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Old 04-21-2011, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kevin Love named MIP

MINNEAPOLIS -- In one short season, Kevin Love went from gritting his teeth on the bench as a sixth man for the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves to playing as an All-Star and becoming the NBA's leading rebounder.

That was more than enough to earn him the league's Most Improved Player award. Two people with knowledge of the announcement told The Associated Press that Love will be given the award at a news conference on Thursday afternoon.

Kevin Love had 53 consecutive double-doubles and will be named the league's most improved.
The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the award before the announcement.

Love averaged 20.2 points and led the NBA with 15.2 rebounds per game this season. He earned his first All-Star appearance despite playing for a team that finished with the worst record in the NBA.

"The year that he's had has been unbelievable," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said late in the regular season. "When you average 20 and 15 in this league, that says a lot. It says a lot about how he's improved from year to year. He's a guy that plays hard all the time and will continue to improve from year to year."

After finishing his second season in the league as a sixth man, Love worked hard last summer to improve his game. He won a gold medal with Team USA at the world championships in Turkey and went through grueling workouts with Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook at a Los Angeles gym.
Kevin Love of Minnesota Timberwolves to win Most Improved player, report says - ESPN
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