Why no love for Love?
If you mention Kevin Wesley Love in a general conversation, you’d probably think he was either a country singer or presidential assassin. However, the Kevin Wesley Love I speak of just came off a two game stretch in which he went for 51pts, 22reb and 30pts, 21reb. As remarkable as that is, we still tend to hear very little about Kevin Love for reasons that range from sound to sad.
It could be that by the Timberwolves being bottom-feeders in the NBA he’s overlooked as being a better than average player on a bad team. Another reason could be that Dwight Howard and his drama has taken away from the much less physically intimidating white guy from Lake Oswego High School in Oregon. Even more reason could be the début of Ricky Rubio, the highly touted point guard from Spain, whom the Timberwolves finally convinced to come to the U.S. and play for them. Whatever the reason, I think that it’s a big slight to the big man in Minnesota. A guy who, since becoming a full-time starter, has been a double-double machine and to be honest is a big reason for Rubio’s decision to finally play for the dismal Timberwolves.
It still amazes me every year that I’m usually able to pick Kevin Love in my fantasy league in the first 5-10 rounds. (Guess that’s why I’m so dominant). It may be a good thing that he’s off the radar to so many. It’s hard to prepare for something you know nothing of, but I give credit where credit is due. So why is it that Mr. Love was 6th in votes among forwards for the West, despite averaging 25.3 pts and 13.8reb? Not that the people ahead of him, (Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol), were having lesser seasons. I just feel he was having a better season overall than everyone except Kevin Durant. A year earlier he was also snubbed for a well deserved All-Star selection losing a spot to the dominate Yao Ming, who I might add appeared in a whopping 5 games in the 2010-2011 season. It took David Stern of all people to right the ship by placing Kevin Love on the All-Star team.
I understand that the fans vote for who they want to see in the All-Star game, but when your team gets, (no pun intended), no love from the media then fans don’t get to see the NBA in its entirety. I’ve always said the NBA should show more games on regular network tv so they can at least show off all their product. It’s things like this that make me not-so-upset with LeBron making his “decision” to go somewhere he can shine and get the recognition he deserves. I would like to see more parody in the NBA the way it is in the NFL, but in order to do that all teams need to have good players. The NBA needs to get back to the 80′s in terms of how spread out talent was then. Granted that only 4 different teams won it in the 80′s, but the talent was still spread out. Names that don’t necessarily resonate with younger fans, (Bernard King, Alex English, Adrian Dantley to name a few of my personal favorites), but still were dominate players in a league that at the time was in its golden era. To all the fans of Kevin Love let me be THATGUY to show Kevin a little Love and hope that the Timberwolves management get him the pieces he needs to solidify himself as the All-Star I feel he is and can be for a long time.