When Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love is mentioned his three-point shooting prowess does not immediately come to mind; however he walked off the court Saturday night as the King of the outside shot after winning the 2012 NBA Three-Point Contest. K-Love mowed down a field of competitors that are far better known for knocking down the trey than he is including Kevin Durant in a finals tie-breaker as he won the round 17-14.
Those of us of a certain age remember well Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird winning the first three editions of this event back in the eighties and that was the first thing that came into my head as I watched the T-Wolves All-Star clutching his trophy. Seconds later a question popped into my head; is K-Love the most talented USA born caucasian player in the Association since Bird played?
Part of the mystique of why basketball fans have fallen so hard for New York Knicks Super Nova Jeremy Lin, is that he has torn down a stereo-type by being the first USA born player in the NBA of Chinese heritage. Love broke down another stereotype of a sort on Saturday night as he showed a big man who is primarily known for his inside game can still bury the trey.
In just his fourth season in the Association the Minnesota forward has taken his game to the next level this season as he is averaging 25.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per contest. He will be playing Sunday night in his second NBA All-Star game and barring injury looks to be a fixture in the contest as he is just 23-years-old for years to come.
There have been plenty of talented white players in the NBA since Bird hung up his sneakers back in 1992 who were born in other countries including Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash. However nobody else springs to mind when it comes to white players born in this country in the Association since the Celtics All-Star retired that brings the skill-set to the table that Love has displayed.
In the end this discussion does not amount to a hill of beans and is most likely a better subject for my past life when I hosted sports-talk shows on radio. There is no agenda here; just a conversation that might make for an interesting night at some bar some where.