The statics don't lie - best record in the league (undefeated!) when he doesn't play, barely .500 when he does. The man is clearly a hinderance to the team.
It appears TA's preseason prediction would have been right - if RA had been smart enough to hang a DNP-CD on Love's neck every game (evidence that RA should be fired: Love leads the league in minutes played), we would be undefeated! Kahn was smart enough to clean house of the McHale mess - now complete the job (and get rid of Pek while you're at it!).
It's painful to think about how good this team would be without Love's 25/13 every night. It's painful to think about what might have been without Love's step-back threes and newfound low post moves. It hurts to think about what a league surprise we'd have been without Love's work ethic and team leadership. I get frustrated thinking about how improved we'd be without the best outside shooter on the team (who happens to play the 4 and rebound better than anyone in the league). Remove Barkley's favorite PF in the world, and you have yourself a World Championship team. Tireless, unrelenting competitors (as the statistics clearly indicate) don't get us the wins we need. Our team would be so much better if Rubio hadn't found a soulmate in Love, a fellow high IQ guy who simply loves the game. All these things are so overrated.
If we'd have dropped Love this offseason like he'd dropped pounds, we'd be Hollinger's #1 team right now. Instead of talking about "if" we'd make the playoffs, we'd be talking about whether or not we'll beat the
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Stats don't lie. It's an inarguable FACT - we're a better team without Love than with him.
It's not too late to salvage the season. Trade Kevin Love - it just makes sense.