Reports: Kevin Love rips into teammates after latest loss
Jan 9, 2014 at 11:17p ET
Since drafted into the NBA in 2008, Kevin Love has turned himself into one of the league's top players while waiting for the rest of the Timberwolves to catch up to him and produce a winner.
It looks like Love is tired of waiting, because on Wednesday night he took aim at a couple of teammates and blasted their work ethic.
After the Timberwolves blew a 6-point lead with little more than 90 seconds left to fall to the Phoenix Suns at home, 104-103, Love reportedly told ESPN:
"We can't have two guys sitting at the end of the bench, who play good minutes, just sitting there and not getting up at timeouts. We all need to be in this together. That kind of pisses me off. We're supposed to be a team."
Love did not name names, but according to multiple reports, the two players in Love's crosshairs were J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham. According to reports, Barea was voiced his displeasure when he was pulled from the game with 8:07 to play, and earlier this season took issue with Love's criticism of the Wolves' second unit.
Neither Barea nor Cunningham was reportedly around when Love made his comments, but he did not stop with the initial criticism.
"It's to a point that where those two guys, if and when I did that last year when maybe I didn't sit out for the game for 48 minutes and so on and so forth, they would have killed me. They would have aired me out. It's two guys we expect more from them, and I think they expect more from themselves. . . . I'm not trying to single anybody out, and I don't want to make it bigger than it is. That was a team we needed to beat tonight. Even guys that didn't play any minutes, we need to have a team on the bench that's really in it together."
The loss dropped Minnesota to below .500, at 17-18. The Timberwolves are now 0-10 in games decided by four points or less, as they try to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Love is averaging a career-high 26.1 points and 13.2 rebounds this season.