I think a lot of you guys are really forgetting how good Love is when he is healthy and going, and I think it has to do with the fact that this team is hovering around .500 without his contributions this year. What you are ignoring is the huge upgrades at the wings, and replacing lethargic, don't care backup bigs with energy guys is the reason why we are basically doing what we were doing last year through the first 40, and that is one game over .500. Honestly, this team healthy wins 52-55 games. Remove Love for what he will miss this year, does anyone think we are winning more than 42-44?
This team does not play better without Love. Fact.
Again, some of you are piling on Love, which is fine, but to say we are going to be a better team without him is laughable. The reason we are floating still, is the huge upgrades at the wings, and the depth of our bigs is highly upgraded. It is not because Love isn't playing.
But we havent had Love of the past two seasons. We have had Love of this year, which is a liability on the court, on offense, and defense. This year, the team plays better without this years version of Love. Sure if we had Love of last year, we would be a 50+ win team. But so far this year, Love of last year, hasnt been available.
I guess what I am saying is that of the games we have played this year, we are a 500 team. We have players that are getting better every game, that didnt contribute the first half of this year in Shved, Williams, Rubio, even Pek is coming on strong. I can only hope they continue to get better. But with the opportunity for someone to step up, some one will.
Law of physics, if you lose your top scorer, another player will be the top scorer.
Now why did the Wolves do that?
trust me, Love has had a year that demands his fans calling him out, and needs to grow up. But you are crazy if you think we should just flip him now for instance.
Whatever you guys. if you truly think this team doesn't need Love to succeed, at least without getting the equivalent back for him in a trade, by all means, believe it. You are wrong.
Without Love, we can maybe finish around .500. With a healthy Love playing like he normally does, this team may very well host a playoff series. But, this seems to be going down the path of a lost season at this point, so I am done arguing about this Love crap.
Think about it this way, if we can stay around .500 and in the hunt for the 8th seed what does that say to Love? He would have no room to complain. You add any "top 10" player to a .500 team and they should really improve or the player is not as good as he thinks he is.
I never said anything about trading Love, I am just saying, with what Love has given us this year on the court, we are better off without him. If he stayed at what the level he was playing all this year.
Love of last year, we have chance at a championship team, or at least a contender.
Now why did the Wolves do that?
Ricky Rubio tears his ACL last year, Love gets hurt before the season starts. Brandon Roy is having knee issues (Although there was a good chance that happened regardless). Chase Budinger gets injured out till March, Malcolm Lee gets injured, The guy we bring in because of all these injuries Josh Howard tears his ACL, and now Kevin Love is out 8-10 weeks....
Boy the 1 time in a long time we get a team that could make some noise come playoff time, and all that happens...
love brought this kinda talk upon himself. i have no sympathy for him.
one thing also... he came back early to try and be a "savior". Shot like crap played like crap cause he was still hurt and rebroke his hand that wasnt fully healed. during the course of that he blames the rest of the teams direction. cant see how you can like the guy.
Meh.. I like watching the games without Kevin Love, we fight with 10 times more courage..