Author: Kurt Helin

Kevin Love, Alan Anderson, Mason Plumlee

Flip Saunders says Minnesota fans will not forgive Kevin Love for leaving them


Kevin Love is going to get booed badly when he returns to Minnesota in January.

Love first plays Minnesota as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night in Cleveland, but when the Cavs head to Minnesota next month he is going to hear more booing than LeBron James will on Christmas Day. Miami fans are just more laid back, plus they have a couple of banners hanging in the rafters that LeBron helped bring them.

Minnesota fans see things differently — they see Love as deserting them, something Timberwolves coach/GM Flip Saunders told Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.

“Minnesota people are pretty loyal. You turn on Minnesota, they don’t forgive you,” Saunders said after practice on Monday. “So I think people probably appreciated him while he was here. But you leave under the terms that he did, just the way Minnesota people are, they’re not pretty forgiving along those lines.”

Timberwolves analyst and writer Derek James agrees.

This is not going to be like the first time in Cleveland when LeBron came back with the Heat, it’s not that level of venom, but there will be boos. Plenty of loud ones, every time he touches the ball. We’ll see if that starts to get into Love’s head.

But the first game Tuesday Love gets in the friendly confines of Cleveland, where he likely puts up big numbers on his old team.

Brook Lopez wants to play a Wookie in next Star Wars film

2014 Brooklyn Nets Media Day

Well, it would be better than more Jar Jar Binks.

Nets’ center Brook Lopez is a big Star Wars fan, one who loved the new trailer, and since he has had some time on his hands lately — he’s missed eight straight games with a lower back injury — he’s been thinking about how he can get a walk-on role in the new film.

He’s seriously been thinking about it. A lot. Look at what he told the New York Post.

“I really would like to get a part, like a walk-on part, in the next Star Wars movie, so, I’d like to lobby for that,” Lopez said. “Let’s work on that. I’d like to be a wookiee. I would really like to be a wookiee. They don’t need my ugly face in there. They don’t need me acting. I’m not going to blow anything, guys. C’mon, Mr. Lucas. I just want to be in the movie.

“I feel like I could do it. I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I just want to be a part of it. I grew up watching it. I mean, I’d really like to be in the movie … I’ve thought about it for — when I heard about the new one, I went to my agent, so you guys have got to help out, too. You guys think I’m kidding, but I’m not. I’m not kidding at all.”

He’s not going to be in “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” when it comes out next year, that movie is already in post-production. The filming is done. Maybe he can be in Episode VIII.

Lopez is a professional basketball player, he must have some contacts. Because he needs to pitch George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, not guys hanging around an NBA training room.

Nick Young’s plan to ease Kobe’s burden: Give Young the ball because he’s best three point shooter in league

Nick Young

If Nick Young didn’t exist we’d have to invent him. Just for the entertainment purposes.

All the talk in Lakers’ land these days is about how tired Kobe Bryant is — something he has freely admitted after the last couple games — as he is playing more than 35 minutes a night with the highest usage rate in the league. Nobody is carrying his burden, let alone at age 36.

Nick Young wants to ease that burden — by taking more shots himself.

Here’s what Young told Sam Amick of the USA Today.

“Hats off to (Bryant), still going out there every night and trying to do his best,” Young began before offering his solution. “Just give me the ball, and that’s what could happen. I’m always down to take over the load. Let me, let Wayne (Ellington) take a couple shots. But majority, just give me the ball.”

How very Keyshawn of Young.

But he wasn’t done. Young wants to crank up the threes in his game when he gets the ball (and he wants a spot in the All-Star Saturday Three Point contest). This from Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

After shooting 4 of 9 from the perimeter against the Kings (Sunday), Young basically roared by boasting “I’m the best 3-point shooter in the league.”

Uh, no.

I mean he is good — he’s taking 46 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc and hitting 42.3 percent of them. That should be enough to get him an invite to the three point contest in New York in February.

But the list of guys I’d pick before him to shoot a three include Kyle Korver (53.4 percent this year), Courtney Lee (54.5 percent), Bradley Beal (45.5 percent), and Klay Thompson (44 percent), just to name a few.

Still, Young with the ball more and shooting more threes is good for all of us.