Kevin Love Uses Twitter to Breaks News of Timberwolves Hiring Rick Adelman

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is plugged into all things related to his basketball team. On Monday afternoon, he grabbed attention with the following tweet posted to his account:

The Apollo 13 allusion actually has a dual meaning; ex-Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman was reportedly negotiating with the team over the weekend. Adelman coached the Rockets the past four seasons until parting ways with the team in April.

During a July interview with LBS, Love told us that Adelman stood out to him among the coaches Minnesota was considering. He told us that playing in Adelman’s corner system was “intriguing” and would be “very fun to be a part of.”

It looks like he’s going to get his wish, which also helps Minnesota’s chances of getting him to agree to a contract extension. Between Ricky Rubio finally coming to America, and Adelman’s imminent hiring, things are looking up in Minnesota.

Kevin Love Likes Rick Adelman as Potential Coach, Thinks Rubio is Real Deal

Kevin Love announced Tuesday that he’s going to play volleyball in the Manhattan Beach Open next month. Love made his announcement at Times Square in New York City where a beach volleyball court was set up for him and other athletes on the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series tour to play. We spoke with Love after the event and asked him if this was the first of many publicity stunts to come. We also asked him about his development as a player, his thoughts on Ricky Rubio, who he’d like the team to hire as its new head coach, and what goes into building the ideal team. Our interview follows.

How did this whole thing with Jose Cuervo and the beach volleyball idea come about?

Jose Cuervo came to me and said that they wanted me to be a part of it and I took it and ran with it — I thought it was a home run. It’s a different thing I could use throughout the lockout to keep active and kind of have fun with, so I’m very excited about it.

Do you have more ideas like this in store, like Ochocinco, or is this a one-time deal for you?

I’m not opposed to anything. I’m down to try new things and new sports, so I’m definitely taking the Ochocinco route. I’m definitely down to try anything, I think it’s fun.

How much volleyball experience do you have?

Not much, obviously a little bit in high school but nothing on the beach and it wasn’t really too serious. It was kind of just hitting the ball around with my friends in gym class but I even surprised myself today — I was a little better than I thought.

You made the jump, you became an All-Star this season. How good do you think you can be? Do you think you can be the centerpiece on a championship team?

Yeah, I think the sky’s the limit. I’m 22 years old — there’s still so much room to grow. Even Michael Jordan said that players don’t reach their prime until they’re 27-34. I think I can be as good as I want to be and take my game to whatever level I want to take it to.

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Kevin Love Playing Beach Volleyball During NBA Lockout

When Kevin Love filmed his commercial for the “Lockout Professionals,” he wasn’t joking — he was just leading up to a bigger announcement. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Love is partnering with Jose Cuervo to play in their Pro Beach Volleyball Series. He made the announcement while playing beach volleyball on a court in Times Square:

Love plans to play in the famed Manhattan Beach Open next month. Better yet, Jose Cuervo has agreed to waive all ticket costs and offer free admission to fans who attend any of their upcoming events.

LBS interviewed Love after his day of playing volleyball and asked him if he’s becoming the Chad Ochocinco of the NBA? Find out his answer by reading here.

Kevin Love Deserves an MVP Vote

The NBA MVP award goes to the person who supposedly was the most valuable in the National Basketball Association in a given year. It looks like Derrick Rose will probably win the 2011 version of the award, or LeBron James will claim his third in a row. However, there is a player who deserves it more than those two.

While James is playing on a team that has not lived up to its expectations and Rose is surrounded by All-Star talent, there is one player who is breaking records that are over 30 years old, and is quickly becoming an elite power forward in the NBA. The consistency in the numbers and the impact he has on the game cannot be debated. And, in the true definition of the word valuable, take this player off his team and it would be significantly worse. I’m talking about Kevin Love who would receive my vote for NBA MVP.

