By Jerry Zgoda
First, our guy Kevin Love got snubbed for the rookie-sophomore game at All Star weekend. Now, after that 29 double-double, limited-minutes season, he got left off the NBA’s Rookie First Team.
Michael Beasley made it on a five-man team that also includes, rightly, Derrick Rose, O.J. Mayo, Brook Lopez and Russell Westbrook.
Love, Eric Gordon, Mario Chalmers, Marc Gasol and D.J. Augustin made second team in voting done by the league’s 30 head coaches.
Love finished seventh in the balloting, behind Gordon, who was sixth.
Love got seven first-team votes and 20 second-team votes, which means two coaches didn’t vote for him for either first or second team (coaches can’t vote for their own players). Beasley, in comparison, got 17 first-team votes and 10 second-team votes.
Anybody remember Greg Oden, once considered one of the preseason favorites for ROY? He was on just three ballots, one first-team vote and two second team.
At the end of the season, Love was still bitter about not making the rookie-sophomore game. We’ll see how this thing affects his summer motivation.