Tuesday in Independence, the Cleveland Cavaliers introduced their newest addition to the team, Kevin Love. It seemed the culmination of an unbelievable—and I mean unbelievable—offseason. He will come join the new-look Cavs and form the NBA’s newest “Big 3” after being acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a first-round pick.
General Manager David Griffin started off the press conference noting the great offseason. He went on saying that the offseason was built on momentum from multiple events like the NBA lottery and the extension of Kyrie Irving. Griffin said that landing Love was “a culmination of a year-and-a-half of trade conversations.” He described Love as “a player that quite frankly fits us as well as anybody possibly could have.” He described a conversation he had with new coach David Blatt about what he needs to be successful, the first thing Blatt told him he needed was “a spacing big, somebody that can shoot and pass and who knows how to play.” When Griffin told Blatt that the team was targeting Love, Blatt replied, “Wow, Kevin Love would be amazing. If you can get Kevin Love to go with LeBron James you would have had a really good offseason.” Tough to disagree.
Love will wear No. 0 for the Cavaliers because that was his very first number. He said that this was the first number he ever played with. It was a tournament in Portland, Oregon and he came in late resulting in him getting the last No. 0. (Love’s other choices were Nos. 42, 11 and 7—all three of which are retired by the Cavaliers.) He noted that it is for Oregon and as Griffin told him, Ohio. Love says he wanted to come in and “hit the ground running as fast as possible to see what I can do to help this organization win.” In an interesting tidbit, Love said that LeBron called him about playing for the Cavs the day that he committed to coming back to Cleveland. In regards to his future, Love said that he hasn’t talked about it, but he did say, “I’m committed to this team and committed long term to that end goal and that’s to win championships and to win a championship here in Ohio.” He went on to say winning a championship is “earned, not given.”
Throughout the press conference, Love conveyed that he knew for quite a while that he might be traded to Cleveland. He said he even watched the summer league in order to watch Coach Blatt’s coaching scheme. He said it is going to be “a lot of fun to play basketball to come to work everyday.” He is excited about the players on the team like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. He even joked saying, “he’s a tremendous player both Uncle Drew and Kyrie.” James told him over the years how he loved his game and Love says it seems like it has come full circle to now be playing with James. He went on to say how he is familiar with a lot of the players on the team because of prior or current relationships.
This offseason has been amazing and unbelievable. Even Love said he wouldn’t have believed it when asked whether he would have believed last summer he would be in Cleveland with LeBron James. This summer just simply seems like a dream. Luckily it is real!
(Photo by: Mark Duncan/AP)