Kevin Love continues his checked-out tour

Originally posted on RealGM  |  By Colin McGowan  |  Last updated 4/27/21

It’s hard sometimes to figure out what people are so upset about. I’m thinking of Ricky Davis in the spring of 2003, kissing the ball off the underside of his own basket and retrieving the attempt. This was in the dying moments of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 12th win of the season. With that blowout victory over the Utah Jazz, they snapped a seven-game losing streak and brought their overall record to 12-and-53. It was one of their most impressive performances of the year, though it did nothing to impede their descent toward the darkest sub-basement of the league standings, accruing as many lottery balls as possible and drafting LeBron James with the first overall pick the following summer. Davis, in the midst of his best statistical season as a pro, forming the silhouette of a star shooting guard if you checked the box score without watching the game, was one rebound short of a triple-double and with six seconds left tried to fudge the numbers. For his trouble, he got hacked by a bewildered DeShawn Stevenson. The refs conferred and the scorer didn’t count the board. As the teams walked off the floor, Jerry Sloan asked Bennett Salvatore something to the effect of shouldn’t that have been a tech?

Sloan had more to say in the postgame presser. “[Ricky] shot at his own basket,” he explained to reporters. “And he was trying to embarrass somebody by doing that. DeShawn fouled him. I would’ve fouled him too; I’da knocked him on his a**.” DeShawn (0-for-4, one assist and one turnover) agreed with his coach: “there’s too many people who have done too much for this sport to act like that.”

David Aldridge, in an op-ed for ESPN, called for Davis to be suspended: “it is Davis who needs to be shown that there are lines that just can’t be crossed once you cross the lines and go onto the floor. Not because he’s a bad kid, but because he’s a young one, and he needs somebody to show him, by barring him from playing, what a terrible thing he did.” The apparently Davis-tarnished legacies of Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, and Magic Johnson were invoked. Indeed, the discourse came down heavy on the 23-year-old gunner, as if he were scandalizing the youth and subverting the markets, rather than trying to pad his stats in front of a reported crowd of 11,578, most of whom were probably in the parking garage or already on their way home, because it was a 25-point game. The Jazz, apparently able to swiftly recover from the trauma of the event, won their next six, and went on to get destroyed by the Sacramento Kings in the opening round of the playoffs.

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Kevin Love: NBA players must be ‘community leaders’ amid pandemic

Kevin Love opened up about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic during an interview Wednesday on NBC’s “TODAY” show, and the Cleveland Cavaliers star pointed out how NBA players ought to use their status, wealth and influence to help serve the general public amid the outbreak.

In an interview with Hoda Kotb understandably conducted remotely, Love shared his thoughts on how NBA players have the wherewithal in myriad ways to make a positive impact in their respective communities and beyond.

“Obviously it’s been an incredibly stressful time for a number of people,” Love said on TODAY Wednesday. “A lot of people living paycheck to paycheck. So I felt this is really the time, especially for us NBA players, to walk the walk and be more than athletes.”

Love of course demonstrated as much by being among the first NBA stars to come forward to help alleviate the immense financial burden the league’s hiatus has and will continue to have upon arena workers and other employees who depend on the teams to earn an income.

Through his Kevin Love Fund, the Cavaliers star made a $100,000 donation to provide financial support to workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the team’s home arena.

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Originally posted on Sportress of Blogitude By Jason Rowan | Last updated 3/18/20

Kevin Love owns up to his role in John Beilein departure

John Beilein’s surprisingly brief tenure as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers is over after only 54 games at the helm.

In the wake of Wednesday’s announcement making the move official, Kevin Love is taking responsibility for how the manner in which he conducted himself at points this season played a significant role in Beilein’s departure.

By all accounts, the Cavaliers’ decision to hire a longtime college coach — along with the suspicion that Beilein would fail to adjust to NBA players — arguably was all but doomed to fail from the start.

While that may indeed have been the case, Love believes not only himself but the entire Cavaliers roster needs to take ownership of their role in how things played out so poorly under Beilein.

