NBA corrects Love snub

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:21 PM ET

Kevin Love should have been spitting mad.

He should have been frothing-at-the-mouth angry. In no way should he have been waiting on the league commissioner to right the wrong the voters and the coaches made when they overlooked his 21.4 points and league-leading 15.5 rebounds a night and left him off the all-star team.

Instead he was walking around the Minnesota Timberwolves locker room smiling just as much as ever.

Maybe he had a premonition? Who knows?

Whether it’s in Minnesota, Boston or Timbuktu, Love’s numbers are all-star worthy.

Love’s last chance was David Stern who as league grand poobah got to choose who replaced the injured and fan-voted Yao Ming on the Western Conference roster.

Apparently the commish agreed, as about midway through the first quarter the league announced Stern had indeed selected Love to replace Yao.

The thinking was it would come down to Love or Canada’s own Steve Nash who plays on the other side of the border in Phoenix.

Nash’s numbers were nothing to sneeze at either with 16.8 points and an incredible 11.1 assists a night, but it says here the commissioner sent the right guy to L.A.

To put Love’s season in perspective, all one needs to know is the last time Love did not have a double-double (double digits in points and rebounds) was Nov. 19. That’s a string of 34 consecutive games.

Love deserves to be in the all-star game and while he was not lamenting his lot (although he does have his fingers crossed with the commissioner), he was firmly in agreement with that notion that he had earned that spot.

“When the names came out I wasn’t too bitter about it,” Love said before Friday’s game. “I kind of knew the way it would go because (it was) mentioned early on that they were going to look at guys from winning teams. For me I’m just going to continue to play hard.”

Love knows his team had only won 11 games heading into Friday’s contest with Toronto, but that had never played into his all-star picks as a kid and he doesn’t believe it ever should.

“I always wanted to see the best players, the highlight players, the guys putting up huge stats,” he said. “It didn’t matter what team they were with. As a young player and all the way growing up I didn’t pay attention to the teams that were winning. I just paid attention to the guys I wanted to see in the game.”

Love says he’s better off not even thinking about the last chance the commissioner represents for him but it’s not easy.

“I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about it every now and then,” he said.

Now he doesn’t have to. It came later than it should, but Love is headed to L.A. with the rest of the league’s best and that’s exactly where he should be.


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