Because Love has become a great player and potential MVP, and because Kahn failed to sign him to the longest possible contract, and because NBA stars frequently force their way to the destinations of their choice, Love frequently will be rumored to be considering playing in New York or Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, because of his Southern California ties. New York, because every potential free agent either wants to play in New York or use New York as negotiating leverage.
Because Love is one of those athletes who seems to need negative inspiration to play his best, he might not become the Twin Cities’ next Kirby Puckett, a player who inspired fondness.
Love’s contract with the Wolves runs through the end of the 2014-2015 season. Minnesota sports fans live in paranoia of losing their best players to bigger markets.
For the next two years, we would all be wise to ignore the rumors and even intelligent speculation. Every great player is rumored to be a future Laker. That’s the way the NBA works, and that’s the way NBA reporters think.
The Wolves traded O.J. Mayo for Love on draft night, 2008. Even those who admired Love’s game never thought he would become a great player.
He has, and his new status will allow him to play just about anywhere he wants in two years.
Minnesotans should do themselves a favor. For this season, if only this season, appreciate the skills of one of the best players in basketball. Let the speculation wait. Today and for the near future the Wolves employ a star. Enjoy it while you can.
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