The Minnesota Timberwolves have had one of the most disappointing season of an NBA team in recent memory. They have suffered through injuries to almost every player on the roster, which has derailed the season for a team that had relatively high expectations coming into the year. Obviously, one of those key injuries was to Kevin Love.
Love has emerged as the star and was going to be the focal point for Minnesota this season. After breaking his hand twice, though, he has played in less than 20 games this year. Now reports say that he will have surgery to remove scar tissue from his knee, effectively ending his season.
Until this news came out, there was hope that Love could come back for a few games to see what this team looks like when they are fully healthy. There have been no games played this season when Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger, Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko have all been healthy. That was supposed to be the core of this year’s team, but injuries have affected them too much for that to come to fruition.
The most unfortunate thing for the Timberwolves in their fans is that they might never get to see that lineup on the floor together, even next year. Pekovic becomes a restricted free agent, Kirilenko’s contract has a player option for next season, and Budinger will become a restricted free agent as well this summer. This team may never get to play together, despite the fact that they were set to be really an exciting potential playoff team.
Injuries are a part of professional sports, but sometimes they really can take the fun out of things.