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.
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!