Say goodnight to Kevin Love, Timberwolves

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Kevin LoveMan oh man. The Timberpuppies just can’t seem to catch a break. In case you missed it, Wolves superstar Kevin Love will miss 6-8 weeks after breaking his right hand at his home on Wednesday. I’d blame all of the team’s recent bad luck on some sort of KG curse, but that’s not even logical.

The Wolves failures and string of bad luck has existed basically since the first day they came into existence. Even the best team in history, the Cassell/Spreewell/KG tandem in ’03, lost Cassell and then a red-hot Troy Hudson for the majority of the Western Conference Finals against a Lakers team that had Shaq, Kobe, Malone and The Glove.

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This coming season was going to be different. It was like the team was getting to re-do all of their past mistakes, in this one season. Kevin Love is the new superstar Kevin, after evil Kevin (McHale) traded star Kevin to Boston. Ricky Rubio is everything Stephon Marbury was supposed to be–with the exact opposite attitude. Nikola Pekovic, in half a season, may have been the greatest center in franchise history.* If he continues it this season, the Wolves are not only star heavy at the top, but filled with solid contributing players throughout the roster.

*That’s admittedly a horrible, horrible list of players, so it’s not really an accomplishment. But still true.

Andrei Kirilenko is a much better, less selfish version of Tom Gugliotta, and not just because they’re both tall white guys. Brandon Roy is the shooting guard who’s career was cut short despite loads of talent; he’s JR Rider with knee problems instead of gun problems. Luke Ridnour is what Troy Hudson was supposed to be; a solid backup who can get hot for stretches. Rick Adelman has forgotten more about the game of basketball than every other Wolves coach in history has ever known. Chase Budinger is Wally Szcerbiak’s evil twin. Budinger is ugly, Wally was not. But both can shoot 3’s. Chase plays solid D and can jump out of the gym, which Wally couldn’t do. And, well, Derrick Williams gets to be Christian Laettner, because some draft busts will always exist. Read more…

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