Love’s 30 For 30: Video Evidence

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Since there was no local television for his historic performance we thought it would be wise to make sure and share this with all the people who had heard about Kevin Love‘s 30-for-30 exhibit Friday night but hadn’t actually seen any of it.

When you join an elite club that claims Moses Malone (in 1982) as its last member, you’ve earned the right to a little showcase of your own here at the hideout.

But Love is more than just a tenacious rebounder, personal whipping boy of Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis and the object of the affection for so many of our colleagues. Love’s a writer/blogger as well.

You want to know how a man goes out and grabs 31 rebounds on the same night he scores 31 points? Get into the mind of that man. Here’s Love in his own words from his brilliantly titled blog for GQ, Love Will Tear Us Apart:

Anyway, when I’m grabbing a lot of rebounds, I’m definitely aware of it, but mostly what I’m thinking to myself is, “Keep going to the glass, keep going to the glass.” Because one thing you can always do is rebound. If you aren’t getting your shots, or you’re not working your way into the offense, you can always go to the glass. We have some pretty good shooters on this team but even the best players only shoot 50 percent, so you have to go for every rebound. 

These aren’t just the musings of some basketball zealot. Love’s studied his craft. He treats rebounding like the art form that most of us know it is:
For me, rebounding is all a mindset. My dad told me back in the day that there is no such thing as a selfish rebound because it’s a team stat. If you have to fight one of your own teammates for a rebound, do it—as long as you get it. Also, I studied the greats. Dennis Rodman had it figured out: he knew that most shots are going to come to the other side of the rim. So that’s how I position myself. And Bill Russell always used to say that 80 percent of rebounds are below the rim. I’m not the kind of guy who’s going to jump and touch the top of the square every time. I use my body for positioning, and I work relentlessly underneath the rim. You don’t have to be the most athletic guy in the world to get a bunch of rebounds, so I just try and take what my dad said to heart, what Rodman said to heart, and most importantly what Bill Russell said to heart. He’s got 11 championship rings so I think he knows what he’s talking about.

Anytime you invoke the names Rodman and Russell, people should already know that you get it.

Kevin Love gets it folks!

64 Comments

  1. […] It should also be noted that this game wasn’t even televised for Love’s home fans. As a favor to them, here’s some video evidence. […]

  2. Juvius Ong says:

    I agree with Coach Carter, if they Miami gets Shaq and Payton, then it’s ova. Don need to watch their games. It’s ova.
    Starting 6: Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Payton, Shaq, Love.
    Off the bench: Jamal Crawford (he really wants to cum to miami), Nate Robinson (he will want to come with shaq (the big mac), Big Baby Davis (he would follow his best mate, Nate), Sasha Vujacic (he can tell the team how to beat the Lakers as he has been in the Lakers team for over 10 years), Steve Nash (he wants to be traded to win Championship), Kyle Kover (he is pure from the three pointer arc), John wall (for some young ones to carry on when the others pass away), Blake griffin (he would want to join Wall like how James joined Wade).

    That’s just my opinion. What’s yours?

  3. […] It should also be noted that this game wasn’t even televised for Love’s home fans. As a favor to them,here’s some video evidence. […]

  4. Naveed says:

    Big up’s to K-Love on his big game, the T-Wolves need people to step up and win games. Now to say he’s the best rebounder in the world come on, that’s riding the mans pole.

  5. froggyfred says:

    AND IMAGINE THIS HE’S A “WHITE BOY ‘

  6. Who needs it? says:

    beasley is way better than bosh… miami made a stupid move in getting bosh.. bosh is just overrated..

    • Coach Carter says:

      But without Bosh, Lebron James would not have joined Miami Heat. I asked Lebron if, hypothetically, Bosh did not join Miami. His answer was that he would join Amaori in the Garden City.

