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February 1, 2015 Updates

Kevin Love expected to be booed by Timberwolves fans in his first game back in Minnesota since he was traded to Cleveland last summer. Wolves fans obliged on Saturday night. He said he wished the franchise would have been more successful in his six years with the club so it didn't come to this. "I enjoyed a lot of the people that I played with and met off the floor here, but it's a little bitter because I wish things could've gone better and been better," Love said before his Cavaliers played the Timberwolves. "I'm in a situation now where we're winning basketball, and I'm happy with that." USA Today Sports

Love was booed during pregame introductions and every time he touched the ball early, and the second-best player in Timberwolves history said it was a little jarring to be playing at Target Center in enemy colors. "I think that's only human nature to want things to always be . sunshine and blue skies all week," Love said. "But that's just not the case. As long as we get a win I'll feel great doing it." USA Today Sports

Earlier this week, the Wolves produced a tongue-in-cheek video trumpeting the return of Cavaliers guard Mike Miller, a parody that Love called "hilarious." But coach and president Flip Saunders clearly wasn't pleased with it. "I think as an organization we should be above that," said Saunders, who did not see the video before it was played on Wednesday night. "We have to acknowledge that Kevin, when he was here, he was a great player for us. He was an All-Star. He won an Olympic gold medal, did a lot of positive things. ... To not acknowledge that, to go the other way, I would say would be hypocritical." USA Today Sports

January 31, 2015 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves host Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, and the Wolves want to be very clear about their feelings for their departed All-Star in his return. Love, after all, served as the totality of the Timberwolves' offense for long stretches of the six years he played in Minnesota. So, on Wednesday, the team aired this video hyping "#TheReturn" of the player fans have been waiting to welcome back. ESPN.com

Someone asked Kevin Love recently if he was ready for his big return game to Target Center, when his new team (Cleveland Cavaliers) plays his old team (Minnesota Timberwolves) Saturday night. "You mean when I get killed?" Love said, shrugging. NBA.com

“When you go on the road and you’re returning to a place where they once loved you, they still love you,” James said. “I know that. You only get booed because they love you. It’s like a scorned woman. Sorry women. You break a woman’s heart or you hurt a woman, she still loves you, she’s just a little mad at you at the time. Kevin needs to lean on us and I know that. We’re going to be there to pick him up. But just play basketball. That’s what I did. I played basketball. My teammates allowed me to do that, my teammates helped me through it. It’s 48 minutes, a couple of hours and then you can move on.” Akron Beacon Journal

In the midst of his lone college basketball season -- all because Love, who had grown up and starred at Lake Oswego (Ore.) High, opted to play for the Bruins -- some Oregon fans went crazy. Somebody got Love's cell phone number and its voicemail filled up with so much bile, he cancelled the service. His parents, his sister Karen, his grandmother and his uncle Mike (of Beach Boys fame) were pelted with trash and profanity. "It was the grossest display of humanity I've ever been involved with," said Stan Love, Kevin's father and a former hoops star at the school. He vowed that night never to return to his alma mater. NBA.com

The real problems, though, were much the same as during Garnett's stay: historically poor management decisions, not enough help on the court and something of an intractable, country-club culture undercutting any player's or players' intensity or urgency. Love chafed at the Wolves' losing, at four head coaches in six years and at former GM David Kahn's frequently expressed view that Love really wasn't a franchise player. NBA.com

January 29, 2015 Updates
January 28, 2015 Updates

Now the million-dollar question: Is Love worthy of being an All-Star this year? "Yes, I think so," Cavs coach David Blatt said. "...Kevin from his position is averaging a double-double while sacrificing some of his own individual game to help the team win and be successful. So yeah, you can certainly make a case for that. Absolutely." Cleveland Plain Dealer

To Love's credit, he's handling the situation like a professional. After Tuesday's win, the Cavaliers' seventh consecutive win, he admitted that it's even hard for him to envision roaming the streets of New York in mid February considering the team's 26-20 record. "Either way I'll head home to see my family or head back to Los Angeles," he told NEOMG. "So, it's not anything that's really a big deal to me. Obviously I would like to be there, but it's going to be nice for me to get a break either way." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 26, 2015 Updates

Late in the first quarter of Sunday's 108-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, a disoriented Kevin Love went to the foul line. The Cavaliers' power forward looked out of sorts as he missed his first free throw. He then got the attention of team trainer Steve Spiro to signal something was wrong. He stayed in the game and knocked down the second free throw. As he trotted back on defense, it seemed as if he was himself again. After the game, Love revealed what he was going through earlier in the contest. "Everything was spinning there for a little bit," Love told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "It just happened. I was a little shocked. It was a scary moment, but I was good after that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 21, 2015 Updates

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