Kevin Love's Goodbye Letter to Minnesota Stirs One Last Controversy

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Parting is such sweet sorrow -- unless you wind up with LeBron. Then it's mostly sweet.
Kevin Love finally got around to saying goodbye to Minnesota.

Yesterday, Deter Jeter's new website, The Players' Tribune, published an essay by Love entitled, "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." Referring to the month-long period late in the summer during which the departure he requested from Minnesota was pending, Love writes, "With everything up in the air, I felt like I couldn't say a proper goodbye to Minnesota. And once the trade finally went through, everything happened quickly."

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Glen Taylor puts Kevin Love on blast

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Taylor is bitter over K-Love decision to dump the T-Wolves.
During his introductory news conference yesterday in Cleveland, Kevin Love followed Denny Green's path down the high road.

"I loved my time there. The people of Minnesota were great," Love said. "The fans were great. They showed up win, lose or draw... It was a great six years. I enjoyed my time."

Back in Minnesota, Wolves owner Glen Taylor wasn't as sanguine, however.

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Bye Bye K-Love: A tribute to a Timberwolves all-time great [VIDEO]

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The K-Love era stunk from a wins-and-losses standpoint, but his individual greatness can't be denied.
With the blockbuster trade now finalized, there will be plenty of time to get excited about the new batch of young, athletic Timberwolves, headlined by top draft choice Andrew Wiggins, who will be publicly introduced to Minnesota by Flip Saunders during a press conference at the State Fair tomorrow.

But before we let ourselves completely wig out about Wiggins, we want to take a moment and recognize Kevin Love for the relatively thankless job he's done establishing himself as the unquestioned second-best player in T-Wolves franchise history over the past six years.

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"Minnesota nice" Kevin Love jersey burning is pretty funny [VIDEO]

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K-Love is a beast, but it's time for a change of scenery.
Cleveland fans were pissed as hell when LeBron took his talents to South Beach in 2010 and burned his jerseys on the streets to show it.

Sure, Kevin Love ain't no Bron. But as news broke last week that he's on his way out of town, you'd expect there to be some First Avenue angst about the second-best player in Timberwolves history leaving Minneapolis, wouldn't you?

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Sure sounds like Kevin Love, Timberwolves are headed for summertime breakup

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"It's not you, it's... nah, actually it is you."
Unceasing speculation about Kevin Love's long-term future in Minnesota has been ongoing at least since January 2012, when Love signed a less-than-maximum four-year contract extension with an option to walk away after the third year.

In the months that followed, reports emerged that Love wasn't happy with then-President of Basketball Operations David Kahn's much-criticized decision to not give him a maximum five-year deal. Though Kahn was jettisoned for Flip Saunders in April of last year, a disappointing 2013-14 season left K-Love very, very sad, and now, with only one year left between Love and free agency, a number of reports are surfacing indicating team officials have already been informed the second-best player in franchise history has no interest in again re-signing here.

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Kevin Love is seriously sad [VIDEO]

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The 2013-14 Timberwolves season began with such optimism. Ten years removed from the team's last playoff berth, it looked like the NBA's most downtrodden franchise was finally about to get over the hump.

But after a hot start, the Wolves started losing close games. Unfortunately, they never stopped, and after a heartbreaking defeat at home Sunday against Phoenix -- the Wolves led by 22 in the second but characteristically crumbled in crunch time -- the meaningful portion of this season's schedule is over. As has been the case every year since the MV3 Western Conference Finals run of 2004, there will be no playoffs this spring for the Pups.

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Kevin Love's response to Tyson Chandler's trash talk is surprisingly profane

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The Love-Chandler "feud" suddenly became R-rated today.
At halftime of the New York Knicks' eventual Wednesday night victory over the  Timberwolves, Knicks center Tyson Chandler was asked how he planned to approach his matchup with Kevin Love in the second half.

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"Oh, go at him. He can't play D," Chandler replied, with a smirk on his face.

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Kevin Love's spoof of LeBron's dunk video is incredible

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K-Love has been so hot during the T-Wolves' western road trip.
During a recent road trip to Phoenix, the Miami Heat took a break from practice so Dwyane Wade could film LeBron James throwing down this sick dunk:

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Kevin Love was the NBA's best player in February [VIDEOS]

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Step aside, LeBron, and eat your heart out, Durant. Because this month, Minneapolis has been home to the best basketball player in the world.

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In February, Kevin Love averaged an otherworldly 34 points (that's a franchise record for an individual month), 14 rebounds, and four assists per game, while shooting 41 percent from three-point land. And last night, K-Love came within an assist of notching his second career triple-double (the first happened last Saturday night in Utah), putting up a ridiculous 33-13-9 during a must-win contest in Phoenix (the Wolves prevailed 110-101).

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Bill Simmons says Kevin Love has already decided to dump Minnesota

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Will K-Love give us one more chance to make him happy?
It's no fun to be dumped, but it especially sucks when it comes from someone you're really into. Unfortunately, the NBA intelligentsia is advising Timberwolves fans to prepare for the sort of heartbreak we haven't felt since our first love, Kevin Garnett, left town in 2007.

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That's because our beloved K-Love already has his mind made up to move on as soon as possible, at least according to what Grantland editor Bill Simmons is hearing.

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