Tyson Chandler trash talks Kevin Love’s defense (Video)

Tyson ChandlerTyson Chandler sent a little trash talk Kevin Love’s way during a halftime interview Wednesday for the New York Knicks’ game at the Minnesota Timberwolves.

At first Chandler praised Love’s offensive game by saying the T-Wolves’ big man can stretch the floor, but when asked about how the Knicks could exploit Love’s defense, Chandler threw out the zinger.

“He can’t play D!” Chandler said of Love with a smile.

Though Chandler was sort of messing around, he’s not wrong. Though Love is a versatile offensive player, he struggles defensively and is among the worst defenders around the basket for a big man.

Then again, pretty much every team in the league could say the same thing about the Knicks — they have a few guys who can’t play defense either!

Credit to Chandler on this one — his Knicks prevailed in the game 118-106.

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NBA executive: Everyone knows Kevin Love wants to go to the Lakers

Kevin LoveKevin Love has a player option that will allow him to opt out of his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves after next season. While he is fully expected to exercise that option, it remains unclear if Love will re-resign with the T-Wolves or bolt for another team. At least one NBA executive believes Minnesota has no chance of keeping him.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports spoke with an Eastern Conference executive who thinks the best move for the T-Wolves would be to trade love. Why? Because he’s going to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“They should trade him,” the exec reportedly said. “No one thinks he’s staying. Everyone knows he wants to go to the Lakers.”

As Berger noted, the Timberwolves are facing a dilemma. They can either do what the Cleveland Cavaliers did with LeBron James and hold onto Love, hoping he decides to stay and sign a max contract, or they can trade him now and get value in return. The Utah Jazz chose to trade Deron Williams and ended up with Derrick Favors, who just signed a four-year, $49 million extension, and draft picks that turned into Trey Burke and Enes Kanter.

Aside from Love being nowhere near as good a player as LeBron, there is one major difference with their two situations. Despite coming up just short of a championship several times, the Cavs were a playoff team while James was still in Cleveland. Love has never made the playoffs with Minnesota and he is clearly frustrated with the way things have gone this year.

LeBron never really gave any indication that he wanted to leave Cleveland until the last second. Love seems to want out, and that will become more obvious if the T-Wolves miss the playoffs again this season. Personally, I believe the team is better off trading him and acquiring picks.

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Kevin Love calls out teammates after loss

Kevin LoveThe Minnesota Timberwolves won their first three games of the season, and they have not been able to string together more than two-straight wins since. On Wednesday, the T-Wolves lost a tough game at home to the Phoenix Suns. They blew a lead with just a few minutes remaining, which is something Minnesota has done more than once this season.

Following the 104-103 loss, Kevin Love called out two of his teammates.

“We can’t have two guys sitting at the end of the bench, who play good minutes, just sitting there and not getting up at timeouts,” Love told reporters, via ESPN 1500 Twin Cities. “We all need to be in this together. That kind of pisses me off. We’re supposed to be a team.”

Love made it very clear that he was talking about two specific players, though he did not mention them by name. There was speculation that he was referring to JJ Barea, who expressed frustration when he was sent to the bench with roughly eight minutes remaining in the game, and Dante Cunningham, who played a season-low 11 minutes.

“It’s to a point that where those two guys, if and when I did that last year when maybe I didn’t sit out for the game for 48 minutes and so on and so forth, they would have killed me,” Love said. “They would have aired me out. It’s two guys we expect more from them, and I think they expect more from themselves.

“I’m not trying to single anybody out, and I don’t want to make it bigger than it is. That was a team we needed to beat tonight. Even guys that didn’t play any minutes, we need to have a team on the bench that’s really in it together.”

This is not the first time Love has taken his frustrations with the team public. However, teammate Ricky Rubio seemed to agree.

“Somebody is maybe frustrated because he didn’t have the minutes he wanted or he wasn’t in the game in the late situation,” Rubio said. “If something happened, no matter if it’s Coach’s decision or whatever, you have to be with the team. I didn’t see that, but if (Love) says that he saw something. We would have to talk, because that’s even worse than losing the game.”

The T-Wolves are 17-18 and have plenty of time to turn things around. The problem is this is a team that has not made the playoffs since 2004, so losing is something the players have grown accustomed to. That can sometimes lead to sulking.

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Timberwolves announcer goes nuts after no-call on Kevin Love to end game (Audio)

Kevin-Love-Shawn-Marion-foulThe Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night in controversial fashion. With the T-Wolves trailing by two and three seconds remaining, Kevin Love received the inbound pass and tried to get a shot off. It appeared that he was fouled by Shawn Marion, but the officials chose to let the play go and time expired.

It was hard to tell if Love’s foot was on the line, but he should have been given a chance to tie the game with two free throws at the very least. Timberwolves radio play-by-play announcer Alan Horton was outraged.

Horton seemed most angry with referee Ed Malloy. After the game, Horton took to Twitter to remind fans of a game between the Timberwolves and Miami Heat last season — one that Malloy worked — where several controversial calls were met with a chorus of boos at the Target Center.

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Knicks targeting Kevin Love for 2015

Kevin LoveKevin Love is off to a great start this season and has reminded teams how much of a game-changer he can be. Whether they needed the reminder or not, the New York Knicks reportedly have decided that they want to make a big push for Love in 2015.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Love will almost assuredly opt out of his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015, and that the Knicks will be waiting.

Here’s what Woj reports:

The Knicks are sold on Love in 2015, sources tell Yahoo Sports, and they’ve already begun devising a strategy to lure him when the time comes.

That is a year and a half away, so a lot can change before then. First up for the Knicks will be seeing what happens with Carmelo Anthony, who seems to have interest in potentially going to the Los Angeles Lakers. But Love is a fantastic player who many teams will pursue. I just don’t think he’s dumb enough to go to the dysfunctional Knicks. There will be plenty of other attractive options.

Kevin Love says NBA GMs gave him the ‘white guy award’

Kevin-Love-TimberwolvesNBA.com’s annual GM survey was released earlier this week, with LeBron James running away with most of the individual player awards. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love also took home a couple of honors, if you want to call them that.

For starters, Love was named the league’s best offensive rebounder, receiving 41.4% of the overall vote. He also finished No. 1 for a question that read, “Which player makes the most of limited natural ability?” Love had some fun with taking home that award.


It should be noted that Matt Bonner finished third for that question, while Spain’s Marc Gasol finished second. Love has shown us that he has little filter when it comes to tweeting in the past, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see him joking around like that. Personally, I found it hilarious.

Kevin Love wonders if Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen is going off the wagon now

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is one of the most entertaining athletes to follow on Twitter. But on Thursday night, he may have crossed the line with a tweet about Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen.

Mario Chalmers BirdmanLove was essentially just saying what a lot of people were thinking, but it’s not a bright idea for him to be the one to put it into words. As you may know, Birdman was banned from the NBA for two years starting in 2006 after he failed a drug test for using what are termed “drugs of abuse” by the league. While it is unclear which drug or drugs Birdman was using, we do know that amphetamines, cocaine, opiates and PCP fall under that umbrella.

Prior to getting into drugs, Birdman admitted that he had a drinking problem. He was reinstated in 2008 after serving his two-year suspension and has by all indications gotten his career back on track. His story has served as an inspiration for many people who are fighting addiction, so Love’s joke was in poor taste.

Unlike the Texas Rangers who celebrated with ginger ale a few years ago so Josh Hamilton could participate, the Miami Heat had plenty of alcohol flowing in the locker room on Thursday night. Of course, that hardly means Birdman fell off the wagon during the festivities. The only thing he’s guilty of is posing for this epic photo.