Give Kevin Love this: Even if he didn’t always make Minnesota fans happy when he was here, he does understand them pretty well. And he has a good sense of humor.
A day before his first scheduled game against his old team, Love spoke to reporters in Cleveland about the type of response he expects to get at Target Center on Saturday. Per ESPN.com:
“Truthfully? ‘Booooooooo!’ That [will be] probably more of that and then a mix of cheers,” Love said after Cavs shootaround Friday in preparation for their game against the Sacramento Kings. “It’s tough. I think of going back to Portland that first time when I did not choose to go to University of Oregon and went to UCLA, it was very mixed, more boos than cheers. Over the years, it slowly became more cheers than boos. But we’ll see. [Saturday] will be one of those times where they can tell me how they really feel.”
We’ll be curious, too, to see/hear the reaction. Our guess: polite applause from the masses, with some lusty boos from the die-hards.
By the way: Love also said he watched “The Return” video the Wolves promotional staff put together and said it was great.
“That’s hilarious,” Love said, taking the high road when asked about the video. “I thought it was really funny because Mike is one of those guys that every day wakes up and it’s like sunshine and blue skies, so for them to do that, it was pretty good.” Love credited the Timberwolves’ public relations staff for coming up with the bit. “More often than not, I have a pretty dry sense of humor,” Love said. “So, it was pretty funny. I saw it, I was waiting for it, waiting for it: ‘The Return of Mike Miller.’ That was pretty good.”