Kevin Love out 4-6 Months After Successful Shoulder Surgery

Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love Shoulder Instagram
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Late Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that Kevin Love underwent successful surgery on his injured left shoulder that will keep him out of action for the next four-to-six months. The team will, in turn, have to proceed through the rest of the NBA Playoffs with no hope of his return.

The second Kevin Love sprinted towards the locker room without stopping, it was easy to fear the worst. All glimmer of hope was erased when David Griffin told said it would be highly unlikely that Love would be returning for the playoffs at all.

Going into the playoffs and for much of the season it has been a question of effort level and how well this Cavs team could face adversity. Playing a scrappy Boston squad seemed to bring out good qualities from the team, and it seems like the loss of Love is making them stronger as a unit. David Griffin believes they can handle it.

“Our team has dealt with adversity really, really well,” Griffin said Wednesday before adding, “and we have a lot of grown-ass men in that locker room who know what they need to do and I’m counting on them to do it.”


LeBron James still seems determined but a little less confident saying, “We all have to pick our games up…Kevin is special for a reason.”

There was some question about whether Kevin Love could try and play with a bum shoulder and delay surgery, but this is probably the best move for Kevin Love’s long-term health and career. Still it does little to answer the remaining question for Cavs fans. After this four-to-six month period what team will Kevin Love be on? If you ask the man himself he will still be a Cavalier.

In one of the more under-discussed quotes from Tuesday’s address, David Griffin said “I think [Kevin] realizes we could potentially be very good into the future and he’s excited to be a part of that too.”

Despite all of these signs, as long as there is no ink on paper Cavalier fans will not have to look hard to find reason to be skeptical. If you believe the Boston media, he will be rehabbing with the Celtics, getting frequent apologetic visits from Kelly Olynyk himself. If you believe the national basketball media conspiracy, Love will be rehabbing with the Lakers, giving high-fives (his good hand) to Russell Westbrook. Another question is how will this season and this injury affect his free-agent value? While it is a fact that the Cavaliers are a better team with Kevin Love, he did not meet everyone’s expectations this year as part of a “Big Three.”

Only one question truly remains: Will other league GMs count on an injured Love as a max-contract player, and will Kevin Love even give them the chance before deciding to stay with the Cavaliers?

  • CB Everett

    On one hand, I love that he’s wearing a Tribe hat and showing love for CLE (and maybe sending a message to the all the rumor mongers that he is indeed returning here). On the other hand, the paranoia in me is worried he’s now casting a greater curse on the Indians.

  • dimoko

    is that even possible right now?

  • Boston Media

    He’s wearing a hat with a C on it. This means that him signing with the Celtics is almost a done deal!

  • Garry_Owen

    What’s a “grown-ass man?”

  • MrCleaveland

    Love has repeatedly said he’s staying. OMG, THAT MEANS HE’S LEAVING!!!!

  • CB Everett

    I’m not sure exactly, but some of them have personalized plates.

  • cmm13
  • cmm13


  • Natedawg86

    No worries about the shoulder injured. They build them back stronger and it is non shooting one. He will be fine

  • woofersus

    I don’t know whether he’ll opt in, opt-out and sign a one year deal, or opt out and sign a long term deal, but Love hasn’t been even a little bit evasive about his future plans. I see no reason not to believe him when he says he’s going to be here next year.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Win one for the KLove!!!

  • Harv

    it’s a sign that a nerdy little white man has maybe been hanging around the NBA a little too long.

  • JM85

    Surely that hat doesn’t mean anything and he is leaving!

  • Jason Hurley


  • swig

    That’s like wearing the shirt of the band you’re going to see.

  • swig

    Old school XKCD

  • chrisdottcomm

    Which is totally different from someone wearing the jersey of the team they are going to watch play.

  • Pat Leonard

    Makes no sense for him to go somewhere else and sign a one-year deal. He’s going to want that big 2016 money.

  • mgbode

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh….you follow Cleveland sports. Why would you EVER ask that particular question?

  • mgbode

    Olynyk can meet him at the airport.

  • mgbode

    Well, here’s all you need to know. Classes: nothing before eleven. Beer: it’s your best friend, you drink a lot. Women? You’re a freshman, so it’s pretty much out of the question. Will you have a car?

  • mgbode
  • mgbode

    It’s Red & Blue, so apparently it means Clippers.

  • chrisdottcomm

    Close enough to Orange and Blue…. Marc Berman has him going to Knicks WITH LEBRON JAMES.

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  • BenRM

    Kevin Love is wearing an Indians cap. He says “Go Cavs!” The only story is how he’ll play anywhere but Cleveland.

    As the kids say, #smdh

  • recover fast kevin