Love takes issue with stat-padding accusations

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 26, 2011 - 1:17 AM

Kevin Love says he's not getting double-doubles just for the sake of extending his streak.

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knerburnFeb. 25, 1110:05 PM

Mr. Rambis can't coach, and now he's angry at Kahn and sending him a message by refusing to give meaningful time to the new acquisition, Anthony Rudolph. We are watching the beginning of the end, and it can come none too soon. The strange thing is that Rob Moor announced that both Kahn and Rambis would be back next year. If this is true, it means that Kahn does not have final say over his coach. Something is quite wrong over at 600, and it shows on the court. Put this current iteration of the failed Wolves out of its misery.

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cnote1Feb. 25, 1110:36 PM

So let me see, they tell Love he isn't going to get, he tries hard to get 10 rebounds, including going for some when his guy is at the other end dunking on a 2 on 1 fast-break. They got in his head, Love was so worried about getting his stats and the team got destroyed and Zach Randolph totally outplayed him. And I don't believe for a minute that Love kind of wants it to end, he is beginning to be the definition of a box-score guy, stats look good, actual game doesn't help the team, especially with no D.

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snoozecruiseFeb. 25, 1110:52 PM

"Love" that "whatever happens" attitude, Kevin. Glad to hear that you've got personal goals, but don't care to play much individual or team defense. Glad you can go with the flow, even though those mean opponents are tapping the ball away from you in an attempt to stop your streak. Enjoyed watching you take it to the hoop tonight and getting your shot blocked. My advice: Don't believe all the hype. Players will adjust--they already are--as evidenced by your drop in scoring.

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Daniel888Feb. 25, 1111:13 PM

Klove...keep up the effort...you don't have to make any excuses for the streak. Take it as a challenge and get hungrier. Listen to the hating and take it personally and keep working hard to try and get this team going in the right direction.

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defensewinsFeb. 25, 1111:45 PM

cnote1 and snoozecruise - I'm with you guys on this one. Love needs to take a step back and really look at his approach to the game. Pound the boards hard, I'm with you Kevin. But, not at the expense of fulfilling your other responsibilities, like defense. Those guys played with your head and got you man. Got you to focus on keeping the streak instead of focusing on THE TEAM. You are a great talent, but you can be so much better. Enjoyed watching your progress from last year, and remarkable progress the first half of this year. However, it looks like when you got discouraged by lack of some wins the team could/should have had, you started listening too much to the streak hype and lost your way. C'mon, Kevin. Get back on the right path, the team path, the do whatever it takes to win path, and the hell with the record. If you'll focus on team play, defense, passing, you'll probably find the streak continues anyway. But earn it within the flow of getting this team better, getting some wins, in being the all-around player you are capable of being. We love ya, man. But please get back to fully developing your game. You got the rebounding down pat, let's work on the rest.

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defensewinsFeb. 25, 1111:51 PM

knerburn - Randolph's practiced one time with the team. Coach gave him a few minutes. He'll get more as he learns/practices more. Doesn't do Randolph any favors with team chemistry by immediately taking other guys minutes before they even get to know him. He'll earn them by hard work at practice and as he learns the system.

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PooOnUFeb. 26, 11 1:49 AM

Stats padding? Good grief. Who would be so stupid as to make such a claim. Kevin is the only reason to watch the Wolves this season. My boys ask me after every game not whether the Wolves won or lost, but did Kevin get his double-double. Kevin is a classic over-achiever and an easy person to cheer for.

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PooOnUFeb. 26, 11 1:54 AM

I question the hype surrounding Anthony Randolph. But I don't question Rambis not complying with requests to play him right away. Rambis wants to help Randolph succeed not fail. He knows that Randolph hardly played for the Knicks, and needs to build up his stamina and his knowledge about his team mates. Randolph in his short career has had ankle problems that kept him out the second half of last season and pre-season this year. The last thing you want is to set the young man up for failure.

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edkroetenFeb. 26, 11 2:43 AM

Stat padding is staying out on the court when the game is in garbage time. Rambis has all the subs in but Love because he needs a rebound or a couple of points. Malone did it on a championship team.

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bradley33Feb. 26, 11 5:06 AM

Good Greif the ONLY thing the Wolves really have going for them is Kevin Love and now people want to find fault with his production. HE is the ONLY reason people continue to go the wolves games. Without him there is no doubt the organization would literally have to give tickets away next year to have anyone in the seats. I for one am tired of all the talk about poor defense. That is coming from Rambis and he is stuck in the mud of trying to make Love play the way he "thinks" he played. Without the superstars that surrounded him on his Lakers teams Rambis would not even be a name anyone remembers. The real problem with the Wolves is that other teams SCORE in crunch time and it does not matter how well the other team defends them. We simply cannot score in crunch time. You cannot win NBA games in crunch time without scoring. Let's face it Jordan could score with 3 guys gaurding him in crunch time and that is why they won consistently. I have been a season ticket holder since day ONE and am surprised our state is not relishing in the ONE player K=Love that we have something to cheer about!

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