  7. Mr Sensible aka the new zzanzabar says:

    LMFAO…..KEVIN LOVE IS THE BEST REBOUNDER IN THE WORLD?? DID SOMEBODY FORGET A CERTAIN BENCH PLAYER NAMED DWIGHT HOWARD??? I KNOW HE IS NOT THAT GOOD, AND HIS TEAM IS STRUGGLING TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, AND HIS COACH OFTEN BENCHES HIM BECAUSE OF POOR DEFENSE….BUT GIVE HIM A TINY BIT OF CREDIT LMAO…Sorry for the caps-locks…but I had to prove a valid point….and also, horrible teams can make your stats look marvelous, but the only stat that means anything in the end is in the w and L column. Great game Kevin Love, but there has gotta be some reason that on a team full of second and third all-nba stars (Usa Basketball) Kevin Love couldnt see the floor…I think he is having a decent year, but dont compare him to superstars just yet..

  8. KK says:

    Trade him to Phoenix please!! Haha.

  9. KOBE suuuuuuuuuuxxxxxxx says:

    Love is a BEAST

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  11. Knick Thru and Thru says:

    …by the way, coach carter (three comments before this one) is clearly a lost drunk individual

    • Jon says:

      I dont think he is…..he broke 10 records when he was playing basketball for Richmond High School. Please do not disrespect him in anyway. He is very knowledgeable about the game of basketball game.

  12. Knick Thru and Thru says:

    the boy kevin love is gonna end up being a celtic by the end of his rookie deal…the way he spoke about bill russell must have woken up a few heads over there in boston. in 3 years time, garnett is gonna be on his way out, kevin love is the celtic front court future

  13. Kevin Love says:

    Thanks guys, I always try to stay fouccused on my games. Looking forward to playing in the playoffs. Cheers

    • Wow says:

      I have a new level of respect for you, Kevin Love. Not many superstars respond on the same page of comments as their fans. I applaud you once again for your brilliant effort and result. I’m hoping to see you in the NBA finals.

      Cheers,
      Your Fans

  14. kevin says:

    Timberwolves, I remember there was a guy call “KG”, did he ever have a 30-30 game like Kevin Love?????? OH, correct, he was too busy talking sh******t, trashhhhhh instead of rebounding. What a thug

  15. NBA FAN says:

    I agree with Cole who has come out of his hole to say ‘He needs to get traded so he can get some playing time, Kurt Rambis is stupid.’ There is a hole in the Miami Heats which needs to be filled in order for the team to be whole. The team will fill it’s center spot which lacks power, I know. Kevin Love is not at all slow. He can deliver the knockout blow and the fans can watch it in slow-mo. He can get down in the post which is low and sow his seeds into the start of Miami’s dynasty which is like dough. What’s more, is that Love is like Christopher Marlowe (he can orchestrate a piece of work). There will never be a day like tommorow – so get on ur fo

  16. Coach Carter says:

    He should get traded to the Miami Heat because love is the kind of guy who wouldnt mind getting a minimum contract. He should bring his talents to South Beach just like Lebron, Bosh, and Pierce. Then Miami should sign someone like Gary Payton who would not mind representing his team again. Although he is retired, he still possesses the skill to win it all. Carlos Arroyo should come off the bench to do what he is best at: short burst of energy. Miami could also use a person at the center position. If they sign Gary Payton, it will lure Shaq the Big Mac to join The Heats. He can easily break his contract with the Boston Celtics by paying a few sums – which would only be a small proportion of his total earnings. In conclusion, the Miami Heats will build a dynasty for their future children to admire and be proud of their accomplishments. Kevin Love would be able to spread his love around to the people in need in South Beach, and everyone would enjoy the sun and party all night long like Pitbull (reference to the song. Karema, fiasco, party -remix of Lionel Richie’s song)

    • Jon kwon says:

      I agree with Coach Carter. By the way, were you not the guy who coached Richmond High School a couple of decades back? I used to attend the same classes as you. You nearly got a triple double like my man Kevin Love, too!

  17. koby says:

    now lets get ricky rubio to come play next season with k-love and the timberwolves, we’ll see what happens then. k-love was a beast. 24-23 vs the lakers and two games later 31-31 on the knicks!, thats sick man. never thought i would enjoy the wolves with k-love since kg was here in sota. one of the best players from his darft class, o.j. is good, but memphis gotta be woundering now why they made the trade.

