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Updated: April 21st, 2011 12:50am
From bench to All-Star, Kevin Love is NBA's Most Improved Player

From bench to All-Star, Kevin Love is NBA's Most Improved Player

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Timberwolves called a media conference for Thursday afternoon -- and it doesn't have anything to do with Kurt Rambis' future.

Kevin Love will be honored with the NBA's Most Improved Player award, the Associated Press reported late Wednesday.

Love averaged 20.2 points and an NBA-high 15.2 rebounds this past season, earning an All-Star nod and at one point stringing together 53 consecutive double-doubles for the NBA's worst team.

Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn repeatedly has expressed confidence about agreeing to a long-term deal with Love, whose contract expires after next season. But Love, 22, has made clear he wants the direction of the team to clarify first.

It's also no secret Love has butted heads at time with Rambis, whose future was left up in the air in Kahn's strange season-ending media conference.

"I think more than anything I just want to start winning," Love said after last week's season finale. "Whether that's with the coach we have now or a new coach, I just want to start winning now."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Kevin Love, Kurt Rambis