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2011 NBA All-Star Game: Kevin Love Reacts To Being Snubbed

I know you're upset. We all think that Kevin Love should have made the All-Star game as a reserve for the Western Conference. He probably has better than numbers than anyone who made the game, and yet, he was left off the roster for some reason. But of all the people who have reacted to Love being left off the roster, the least angry is probably Love himself, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

"I've been better," he said, "but I wasn't very surprised . . . I truly and firmly believe in my heart that, solely on play alone, I should have been in there," he said.

I guess it didn't make much sense for him to come out and rail against the system. After all, he still has a chance to make the roster as Yao Ming's replacement. But as we mentioned earlier, insiders think that honor might go to Steve Nash, who could definitely occupy Ming's spot in the post if you ask me (not sure how to portray sarcasm on this thing). As for Love, he is going to use the snub the best way he know how, to get better.

"The good thing is, it'll put a chip on my shoulder and make me work harder," he said. "It's not going to hurt how I play or how I approach things. It's only going to make me work harder, to make myself better, to make our team better. It's only going to make me more hungry."

I think that is a much more constructive response then coming out as outraged as those of us in the blogosphere have been. I'm sure that behind closed doors, he's pretty mad about the whole thing. But it's good for his image to be so composed in front of the media. Hopefully, the league fixes this injustice with Ming's replacement, but based on what I've seen, I'm not expecting that to happen.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.