Saturday 23rd September 2017,
Sports Alchemist
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Kevin Love: In finding the Minnesota Timberwolves Identity

Kevin Love towers everyone in the Timberwolves locker room. Even though the two twin towers Darko Milicic and Kusta Koufos (both seven-foot tall) are two inches taller than him.
He is in a different level, a different groove, a man on a mission even though his team dwells in the bottom part of the NBA standings.

Kevin grew up watching all the instructional videos and countless tapes of great passing big men in NBA history. And one thing that instills on his mind… those NBA centers never gave up.
Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson and Wes Unseld carried their teams to NBA championships, but they never jump on the bandwagon going to other teams to get it. It wasn’t much about loyalty, but it was how well you carry the team from day one all the way to the championship.
It’s a measurement of greatness. And Kevin Love already knew his role when he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He knows he is not there to win as many games as he wanted to. He is there to make an identity to the team.
The great passing big men in the NBA have one common denominator, and that is being unselfish. Love doesn’t count his rebounds or his scoring. He is happy to set screens, grab the loose balls and contribute to the team, even if he has limited minutes.

He was never been through the All-stars. He wasn’t even part of the line-up on the rookie challenge way back in 2008. But he wasn’t even thinking about it. He’s just too focused and too drawn to the fact of making his mark in the NBA. Making those tiny little steps that could turn someday into one big leap.

Kevin Love got the spot of the injured Yao Ming in the upcoming NBA All-stars. He’s making noise lately with 30-30 (points and rebounds) game a feat that was last accomplished way back in 1982 by Moses Malone. It’s a product of hard work and being an old school player.

Yes Kevin Love towers everyone on the Wolves’ locker room. In fact, he towers all over Minnesota. He thanks his father former NBA player Stan Love for all the values and the videos he grew up watching. Slowly, but surely everything is falling into place. It’s not about his all-star selection, not that it doesn’t matter to him. 12-39 isn’t much too proud of but at least. Somewhere, somehow he got the recognition. Recognition he has been focusing since day one.

Rightfully, he towers everyone because he is slowly becoming the face of the franchise an old school player who finally transformed the team’s identity.

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at jess@sportsalchemist.com