Love, Lynx Trio Bond In London

Mark Remme
Lynx Editor/Writer

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It’s easy to make the connection between the Timberwolves’ Kevin Love and Lynx standouts Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore today, given the way their basketball careers have crossed paths. All four are faces of their respective franchises, which happen to share Target Center, and all four collected Gold Medals for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s basketball teams this summer.

But this group has a connection that extends off the basketball court, and it showed this week as the Lynx began their Western Conference Semifinals showdown with the Seattle Storm on Friday. Love was there cheering on his sister franchise, and he was responsible for donating 500 tickets to fans on a first-come, first-serve basis earlier in the week.

He wasn’t the only one. Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams, JJ Barea and Andrei Kirilenko were all in attendance for Friday night’s game. The Timberwolves will be unable to attend Game 3 tonight due to their Training Camp obligations in Mankato.

A supporter of all Minnesota professional sports franchises, Love said it was especially great to be able to be able to share in the Lynx’s attempt at a second straight title.

It’s a bond between the four of them that began in London.

“Between Seimone, Maya and Lindsay, we had a great time,” Love said. “We were able to hang out with them off the court. They’re awesome, they’re really awesome. Got a chance to see them play, got to see them win their Gold Medal the night before they played. It was just a special time for all of us. It was really cool.”

Love said he knew Candice Wiggins and Maya Moore a little bit growing up, especially Moore given their similar basketball careers. Both were high school graduates of the Class of 2007, and both led their respective collegiate teams—Love at UCLA and Moore at Connecticut—to the NCAA Final Four before losing in the national semifinals.

Love left UCLA after his freshman year, was drafted fifth overall and landed in Minnesota thanks to a draft-night trade with Memphis. Moore spent four years at UConn, winning two national championships and leading the Huskies to back-to-back undefeated seasons.

Now, Moore is teaming with Whalen and Augustus to help bring a second title to Minnesota in as many years. Love, meanwhile, is helping bring a competitive fire back to the Timberwolves’ organization and is poised to help his squad reach the postseason this winter.

No doubt, there’s a mutual respect between the two for what they’ve accomplished along the way.

“Kevin’s one of my favorite NBA guys,” Moore said. “We graduated high school the same year, got a chance to meet him and know him back then. Great competitor and loves the game of basketball. We can cross paths for at least a month, and buying all those tickets for the fans is awesome.”

Moore said she, too, enjoyed getting to spend time with Love and the rest of the men’s team this summer.

“It’s really fun to cheer for him,” Moore said. “I love his work ethic and his tough, hard, ‘come to work every day’ attitude that he has.”

Love said being able to meet all three Lynx players overseas and get better acquainted with them both on and off the court was a highlight of his Olympics experience. Now, he’s hoping to see another banner raised at Target Center.

“I hope so,” Love said. “They have a very good team.”

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