“We gotta do a little check on ourselves too. We gotta look at ourselves in the mirror too,” Love said, per Ben Axelrod of WKYC. “I was talking about passing that mirror test. Definitely myself — I’ve been a s–thead at some points this season. I let losing get the best of me, and nobody likes to do that … it’s really just looking at ourselves and finding out how we can get better. And from there, trying to put it all together.”

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Originally posted on Sportress of Blogitude By Jason Rowan | Last updated 2/20/20

Kevin Love signs four-year extension with Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers said goodbye to LeBron James this offseason for the second time in four years, and there has been some talk that Kevin Love could be the next to leave town. It does not seem like that is the team’s plan — at least for now.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst report that the Cavs have signed Love to a four-year, $120 million extension.

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ESPN reporting with @WindhorstESPN: Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension — topping out his overall deal at five-years, $145 million, league sources tell ESPN.

The new contract is somewhat surprising, as many expected the Cavs to either trade Love or the star forward to aim for a big year statistically before heading into free agency next summer. Love has already won a championship, however, so it makes sense that he is opting for financial security.

Love still could be traded at some point, but that has seemed like a long shot all along. The four-year extension indicates the Cavs want him to become the face of their franchise rather than getting rid of everyone and starting over.

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Cavaliers’ Love Out 6-8 Weeks

Written by Colin Ward-Henninger at CBS Sports.com

This hasn’t been a good week for All-Stars when it comes to injuries.

First DeMarcus Cousins tore his Achilles. Then the Wizards announced that John Wall would have a knee procedure and be out for two months. Now it’s Kevin Love’s turn.

Love broke his hand during Tuesday’s game between the Cleveland Cavalier sand Detroit Pistons, and will reportedly miss 6-8 weeks.

 

Here’s the play where Love was injured:

The injury comes at the worst possible time for the Cavs, who had won two games in a row entering Tuesday’s game after losing 10 of 13. The bad month was accompanied by some reported finger-pointing and hostility from the Cavs, with Isaiah Thomas questioning why Love left the team’s blowout loss to the Thunder early.

SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh’s computer projection model shows a decline for the Cavs with Love out of the lineup.

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Trades The Cavs Could Make To Try And Beat Golden State

Written by Andrew Lynch at Fox Sports.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers were closer to defending their championship than you think.

Yes, we know the Cavs just lost the 2017 NBA Finals in five games. We also know the Warriors cruised past the Cavaliers in those five games by a total margin of 34 points.

Yet if the Cavaliers had implemented their Game 4 strategy earlier in this series, they might still be playing rather than headed to an early vacation. So on that note, we should get one thing clear: Cleveland doesn’t need to make a move this offseason, especially not a big trade.

Moving Kevin Love isn’t going to improve the Cavs — not when you take a look at who’s on the market.

With that said, a trade could prove the decisive margin in a fourth meeting against Golden State. You never know, right? More important, we know you want to read about potential trades to help LeBron James get over the top against those Warriors if for no other reason than to give you hope that someone can break Golden State’s emerging stranglehold on the NBA.

So on that optimistic note, here are four deals Cleveland could consider this offseason to restock for next June.

Cavs Expect Kevin Love Back Next Week

Written by Brian Windhorst at ESPN.com

Kevin Love has been cleared for contact work and may return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on their upcoming road trip, team general manager David Griffin said Tuesday.

Love took part in a 3-on-3 workout prior to the Cavs’ game with the Detroit Pistons, the 13th game he has missed since undergoing knee surgery four weeks ago. The team is hoping he will be able to go through a practice this week before the team flies to the West Coast.

“Every next step you take in a rehab situation when you come back from surgery allows for the possibility of swelling and setback, it’s just how it goes,” Griffin said. “If he gets through it, he has no soreness, we’ll let him keep taking the next step all the way through and we’ll see what that means. I would anticipate that he’ll play sometime on the road trip.”

Love caused a stir when he posted a picture on social media of his jersey in his locker before the game. The team initially projected him to be out six weeks.

The Cavs have been dealing with injuries for three months. J.R. Smith recently returned from a broken thumb, but Kyle Korver missed his fourth consecutive game with a sore left foot.

