Page 2 of 2 Previous

Continued: Rubio, Love are throwbacks with ambitious plans for Wolves

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 14, 2014 - 10:53 PM

“I’m not a believer yet,” said former Phoenix General Manager Steve Kerr, now a TNT analyst who won five NBA titles as a player. “They’re intriguing. I always watch them on League Pass because they’re fun to watch. But Love’s not a guy you throw the ball to on the block late in a game. Rubio is a non-shooter. So the game becomes more difficult for them down the stretch when the game slows down and they absolutely need a basket.

“They’re exciting and they’re fun and they have a lot of potential, but you really have to see it first before you can say they’re a contender.”

Both Love and Rubio say they know just what rests on their collective shoulders, particularly in the final seconds when games are on the line.

“We have to see if we can do that,” Rubio said. “The last couple years, we’ve been good at being in the game, but maybe in the last minutes we didn’t find good options for our shots. Maybe because a lot of us were hurt.”

Lost time

Love and Rubio spent nearly a week together in Los Angeles last summer, working out with a handful of their teammates by day, sharing dinners by night in a conscious effort Love called “making up for lost time” in an attempt to settle “unfinished business.”

He was referring, of course, to Rubio’s knee injury that caused him to miss the final five weeks two seasons ago and the first six weeks last season and Love’s own twice-broken hand that limited him to only 18 games last season.

They both acknowledge they have a unique relationship compared with their other teammates, perhaps because of the responsibility they share and their status as rising young stars in the NBA and international play.

“I love the game and he does, too,” Rubio said. “It’s something we share, something on the court we connect. This year reminds me of first year with Kevin, having so much fun. He’s great. He makes me look good. That’s good for him, for me and good for team.”

Their friendship is being forged on the court, in the locker room and across restaurant tables rather than each other’s homes because Love calls himself a “recluse” and “homebody” who prefers to take a nap, read a book or watch a movie rather than socialize, even though veteran J.J. Barea says Love is making a noticeable effort to become a “better teammate” this season by being more vocal and engaged.

“Not each other’s places, because nobody cooks,” Rubio said, smiling. “That would be hard, so we go out for dinner and spend some time with each other.”

Stockton and Malone played beside each other through four U.S. presidential administrations. Rubio and Love were on the floor for only 28 minutes together last season.

Already there is national media and Internet chatter speculating where Love will play in 2015, after he’s able to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. ESPN commentator Jalen Rose recently spitballed the next stop for Love and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook — college roommates at UCLA — is Los Angeles and the Lakers.

“I don’t even listen to it,” Love said. “I don’t know where they get that stuff.”

If Love and Rubio play together 18 seasons, they still will be playing in Minnesota in 2028, only four years before the team’s about-to-be-extended Target Center lease expires.

Love was asked if he and Rubio talk about the future together.

“We definitely have before, especially heading into training camp,” Love said. “But right now, especially the way things have gone the last two years with injuries, we just live in the present, day by day. So it’s really carpe diem for us.”



 

  • related content

  • Video: Wolves Daily: Season opener is here!

    Wednesday October 30, 2013

    Beat writer Jerry Zgoda with Wolves Daily Wednesday and opening night against Orlando at Target Center

  • Video: Rand: Can Wolves really win 50 games?

    Wednesday October 30, 2013

    There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic this season, even if you’ve been burned in the past.

  • Read the replay: Timberwolves Chat with Jerry Zgoda

    Wednesday October 30, 2013

    Join Timberwolves writer Jerry Zgoda for a Live Chat about the team and the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season. The floor is open for questions and comments now.

  • Reusse: Pekovic's goal is proving his durability for the long haul

    Wednesday October 30, 2013

    The Wolves center’s battles underneath often send opponents flying but also take a toll on his body.

  • Chart: Strengths and weaknesses of Love, Rubio

    Tuesday October 29, 2013

    Kevin Love (Age: 25)Games missed last two seasons75, primarily because of that right shooting hand he broke twice last year.What he...

  • Adelman quickly climbs ranks of Wolves coaches

    Wednesday October 30, 2013

    Rick Adelman’s NBA coaching career, which began as an assistant in Portland, predates the Wolves franchise by six years. He is already on the verge of becoming the second-most tenured...

  • Gameday preview: Orlando at Wolves

    Tuesday October 29, 2013

    Preview: The Wolves, confident in their ability to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004, meet the Magic,...

  • Chart: Wolves vs. Orlando, a 25-year comparison

    Tuesday October 29, 2013

    wolves gameday: happy 25th season edition7 tonight vs. Orlando • Target Center • FSN (830-AM)The Wolves will open their 25th...

  • The Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio (9) and Kevin Love (42) celebrate at the end of their 100-91 win over the Houston Rockets Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at the Target Center

  • Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Houston 23 FINAL
Pittsburgh 30
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Denver
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Cleveland
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Pittsburgh
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 98 FINAL
Cleveland 107
New Orleans 88 FINAL
Washington 84
Milwaukee 120 FINAL
New York 107
Philadelphia 88 FINAL
Brooklyn 99
Charlotte 114 FINAL
Atlanta 117
Sacramento 99 FINAL
San Antonio 106
Memphis 103 FINAL
Dallas 108
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL
Edmonton 3
Arkansas State 7:00 PM
Louisiana
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Montreal 10/24/14 5:30 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 10/24/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Hamilton 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Winnipeg
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which local team are you currently most excited about?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close