It was contrived. It was in front of a national radio audience. It was cheesy.
But for a fan base yearning for any positive inkling to cling to, it sounded great.
In case you missed it:
Flip Saunders calls into ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike," which Minnesota Timberwolves all-star forward Kevin Love co-hosted Thursday morning.
Love, who at 24 appears to have his pick of media affiliates available when he retires from hoops, pops the first question.
"There's been a lot of speculation out there, and just so we're clear: I am not getting traded."
Saunders responds flatly, with that hint of dry sarcasm he tends to emit: "You are not getting traded."
Love: "Thank you."
Flip, the mock seriousness and concern out in full force now: "Does that make you feel better?"
Love, Saunders, and show hosts Mike Golic and fill-in Ryan Ruocco, all bust out in laughter.
This was no earth-shattering, news-breaking radio moment. Rumors...