Kevin Love just had his double double streak broken at 53 consecutive games.
I don’t know why some people try to discredit that. And I don’t know why some people went to as far as saying, “Well, now he can concentrate on winning games!”
You mean he’s NOT trying to win a game?
Rebounding is all about effort. He is trying to get the ball for his team after a missed shot so they can get a possession. Which means he actually has to get his butt inside in order to secure the ball. Kevin Love is HUSTLING for the rock; what do you mean he’s NOT trying to win the game?
“Of course, he gets all those stats! He plays on a bad team!” Really! So explain to me why this is the second-longest streak in 40 years. There’s a reason for that, right? Maybe it’s difficult to do. And there are plenty of rebounds to go around. Love is just so good at positioning himself and predicting where the ball is going. He is THAT good at rebounding. It’s a special skill.
Take Dennis Rodman, for instance. No matter what team he played for, he got the board. Rodman, as cliche as it sounds, seemed to want the rebound more than anybody. He went against big guys like Shaquille O’Neal. He tapped the ball himself three or four times to get the ball. He dove on the floor constantly just to secure a possession. Even in his last year in the league (12 games with Dallas at the age of 38), he STILL averaged 14.3 rebounds. You can’t put down that heart, hustle, and passion.
Same goes for Kevin Love. You gotta respect what he does. Hey, sorry that his team only won a handful of games this year but last I checked, basketball is a team game. I’m sure everyone will appreciate Kevin Love more when his team does start winning.
PHOTO CREDIT: Marvin Levison/AP.
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