Kevin Love hasn’t experienced a winning season in his first four years with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the All-Star power forward is looking forward to a promising campaign in the upcoming NBA season.
Love, who recently helped Team USA bag the gold medal in the men’s basketball competition of the 2012 London Olympics, was thrilled with the moves his team made this off-season, roster shake-ups that made him confident with their chances next season.
“I have faith in this team. I have faith in what we’ve done this offseason,” Love said. “We’ve definitely added value to this team. I think the locker room is really going to be great and I think the players we have on this team can make an immediate impact.”
The Timberwolves signed returning former All-Star Brandon Roy, who is expected to provide a much-needed offensive boost if he could keep himself healthy this season. Aside from Roy, Minnesota also acquired defensive-specialist Andrei Kirilenko, second-year big man Greg Stiemsma, Russian rising star Aleksey Shved, Lou Amundson, and Dante Cunningham.
Minnesota looked poise to make the playoffs last season and finally end their eight-year post-season drought, but their hopes virtually faded after Spanish superstar point guard Ricky Rubio went down with an ACL injury, while also playing several stretches without Beasley, Nikola Pekovic, JJ Barea, and Luke Ridnour.
When asked about his expectations in the upcoming season, Love confidently said: “I really think we have a great shot to make the playoffs. If anyone else says otherwise, I think we have to go out there and prove what we’re made of.”
Love, who signed a new four-year deal worth $60 million earlier this year, averaged a team-high 26 points and league’s second-best 13.3 rebounds in 55 regular-season games last season, cementing his status as the best power forward in the NBA right now.