Minnesota's Kevin Love seems well on his way toward a first-team All-NBA selection and all the requisite perks that go with it. Five-year contract extensions, fan selection to the starting slot on the All-Star team and whistles for foul calls for when he's actually fouled in the process of shooting.
In the span of a week and a half, though, Love missed out on all three of those things. No dice on the deal, Blake Griffin got the nod for Orlando and the Houston Rockets got away with a few hacks on Kevin on Saturday night. It doesn't excuse the stupid and suspension-worthy act on Love's part that followed:
Not cool. We're surprised, with the sporting nation's eyes turned elsewhere on Super Bowl Sunday, that the NBA didn't come down with a suspension that would have been page 13 fodder in the sports section. The league did announce early Monday afternoon that Love had been suspended two games for the foul. It was also upgraded from an, um, "not foul" to a flagrant two foul.
Luis Scola, the stompee, was not amused. And after the incident he seemed more upset at Love's personal foul that wasn't called (the hack on the hook Scola was attempting) than the stomp:
Love has released a statement following the suspension:
"I want to publicly apologize to Luis Scola and the Houston Rockets. My intention is to never hurt another player on the basketball court. I've always had the utmost respect for the game of basketball and all of my opponents. I also apologize to my coaches, teammates and our fans for the consequences of my actions."
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