Dec 1, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) warms up prior to action against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

'Focused Love' Moving On?

Moving on from the Wolves’ loss in San Antonio despite the herculean, stat-stuffing performance by Kevin Love, I thought it would be nice to wallow in self pity and note the national press is writing features on the all-time greatness of the numbers Love is putting up right now and letting it just hang out there that Love is a free agent in 2015. Because, just sayin’…

…the goal is to be close to .500 in mid-December and then begin a push to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Love won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, but he was self-conscious about being the only veteran on the team who hasn’t experienced the NBA postseason. The chronic losing during his first five years in Minnesota has led to a low roar of chatter about where Love might or might not choose to play when his contract expires in 2015.

It doesn’t help that his girlfriend, Cody Horn, is a former model and budding actress (Magic Mike, End of Watch) who spends most of her time in Los Angeles and New York, glittering markets that are home to several flailing teams. The Timberwolves have already begun their push to re-sign Love. They’re on the verge of breaking ground on what some folks call the House That Kevin Built: a new facility to replace their practice court at Life Time Fitness, where a plastic curtain is all that separates them from middle-aged lunchtime ballers. The club and the city of Minneapolis have also agreed to split the cost of a $100 million upgrade to the Target Center, which has locker rooms that many high school teams would find cramped. Love professes to love the Twin Cities, and he appreciates how the area has embraced his high-scoring team. The former Bruin spends his off-seasons in L.A. and radiates a New Agey mellowness, even in the face of questions about his contract. “As far as mental space goes, I’m in the best place I’ve ever been,” Love says. “Two thousand fifteen is so far away, I’m just living in the present. I’m only focused on right now and this team. All that matters to me is the next game.”

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