With the fallout by no means complete, the early stages of “huddle-gate” are now complete as J.J. Barea and Kevin Love have hugged out their differences and are on speaking terms with eachother again — not just with the press.
The interesting development, of course, will be how the Wolves respond to their most recent set back below .500 and whether Barea’s ticket out of town was stamped in Wednesday’s loss with Love’s comments. (The rumors have certainly flown regarding Love’s future status with the Wolves.)
Andy Greder of the Pi-Press had some nice quotes…
“I wish Kevin would’ve just come up to me, face to face, man to man and said it, but it’s no big deal,” Barea said. “We’re over it. We are done with that. We’ve learned from it.”
Cunningham declined comment. Love was concise in his comments.
“Everything that happened is now internal and we moved on from it,” Love said.
“I’m a competitor,” Barea said. “I love to play the game. Sometimes, I’m going to be mad. Sometimes when I get mad, I like to go to the end of the bench and cool down for a little bit. I told coach that I like to cool down for a little bit and then I will be back. If I don’t get mad, it’s not going to be me. I’m going to do what got me here as a basketball player.”
“I think it looks a little bit bad,” he said, “but it’s something that we have to get better at, and it won’t happen again.”
Barea said Love needs to continue to be a leader and state his opinions.
“He is the all-star on this team, so he’s got to be the leader and the voice, and everybody has to follow the all-star,” Barea said. “He is doing a better job this year, so hopefully we will keep it going.”
On Friday, Barea said, “everything is better if you win.”