It sounds like the Minnesota Timberwolves’ J.J. Barea has taken Kevin Love’s critical comments to heart.
Barea says that his actions Wednesday night in their loss to the Phoenix Suns “won’t happen again,” and Kevin Love’s comments were valid.
“I wish Kevin would’ve just came up to me, face to face, man to man, and just said it,” Barea said Friday morning. “But it’s no big deal. We’re over it. We’re done with that. We learned from that. If we want to win, we have to play as a team and stay together as a team. We’re done with that and we have a game tonight.”
A frustrated Love called out Barea and Dante Cunningham for their body language in the fourth quarter, as the two veteran players were sulking on the bench because they were disappointed with their minutes.
“We can’t have two guys sitting at the end of the bench that play good minutes just sitting there and not getting up during timeouts,” Love said. “We all need to be in this together. That kind of pisses me off. We’re supposed to be a team.”
Cunningham wasn’t as vocal as apologetic as Barea, though.
“We’ve all got to learn and we’re all learning together and we move as a unit,” he said. “That’s where we are right now.”
According to Love, the situation is behind the team.
“We all like each other,” Love said. “We had a great time at shootaround today, and we’ll be ready to go at 7 o’clock tonight.”
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