A search through my ever-burgeoning iTunes library turns up over 2,500 songs with the word "love" in the song, artist or album title.
By contrast, a search through the roster of the 2010-11 Minnesota Timberwolves turns up only one Love — third year power forward Kevin. Yet in many ways, Love the player may be as integral to the Wolves’ fortunes as Love the word/concept is to popular music.
Ugh. If you made it past the corny segue, make the jump for some more love-lorn crooning!
Sure, his roster management overall has been pretty bad, but not that bad. In the "good move" category, you can put realizing that Love is the franchise; not trading him (as was rumored throughout the summer); and starting the process of building around him by jettisoning overpaid, one-dimensional ballhog Al Jefferson. In the awful category, you can put drafting 6'0" shooting guard Jonny Flynn over Stephen Curry, as well as the acquisition of Michael Beasley, a player so terrible he makes Darko Milicic look like a decent #2 pick. Beasley's basically Anthony Randolph — if Randolph were much shorter, much less athletic, a much worse rebounder and shotblocker, and much less mature.
Most of Kahn's other moves have been kind of in between. Rubio still seems like a solid pick. He didn't light the world on fire in Turkey, but he still has rare court vision, passing and defensive skills, in a lanky 6'4" frame. Give him another couple years to mature, and I suspect he'll be ready to step right in as a Top 10 NBA PG. Wes Johnson at #4 could be a solid pick. It is somewhat worrisome that after totally bungling the Flynn pick they went out and grabbed another Orangeman who came off as engaging and charismatic in pre-draft interviews. On the plus side, Wesley, unlike Jonny, actually had dominant college numbers, and is actually correctly sized for his NBA position. Personally, I wouldn't have let Cousins slip past me at #4, but I can see decent reasons for picking Johnson.
Other moves: Dumping Sessions, an excellent backup PG, for nothing seems kind of stupid, but understandable with Rubio looming on the horizon. Darko at 4 years/$20M seems patently absurd, but is probably the going rate for a 7'0" 250 guy who can tie his own shoelaces. Anthony Tolliver @ 2/$5M ... meh.
Please don't miss this train at the station
'Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you
WellPeople all over the world (Sisters and brothers)
Join hands (join, come on)
Start a love train (ride this train, y'all), love train (Come on)
People all over the world (Don't need no tickets)
Join hands (come on, ride)
Start a love train, love train
Ride, let it ride...