Thunder notebook: Wolves lobbying for Kevin Love as All-Star

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: January 26, 2011 at 11:42 pm •  Published: January 26, 2011
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Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis has said before Wednesday's game that it's hard to argue that Wolves forward Kevin Love should not be on this year's All-Star team.

Love is averaging a team-leading 21.4 points and league-leading 15.6 rebounds. But after the Thunder game, the Wolves were just 10-35. And it's that record, as well as a long-standing, widely-held belief that players from losing teams shouldn't be All-Stars, that has sparked an NBA -wide debate about Love and clouded his candidacy with uncertainty.

“He's doing a great job in all areas. He's improved his game,” Rambis said. “The numbers that he's putting up offensively and defensively, it's a rare combination for somebody to put up those kind of numbers. You'd like to see people rewarded for their efforts.”

Rambis said the won-loss argument can go both ways.

“There's lot of All-Stars out there that have All-Star years and a lot of it is attributable to the talent around them,” Rambis said. “So sometimes you can look at it that way as well. If that particular player didn't have other good players around him, he wouldn't be putting up the kind of numbers he's putting up, either.”

CHEERING FOR COLLISON

Wolves guard Luke Ridnour and Thunder forward Nick Collison remain good friends from their days with the Seattle SuperSonics. They were teammates for five seasons before Ridnour was traded to Milwaukee following the 2007-08 season.

But Ridnour said he can see how Collison is now in his eighth season with the same franchise that drafted him.

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