His fate was changing every day, diagnosed by unknown sources. As the unending subject of media scrutiny, Kevin Love was, as he describes it, "caught in NBA purgatory."
So he did the only thing he could: He worked out. And he watched TV and movies.
A lot of TV and movies.
"I tore through more than 40 of the IMDB Top 250. That’s not even counting the TV marathons," Love writes in a column for The Players' Tribune. "I did every single episode of Seinfeld (holds up), Curb Your Enthusiasm (the best), Mad Men and Game of Thrones (twice)."
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves were trying to trade Love in exchange for some valuable assets. General manager Flip Saunders eventually honed in on Cleveland as a destination, where Love could join forces with LeBron James. The Timberwolves, in return, could get the No. 1 pick from the NBA draft in Andrew Wiggins.
But that trade was slow-developing, with a lot of media reports coming over the wire without much concrete information. Love said that while the process was going on, he was only trying to keep his sanity.
In his column, he also acknowledges that Wiggins was suffering through the same thing.
The column also serves as a sort-of goodbye to Minnesota -- a courtesy Love felt he wasn't able to give once the actual trade was executed. Love takes ownership for being immature at times and not being the best player he could be for Minnesota, but he's happy with his decision.
"My decision," Love writes, "was about wanting to win."