THE SCOWLEYS: Love-a-Bull idea will have to wait awhile
BY JOE COWLEY email@example.com December 15, 2012 1:30AM
Kevin Love, who’s buddies with the Bulls’ Derrick Rose, is on the record as questioning his relationship with the Timberwolves brass. | Jim Mone~AP
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:28AM
If a trade that would bring Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Bulls this season sounds completely crazy, that’s because it is.
This season? Yes, very crazy. After the 2013-14 season? Not so much.
Love has a $16.7 million player option for the Timberwolves for 2014-15, but for the last couple of weeks, he has sounded as if he already has one foot out the door.
In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, Love questioned the direction of the organization, the way he has been treated by owner Glen Taylor and general manager David Kahn and whether he’ll ever have a realistic chance at a championship with them.
‘‘I have a very, very good memory, and I always remember the people who have done right by me and the people who have done wrong by me,’’ Love said. ‘‘It will be embedded in my brain and something I won’t forget about.’’
One who always has done right by Love is Bulls guard Derrick Rose. The two, along with Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, have been summer workout buddies since arriving in the NBA, with Rose knowing Love from back in his high school AAU days.
Rose never has been in the business of recruiting, but that would change for Love.
And the kicker: Bulls forward Carlos Boozer could realistically be amnestied after the 2013-14 season, freeing up salary.
◆ The Philadelphia 76ers’ trade for center Andrew Bynum could be the worst deal the city has seen since the Phillies sent Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs in 1982.
◆ Someone needs to sit Westbrook down and point out that he was averaging almost six points fewer per game than teammate Kevin Durant but taking more shots per game than the second-best player in the NBA. He still doesn’t get it.
◆ The Golden State Warriors’ Mark Jackson for early-season Coach of the Year honors?
Player of the week
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks forward. Maybe it was playing with the Olympic Team or maybe it’s simply maturation, but Melo is finally understanding what it takes to win games, when to carry the load and when to allow his teammates to make plays. His 45 points in Brooklyn on Tuesday were a thing of art.
Team of the week
Oklahoma City Thunder. It didn’t take Kevin Durant and the boys very long to move on from life with James Harden. The defending Western Conference champions entered the weekend on a nine-game winning streak, last losing Nov. 23 in Boston.
The big five
1. Miami Heat. 2. Oklahoma City Thunder. 3. New York Knicks. 4. Memphis Grizzlies. 5. San Antonio Spurs.
22 First-quarter points for Carmelo Anthony in Thursday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s on pace to set the record for the most first-quarter points per game in the last 15 seasons.
Key games of week
Celtics at Bulls, 7 p.m. Tuesday. The first meeting was all Boston, and that didn’t sit well with the Bulls, especially because Joakim Noah has a genuine dislike for Celtics big man Kevin Garnett.
Nets at Knicks, 6 p.m. Wednesday. It’s only Year 1 for the battle of the Big Apple, and it’s already contentious.
Lakers at Warriors, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Don’t look now, but the Warriors are buying what second-year coach Mark Jackson is selling.