Why can't you do both? I get what you are saying, and I agree that Love's accomplishments shouldn't be above the team. BUT, when a guy does something that hasn't happened in years, he should get recognition for it. If it's only about the team, they might as well cancel the All star game.<quoted text>I have coached for many years, and it has been very obvious to me that you put the team before anyones individual goals. That's why offensive lineman are so important but unnoticed. If you want to pay $400 for ticket to watch an NBA game, I would hope that the goal is for that team to win, and not care if someone scored 50 points. It is really demeaning to other players on a team to hear, "Yeah we lost, but Kevin got another double-double". If that double-double was why a team won, more power to that individual. Currently there is way too much emphasis put on KLove, and not enough on getting the team to the next level.
I cannot believe a true sports fan would think otherwise!
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#22 Feb 8, 2011
"Timberwolves finally find success on road with 104-92 win in New Orleans"
Yeah, look at all the focus on Kevin Love.
#23 Feb 8, 2011
I agree with Troll. Why can't you celebrate both? Love has played his heart out this year and is certainly the "star" of this team. I have heard rants from all sorts of people in these posts about how this team needs a superstar. Well - we appear to have one in the making. Let's enjoy it rather than nitpick about a headline in a newspaper. The streak was mentioned, the win was mentioned. You are discussing the order here. I'm sure had it been reversed, there would have been people complaining that it didn't show enough respect for what Love had done. In a year when there has been little to cheer for, we should be enjoying this streak - not belittling it. If it was a Twins player with a hitting streak - would you still be complaining if it were mentioned ahead of a win?
And yes - I do compare Ridnour and Milicic with two starters from the Hornets. Starters are starters - even on disparate teams. They wer handicapped by the loss of theirs - we were handicapped by the loss of ours. If theirs were so great, why did we win?
#24 Feb 8, 2011
As someone who was extolling Love's virtues before he even donned a Timberwolves' jersey, based on film and interviews I saw from his high school & UCLA days, I'm overjoyed to see him fulfilling his promise and getting All-Star status. There's nothing wrong in that, while recognizing that building a winning team takes years - he's not selfish, so don't worry about what the headlines say. Though I was very anti-Rambis the past year, I think the team is slowly getting better. Beasley was playing great before his ankle problems, and should be able to get back there. Darko has shown encouraging flashes of brilliance and aggression, but whoever wrote about his training is correct - he needs to strengthen his joints. Love is still shedding baby fat and will hopefully show up next year ripped - imagine what he could do then? They need better guard play for sure - either from the existing ones maturing more quickly, and/or Rubio or a new draft pick or trade. The Wolves are the youngest team in the league - they've been in most games; if they focus on improving the game close-outs, and can keep Love & Beasley, they could be contenders for years.
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