  18. Muudey says:

    LOL
    thre were 31 comments before me…
    congratz kev

  19. SimplyMe says:

    Congrats to kevin love for his accomplishment!!!

  20. Cole says:

    He needs to get traded so he can get some playing time, Kurt Rambis is stupid.

  21. Matt L. says:

    Hey Sekou – Thanks for the Love. You just made my day.

  22. Kyle Goodman says:

    Congrats to Kevin Love for getting it when so many NBA players of all experience levels don’t. The easiest and arguably best way to succeed in the NBA is to rebound! You rebound and you will play and you will get noticed. Everything else is secondary to rebounding. If you can get control of the ball and hold onto it through rebounds, you are next to unstoppable no matter how bad your shooters are. Kevin’s going to be a force in the league for a long time, and this performance proved to me he will bring the Timberwolves to contention again.

  23. mnwolf says:

    The reason why he doesn’t get the minutes is because he cannot play good defense. He can grab boards but just because he can do that, doesn’t mean he plays good defense. Just like how ppl claim Amare plays good defense because he gets 2 blocks/game. Getting a block does not mean you play good defense. Amare is one of the worst defending big men in the league. If love can get better on defense, i’m sure Rambis will give him the minutes he deserves. You guys wonder why rambis plays tolliver quite often? because he can play good defense, even against bigger guys.

    • koby says:

      dude, wheres the love man? ok his d sucks, but what other bigs does sota have thats even as good of a player as k-love? rambis is trying to built a team like how phil jcakson has or have done in the past so thats why rambis doesn’t see what loves got to offer. yeah they bash at each other last year, but you know what? rambis just need to chill and have love do what he does best. sota is dumb for trading away kg, i would of love to see kg and k-love play together. kg would of made k-love way better then he is now with his d, but that didn’t happend. wait until ricky rubio comes next year and sekou could blog about it then.

      • Rambo says:

        Rambis is trying to copy Jackson…even trying to grow a beard like his too! He is trying to make Rudy Gay the next Kobe Bryant, and trying to make Kevin Love as the next Shaquille O’Neal, and he is trying to make Darko Milliic the next Kwame Brown.

  24. Tys says:

    This guy is an awesome player. This season is living up to the hype thus far.

  25. Am Men Rah says:

    Though i haven’t watched you play… Two thumbs for you Kevin Love. While i’m reading the article it comes to my attention the name Dennis Rodman aka The Worm! He is my idol and i’m also collecting his NBA Cards, I am a big fan of him since i was young. I use to play like him… Hehehe! Anyway, now that there is someone who is like him… or someone who can exceed his achievements. Hands Down to you! Keep it up.

  26. wejborland says:

    Kevin Love is the REAL DEAL!!! He deserves to signed a multi year extension like Kevin Durant did and Minnesota should offer him bigger salary like Joe Johnson’s 124 million because he deserves more than him…

  27. Anthony says:

    Kevin Love is one of the best team player i have seen these days!!

  28. Honestly, i think the next guy who is capable of this is Chicago’s own Joakim Noah…Its not impossible. D12 could grab 30 boards easy but 30 points to go along with it is not likely.! I think if this happend again he would do it.

  29. from Germany says:

    If this guy gets some minutes…

  30. Daniel says:

    Yeah Kevin Love is the sh**. And Kurt Rambis is a moron for only playing him 26 mins a game before this game. And look what happens when Love, for the first time gets 40 mins…maybe Rambis will wake up and play him more now.

  31. wuzzup says:

    31 and 31…One game does not make a career…

    But, what a game to have in your career!

    Would I trade Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown for Kevin Love?

    Doesn’t matter what I would do! Would Mitch do it?

  32. Karen Love says:

    Love is a Beasly. haha get pun? we might be related. My main man sekou predicted last season that big things are going to up of this man. (Not big things as in u know…although he might have one). We need to show our love to Love and we will get love in return from Love.

  33. nobody says:

    he’s awsom, i can also do this, but i bet none of you believe me

  34. WakeMikey says:

    Howllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll go puppies!

  35. lolomo says:

    Wolves! ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!!! great job

  36. lilbrog says:

    Love is a Beast………….Enough Said ~!

  37. James says:

    As a UCLA fan who really enjoyed watching him play… I’m loving all those guys that said he would never be anything but mediocre in the NBA…For a variety of reasons his Dad trained him how to be a contribution to a team……

  38. six6heat says:

    There is a reason rambis plays him 27 minutes a game..and the greatest rebounder?…that’s funny, how about howard or noah???..he might be the 10th or 11th best power forward in the league and that’s not a bad thing…he has a great feel for the game and plays smart. he needs to be better on the defense and use his size against smaller players….sometimes he plays like a small forward, don’t get too excited about the 30-30…he has potential to grow to be in the top 5 but he still has a ways to go.

    • KillaRific says:

      WHAT ARE TALKING ABOUT? I DONT THINK ANYBODY THINKS HES THE BEST POWER FOWARD IN THE NBA. BUT DEFINETLY THE BEST REBOUNDER. COMPARE HIS STATS PER 36MIN. TO ANYONE IN THE NBA. ITS RIDICULOUS. AND THERE IS NO REASON Y HES PLAYIING ONLY 27 MIN A GAME BESIDES MAYBE CAUSE HES INJURY PRONE. BUT LOOK AT THE OTHER BIGS ON THE TIMBERWOLVES AND NAME 1 THAT DESERVES TO PLAY OVER LOVE. AND YOU DONT THINK HE USES HIS SIZE? HE GETS OFFENSIVE BOARDS AND GOES RIGHT BACK UP. HOW MANY TIMES HAS HOWARD HAD 30-30 GAMES? NEVER. I THINK HES A BETTER REBOUNDER THAN HOWARD BECAUSE HE ALWAYS KNOWS WHERE HE NEEDS TO BE TO GET THE BOARD. HOWARD IS JUST BIGGER AND JUMPS HIGHER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THE COURT. BUT IF DWIGHT HOWARD WAS A BETTER REBOUNDER THAN WOULDNT HE AVERAGE MORE REBOUNDS THAN LOVE PER GAME? PLUS HOWARD GETS ABOUT 6 MORE MINUTES A GAME THAN LOVE

      • wery88 says:

        he’s not playing more minutes because rambis wants to see this kind of effort consistently. you don’t seem like a person that watched all of the previous wolves games and i kinda understand what rambis is about. klove is living from his aggressiveness and effort. when he’s exausted (and he certainly has the right to be!) or not motivated, rambis is going to teach him a lesson. the wolves aren’t going anywhere anyway, so rambis uses his minutes (or lack thereof) to keep him hungry and focused. if you’re used to playing 40+ min every night, you might lose focus.

        on another note: since he’s playing well lately, his minutes have increased as well.

      • six6heat says:

        howard is a rim protector first, he changes more shots in the nba than anyone else, it doesn’t matter how high you jump to get a rebound, it’s your position and you will. Love is playing 29.6 minutes a game and shooting 39%..39% is horrible for a post player…now if he is shooting on the outside more than usual then he is playing like a small forward, which is it?…don’t get me wrong 18 and 14 are good numbers on a bad team, but have you seen his numbers against the better teams they played. he had a great game against the lakers but laid down against the kings and had 31 against the knicks but took 26 shots to get 31 points..a post player shooting 39%…that’s bottom of league compared the other power forwards.

      • QuestionMark says:

        I dont see how Kevin Love can be the best rebounder when Dwight Howard was leading the league in rebounding and blocks the last two years, Kevin Love did have a monster game getting 31 pts and 31 rebounds, but that happened once just like Kobe’s 81, Love can rebound really well no denying that, but when it comes to rebounding every single game, Dwight Howard is better. If Kevin Love is as athletic as Dwight Howard then he might be a better rebounder. Only reason Dwight Howard is better is because He is tough, tall, and can muscle his way through players to grab the rebound, Kevin Love can rebound is because he is tall, tough and is able to get into a good position. But either way Dwight Howard is better.

