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Until he finally makes the postseason, his stats will always be talked about as empty statistics by naysayers. Those same naysayers are also secretly hoping he decides to sign with their franchise in 2015 when he makes the biggest decision of his career. Does he continue building with the Wolves and finally pull them into the playoffs under his next career progression? Or does he bolt for sunnier winter climates and start fresh? The scary thing for Wolves fans is there aren't a lot of people outside of the organization who believe he'll stick around. The scary thing for the rest of the NBA is that I'm not even sure Kevin Love has stopped improving his game. He's still putting up historic numbers and making them look routine. CBSSports.com

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Love played 36 minutes Friday, when Adelman tried to get him and the other starters rest to start the second quarter but brought Love and Pekovic back after five minutes when the Bobcats outscored the Wolves’ second unit 17-8 to start the quarter and assumed control of the game. “It’s something we’re trying to do to be more efficient,” Adelman said about needing to play his starters more and often overmatched bench less. “How much I can do that, we’ll see.” Love said he’s willing, even if there’s an accompanying price. “Anything Coach asks, I’ll go out and play,” Love said. “It’s just something I’ve had to do. I’m just lucky it’s not 48 minutes. If I can get to sub-40, I’ll be feeling a little bit better.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Our friends at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are once again teaming with the NBA for Hoops For St. Jude's Week, which runs through Thursday. As you probably know by now, St. Jude's treats children with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other deadly diseases, and doesn't charge the kids or their families a dime for the procedures, operations, travel, housing or food they get and use while at the hospital. St. Jude's does this through the contributions, great and small, of individuals and corporations. It costs $1.9 million per day for the hospital to do all the works it performs. This year's NBA Ambassadors for St. Jude's are Mike Conley, Pau and Marc Gasol, David Lee, Kevin Love and Greg Monroe, along with coaches Mike Brown, Rick Carlisle and Monty Williams. You can help by visiting the website and making a donation, or checking out St. Jude's Twitter and Facebook pages. It's well worth your time. NBA.com

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While the opportunity is non-existent with mainstream companies, more players are seeking out equity stakes with emerging brands—for example, Wade with Mission Athletecare—to expand their business portfolios. Most recently, Kevin Love and James Harden are now on board with a new sports drink called BodyArmor. NBA agent Todd Ramasar, the managing partner of Stealth Sports, chimed in on the significance of the equity tie-in for the player. "I think it works out better for the company and it works out better for the athlete," he said, "because the athlete is not just receiving a check. He feels like he's a part of the company because he's a shareholder or he has stock options or he has some equity. The athlete is more inclined to endorse the product above and beyond their contract. They want to see the company be successful because it affects their earnings off that deal." Bleacher Report

So not only do you have to assume that Anthony stays relatively healthy, but you have to have faith in the Knicks finding the perfect complementary piece. Once upon a time they wanted James, dreamed about Chris Paul and in the end gave Stoudemire $100 million. There are some interesting names out there including Kevin Love, who can become a free agent in 2015. But the word is Love will either re-sign with Minnesota or head to the Lakers, which sounds more plausible. Rajon Rondo could be available but he’s got a bad wheel. And while Anthony could use a quality point guard — see Chauncey Billups and Jason Kidd — Rondo’s personality worries you. Billups and Kidd were both leaders, and Anthony was fine allowing those two veterans to be the voice of reason in the locker room. New York Daily News

With the expiring contracts of Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, the Knicks will have flexibility at next year’s trade deadline. If it looks like Love is leaving frigid Minnesota, the Wolves may trade him for any asset they can, and the Knicks would pounce at a sign-and-extend for Love the way they landed Anthony three years ago. One league source said of the Knicks’ bid for Love, “They’re selling New York fans land in New Mexico.’’ New York Post

If Anthony decides to remain with the Knicks after opting out of the final year of his contract this summer, Love — a 6-10 power forward with the ability to knock down three-pointers — figures to be a high-end target for the Knicks to spend some of their expected cap space on after next season. “He’s a guy who, he became a stretch-4. He never was a stretch-4 before,” Anthony said, in response to a question about Love’s evolvement over the past few seasons. “He worked on his shot. He worked on his three-ball. He worked on stretching the floor, spreading floor out. He can also go inside. He’s one hell of a rebounder. He’s a big load. “He’s a guy who got better every year since he’s been in the league and still he’s improving now.” New York Daily News

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Weeks after LeBron James put on his own dunk show at practice, Kevin Love showed that anything James can do he can do better. Or at least imitate. The Timberwolves forward imitated James’ off-the-wall dunk in a recent T-Wolves practice: Shirtless, like James in the YouTube, he slammed the ball off the far wall and then put in a reverse slam. Along with his teammates, he then imitated the Heat’s celebration. For The Win

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The Kevin Love outlet pass sure to be in the highlight reels made it milestone, but it wasn’t the most meaningful one. In the Timberwolves forward’s first career triple double, his 10th assist was a long pass to Corey Brewer in the fourth quarter. However, a similar one near the end of the second quarter helped the Wolves close out the half in a 121-104 win against Utah at Energy Solutions Arena. “I was glad it was Brew for the 10th assist,” Love said. “Was fitting that it came on an outlet pass.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

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