I have a problem with some of the statements that Kevin Love made at his press conference yesterday. I’m trying really hard not to be a self-hating fan, but if I’m being perfectly honest, there are some issues with it. Here’s Love’s statement that set off my antenna.
“LeBron signed to come back, and a few hours later he called me and I said ‘I’m in,'” Love said Tuesday at a news conference. “That had a lot to do with my decision. It means a lot to be a part of this organization. … Everything in my entire life for the last six years had led me up to this opportunity.”
Maybe it’s just semantics, but Kevin Love shouldn’t have had the opportunity to say “I’m in.” Kevin Love shouldn’t have had the opportunity this off-season for his departure to the Cavaliers to be called “my decision.” Just because I live in the Cleveland area and the Cavaliers are the beneficiary doesn’t mean that I don’t find this somewhat problematic.
I know players are allowed to talk and “collusion” isn’t something that the league will even bother pretending to try to police. I’m also elated as a Cavs fan that LeBron James is doing serious recruiting on his own behalf. It all benefits me in the end. I also think that the package the Cavaliers gave to Minnesota was formidable as opposed to a retro-fitted trade like the Cavs made with the Heat after LeBron James made his free agency choice.
Still, Kevin Love’s characterization of joining the Cavaliers isn’t right and if I was a Timberwolves fan—or maybe even just a general NBA fan—the way he spoke about the situation would leave me wondering about the rules. It’s the same kind of icky feeling I had when the Cavs traded Zydrunas Ilguaskas for Antawn Jamison and then re-signed him after he was later cut loose.
Even when it benefits me as a follower and fan of the Cavs, I find myself shaking my head.