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Teammates admired his individual talent and how hard he worked to improve, but they didn’t necessarily view him as someone who could rally a locker room in any situation. One comment this season felt particularly revealing.
“For me, I’m allowed an off game every now and then,” Love said following a tough shooting performance. His tone reeked of a guy who felt he is being dragged down by a dead-weight organization.
This ending is unfortunate because Love seemed to genuinely embrace this place at times. His annual coat drive was a heartfelt gesture. Occasionally, he’d tweet a location downtown and ask fans to come meet him. He took out a full-page ad in this paper in February to thank fans for voting him an All-Star starter.
“These are exciting times for all of us,” Love wrote.
Seems hollow now, doesn’t it? Uneasiness over Love’s future always lingered, creating a perception that he had one foot out the door, to the degree that his departure became a question of when, not if. Love moved the needle to full throttle this summer when he informed the team he would opt out of his contract after this season.
Ultimately, he got his wish.
The Wolves will close the book on Love with this trade. Some fans will miss him, others will say good riddance, and that’s a telling conclusion to his six seasons.
Love made himself one of the best players in the NBA, but his legacy here is a complicated one.
Chip Scoggins • email@example.com
|New England||2/1/15 5:30 PM|
|Chicago||53||3rd Qtr 9:10|
|Washington||54||3rd Qtr 7:17|
|Minnesota||1||3rd Prd 4:37|
|San Diego St||58|
|UNLV||61||2nd Half 0:42|
|Colorado State||40||2nd Half|