Love Keeps It Streakly Business

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Some of these “so-called” basketball purists have been scolding us all season here at the hideout for celebrating Kevin Love‘s double-double work, arguing that it doesn’t mean as much since he’s doing it on a losing team.

We can agree to disagree with these self-proclaimed protectors of the game on this one and rest in the fact that anything that hasn’t happened in three decades that doesn’t involve a comet or some sort of natural disaster deserves every right to be celebrated.

Love’s 52nd double-double — he got his 16 points and 21 rebounds last night without setting foot on the court in the fourth quarter against the Pacers — not only gave him the longest such streak since Moses Malone‘s 51 game stretch over two seasons (1978-80), but the Timberwolves also picked up a rare win.

This idea that Love is chasing a record and not wins is beyond preposterous. If you’ve spent five seconds listening to what he has to say, you’d know that Love would trade all of the numbers and attention he’s received for his work this season for a winning situation. He’s won big his entire basketball career until now, so that DNA doesn’t change.

The drive, focus and energy it took for Malone to score all those points and grab all those rebounds in his day is the same it takes for Love to do it now. And that drive, focus and effort is required whether you are winning or losing, as Love has surely found out the hard way this season while chasing wins more than anything else.

In fact, it’s clear that Love has learned a little something from the many that came before him. And at least one of them seems genuinely impressed with Love’s body of work this season.

“When I played, I wasn’t thinking about setting records, I just wanted to win,” Malone said. “But I am really happy for Kevin, he’s doing a great job…playing hard, getting rebounds, scoring…doing what a big guy should do. I think it’s great the kind of numbers he is putting up, and I wish the young man the best of luck.”

Love needed a little of that last night. He wasn’t even sure he would play against the Pacers, a stiff knee putting a serious glitch in his plans. Luckily he had some other elders around to guide him, as Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune:

Love credited an ongoing conversation with assistant coach Bill Laimbeer for getting him through the night’s pain and doubt.

“He was a player who played hurt,” Love said. “He played with a broken nose. He played with fractured ribs. And he’s not afraid to tell you that, either. He encouraged me throughout the game. I think that helped tremendously.”

But is it a “record?” Wilt Chamberlain recorded at least 227 consecutive double-doubles back in another era. Nine players — from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor and Elvin Hayes to Malone, Jerry Lucas and Bill Russell — had double-double streaks of at least 50 games back when such record-keeping was more fuzzy.

“Whether you put it as ‘modern day’ or you put it ‘NBA/ABA merger,’ then I would say yes,” Love said. “But if you’re looking in the grand scheme of things, you’ve got to look at the Big Dipper, Wilt the Stilt. He’s something special. It’s not like I have my eye set on that. I’m pretty happy where I’m at.”

Don’t be shy young fella.

Keep doing what you do!

45 Comments

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  2. Ti Brown says:

    Statistics, schmastistics. MIN is rebuilding. They shouldn’t be expected to win. How does MIN’s wins & losses negate Love’s work? Love is working out there. They don’t give you rebound and points for free just because you have on a uniform. He’s working. It shows. What’s to hate??? Love is love! Keep doing your thing – woohoo!!!

  3. Say What says:

    What are you talking bout David McCalla?
    This is about Kevin Love, and you talk about Derrick Rose.

  4. I like alot of players but my favorite is derrick rose and u people are not payin attention to him enough he has become one of the best players in his third year and right now carrying his team to be the first seed in the east and he plays good no matter what even when joakim noah and carlos boozer was injured he still was playin as one of the great players he is and i think their is no competition in the mvp candidate cause nobody has been playin this good the whole regular season exexpt derrick rose well im dont here hope u read this

  5. Max Wohlman says:

    I love Kevin Love he has really given Minnesota something to look forward to every night when the TImberwolves hit the floor. His 52 straight double doubles is amazing considering he is 6″11 and is going up for rebounds against people like Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bogut, Joakim Noah. And the fact that they’re not 10 points 10 rebound double doubles they’re 20 and 10 or 20 and 20 games. People should stop comparing Kevin Love to anyone from the 70′s or anything let him have his record. He isn’t as good as Wilt, but stop putting players in other generations because no one can be certain how anyone would do. This is the 21st century, that was the 70′s, 80′s and 60′s

  6. William Johnson says:

    I really love how people are discounting any players prior to 1976. Wilt Chamberlain’s greatness can not be disputed. These arguments are nonsense. Kevin Love does not hold a record. Kevin Love has a streak of 52 straight double-doubles, which is a remarkable feat on its own. Why can’t we let that be enough? I don’t understand why this accomplishment has to be enhanced. Lets just say that Kevin Love is a very good player and likely will be a great player if he continues to play like this over his career. He is not Wilt Chamberlain or even close. Wilt played against the competition in the NBA. He would be just as dominant today as he was then if he was born later. These arguments are ridiculous.

