The Minnesota Timberwolves have been absolutely awful for much of their existence. A .398 winning percentage over 23 years speaks for itself. And yet, despite the fact that this organization has neither been successful nor run particularly well, it has lucked into acquiring two franchise-caliber players.
They chased the first one out of town after he gave them 12 years of blood, sweat and tears – and he subsequently won an NBA title the very next season.
It appears as though they are looking to run the other one out of town, too.
During a recent interview with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, UCLA standout Kevin Love opened up about how he felt the Timberwolves had disrespected him over the last few years. Among the slights: their refusal to sign him to a five-year max extension, them questioning the authenticity of his recent injury, and their blatant preference for oft-injured point guard, Ricky Rubio.
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"I don't know who labels people stars, but even [T'wolves owner] Glen Taylor said: I don't think Kevin Love is a star, because he hasn't led us to the playoffs," Love told Yahoo! Sports. "I mean, it's not like I had much support out there.
"That's a tough pill to swallow."
In October of this year, Love broke his hand while purportedly doing knuckle pushups. According to him, the organization didn’t entirely buy that story.
"Even people in my own organization were asking if it was a legitimate injury, people calling my honesty and integrity into question," Love says. "And that's what really hurt me."
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The worst part of it, though, seems to be the fact that the Timberwolves don’t appear to be going anywhere. Yes, they re-did their roster this summer – but what do they have to show for it? A 9-9 record in what has been a down year for the West.
"You walk into the locker room every year, and it's completely turned over," Love says. "There's new guys everywhere. And then it happens again and again. You start to wonder: Is there really a plan here? Is there really any kind of a … plan?"
So, will Love ultimately bolt when his contract expires? Things can change, obviously, but that definitely seems like a legitimate option right now.
"I have a very, very good memory, and I always remember the people who have done right by me, and the people who have done wrong by me," he says. "It will be embedded in my brain, and something I won't forget about. There's no telling what will happen. I would love to compete for a championship in Minnesota, but …"
Say goodbye, Minnesota.
(Kudos Yahoo! Sports)