Kevin Love recently did an interview with USA Today's The Big Lead, and the most interesting part of it took place before a single question was asked. Here's the lead-in paragraph of the article:
Kevin Love, the highly-coveted Minnesota Timberwolves power forward who might be traded in the next few weeks, is out in LA at E3 promoting the video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The friendly public relations folks gave us a few minutes on the phone with Love. They had one stipulation: No questions about the Boston Celtics. Wonder why?
Because Love knows he'd like to come here but doesn't want to talk about it publicly since it'll make Flip Saunders and T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor even more hesitant to deal with Boston?
Maybe, or he's just sick of hearing about the Celtics after all the hype his weekend jaunt to Boston received. Regardless, Love didn't seem to have any problem appearing on ESPN's Sports Nation and basically admitting he wants out of Minnesota:
My agent is handling everything at this point ... I'm hoping that everything works out for all parties involved.
No matter what the outcome is, I just want to end up in a great place where I can win. At the end of the day, I've played six years, haven't made the playoffs yet, that burns me and hurts my heart, so I really want to not be watching these guys all the time, I want be playing.
In The Big Lead's interview Love talked about how ridiculous all the rumors are surrounding him, but also used the word "humbling" to describe them:
In a lot of ways it’s laughable, but in other ways I guess it’s humbling for a number of reasons. I can’t go anywhere without someone saying I’m going to their team. A Brewers game? I’m going to the Milwaukee Bucks. If I spend time in South Beach, it’s the Miami Heat. It’s funny how the world works. I respect what people put out there, but a lot of it is not true and laughable. At the same time, it’s fun and nice to be wanted.
When asked about a report saying he was uninterested in going to Cleveland, Love said the following:
I try not to read it. A lot of it is brought to my attention through outside sources, sometimes twitter. But like most people, I need to be conscious of my image and try to roll with the punches. I know that’s a generic answer. I don’t think the Cleveland [trade rumors] are outlandish at all. They have a great young foundation.
The "need to be conscious of his image" is really the key comment to take away from all of this.
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Mark Vandeusen 6/12/2014 12:42:00 PM Tweet