Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Love had an injury-plagued 2012-13 campaign, being limited to just 18 games. The Wolves were expected to be serious playoff contenders but fell short as Love and other key players went down. As far as Love goes, it seems that the power forward is in great shape.
By all accounts, Love is in the best shape of his career — “Phenomenal,” said president of basketball operations Flip Saunders — and now weighs less than 240 pounds. He also presumably will become more of what Saunders calls a “facilitator” in an offense coach Rick Adelman has tweaked over the summer to emphasize Love’s high-post passing and that remade roster that now includes Adelman favorite Martin at starting shooting guard, Pekovic down low as well as Brewer and eventually Budinger on the wing.
“Focused and enthusiastic,” Saunders said about Love. “Everything has been ‘We’ and not ‘I.’ He’s very enthusiastic about the team we have, the changes we’ve made, the direction we’re going.”
Love has previously had some disputes with the Timberwolves franchise, so it’s nice to hear that he is focused and enthusiastic. It will also be very interesting to see whether the big man can thrive in a tweaked playmaking role. Ricky Rubio has also been the primary distributor of the team, but Love is skilled enough and if he can mix it up and make plays for others out of the post, the Wolves could be a very tough team this upcoming season.