      • todd says:

        right now howard is the best, has been for years now, and joakim noah and kevin love are hot on his heels. i would love to see kevin love on a good team.

      • todd says:

        howard was won the rebounding crown the last 4 or 5 years. and if you were to tell DWIGHT HOWARD not to worry about being the focal point of the offense and defense, to just go out there and get some rebounds his numbers would be through the roof. howard is still the best rebounder but i am a huge kevin love fan. i hope ricky rubio is as well.

  39. Karen Love says:

    Good job. We could be related.

  40. Jake says:

    Hey rambis… maybe you should play him more than 27mins a game… yea

    • LakersWillWin says:

      Seriously I don’t know what Rambis was thinking limiting his minutes.

      Lets trade injury prone Bynum for Love!!!! (I’m not saying this realistically so please no replies saying “YOU’RE AN IDIOT THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.” blah blah blah)… I’m just saying, Lakers are kind of weak on the boards and Kevin Love would be a GREAT pick up!!

  41. ryan says:

    well i love reading the manga slam dunk and that comics said that who ever control the rebound control the game but i would love to see howard and love on one team and lets see if the other team could get a rebound i love how love plays the ball even though he sometime position on the three point line and drops it he even comes to the glass to rebound it’s a mistake that the us team didn’t used him he would have releaved the stress of durant in the fiba world the last us team was a one man team and it was give to durant but if love was there if durant miss he would have got those but one more request more defence for love

  42. Davidn says:

    Congratulations to Love. Great accomplishment!

  43. Jeff says:

    We can all learn a great lesson from K. Love: Study the greats and then put the learning into action. Studying alone means little.

  44. KillaRific says:

    CLEARLY KEVIN LOVE IS THE BEST REBOUNDER IN THE WORLD AND THE BEST SINCE “THE WORM”. HES ALWAYS BEEN A PLAYER THAT IVE ENJOYED WATCHING PLAY SINCE HIS ROOKIE YEAR. HE DOES EXACTLY EVERYTHING A GOOD BASKETBALL PLAYER IS SUPPOSED TO DO. REBOUNDS ON BOTH ENDS OF THE COURT, DEFENDS, SHOOTS A HIGH PERCENTAGE AT THE FREE THROW LINE, CAN HIT THE 3 BALL, AND A VERY GOOD PASSER FROM THE POST. THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR I GOT HIM ON MY FANTASY BASKETBALL TEAM AND I DRAFTED HIM PROBABLY A LITTLE EARLIER THAT MOST LEAGUES DO BUT HES 1 OF THE MOST CONSISTANT PLAYERS WE HAVE IN THE NBA. HES THE TYPE OF GUY THAT MIAMI NEEDS IN THE PAINT CAUSE OBVIOUSLY NOONE KNOWS HOW TO REBOUND OR DEFEND OUT THERE. GOOD JOB KEVIN LOVE, BET YOU SUPRISED SOME PEOPLE LASTNITE. KEEP IT UP, AND WATCH YOUR FG%, ITS HURTING MY FANTASY TEAM A LITTLE. LOL

    • todd says:

      miami definately overpaid for chris bosh, his numbers are about the same as michael beasley’s from the past two years, and they gave him away for basically nothing. miami would have been better off waiting and going after a rebounding specialist like love.

      • Danny says:

        Killarific
        I also am a big fan of KL, but you are off a bit on one thing. He does not shoot a high percentage, at or jusy below 40% this year and about 45% career. This will get better as he will improve his shot selection as the team improves. Hrd work pays off, and shows you do not have to be the best athlete on the floor to be one of the best. Hard work pays off.

  45. keke says:

    love the guy!

    • DEREK says:

      Hes good but his coach isnt. Kurt Rambis and David Kanh or w/e lol. horrible front office hahaa. if their going to hire Rambis they should of just hired Mark Jackson and give mark a chance cause he seems like a good coach but using Kurt wow.

    • todd says:

      i hope ricky rubio is keeping up with the wolves and seeing that there is some talent there for him to run with. the could end up being the next generations version of stockton and malone.