HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — All the rebounds, double doubles and slick commercials in the world don’t mean a thing without a little respect.
And apparently Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love hasn’t earned enough of the latter. How else do you explain the league’s leading rebounder and double doubles king being left off of the Western Conference All-Star team?
In a league that’s in love with metrics, Love’s would appear to be off the charts everywhere but in the one place that no one player can impact the digits on his own. The Timberwolves are a Western Conference-worst 11-37.
It’s an insult to the men who did make the team to wage an argument against anyone that’s already on the team. This is a subjective situation for the coaches in both conferences charged with selecting the reserves. They’ve confirmed my faith in their ability to always get it wrong.
That’s right, I said it. They blew it as usual.
They never fail to disappoint me with their inability to dole out the rewards for guys that are grinding (not every All-Star has to play on a winning team). What incentive is there for a player on a bad team to grind the way Love has when the coaches essentially tell you, “you’re putting up historical numbers, but we’re not buying it.”
Bad team or not, if 21.4 points, 15.5 rebounds and a league-best 43 double doubles doesn’t move you, what does?
That’s why we’re making Love the captain of HT’s All-Snub Team, and we don’t care if he get’s the Commissioner’s gift spot as Yao Ming‘s replacement.
The rest of the squad:
Raymond Felton, Knicks
Monta Ellis, Warriors
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland
Josh Smith, Hawks
Carlos Boozer, Bulls
Steve Nash, Suns
Lamar Odom, Lakers
Andrew Bogut, Bucks
Zach Randolph, HT Grizzlies