Love To Receive Olympic Ring On Sunday Against Chicago

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Mark Remme
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Wolves forward Kevin Love will receive his Olympic ring to commemorate his part in Team USA’s Gold Medal run this summer during Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls. Love helped the U.S. win its second straight Gold Medal as the team posted an 8-0 record.

His role grew throughout the tournament, overall posting 11.6 points per game and a team-best 7.6 rebounds per night. He also was key in Team USA’s defensive effort down the stretch against Spain in the Gold Medal Game. He finished with nine points and nine rebounds in that contest, a 107-100 victory.

“It might be the best team I’ll ever have a chance to play on,” Love said. “Being a part of that team and playing with the different players that make a mark on this league in a very positive way, it was unbelievable.”

The team itself was made up of a who’s who of NBA All-Stars, ranging from NBA champions Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to perennial All-Stars Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

Love made himself right at home with the squad, and he left an impact on his teammates through his off-the-court personality and his work ethic on the court.

“I told Kevin Love that I appreciate the way he plays the game,” James said. “I love the way he plays, the way he plays the game. He goes out and gives it his all every single night and continues to get better.”

James Harden said he’s known Love since high school and has known for years how valuable he is to a team. Anthony added Love brought value both under the basket and on the perimeter.

“Toughness, and a big guy who can spread the court, who can shoot,” Anthony said. “One of the best rebounders of our time that I’ve ever seen.”

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