What a difference a year and NBA championship makes?
Last year there were talks and questions about Kevin Love’s fit on the Cavaliers. He wasn’t scoring or rebounding enough. He didn’t look happy in Cleveland. He wasn’t close with LeBron James. Some believe that if the Cavs didn’t win the NBA championship he would have been traded; because you can’t trade LeBron or Kyrie right? Well the Cavs did in fact win the NBA championship thanks in small part to “The Stop” by Kevin Love on Curry in the final seconds of game 7.
Kevin Love came back this season in better shape and with more confidence. He’s averaging a double double on the season 20 PPG, 11 RPG and shooting 42% from the field. He also set an NBA record for the most points scored in the 1st quarter with 34 points against the Trailblazers. Love will more likely than not be named to the all-star team as a reserve later on tonight. This season Love is looking a lot like the player from Minnesota. He’s more involved in the Cavs offense and as a result his confidence has grown.
Fast forward to yesterday about reports that The Knicks offered Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs for Kevin Love and got rejected. That is a testament to the overall growth, confidence, and value that the Cavs have in Kevin Love’s game. Carmelo is one of Lebron’s best friends in the NBA and he has talked in the past about playing with Melo, Wade and Paul. But LeBron knows that trading Love for Melo is a big mistake. Last season that might not have been the case.
Kevin is finally feeling the Love in Cleveland.