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T'Wolves Coach: Love Has Bird's Instincts

Jul 18, 2008 – 7:40 PM
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Kevin LoveNotes from a trip to the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Of all the players performing down here at Summer League, the guy who's impressed me the most has been Kevin Love -- and it's not even close.

He's getting an easy 20 points a game, which I suppose was expected, but he's been an absolute beast on the boards getting 15 a game. (And all the people who want to pretend he's "unathletic" just because he's big and white? Ridiculous. He's not going to keep up with a guy half his size, but he can get above the rim when he needs to.)

More than that, though, his overall awareness is leaps and bounds better than most of the guys he's sharing the floor with. I've heard people talk about his outlet passes in the past, and to be honest, I never really understood what the big deal is. But to see it in person, to see the way he can stand underneath the basket and hit a teammate streaking down the court in stride is amazing. He's like a quarterback leading a wide receiver down the field.

But hey, I'm just some blogger, don't take my opinion, take that of the coaching staff. When Jerry Sichting, the T'Wolves' summer league coach, was asked after yesterday's game if he ever saw a big man pass like Love, the first name he mentioned was none other than Larry Bird. "I remember one time we had Parrish at the other end of the floor with a guard, and he just turned and threw it so high it almost hit the scoreboard, came right down," said Sichting. "I mean. I'm not comparing him to Larry Bird, but he has the same instincts in terms of [seeing] 94 feet of the floor."
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