Jon Krawczynski / Associated Press, Published September 30 2013
Love back with a chip on his shoulderMINNEAPOLIS – The sharp edges could be seen on Kevin Love’s chiseled frame and heard in his voice on the eve of the opening of Minnesota Timberwolves training camp.
After the most disappointing season of his basketball life, Love made it clear that he isn’t interested in talking about the injuries and adversity he faced last year.
And it’s hard to blame him.
Every effort to get him to reflect on last season during Timberwolves media day on Monday was met with a curt and frank retort.
“The past is the past.”
“Last year’s last year.”
It was Love’s effort to bury what happened last year.
All of it.
Bury the 64 games missed because of a twice-broken hand and a knee injury that required minor surgery in the offseason. Bury a fifth straight season to start his career that ended without a playoff appearance. Bury some ill will from a once-adoring fan base that caught him off guard early in the year.
“The beauty of this world is you get fresh starts, you live to fight another day and you just continue to move forward,” Love said. “I’ve never been so excited to play some basketball and stop hearing about last year.”
Love has gained a reputation as one of the most accessible and outgoing players in the league early in his career, and he’s almost always had a very good handle on the message he relays to the public through the media.
So it was clear on Monday that he came in determined not to revisit his clashes with previous team president David Kahn, his monumentally frustrating health issues or the team’s nine-season playoff drought.
One of the bright young stars in the game, Love stayed completely off the radar for the entire summer, throwing himself into rigorous workouts with some of the best players in the league all in an effort to reclaim his spot as the best power forward in the game.