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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - As Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love continues to mature and develop into the type of player that leaves a lasting impact in the NBA, he's also beginning to lend more insight into the everyday operations of the team.
Love, who joined KFAN's Paul Allen Thursday morning, told KFAN that his desire is to remain a Timberwolf for his entire career, but there are some things that have to happen for that to take place.
"Winning takes care of everything," Love told Paul Allen. "That's all I want to do. This is one of the things I said early on, maybe I was brash about it and it was a learning experience for my, but I think that winning really solves everything and making the playoffs and really continuing to excel and get better is going to be a big deal [for me]. If we win, [staying in Minnesota] is absolutely the plan going forward to me, but I definitely want to content and get better."
To help his team improve, Love is taking a hands on approach to the upcoming season.
With former President of Basketball Operations David Kahn now out of the picture, Love feels that he can speak more freely with the Wolves from office and has been lending his opinions to Kahn's successor Flip Saunders
"He's been great," Love said of his initial thoughts on Flip Saunders. "I think he will be [a good fit] as far as getting the fan base back in order because he did so many good things with the Timberwolves as a coach"
Love's tumultuous relationship with David Kahn was well documented during Kahn's tenure with the team, but as Love sees it, that's all in the past and he's ready to move on to a brighter future.
"There were times where there were ups and downs," Love said of his relationship with Kahn. There's certain things that could have gone better but at the end of the day I have no hard or bitter feelings towards David Kahn. Now we can continue to move forward and especially put last season behind us."
While the NBA Finals kick off this evening, the true beginning of the Wolves moving moving on to the 2013-2014 NBA season will be the NBA Draft which will take place at the end of the month on June 27th.
Continuing his hands on approach to next season, represented the Timberwolves at the NBA Draft lottery selection in May where the Wolves were slotted into the 9th overall pick in the first round.
Armed with both the 9th overall and the 26th overall (from Grizzlies) selections in this year's first round, Love hopes to continue his path of lending a hand in yet another way on draft night.
"I'm hopefully going to be in the war room there on draft night," Kevin said excitedly. "I'm very hopeful that we'll add a significant piece to this team [through the draft]."
Looking at the current situation, whether it be the restrictions that Kahn had placed on him or the off the court issues that marred his life in 2012, Kevin Love is approaching the game and his role from a whole new perspective in 2013.
"There's nothing holding me back right now," Love stated. "After last year, I put a lot of things in perspective on and off the court. I'm just ready to stay humble, continue to do all the right things and really just put on for this organization because that's what everybody deserves all the way form the front office/ownership all the way down and even more importantly our fan base."
Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for KFAN.com. Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Timberwolves updates and breaking Wolves news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjKFAN