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Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love Needs to Be More Like Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love is pathetic. Sure, he’s a superstar, a great player and all that, but where in heavens is his loyalty to the Minnesota Timberwolves organization?

This all began, of course, a couple years back at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Love looked on as Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James went on and on about their NBA playoff experiences, and Love got jealous. And it wasn’t just that Love got jealous, but that he went public with his frustrations, basically blaming the Timberwolves organization for why he couldn’t get his team into the playoffs.

See, that’s the funny thing about Love. Unlike Anthony and James, who had the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets contending every year before they stabbed their respective teams in the back, Love hasn’t once even felt the playoffs. It’s bad enough that Love wants to follow in those same footsteps of disloyalty and betrayal, but another to act like he’s on Anthony or James’ level to begin with.

Instead of envying James and Anthony, Love should be idolizing Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki never cried for his pacifier early in his career. No, like James, he put the Mavericks on his back but also stayed true to the cause. Could you imagine Nowitzki — at any point in his career — crying about his teammates not being good enough?

No, and that’s what makes Love’s desire to bolt out of Minnesota so disgusting. Look at Nowitzki’s early days of success. He had Steve Nash, the best passer in the game at the time. Look at Love. He has Ricky Rubio! Rubio, like Nash back then, is the best passing point guard in the game. That’s the foundation. That’s all you need, Love. Stop crying.

Miotch is a Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Miotch_Report, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your Google Network.