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Kevin Love Numbers Cologne Campaign Should Not be Needed to be an All-Star

The Minnesota Timberwolves P.R. department has done it again. For the second time in three years, they’ve come up with a creative idea to push Kevin Love’s candidacy for a league honor. Two years ago, it was this awesome sales pitch to make Love the Rookie of the Year (their effort fell short). This time around, they’re marketing a men’s cologne called “Numb#rs” to the media, which is a way to promote Love’s impressive stats this season.

As part of Minnesota’s push to get Love into the All-Star game, “A box was mailed to all Western Conference coaches that includes a bottle of “Numb#rs” cologne, a DVD with a 30-second commercial for the product that spoofs an ultra-serious fragrance ad, an advertisement that includes Love and a local model dressed to the nines and a list of his accomplishments on the back, and a bottle of face lotion just for good measure.” They’ve also created this awesome web site 612allstar.com that is full of comments from media members, coaches, and player describing Love’s talents.

The campaign is right up there with what the Blazers did for Brandon Roy, and what Chris Bosh did for himself.

The shame of it all is that Minnesota felt the need to launch a campaign like this in order to promote Love’s candidacy. We wrote a month ago that Love has a chance to join Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Bob Pettit, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the extremely exclusive 20-15 club. He’s playing at a historical level and proving he’s one of the best players in the league. Why should he be penalized for his team’s pathetic 10-35 record when he’d be putting up the same stats on a better team? The promotional campaign was catchy and creative, but it should not be necessary to get him on the All-Star team.

Here’s the funny Numbers cologne video, as first seen at The Basketball Jones:

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Kevin Love Could Join Exclusive 20-15 Club

Only eight players in NBA history have averaged at least 20 points and 15 rebounds per game in a season and all of them are in the Hall of Fame: Wilt Chamberlain (13), Bob Pettit (8), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4), Elgin Baylor (4), Walt Bellamy (4), Elvin Hayes (4), Moses Malone (2) and Bob McAdoo (1). If he can keep up his current pace, Kevin Love will be next on that list. Love is currently averaging 20.8 points per game and 15.5 rebounds per game — the highest average since Dennis Rodman’s 16.05 per game in 1996-97.

Love was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008, but was immediately traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for fellow 2008 draft pick O.J. Mayo. The Timberwolves definitely got the better end of this deal; Mayo’s first three years have produced a healthy 17.2 points per game, but that’s really it. He’s probably never going to be as famous for his play as he is for his one-year stint at USC.

Love, on the other hand, has seen his production rise incrementally each season — from 11 points and nine rebounds to 14 points and 11 rebounds to the historic pace he’s on this year. He’s got as many single-digit rebound games this season (5) as he does games with at least 20 boards. In what was probably his best game this season, on Nov. 12 against the Knicks, Love put up 31 points and brought down 31 rebounds — talk about glass cleaning.

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Kevin Love: There Are Some Games You Circle on the Calendar

Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been known to speak his mind and say some unwise things. Players like him make following sports much more fun, because we all know how boring generic cliches are. It’s Love’s personality that makes his new blog at GQ a fun read for fans, similar to the way Gilbert Arenas’ nba.com blog was a few years ago.

Love has written funny lines about his teammates, gone into detail about his coach’s style, challenged Bill Simmons, and already gotten into trouble for his R-rated language on the blog. He offers the type of insight that takes players behind the scenes, and thank goodness, he doesn’t use cliches.

You know how athletes all say each game means the same thing and we take them one at a time? Well Love actually admitted what we really know is the truth — you do circle some games on the calendar. “Every game is important, but the fact is, there are some games you circle on your calendar and this is definitely one of them,” Love said prior to Tuesday’s game against the Heat.

The T-Wolves lost that game 129-97 to give you an idea of how bad they are if they went all out for it, but that’s not a surprise. It does fit into what we said before — Miami is polarizing and the hated teams inspire the best play from opponents. Everyone will be out to get the Heat, but most won’t be able to beat them. Fact.

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