Last week Minnesota Timberwolves star center Kevin Love professed his love for the franchise that drafted him in 2008. It was a reply to many who felt that the former UCLA star would bolt for a larger market like Los Angeles. While Love claims that he’s happy in a smaller market, the Timberwolves should beware and not take Love at his word.
If there’s one thing that has been learned in the past five years about NBA players, it’s that they are natural liars. They don’t care about the franchises or fans and don’t know the meaning of loyalty. It’s been proven over and over again over the past few years and Love should not be expected to be any different.
Despite the fact that star players continue to force themselves out of smaller markets for the bright lights of bigger cities, teams continue to believe them when each one says he loves the team that drafted him. Whether it’s LeBron James moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat, Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks, Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz to the Brooklyn News, or Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers, they all at one point said the same thing as Love. And yet, today they are all in bigger cities where they can receiver larger endorsement deals.
Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. If the Timberwolves are smart, they will ignore Love’s sentiments and understand that he is very likely to force his way out of Minnesota soon for a bigger city. But that doesn’t mean they should push him out. If Love does truly decide to be unique and stay loyal to the team that drafted him, then the Timberwolves should definitely welcome him with open arms. However, they should beware of the likely result of him forcing his way out of Minnesota.