Mar 1, 2011; Minneapolis, MN USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (left) blocks out Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (right) during the first quarter at the Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Understanding Kevin Love's psyche: Does he want to be a Laker?


Kevin Love had a stance and he expressed himself with no filter. He voiced his displeasure about the handling of his contract and criticized general manager David Kahn and owner Glen Taylor’s motives—all while he stood by his every word.

He knew where he stood and told the world.

After the grumpy Love fiasco earlier this season, he vowed to keep his mouth shut on his frustrations from then on. While he didn’t backtrack on what he said, he said his only regret was that he made it all public.

Well, he may be at it again…. with more—or less—subtly.

Love posted an intriguing tweet Thursday night, possibly insinuating a desire to inevitably play for the Lakers.

“Appreciate @MAESTROKNOWS for this Infinity piece. Will wear it as a reminder that dreams don’t have deadline,” Love tweeted.

Love tweeted the statement with a link to a picture of a watch laying on top of the book West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life authored by longtime Laker Jerry West and writer Jonathan Coleman.

Dozens of feedback from people on Twitter and Instagram instantly interpreted the vague statement as him wanting to be a Laker. Love was born in Santa Monica, California and played for UCLA in college.

Update:

Love had a statement following a Twitter freakout—with no thanks to us…

“For those Wolves fans concerned about my Jerry West book…my dad Stan played with and admired Jerry very much. I figured it to be a Great read in such a trying time for the team and myself. Please know I have nothing but good intentions! Now lets all get healthy!!! #wolvesunited,” Love said in a series of tweets.

As suggested in Love’s latest tweet, this latest update could be related to his quest for a championship, backtracking his remarks he made last summer about needing to make the playoffs immediately for his ultimate goal of winning a championship.

Here is what he had to say in July, via Yahoo! Sports:

“My patience is not high. Would yours be, especially when I’m a big proponent of greatness surrounding itself with greatness? All these [Team USA] guys seem to have great players around them. It’s tough seeing all these guys that are young and older who have all played in the playoffs. When they start talking about that, I have nothing to talk about. If I don’t make the playoffs next year I don’t know what will happen.

“If we don’t make the playoffs, I don’t know it’s going to be me or something, but our management needs to step up and make some moves,” Love said. “Chase [Budinger] is good for us. Brandon [Roy] if he can come in relatively healthy and be back to somewhat of where he was … we can be pretty damn good, especially in the fourth quarter with how he used to be [with the Trail Blazers] with LaMarcus [Aldridge] in the pick-and-roll. If Ricky can come back healthy that would be great. But I think our front office and ownership needs to step up and get us some pieces. We need to make some moves. We can’t just stand still. We have to make this happen.”

Jerry West did not win a championship until late in his career. It is quite possible that Love is now miraculously fully on board with the Timberwolves to seek a championship—with no specific deadlines.

Just like last summer and earlier this season, we know Love speaks his mind.

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  • http://twitter.com/schlich85 steve schlichting

    WOLVES should have kept JEFFERSON and got rid of injury prone love! I get so sick of these crybabies, they do not deserve the money they make especially when they can’t stay healthy, yet cry about how bad their team is!  GET RID OF HIM, BUT SEND HIM TO CLEVELAND OR WASHINGTON!

  • PMinell

    Love may not be happy, but I don’t think he was going so far as to say he wanted to be a Laker. It seems probable, though, that his agent saw the potential/emerging issue & crafted a response tweet for KLove.