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Kevin Love wisely pulls out of All-Star celebrity softball game at Target Field


Notified that he had a “scheduling conflict,” a Minnesota Twins spokesman told the Pioneer Press on Wednesday that current Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love has pulled out of his planned participation in the celebrity softball contest set to take place on July 13 as part of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game festivities at Target Field.

“MLB and the Twins were notified earlier this week that Kevin Love has a schedule conflict and will not participate,” the Twins spokesman reported.

Had Love not had this so-called “scheduling conflict,” it would have afforded the Twin Cities media the first opportunity to question the disgruntled power forward since reports surfaced that he informed the T’Wolves of his intent to opt-out of his deal with the team after next season. If the reports are accurate, Love’s power play effectively forced the team’s hand, prompting the Wolves to either trade him at so point before the end of the 2014-15 NBA season or lose him for nothing.

Not only that — and noted a few weeks ago here when his name was announced as one of the celebrities/athletes who were scheduled to participate — Love simply taking the field during the game likely would have been greeted by a vitriolic chorus of boos from the stands — at best — from any Minnesota fans lucky enough to secure a ticket to the event.

So, good call on pulling out for K-Love. Even if the “scheduling conflict” is in all likelihood a total misrepresentation of why he opted not to attend. Can’t say you can blame him, though.