Also Tuesday, center Larry Sanders joined the team after signing a partially guaranteed two-year contract on Monday. Sanders played the final 1:58 of Cleveland’s 128-96 win over Detroit on Tuesday and missed his only shot attempt while recording two fouls.

Griffin said before the game that the team will send Sanders to its D-League affiliate in Canton, Ohio, to work his way back into shape. He is expected to play with Canton on Saturday and remain with the Charge during the Cavaliers’ upcoming road trip.

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Kevin Love To Get Surgery, To Miss 6 Weeks

Written by Dave McMenamin at ESPN.com

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to be out of the lineup for six weeks, the team announced.

The surgery, performed by Dr. David Altchek on Tuesday in New York, removed a loose body from the knee.

“Sucks,” LeBron James said before the Cavs’ shootaround Tuesday morning, in advance of their 116-108 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “It’s just our road every season. One of our key guys get hurt and this year has probably been the worst out of all years — having our starting 2-guard [J.R. Smith] out for so long and now having our All-Star power forward out for an extended period of time.

“It’s just next man up and we just hope for a healthy and speedy recovery for our All-Star.”

Love’s rehabilitation will cause him to miss this weekend’s All-Star Game in New Orleans. It was his first invite to the February festivities since joining the Cavs in 2014, and fourth overall.

Also on the injured list is Smith, expected to miss a minimum of three more weeks after suffering a thumb injury on his shooting hand in December that required surgery. Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Mo Williams underwent knee surgeries this season, prompting general manager David Griffin to trade both players to free up open roster spots.

Should Love return in six weeks, as estimated by the Cavs, he would still have about two weeks of the regular season (or nine to 10 games) to get ready for the playoffs.

“We don’t want to rush those guys back,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Health is the most important thing, we know that, and with two of our starters being out, we got to step up and play better. And I know we will. I’m confident that we’ll play well so guys got to be ready to play.”

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Is Cleveland Trying To Pursue Anthony At the Cost Of Love?

Written by Brett Pollakoff at FoxSports.com

LeBron James hasn’t been afraid to speak his mind this season. He fired back at Charles Barkley after enduring his criticisms for years, and he’s criticized the Cavaliers front office while lobbying for additional help more than once.

The latest noise to bother LeBron came in the form of a report from the New York Daily News, which essentially stated that James was working behind the scenes to push for a trade for Carmelo Anthony, even if it meant giving up Kevin Love in order make the deal work.

All of the relevant Cavaliers were asked about it after Cleveland’s thrilling 140-135 overtime win in Washington on Monday, and they all downplayed the idea somewhat significantly. But LeBron’s comments were by far the strongest.

“I saw it and heard about it,” James said. “It’s trash. And the guy who wrote it is trash, too.”

Love was a bit more diplomatic about the whole thing …

… while Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue promised that Love would be sticking around.

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Love to Boston? Could Cavs Trade Kevin Love?


Written by Jay King at MassLive.com

Forever, it feels like, the Boston Celtics have been linked to Kevin Love on the trade rumor mill. He won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the noise has not stopped yet. Love didn’t look great in the Finals, and even sat during the fourth quarters of some games. It’s fair to wonder whether the Cavaliers would improve by dealing him for a rotation wing or two.

If they decide to move on, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst thinks the Celtics look like a sensible trade partner.

“The Celtics is the trade that has made sense for six months,” Windhorst said on a recent episode of the Lowe Post podcast with Zach Lowe. “I happen to know the Cavs really like Avery Bradley and to me, I would want Marcus Smart and I would want one of the draft picks. You’re not getting the high (No. 3 overall) pick obviously, but you want a draft pick.”

The great Zach Lowe replied that he thinks the Cavaliers should prefer Jae Crowder if they have a choice between him and Bradley — and who knows if they will, or even if the conversations will happen.

“I think the Cavs are in a position where they can wait for people to call them,” Windhorst said. “They don’t have to make a move. They can say this is a championship core and they can continue to evaluate it. They don’t have to — they are not under pressure to do something. They are not going to say, ‘Oh my God, we lost to the Warriors again. We have to do something. We can’t leave this team alone.’ The pressure to do something has been removed, and I think that takes them from the back seat into the driver’s seat in this situation.

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