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March 28, 2015 Updates

"I haven't even seen them have an argument or anything like that," Perkins said. "... You've got LeBron, who's arguably the greatest player ever, and he really only wants to win; he wants to win titles. And you've got K-Love, and this is all new to him. He comes from a team where he was the man and he put up his numbers and stuff like that, and he's doing a lot of sacrificing. But when you're trying to win a title," Perkins said, tapping me on the knee as we sat on the Baruch College court, "you have to do a lot of sacrificing. The teams that don't sacrifice are the teams that go home in April." CBSSports.com

March 25, 2015 Updates

LeBron James might not have received teammate Kevin Love's endorsement for MVP this season when the All-Star forward was asked to choose between James and former UCLA teammate Russell Westbrook, but he isn't going to try to change Love's mind. "I don't really think too much of it, really," James said after Cleveland Cavaliers practice on Tuesday. "I don't really get involved in that. I think the voters are going to decide who is the MVP. I think what Russ has been doing, his numbers have been pretty crazy keeping those guys afloat in the West in his play. Steph Curry can make a case, for sure, what he's been doing -- James Harden and myself, as well. So, Kevin has his own opinion of who he believes is the MVP. No one should fault him for that." ESPN.com

March 24, 2015 Updates

It is far from decided what Love will do with his option. No one in the process believes he’ll stay in his current deal. There is a debate to be had on whether the Cavaliers should pony up the close to $100 million deal it will take to lock Love into the Cavaliers for the long-term. There is an even bigger debate on whether Love would sign on for four more years of “why doesn’t Kevin play?” questions. Basketball Insiders

There are all of these rumors about you going to a bigger market like Los Angeles, where you could maybe get more money from endorsements. But here in Cleveland, you were able to align yourself with brands like Starter and Chocolate Milk, so do you think you can succeed wherever you are no matter the location? Kevin Love: Yeah, I think so. Obviously the fact that I'm coming up on free agency and with any of the top players that are going to be free agents, there always is going to be that kind of talk. This is a place where I don't necessarily dominate the ball but I am still often effective and able to really help this team when I'm out there on the floor. For me, I am excited to be going to my first playoffs. I want to see how far that gets me. Being a part of this organization has really been great. People are classy here and the fanbase is really great. CBSSports.com

It seems like you guys have also developed a strong bond in the six plus months that you have been there. You guys are always posting up those Instagram photos after games. How is the camaraderie there? How is everything going for you? Kevin Love: The camaraderie has been great. This team is very close. We have a mix of guys, you know? Guys like who are in their second year like Delly (Matthew Dellavedova). Joe Harris is in his first year, he's our rook which always makes it fun to have him do the different duties. Then we have guys like Brendan Haywood, James Jones, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion, that are all the way up into their fifteenth or sixteenth season. CBSSports.com

How are you liking the city of Cleveland? Kevin Love: I live downtown so I'm only a couple blocks away from where we play so it is super easy and efficient to get around. The practice facility is one of the best in the entire league. It is also a foodie town and nostalgically it kind of reminds me of Portland in a lot of ways. Except for the rain, there is a lot of snow and wind off of Lake Erie. That is fine with me though. I came from Minnesota so it wasn't too hard to adjust. CBSSports.com

March 23, 2015 Updates

The end of the season, whenever it comes for Cleveland, will bring about another big question for Love, who can opt out of his contract to test free agency. He will be in a position to assess everything -- his role with the Cavs, his connection to the city of Cleveland, his relationship with the players and coaches -- in making his decision about his future. Perhaps the most important relationship to consider will be that of Love and LeBron James, who is unequivocally the most important person in the Cavs franchise. "It's fine," Love said of his relationship with James. "You know, we're not best friends, we're not hanging out every day, but we see each other every day, whether at the practice facility, whether on the road or going to a game. I think our relationship is also evolving. I can say the same with each and every coach, Coach Blatt and each and every player on the team. But that's part of the NBA." ESPN.com

But during Love's appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, he picked Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook -- his college teammate at UCLA -- over James for MVP. Love, breaking from tradition by not supporting a teammate who's up for MVP, cited the two weeks James took off to rest nagging injuries, even though James (61 games) has played more than Westbrook this season (55 games). "They're both having an MVP-type season, but I'm going to go with Russell Westbrook because he's, every single night you're looking at his stat sheet, they're fighting for a playoff spot, with Serge Ibaka going down now, Kevin Durant potentially being out the rest of the year and him still going out there and fighting for his team, and winning, and fighting for that seventh or eighth spot in the playoffs," Love said. "I think Russ is arguably having the better season." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 18, 2015 Updates

Kevin Love will start for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets after skipping two games. He firmly denied he took the time off to deal with a back issue that has been bothering him off and on throughout the season. "Me resting had nothing to do with my back," Love said Wednesday morning. "Coach (David Blatt) had approached me. I was playing heavy minutes and he came to me and asked if I'd sit a game or two and that's all it was." ESPN.com

Blatt previously said Love came to him to ask for rest. Love said Wednesday it was Blatt who came to him with the idea. Either way, Love said he thinks his five days off will have a positive effect. "I feel good. Anytime you take a couple days and a couple games in this part of the season, you come back feeling a little bit better," Love said. "Everybody is focusing on their health; everyone wants to have a full roster come playoff time. This is my first experience going through it." ESPN.com

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