Kevin Love has tried his best to be a good soldier. While other All Stars in the NBA are joining together to form Big Twos and Big Threes, Love has remained loyal to Minnesota. So loyal that he signed a four-year, $62 million contract extension with the team back in January.
But even with his loyalty, Love can’t help but notice what other teams are doing and most importantly, what the Timberwolves aren’t doing. The Timberwolves have not been to the playoffs since 2004 and though they are beginning to assemble young talent, Love wants to win now.
He wants to stay in Minnesota, but he’s losing patience. And he said as much to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears during Team USA’s training camp over the weekend.
“My patience is not high,” Love said. “Would yours be, especially when I’m a big proponent of greatness surrounding itself with greatness? All these [Team USA] guys seem to have great players around them.
“It’s tough seeing all these guys that are young and older who have all played in the playoffs. When they start talking about that, I have nothing to talk about. If I don’t make the playoffs next year I don’t know what will happen.”
“At this point, I’m not afraid to go on the record,” Love said. “Being around these [USA] guys, they know the situation I’m in and how competitive I am. I want to win. All the players on the Timberwolves feel the same way, as well. The coaching staff is awesome. They want to win and win now. Hopefully, we can make some stuff happen.
“I would say it’s coming down to it for sure [next season]. It’s no secret I was willing to commit to Minnesota for five years. I’m very happy with my contract. I’d love to be in Minnesota. But like anybody else, I want to win.”
This is another example of how the new NBA works. Jarrett Jack called Ray Allen a traitor for spurning the Celtics and signing with the Heat, but what Jack doesn’t understand is today’s NBA is all about winning. Not money, not loyalty, but winning.
The days of playing with one team your entire career are over. Unless, of course, you’re winning.