Kevin Love Free Agency: Airing Dirty Laundry

The Kevin Love trade rumor mill should be flying into high gear this weekend. The garbage quote from some unnamed Eastern Conference G.M. was enough to get it going a week ago. The coping mechanisms for Wolves fans at this point are few.

Green shirts is a reference to the Iron Guard in Romania. Stark contrast to what I’m referencing here…

I always found the idea that free agency turned professional sports loyalty to cheering for laundry to be cynical enough to turn me off all sports, but it actually reveals the point — it’s not about seething dislike for another city’s squad or a deep-seeded loathing of an entire state — it’s about something simpler and easier to enjoy. I’m not going to tell you what it is, but it has something to do with what inspired this piece at

Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been wearing a blue shirt for the past six years. When Love first received the shirt it was a bit big as a 19-year old baby face and grew into it with each passing year. For years some have speculated that he’s wanted a different colored shirt, yet Love has remained insistent in his loyalty towards his blue shirt.


There were some reasons to question his loyalty to his blue shirt. His friends had newer, shinier shirts that were different colors and some speculated that he may also want a new shirt in a different shade. After all, the people that had originally been taking care of his shirt had not been kind to it. They didn’t believe in fabric softeners and would wash it in warm water, despite Love’s assertion that the tag said “cold water only.” I mean, damn, how hard is it to read a flipping tag; if it says cold only, don’t set the dial to warm.


Still, when Love’s shirt contract was up a couple of years ago, he said that he wanted to wear that shirt for the rest of his career, but the launderer had other ideas and didn’t think that was in the best interest of the organization. Upset, Love asked for a shorter deal with a player option, leading some to believe that he was considering other more colorful, bigger shirts to grow in to.


About a year later the owner decided to fire the launderer that caused the star’s displeasure and brought in a few of his friends. All Love wanted was to see a little Downy, some starch and some stain spot remover once in awhile. Under new management, the organization took a proactive approach to making sure Love’s threads were being well-treated.

Tortured metaphors aside, this is good stuff. The best bit? The truth:

Kevin Love will be wearing a shirt in June 2015. Yet, it might be a little early to know which shirt that will be in January 2014.

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