  7. t dot says:

    okay, someone explain to me how you can “ballhog” for rebounds and that he does not play for his team
    and only cares about stats. Kevin love gets 22 points on 14 shots a game. Amare, one of the best bigs in the game, take 20 shots to get 26 points, and only averages eight boards on a team lacking bigmen. Kevin love would not play very different on a contending team because he only needs to get 14 shots to get scores plus there would be other guys on the team who could divert attention away from him. Plus he pretty much doubles up every single power forward he goes up against when it comes to rebounding, and theres no way anyone can tell me rebounding is selfish. I think once flynn gets back into his rhythm and they sort out the shooting guard issue, Minnesota will be a great team and there aint gonna be no more lover haters!

  8. Patrick says:

    kevin Love is a great player, but there are still people who do not like him, for x reason, like many young players at the beginning are not liked. there is nothing to do. He has to be patient.

  9. Jay says:

    Yes, if Shaq or Yao was playing during Wilt’s era, they would most likely dominate the game more than Wilt did. However, you cannot do cross generation comparison, because it would be inaccurate in various ways. The game was different then, pro basketball was no where near as mature as the one we have today. Comparing Shaq/Yao to Wilt is like comparing an average PHd. physics professor to Isaac Newton, and stating Isaac Newton is an idiot. Newton dominated science centuries ago, just like Wilt dominated the league decades ago. Wilt was a great and forever will be, as long as pro basketball is appreciated around the world!!

  10. LAKERS says:

    THERE ARE NO ACCURATE BOOKEEPING AT THAT TIME AND ABA AT THAT TIME IS MORE LIKE A PICKUP GAME

    WILTS STATS IS AS REAL AS HIS CLAIMS ON WOMEN

    PUT YAO OR BRADLEY OR EVEN KWAME IN WILTS TIME AND THESE MODERN DAY PLAYERS WILL EASILY AVERAGE 80 PTS 40 RBS PER GAME

    ANYONE WHO SAYS THOSE ABA “LEGENDS” ARE GREAT? MUST BEEN REAALY REAAAAALY REAAALLLLLLLLLY OLD SUPER FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANS

  11. LAKERS says:

    IF YOU PLAY WILT VS LOVE TODAY WOULD WILT EVER STAND A CHANCE? NEVER HE’LL BE LIKE KWAME BROWN
    THE SAME WILL HAPPEN WHEN YOU PUT A MODERN 7 FOOTER BACK IN THE ABA WHEN THERE ARE NO RULES NO OFFENSIVE FOULS NO GOAL TEND WHEN BASKETBALL AT THAT TIME IS A GAME OF SIZE AND STRENGTH

    WILT REALLY? ILL BET EVEN WILT OR ALL THOSE LEGENDS HAVE THE SAME TO SAY SO WHEN COMPARING

    IT WOULD BE MORE POLITICALLY CORRECT IF YOU SAY WILT IS THE GREATEST BIG MAN OF THAT ERA

    AND JABBAR IS THE GREATEST BIG MAN OF THAT ERA

    BUT PUT THOSE PLAYERS IN TODAYS NBA. WOULD THEY STAND A CHANCE?

    NEVER…

  12. JULZ ELLIS says:

    Indeed Wilt had smaller guys guarding him. But fact remains he dominated his era like no other in modern day sports. Height doesn’t make U a better player, or else Shawn Bradley would be one of the greatest legends in ball. Wilt was able to overcome double-teams. And smaller/faster guys when chasing after rebounds. Wilt also played with shorter quarters, and maybe the greatest feature (No 3-pointers)

    Furthermore, he was a horrible free-throw shooter. So he got most of his points the hard way,and did it very effectively considering his options.. Obviously, its a much different game now, but if he was around now, I still feel he’d adapt accordingly and find a way to dominate. u can’t discredit Wilt because his opponents didn’t develop to his level.. Thats not his fault! He did his thing with the competition he was given. And at that time the guys he played against, were the best of that time.

    And If height is such a big concern, why doesn’t Yao ming score 50ppg, and greab 55rebounds in 1 game? He is 6inches taller tha Shaq, Nowitki, Gasol etc.. Same difference as 7’1 vs 6’6. And he’s an 80%+ free-throw shooter.

    And I’ve seen Yao get blocked by Nate Robinson who’s near 2ft shorther than him.
    Players today are more skilled for sure.. but nobody is able to fully dominate another.

