Kevin Love put on his gold medal and shrugged. The ribbon was twisted.

"I didn't put this on the first time," he quietly joked.

It's been nearly two months since Team USA won gold in London, since the flags and the podiums. And so Love shrugged and then smiled, Minnesota's sweetheart returned to his winter home.

But this isn't about mugging for the cameras right now for Love. It's not about the Olympics. It's about his new team and the future, because right now the 24-year-old Timberwolves forward is getting the chance he's been requesting for months, to be the backbone of a team that might actually be able to contend.

This summer was peppered with Kevin Love news from on high, from Las Vegas and Los Angeles and London, where apart from his team and his coach, the pragmatic demands he'd been making all last season sounded somehow different.