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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

Alex Raskin: Mr. Whammy said that LeBron James is the only guy who has had him moved. Also said "I hate him" and called him a "crybaby." #Nets #Cavs Twitter @alexraskinNYC

Windhorst talked about Love and Westbrook’s relationship because Love recently said his former UCLA teammate was having a better season than LeBron James when the MVP race was discussed on the Dan Patrick Show. Windhorst said the following, around the 37;48 mark of the podcast: “Love enjoys Westbrook. they have a relationship. there’s a conspiracy theory that exists out there that Kevin Love will go to the Lakers this summer, or next summer, and then Westbrook will join him when he’s a free agent, and they will reunite in LA, like they played for UCLA. The guy, the star player he has the best relationship in the league with is Westbrook.” Factory of Sadness

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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

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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

Only, the perimeter pressure and interior help on defense, the weak-side rebounding, the quicker decisions on the pick-and-rolls, the energy Cleveland would need to come back against the Milwaukee Bucks still wasn't there. So LeBron James started barking at his teammates. "I was frustrated with our play and the guys know how I felt about it and they responded," James said Sunday. Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 22, 2015 Updates

As a bonus, in case he needs the pick-me-up, Nash can console himself with the knowledge that at least one pretty good basketball team still covets his services. League sources told ESPN.com earlier this month that LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers -- who happen to have two of the biggest Nash admirers on Earth in their front office in David Griffin and former teammate Raja Bell -- let it be known to longtime Nash agent Bill Duffy that they would love to give the old man a whirl as a short-minute backup to Kyrie Irving if Nash wanted to seek a buyout after the trade deadline from whoever had him at that point. No chance, though. He only wanted to come back -- and go out -- as a Laker. ESPN.com

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