I don’t want to alarm anyone because the likelihood of Kevin Love being lost in London and no one noticing is very slim. However, I feel like I would be doing everyone a great disservice if I didn’t alert everyone to the possibility.

To wit, this tweet by Chris Paul that accompanied the picture above:

Train Station after the game! #Fasterwaybacktothehotel lol

No problem, right? If Team USA wants to take a train back to their hotel because it’s faster, that’s cool. That sort of “of the people” thing made Charles Barkley a star at the Barcelona Games. And as you can see, all 12 members of the team are present for this photo taken before boarding.

This is when things start to get dicey.

This photo was tweeted five minutes later, again by Chris Paul, along with this message:

Train Ride…

Everything seems fine here — players smiling, having a good time on the train, Chris Paul is wearing a giant hat as usual — but you’ll notice there are only 11 players and Kevin Love is nowhere to be seen. And you’ll notice that everyone seems to be enjoying the ride except for Russell Westbrook, Love’s college roommate, who has a look of concern on his face, like he can’t find his buddy. I’ve watched both “Taken” and “The Dark Knight Rises” so I know that a) people occasionally disappear in Europe, b) that as detectives we’re not allowed to believe in coincidence — why would the one guy who went to college with the missing party be the one guy who looks concerned? — and c) Liam Neeson is a surprisingly believable action star for being 60.

Did Kevin Love accidentally get off at the wrong stop? Was he kidnapped by Albanians? Did he stop to tie his shoe and get separated from the group, Kevin McAllister-style?

Odds are Kevin Love is the one who was taking the picture, which would explain why he’s not in it AND make sense because he is the unofficial team photographer. But doesn’t he realize everyone would be OK with him making Anthony Davis take the picture? He’s the only non-NBA guy and the youngest one around, so that should probably be part of his rookie duties. And are these guys really traveling around foggy London town without some sort of chaperone who can tell them where they need to be and maybe snap a picture here and there? The guy’s an All-Star. Let him get in a snap or two.

Like I said, I’m sure Kevin Love is fine. I just want to make sure it’s known that we realize he’s not in the second picture, in case we need to call Liam Neeson and have him hunt through England trying to find him. Team USA plays tomorrow, so we’ll have our answer soon. Until then, keep your fingers crossed.

UPDATE: Thanks to some intrepid detective work by TBJ commenter Scott Danger, Kevin Love has been found. From James Harden’s Twitter:

Phew. Close call. Now we just need to figure out why he wasn’t in Chris Paul’s picture. And what they’re all looking at on the left.

Comments (18)

  1. James Harden posted almost the exact same photo at the exact same time as CP3, and Harden’s photo has Kevin Love in it.

    CASE CLOSED

  2. He was on the train in Harden’s IG photo a few min before CP’s.

    http://instagram.com/p/OAbB8DNlUb/

  3. Great detective work, guys. Happy they found him.

  4. Thats what you get for leaving to take a poop in the middle of picture time

  5. New mystery: why do Tyson Chandler and Anthony Davis look like cardboard cutouts in the second picture? Are they impostors wearing masks? Tyson Chandler’s head doesn’t look actual size.

  6. LeBron looks disturbed in that last picture, like something isn’t right with whatever they’re looking at.

  7. Also, is Kevin Love just Photoshopped in to James Harden’s picture? Questions abound.

  8. btw looking at these photos I gottta say: I feel like this really is a pretty chill group of athletes… from a european point of view they’re simply a way more likeable bunch than the (mostly) douchebag-y teams of the last decade.

  9. but… then… who’s taking the picture???

  10. You can see he’s about to pop into the picture in CP3s pic where he is in Hardens. Can see the top of his head coming in to frame to the right of Davis.
    Crisis averted.

  11. It’s been pointed out that James Harden’s picture was posted before Chris Paul’s, which means we might have pinpointed the exact moment Kevin Love was bodysnatched. I think that’s what the Radiohead song was about.

    https://twitter.com/twoeightnine/status/232890418671534080

  12. James Harden thinks he’s too cool to smile but also takes Segway tours. He truly contains multitudes.

  13. David Kahn: If you let Kevin Love go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will force you to play for the Timberwolves.

    Nicolas Batum: (After a long pause) Good Luck

  14. Why is Kevin Durant the only one wearing short shorts? Did they all plan to have a short shorts party and then not tell KD about the change of plans?

  15. i think love is the forehead behind davis

  16. I kind of want to start trolling and say Kevin Love is taking the picture because he’s the only white guy there, but yeah…

    So many questions:
    - Why does James Harden look stoned in all of these pictures?
    - Does Iggy listen to music via his temples?
    - Is Anthony Davis a cardboard cut out?
    - And Is Deron Williams starting to look more and more like the guy who plays Tracy Jordan’s son on 30 rock? Or just that just me?

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