Kevin Love sends heartfelt tribute to ‘best power forward ever’ Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan knows that Kevin Love is considered one of the top power forwards in the NBA today. He has had a bumpy ride with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the past couple of years, but there’s no denying that he’s still up there with the best of them.
Recently, the Cavs star paid tribute to the player who he believes to be the greatest power forward of all time: none other than the great Tim Duncan. Love took to his Instagram to send an endearing message about why he believes there is simply no one better than the San Antonio Spurs legend.
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Just reflecting on the 2020 HOF class and missing the game. Tim Duncan — Best Power Forward Ever. Being in the Western Conference my first 6 years, we had a lot of battles. He gave me my welcome to the NBA moment 4 games into my rookie season. Having that experience and watching Tony Parker drop 55 on us was a lot for a fat white boy from suburban Oregon who turned 20 y/o only 2 months prior. As I’m writing this I’m just realizing it’s his birthday…so, HBD to the 15x All Star, 5 time Champion, 15x All NBA, 15x All Defensive, 2x MVP, 3x Finals MVP, 97-98 Rookie of the Year. I wouldn’t have the success I’ve had in our league without learning from #21. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
That’s a lot of respect right there coming from Love. He has made it abundantly clear how much he admires Tim Duncan, and how the legendary big man has played such a pivotal part of his career.
Love even reflected on the first time he played against Tim Duncan and the Spurs during his rookie year. This was on November 5, 2008, and as Love recounted above, it was San Antonio that emerged victorious over his Minnesota Timberwolves.
Tony Parker’s 55-point gem was indeed the highlight of that evening, but Tim Duncan himself actually also poured it on against Love and the Wolves. The 6-foot-11 Spurs power forward dropped 30 points on 12-of-26 shooting to go along with 16 rebounds, three assists, and a block.
So how did Love fare in his first meeting with one of the greatest? He finished with 14 points on a miserable 4-of-13 from the floor, with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, two assists, and three blocks. That’s not so bad actually, so to some extent, Love was able to hold his own against Tim Duncan.