MINNEAPOLIS If you own a pro basketball team, particularly a moribund one, then players like Blake Griffin and Kevin Love are manna. Personable, each with a sly sense of humor, a unique game and not the least bit full of themselves, they are the cornerstones on and off the court of a resurrection in Los Angeles and a resurgence in the Twin Cities.
No wonder they also happen to get along fabulously, since they first met in high school. They filmed a spoof last summer on their new jobs during the lockout for an awards show and hammed it up in a You Tube video during a duel in Jenga, the game of removing wooden building blocks from a tower.
In those instances, there appears to be an easy chemistry between the two, as if they have long been comrades instead of competitors.
Perhaps because of that rapport rather than in spite of it, Love and Griffin are developing a rivalry that promises to be one of the more interesting in the NBA, a complex one with many layers that were on displ...