    Bottom line.. Wilt is the greatest player of all-time (Based upon his ability to dominate his era)

    MJ, Kobe, Lebron, etc will never come close to any of Wilts records. And nobody ever will. And if you think about it, you have no choice but to agree.

    • lakerfan says:

      dude this is retarted wilt played against local workers not full professionals Im sure if any of these nba players would go into that era wilt would look like shawn bradly. Besides most of his stats were exaggerated noone really accounted for an accurate account of everything people back then had to support their lives outside of basketball

    • trudger says:

      I agree with you JULZ…and you said it better than me.

      Those who doubt the greatness of Wilt simply don’t know what they’re talking about.

    • John says:

      The thing is though, the actual game was just so much different back then. I don’t think they had offensive interference, so it’s easy to see why height would be such a huge advantage then vs now. Also, freethrows; on freethrows chamberlain actually jumped from the line to the basket and laid it in. No doubt Wilt Chamberlain was a great player of his age, but if you take into account the different rules and level of competition between then and now, i honestly think kobe’s 81 at MSG is better than Wilt’s 100

  13. Dornell Negro says:

    Love’s been makin’ love since 1969′

  14. Liz says:

    Not only does Kevin Love compliment Wilt Chamberlain, in interviews, he credits Bill Russel for his inspiration for rebounding, ie 80% of rebounds happen below the rim. I saw Moses play, but never Wilt or Bill and it’s great to see a player in the ‘modern era’ give credit to the people who came before him. He’s a great player and I only see great things ahead. Is he on the Olympic Team for 2012? He deserves it. Congratulations to Kevin Love!
    PS- He really should be in a Dr Pepper commercial with KISS!

  15. Derrel says:

    Loves Makin’ some Love in da House

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  19. BULLSH__T! says:

    KLOVE SHOULD GO TO MIAMI.

  20. David says:

    This is a great article. Love deserves all the praise he gets here for this rare (albeit a rare ‘modern day’ record) record.

    Not only that it’s a 30 year old record, but because who held it until now; the great Moses Malone. Anyone who saw Malone play, knows he was not only great, but one of the few NBA players who played (then or now) with everything he had from start to end.

    As for Wilt, he was the greatest. To those who say he only did what he did because of the size of players back then, no 3 second rule, or whatever else you come up with is bull!
    This guy did things and set records that were just ridiculous. I don’t care if he were playing with pigmies. The fact is, there WERE many big players and many great players.

    The best players of all time are:

    Wilt
    Jordan
    Kareem
    Russell
    Robertson
    Bird
    Magic
    West

    Kobe will soon be on the list and most likely Lebron at some point.

  21. Ab says:

    shout out to kev love for the double double streak, and sekou smith for showin some love to the man.

  22. Ray says:

    I hope Kevin Love feels very proud of his double-double streak and his excellent season, he has every right to. It’s a shame he hasn’t been given more credit in general though. If Kobe Bryant sneezes to made out to be a big deal. I’ve heard him get talked about more in Lakers games and All-Star games when he’s sat out than the players on the court.

    • Kyp says:

      To be fair, if this was a decade earlier, the same thing would probably be occurring with Jordan overshadowing all his Hall of Fame peers on the internet. It’s just one of those fascinations we seem to have with the best (or one of the best in Kobe) in the game.

  23. Ebow says:

    I knew this was possible. I’m ashamed that this generation who claim this basketball era is better and much more athletic can’t average double doubles per a season. There is love for the money of the game and not the game. Less dedication on defense and more on the flashy stuff like the dunk. K. Love is doing what a big man should do as a big man. Its good there are still people who want to give their all daily. Hey and if this was Lebron, Kobe or one of the poster nba boys it could have been turned into a hollywoood script, lol. HTB thanks for highlighting pure balling. Can we say 228 consecutive? Nah messing

  24. rozystreket says:

    Great going kevin :D

  25. phillymartin says:

    kevin love deserves a lot of respect, not just for having a great streak, but for paying tribute to wilt chamberlain, one of the greatest ever. cmon, how many guys in the L today have you heard giving wilt a compliment? the late dipper was a machine: he was shaq + lebron before them.

  26. Al says:

    I dont really understand why people think its easier for Kevin Love to get those numbers just because he is on a bad team. Surely the one of the oppositions main strategys would be to keep him off the glass and make sure they box him out, because they dont have to focus so much on other timberwolves. So I think he would actually get more attention from the opposition and it would probably be harder for him to get those rebounding numbers. I think people that dont give love credit are the type that just love highlight plays and dont consider someone a good player unless hes in the top 10 plays of the day,

    • yungdeuce says:

      if love was on the heat or any other top tier team in the league with the record season he’s having he would be on espn and nba tv non stop but since he’s on the t’wolves i think that the media is seeing it as a lesser outstanding achievement

  27. sid says:

    congrats kevin!

