HoopsHype Kevin Love rumors

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Minnesota forward Kevin Love, who can opt out of his contract following the 2015 season, said he is not as familiar with Boston as other road cities. “I’ve never really spent much time in Boston. I don’t know it too well,” he said. “But I think as far as playing there, we love competing against those guys. I think they have a great coach and they have a ton of youngsters that are up-and-comers. Boston is a great city. I’m sure free agents would love to go there, especially with [Brad] Stevens as a coach. He’s a guy that can win basketball games. He gets guys to play for him. They’ve been having good success there, even in his first year, and he has a lot of young players. The coach has a lot to do with it, but yeah, Boston is a great place.” Boston Globe

The gene pool morphed, producing a freakish athlete in Garnett with a center’s height and a small forward’s athleticism and shooting touch. An influx of Europeans — Nowitzki and former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani among them — brought to the NBA big men with a different skill set instilled by fundamentally minded coaches. Simple mathematics — three points is more than two — played a part, too. “There’s no question the three-point line has changed things,” Saunders said. “You go watch AAU and high school and that’s all these kids do is shoot threes. That’s why there are no more low-block players because the big guys don’t want to play down there. As they say, the girls all like the long ball. All these players, they all want to shoot threes.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Consider that three second-generation players were selected to participate in Sunday night’s All-Star Game here: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. (Bryant, voted in by the fans, will not play because of a knee injury.) Even more progeny are on the way. Two of this country’s top college players — Andrew Wiggins, a freshman at Kansas, and Jabari Parker, a freshman at Duke — are sons of former N.B.A. players. Both are expected to be lottery picks whenever they decide to make themselves eligible for the draft. Players and coaches cite several factors in the rise of second-generation players, who tend to benefit from genetics (it helps to be tall) and from early access to top-notch instruction. Steve Kerr, a former guard and front-office executive, likened the setting to being immersed in a “basketball think tank” from childhood. “When you grow up in that world, you’re exposed to the best teaching and the best coaching,” said Kerr, an analyst for Turner Sports. New York Times

Love’s name has made the speculation rounds, and with his ability to join the free-agent ranks in 2015, that is not changing. He would be a hit, with his talent, personality and flair. When asked about his future and if he ever gives a thought to New York, he replied with a straight-faced deadpan. “New York? Right now, I’m thinking about Derek Jeter’s decision. How about that?” Love said. New York Post

His standard line is “I want to win” and he’ll think about what he wants to do in 2015 in, well, 2015. He is sharp enough to realize it is a no-win situation. “If I say that I like Charlotte or ‘Charlotte is a great city, I love spending time there,’ then all of a sudden I’m going to Charlotte,” Love said. “Anything I say is going to be a misconception or be some sort of a headline. It’s silly. “Sure [free agency] is brought up. It crosses my mind. In a way, I just try to put that aside. It’s a question that’s always going to be brought up. Really, I would love not to talk about it and focus on winning now with the Timberwolves.” New York Post

The Wolves can extend Love’s contract by two years in January 2015, but it’s unlikely he’ll agree to that. If he opts out that next summer, the team can sign him to a five-year extension, one year longer than any other team can offer unless he is traded in July 2015 in a sign-and-trade deal. “I think it will be more under a microscope next year, at the trade deadline or after the trade deadline,” Love said. “People will continue to talk about it, but it’s something that comes with the territory whether you like it or not. I feel like everybody who’s been in the position to be a free agent has been through it and it’s just the way it is.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Don’t try to predict your future, just live for the day,” Bosh said. “Make sure you’re maximizing your effort on the court every night, which he [Love] does, because you can’t predict the future. You know, the scenario he thinks probably is going to happen isn’t going to happen. I know that from experience.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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"If I say that I like Charlotte, or I say, 'Oh yeah, Charlotte's a great city; I love spending some time there,' then all of a sudden I'm going to Charlotte," Love said while — memo to Bobcats fans — picking a hypothetical, not to mention unlikely, example. "Anything I say is going to be a misconception or be sort of a headline. To me, it's silly because, yeah sure, it's brought up, it crosses my mind. But in a way I just try to put that aside. It's just a question that's always going to be brought up. Really, I would love to not talk about it and focus on winning right now with the team I'm on." USA Today Sports

February 6, 2014 Updates

NBA All-Stars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves headline the field of participants for the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (#FootLockerThree) taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, who will also be participating in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars challenge, Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs and Arron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic complete the field. The NBA's best from behind the arc will take part in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, with the eight players competing in a two-round competition. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the First Round will advance to the Championship Round. Of the two finalists, the one with the lower individual score from the First Round will go first in the Championship Round. The player scoring the most points in the Championship Round will win the 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest for his conference along with $100,000 for their Conference's charities. NBA.com

The number assigned to EPVA (EPV Added) amounts to the number of "points added" by a particular player in relation to an average player, as defined by what they do every time they touch the ball. Chris Paul has the best number, at 3.48. That means by being Chris Paul instead of an average player, he adds 3.48 points per game. There were 327 players last season who had the requisite number of "qualifying possessions" to be charted. The player with the worst EPVA of those 327 was Ricky Rubio, at minus-3.33. The player with the second-worst EPVA was Kevin Love, at minus-2.38. (The top 10 and bottom 10 are located in one of the "tables" in that link. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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The idea of Nikola Pekovic making the Western Conference All-Star team is music to the Minnesota Timberwolves' ears. The Wolves have started a campaign to get their big center into his first All-Star game. The Wolves sent out a vinyl album featuring the "Bruise Brothers," which is the nickname for their physical duo of Pekovic and Kevin Love. Fans voted Love a starter for the West last week, thanks in large part to a strong push from the team's public relations department to get out the vote. Boston Herald

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