Nov 2011. Dylan passed in June 2010

Kevin Love once kept Dylan Witschen’s picture in his Timberwolves locker and wrote Dylan’s No. 7 on his sneakers before every game. Now, Love says he carries his inspiration’s infectious smile with him wherever he goes.

The bond between the pro basketball star and former Anoka High School football player continues to burn brightly — more than two years after Dylan succumbed to a cancerous brain tumor.

“I see a lot of Dylan. … I’m proud to call him my friend,” Love said recently of the kid from Andover, who would have turned 19 this coming Monday and remains the driving force behind Saturday’s fundraising walk for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Target Field.