    I love to watch the wolves this season due to the energy you bring to the court.

    Thx its loads of fun!

    By the way a really really great streak ! ! ! True big man ball game! Respect!

  28. Matt says:

    Are you guys serious? Come on, everytime Kobe gets past any player in the all-time scoring list, there is like a big big story about it – even when he didn’t reach the mark jet and so on. But when it comes to a player like Kevin Love and he breaks a thirty-year old record, set by a hall of famer, he doesn’t even appear on the daily TOP 10?????? what’s wrong with you? Is a Hang Time Blog all he earns?

    • Sekou Smith says:

      Hey Matt, what do you mean is a Hang Time Blog all he earns? Haha. Seriously, this was our way here at the hideout of showing Kevin a little love for what he’s doing.

  29. Nate says:

    The people who say that Love’s accomplishment means less because he’s on a losing team are just talking out of their Arses. If getting 52 consecutive double doubles is that easy then other players from losing teams would’ve broke this record a long time ago. The fact is that it’s hard to do weather you’re on a good team or a bad team. To go out every night and do this 52 times straight is pretty amazing no matter what. Congrats to K Love.

  30. mrspydaman says:

    I am glad he recognizes the people before the records.
    To me Wilt is still the best ever and until a professional basketball organization
    goes to the rules he played under no one will have the proving grounds
    to prove otherwise. Love has a lot of heart I hope his team has more success
    or he gets on a better team he has earned it.

    • Hashman says:

      Wilt isn’t the best player ever. let me tell you something: at this time, there were 15 minute quarters AND the offensive 3-second violation had not been instated. Wilt could stay under the basket as long as he wanted. And players weren’t as tall as they were today. He was taller and much larger then most players at the time. The first guy to guard him (for 20 minutes) was 6-9, and the next was only 6-6. So he really wasn’t as great as people say he is.

    • yungdeuce says:

      wilt was a great player no doubt but he was doing that against players 6’5 and 6’6 he’s 7’1 so if you have any skills you should put up the numbers he did there’s no way he could repepat that performance in this day

      • todd says:

        you can’t take away from his greatness by saying he had a height advantage over everybody. that’s like saying michael jordan had a jumping advantage over his peers. the game was different then, but wilt put up unreal stats that nobody in his or any generation could match. definately deserves more credit than he gets.

      • Troy Hobson says:

        Wilt was great and you cannot discount his competition (he played against less teams that were more stacked). However, if you choose a “best ever” from that era, you have to choose the person with the most important stat, championships. That was Bill Russell. He never lost to Wilt when he was healthy and won 11 championships. A great player wins, and that is what Bill Russell did.

      • Ti Brown says:

        Shawn Bradley, Gheorge Muresan, and Yao Ming (all 7’6″ or taller) are the best centers the NBA has ever seen. Sounds ridiculous, right? You have to be able to actually play great to be great regardless of your height. The idea that Wilt didn’t play great is, uh, not too bright. Not beefing, just saying.

    • kevin love is overrated:
      1. Timberwolves have fastest pace in the league which means he has over-inflated stats
      2. Kevin Love is a guy who only cares about stats hes a ballhog who hogs rebounds and doesnt care about the team

      • david says:

        lol sounds like a how brian feels in real life. a ball hog have you ever even seen him play. he has da worst coach in da league and bad teammates though wesly is a rookie n beasley would be way better if he had loves work ethic. im not even a twolves fan im a laker fan. wolves dont play da fastest in da league thats da raptors warriors n knicks n suns. his team shoots da worst field goal % but that doesnt mean rebounds are guarnteed other players on both teams want it. i bet you think highly of blake griffin though just cuz he dunks n his team has a slightly better record do 2 da fact he has better teammates. yet love got his reg stats against griff n griff couldnt get a double double. love shoots nearly 45% from 3 for a big man n he takes a good amount which is why his field goal% is a lil lower than others but if u do simple math if you shoot 40percent from 3 its like shooting 60% from 2. he shoots 90% from da line. is a great passer n has admirable hustle. for all haters when he gets on a better team or his team gets better you will realize how good he is and for all those ppl who say he doesnt have highlights u dont watch his games n next year he will improve his atheltic ability 2 make all ya haters happy.

      • LakersWillWin says:

        K. Love is definately NOT over rated. It’s hard to put up those stats EVERY NIGHT, don’t be sour about it.

        PS… Sekou, I LOVED your title. Very clever. :)