Flip Saunders: Wolves fans won't forgive Love after ‘turn(ing) on’ them

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Flip Saunders: Wolves fans won't forgive Love after ‘turn(ing) on’ them
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On Tuesday, Kevin Love, a fully-fledged member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, plays his first contest against the same Minnesota Timberwolves team he worked for from 2008 until last spring. Those springs never included any trips to the playoffs for the Timberwolves, who are currently working through a playoff drought that dates back to the team’s 2004 trip to the Western Conference finals, and Love pushed for a trade out of the city last summer as a result.

The Wolves took back the top two overall picks in the last two NBA drafts in the deal, an unprecedented trade haul, but that won’t matter to one Wolves know-all:

Fella by the name of “Flip Saunders,” who remains the coach, president, and general-manager-in-everything-but-name for the Timberwolves. From a Monday discussion with the Associated Press’ Jon Krawczynski 

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So, let’s review.

Kevin Love, the man that was actually traded from Memphis just minutes after entering the NBA, has “turned on Minnesota” because he wanted to influence the sort of deals NBA front offices don’t think twice before signing off on.

The guy that was given either incompetent or uninspired coaches throughout his NBA career in Minnesota, somehow “turned” on the state.

The man who had to watch as the team spent lottery draft picks on Ricky Rubio (a career 37 percent shooter), Jonny Flynn, Wesley Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and Derrick Williams totally “turned on Minnesota.”

(It should be noted that, in David Kahn and Flip Saunders’ drafting defense, the team did also draft Ty Lawson, Trey Burke, and Mario Chalmers during that span, but they also traded all those dudes away on draft night.)

Kevin Love is also the All-Star that had per-minute All-Star level production immediately from the outset of his NBA career, production that Kahn-hire Kurt Rambis failed to notice because he only paid attention to box scores from last night’s paper (presuming the West Coast scores made it in before deadline) while running the worst version of the triangle offense I’ve seen since my attempts to initiate triangle cuts on my intramural team in college.

Partially as a result of this, the Wolves’ ownership and front office turned their back on Kevin Love by offering him a three-year contract with a player option for a fourth year as opposed to a guaranteed five-year deal that superstars of his ilk usually sign. A contract that effectively rendered the third year of his deal (because the Wolves are incompetent) as an expiring contract.

Flip also offered this:

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Oh, well, good for Flip.

Let me offer this: NBA fans in Minnesota deserve far better than this. Saunders may have chosen his words wrong in something he’ll regret later, but bloody hell is this sort of statement completely and utterly off.

Luckily, most seem to understand the sorts of things that Flip Saunders, David Kahn, and Glen Taylor do not:

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Kelly Dwyer

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