The epiphany came early in the second quarter of the Phoenix Suns’ game last night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. In went the ball to Shaquille O’Neal, his back to the basket on the left side of the lane. Over came Kevin Love, the freshman sensation at UCLA and now the Timberwolves’ reserve center.
Love spread his legs for additional support against Shaq’s 330-pound(ish … very ish) frame, extended his right forearm into the small of O’Neal’s back and looked up … and up … and up.
My own recollection was that Love was heralded as a seven-footer when he came out of Lake Oswego, Oregon and went to UCLA. Further research shows that he actually had been listed at the same height now given by the Timberwolves – 6-foot-10. Shaq only is supposed to be three inches taller at 7-foot-1, but the difference appeared much greater as Love craned his neck to look up at the back of O’Neal’s massive head.
In short, either Love is shrinking as he ages (or maybe just failing to grow as advertised, as evidenced by this high school scouting report showing him to be 6-foot-9) or there’s a little bit of myth wrapped into the height reported on the roster. Sort of like there’s a bit of myth in Shaq being listed at 325.
It’s not as easy to discern when looking through the shrinking lens of the television, but what you see when it comes to Kevin Love (strictly talking about height) isn’t what was advertised.
Now, I’m certain that if the good folks in the Minnesota organization were so inclined, they might be able to bring suit against those who advertised Kevin as 6-foor-10. Maybe they based the amount of their contract offer on a per-inch bases and that extra inch resulted in them spending slightly more than they would have for someone 6-foot-9.
The counter argument would be that this was a material fact that should have been investigated during the team’s due diligence period. That’s how such issues are handled in Arizona real estate – there’s a specific paragraph that says that square footage is an approximation and if the buyer’s concerned about the accuracy of the information on the MLS listing, they can have the information verified.
This paragraph is part of a far larger section of the contract that deals with the buyers’ due diligence – building codes, schools, fire and police districts, swimming pool barrier regulations, termites, square footage, sewer connections. All of these items are to be investigated by a buyer during the 10-day inspection period provided in the contract if the particular issue is deemed to be a material fact to that buyer.
Especially in this new era of bank-owned quickie listing entry, what do you think is more likely – that the listing agent double-checked the school boundaries map to ensure the right school is listed or that the agent checked two other listings in the same area and used that information, right or wrong?
At the end of the day, it probably didn’t matter to the Timberwolves that Kevin Love is almost certainly not really 6-foot-10. He helped surrender 22 points to Shaq – he wasn’t the first and won’t be the last – but he also outhustled the Suns’ pivot people for seven offensive rebounds as the Timberwolves won by four.
Still, Mr. Love and our plethora of REO listings serve as proof that in both basketball and Phoenix real estate, what you see on paper isn’t always what you get.[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]