Multiple sources have reported that Kevin Love has withdrawn from Team USA just days before the onset of training camp for the upcoming FIBA World Cup. In a statement, USA Basketball said that Love’s withdrawal from the team was “because of his current status,” an obvious allusion to the whirlwind of trade rumors surrounding Love and the Timberwolves.
This news is music to my ears. I couldn’t be happier. These next four weeks or so will already be tension filled, so the last thing we need is Kevin playing ball and getting injured, a possibility that if realized would obviously jeopardize his trade value.
Think about it: If Love were to even get slightly injured to the point where he’s forced to miss the tournament, then the Wolves will lose whatever leverage they’ve managed to gain over the past few weeks and months. And what if he were to have a bad tournament performance?
On the flip side of the coin, Love could go out there and dominate. But it’s hard to imagine him shining brighter than he already does with a team made up of top NBA talent. It’s far more likely that he’d fall in line and play a diminished yet valuable role. And if that were to happen then what? That’s when Clevelanders start calling him Chris Bosh 2.0; a player who can put up great numbers on a bad team; a player who gets relegated to the role of glorified role player on a great one; a player worthy of Anthony Bennett and nothing more
That’s not the press we need.
So, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Kevin Love for looking out for not only his best interests, but looking out for the Wolves as well. I have little doubt that Kevin and Flip have a solid relationship and that they’re doing their best to make this a win-win situation.
What do you think? Are you happy that Love withdrew? Or would you have liked to have seen him compete for Team USA?