HoopsHype Kevin Love rumors

October 30, 2014 Updates

“We won’t name any names, but some other people maybe haven’t done that in the past,” Ruiter said about making a commitment to be in Minnesota. “We’re really excited that he (Wiggins) wants to be not only a member of the organization but part of the community as well.” CBS Minnesota

October 28, 2014 Updates
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That's why it's no surprise that Love's admission about his new role following the preseason finale spread throughout the NBA, and found its way into the Cavaliers' locker room. "I think we are all going to go through an adjustment and less touches than we would like. Anytime one of us says something it will get blown out of proportion and I think that got blown out of proportion," James said following practice on Friday. "I read the clips of what he stressed. The first thing you see is Kevin Love wants more touches and is unhappy, but I've had zero reaction." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Love averaged 14 points per game during the preseason while shooting 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range. But much of that production came early. Love shot just 28 percent from the field in the final three exhibition contests, including 2-of-10 against Chicago, a game used as the dress rehearsal. "Kevin is fine. That is what the preseason is all about," Blatt said. "The last thing I worry about with Kevin is his shooting. He's done a very good job defensively in the preseason, which was a concern people had about him. He's a great player and I'm not concerned whether the ball has been going in consistently or not for him. It will." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 24, 2014 Updates
October 23, 2014 Updates

But I make no excuses. I posted my best personal numbers last season, and we still didn’t make the playoffs. Some of the backlash was pretty hard to take — I learned that there is apparently such a thing as an “empty stat” (I’ll try to remember the importance of that the next time I am boxing out for a rebound against Tim Duncan). In the end, I was given the opportunity to move on, and I took it. My decision was about wanting to win. When I think back to being a kid shooting on an eight-foot hoop in my Shawn Kemp jersey, I never dreamed about putting up a triple-double or signing a max contract. I dreamed about holding up a championship trophy. In order to get to that place, I knew that I needed to move on. The Players' Tribune

I grew up a lot – personally and professionally – during my time with the Wolves. I’ll be the first to tell you that I didn’t always handle things perfectly. We are all unfinished products. It’s not easy to handle the disappointment of losing when you’re in your early twenties. There were times when I wasn’t easy to be around in the locker room. It’s hard to be a leader when you don’t have the model — and when you don’t have a blueprint for what winning in the NBA looks like. The Players' Tribune

So I’d like to take a moment to thank the fans of Minnesota for six great years. I still remember sitting in Madison Square Garden when I was first drafted in 2008, thinking that if I could go anywhere it would be to the Timberwolves to work with one of my childhood idols, Kevin McHale. There are so many people in Minnesota who helped to shape my game and mold me into the player I am today. I’ll always be fond of going to Manny’s Steakhouse, and the support I got from the entire Minnesota community — even in tough times — is something I’ll remember forever. (Seriously, thanks for not burning my jersey, you guys.) The Players' Tribune

Everything on the plane to Rio was natural, and I felt like I could be a part of something special. It was a culture that I’m not accustomed to. After I was traded this summer, I kept hearing about how our challenge was going to be figuring out how to share the ball among LeBron, Kyrie and myself. Reporters kept asking me how I felt about it: Are you the second wheel? Are you the third wheel? What about your stats? To them I say: I don’t care. I’ve never played in a playoff game. I came to Cleveland because I want to win. The Players' Tribune

This is what the preseason is for: recognizing where one can improve and adjusting before the regular season hits. Love is in a good place right now. He's eager to kick thee season off, and with his new-found revelation, he anticipates having a strong year for the Cavaliers. "We just looked at film and I saw it. I felt it," he said. "Where I'm very effective is on the low block. That's where I need to be." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 20, 2014 Updates

James told every player from fellow All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to the guys just hoping to make the team what was expected during the upcoming season. "I was looking like, 'Wow.' That's crazy that he broke down every individual thing he wants guys to do," Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters told Yahoo Sports. "He wrote down every player from the guy in training camp who may be here or may not be here. …It was unbelievable. It was great." Said Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao: "He used to talk individually to the players before, but not like that." Yahoo! Sports

That’s expected to change this season now that Love is playing for the star-laden Cleveland Cavaliers — the new Big 3 of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love — and if all goes as expected, Love will be playing deep into May and possibly into June in the NBA Finals. “I’m just looking forward to learning from the guys who have been there and done that before, LeBron included, and all the way through our entire lineup,” Love said. “There’s a lot to be learned. I’m just going to try and be a sponge and absorb as much as possible. Stay grounded and have the humility that a lot of people have taught me. Continue to get better every day.” Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum

Marion blurted out that he would not have signed with Cleveland had James not come back, but he also said he wouldn’t be with the Cavaliers had they not acquired Love in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. “LeBron coming here wasn’t enough,” the ever-honest veteran and NBA champion said. “It was more so finalizing the deal with Kevin Love. That sold it. That made it more realistic like we do have a shot to win the championship this year.” Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum

October 16, 2014 Updates

Power forward Kevin Love suffered a neck injury in the first half of the Cavaliers' 98-93 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Head coach David Blatt said Love has a stiff neck and a team spokesperson reiterated that it wasn't a serious injury. Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 15, 2014 Updates

"I'm comfortable and just not trying to, I guess, fit in so much," Love said after the game. "I had a talk with the guys on the plane ride over (to Brazil) and also at different practices off the floor and they told me to fit out. Just be myself. "I kind of laughed and smirked at that. Off the court, I never have any problems with that. But on the court, it's just us having so many weapons and being able to fit together out there on the floor ... You always say check your egos at the door but we also need to bring our egos with us because that's what makes us so great. We wouldn't be here without them." ESPN.com

"I am not now, nor was I ever really concerned with his numbers as far as last year was concerned," Blatt said. "I just thought, as we all in Cleveland thought, that this is one heck of a basketball player that can score, that can pass, that can rebound (and) that has experience even though he's only 25 years old and then is very hungry to succeed. ESPN.com

October 12, 2014 Updates

LeBron James scored seven points while playing only 20 minutes against his former team, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to beat the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime Saturday in an exhibition game in Brazil. Kevin Love, who was acquired by Cleveland a month after James left the Heat to return to Ohio, finished with 25 points in an entertaining game in the beachfront city that will host the 2016 Olympics. Chris Bosh led Miami with 19 points. The Cavaliers are 2-0 in the preseason and the Heat fell to 0-3. USA Today Sports

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