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Kevin Love and Blake Griffin on the NBA lockout

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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love suggested the NBA lockout could hurt his team more than others.

‘It’s going to be tough to really get our team on the same page because we have such a young group of guys, a young unit of guys, where we’re the youngest team in the NBA with a new coach,’ Love said at a promotional event at Santa Monica sports bar South.

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Love, an All-Star who led the league in rebounds last season, intimated that other teams could perhaps better weather the storm.

‘Teams like the Lakers, teams like the Dallas Mavericks and teams like the Boston Celtics, they have veteran players who somewhat need the rest in the off-season, a team that knows each other, has the chemistry, have played with each other.

‘They’ll kind of jump into the season when the season is started and the lockout is finished, and jump off where they were last year. With a team like us, we need time on the floor together.’

Love was not the only player to express concern about the lockout.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who missed the 2009 season after sustaining a broken left kneecap in the final preseason game, seemed peeved that he’s once again being kept off of the court.

‘It’s very frustrating,’ said Griffin, who was Rookie of the Year last season. ‘I think it’s frustrating for all the players. We all want to be out there. We want to be playing.’

— Melissa Rohlin


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