need shooting. Love’s hand needs to get better. Ricky needs to get back. Ridnour needs to be a fresher, better shooter. Derrick Williams needs to be flipped into a 3rd big and/or a shooter at the 2/3.


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