For the “Love” of the game

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For the “Love” of the game

The other night, Kevin Love’s streak of consecutive games with a minimum of 20 points and 12 rebounds ended at 8 games to open the season in Minnesota’s loss to the Raptors in Toronto last night.  Not that he didn’t give his best effort.  He finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds which by any other standard is considered a great night.

Kevin Love took the NBA world by storm last season.  In just his 3rd year in the league, Love averaged a phenomenal 20.2 ppg and 15.2 rpg.  His first two years in the NBA saw Love establish himself as a premier rebounder and efficient scorer.  Last year, we saw Love take his game to a level only few in the history of the NBA have been.  Not only did Love become a scoring threat and one of, if not the best rebounder’s in the league, he now can add the title sharp shooter to his resume as he is now a 41% 3 point shooter making him that more lethal on the offensive end.

Drafted 5th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft, Love has quickly become one of the NBA’s top 10 players and can undoubtedly be called a game changer.  When there is a rebound to be had, Love will be there.  He has quickly become the cornerstone of a young and talented Timberwolf squad that is now playing much better on the season and looks like it will compete for years to come. 

During the off-season Love lost around 25-30 pounds of fat off his frame yet continues to rebound at an insane rate.  The fact that he continues to rebound at the same pace proves that rebounding is in fact a skill and not just an acquired talent that comes with height.  there are many big’s in the league that for some reason refuse to rebound (See Andrea Bargnani).  Love on the other hand puts in his Yeoman effort night in and night out and his efforts are not being overlooked. 

He is and will be a perennial All-Star for years to come, a member of the USA Dream Team and if he continues his play will most likely lead the young and aspiring Wolves right into the Playoffs.

At the young age of 23, Kevin Love has established himself as a Superstar in the NBA.  His off season fitness regimen is an example of his dedication to the game and proof that he is no fluke.  As long as the injury bug doesn’t catch up with him, Kevin Love will be a household name in the NBA and should help lead the young Timberwolves squad to places Kevin Garnett never could.

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