Stan Love has given his son (Kevin Wesley Love) a second name in honor of one of his greatest Baltimore Bullets teammate, Wes Unseld.
Kevin plays more like Wes with his rebounding tenacity and accurate outlet passes. They both are undersized power forward but what they lack in height they more than make up with their sheer determination and toughness.
Kevin is still too far from Wes’ accomplishments, but with all the accolades Wes has, Kevin only want one thing – an NBA championship.
It would be a long shot to the moon but it’s never impossible. Kevin has racked up MVP stats this season. He had been averaging 23.8 points, 13.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, only four players in the history of the NBA that have maintained and shared the same number in one full season, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain and then Kevin Love.
Even with Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic, the Timberwolves could get as far as the playoffs and then they deal with far more talented teams such as the LA Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunders, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. It seems that Love had to work harder to even get to the eight playoff seed.
Somehow it brings us back 18 years ago, when Minnesota drafted a high school star that coincidentally has the same first name and plays the same position – Kevin Garnett.
KG played with Stephon Marbury, Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell. The farthest he has gotten his team in the playoffs was in the Western Conference finals where they bowed down to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. Even if KG was delivering MVP performance every game, he still couldn’t get through the Kobe and Shaq tandem, eventually rubbing KG away from his prime, stuck on a team with no way out.
Kevin Love could still make a difference. Wes Unseld never gave up on his team and after ten years won his first NBA championship. If Kevin has to trim down more weight, shoot more field goals or be a vocal leader, he would do that because he would do anything for his team.
2 more years left before Kevin could be an unrestricted free agent. He could follow Kevin Garnett’s blueprint and join bigger teams such as the Lakers and the Knicks or be like Wes Unseld. Right now, it’s too early to tell.
Kevin Love is always fighting and bruising his way for a rebound. Somehow his knack for the ball is amazing. He just knows when or where the ball falls down. Somehow, somewhere when all is said and done, Kevin has already decided where his fate is – an NBA championship.
Just like any rebound positioning is the best way to get it.
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