Posted at 12:31 PM on October 23, 2008
by Chris Dall
Wow. We haven't even started the NBA season yet and the natives are already declaring the Kevin Love era a complete failure. And Reusse's not the only one. MPR's resident curmudgeon, Bob Collins, was at the game last night and has also concluded that Kevin Love is awful. At the risk of sounding like Sid Hartman, I think we need to wait a little bit before we decide Love is the second coming of Christian Laettner and OJ Mayo the next Jordan. Yes, Love was bad last night (ok, really bad) but it's preseason basketball. He also had 13 points and 5 rebounds in the Wolves' first exhibition game, and that's probably no better indication of how he's going to fare this season.
Yes, Kevin Love is a bit small for a frontcourt player, he doesn't seem to be terribly athletic, and he's been tagged with the always questionable Kevin McHale seal of approval, but I'm not ready to declare him a bust quite yet. Just look at this outlet pass!
That being said, I do think any improvement we see in this team will be the result of Mike Miller. He has one of the sweeter jump shots in the league, and reminds me a bit of Tom Gugliotta in his ability to create shots for his teammates. It's just too bad we couldn't have gotten him three years earlier.