PF Kevin Love has been a respected member of the Cavaliers since the team traded for him way back in 2014. He was a member of the championship squad of 2016 and has maintained solid play even after the likes of SF LeBron James and PG Kyrie Irving left the team in the years that followed.
However, here in 2021…something happened. A moment that fans across the NBA ended up witnessing as it blew up across social media and beyond.
“Cavaliers’ Kevin Love goes to inbound the basketball with less than 30 seconds left in the third quarter, but instead commits a turnover and sets the Raptors up for a three-point play, executed by Toronto’s Stanley Johnson and Malachi Flynn.” Via Twitter
Watch the play HERE:
Okay, we can all agree that it’s a terrible look for Love. In the grand scheme of things, is it a big deal? Not in regards to say the intense playoff races of the past. This team is now 21-40 and in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. Only 20 games out of first, haha! Thus, the lapse in judgement didn’t knock the Cavs out of a playoff race or something of that nature…
However, what matters with this is the simple lack of effort and apathetic attitude from Love. This is a guy that’s in the middle of a four-year, 120 million dollar contract. When a person is making that kind of money, these types of incidence are magnified.
What should the Cavs do?
Well, benching Love for a single game seems like a fair punishment. It shows the front office and organization still cares about this team despite its horrible record. It also sends a message to the rest of the players that those types of actions are not acceptable.
What should Kevin Love do?
Simply apologize. Say it was a mistake, it won’t happen again and that he wants to put it behind him. Then, don’t do anything like it again.
Let’s be honest, as Cavs fans, this team isn’t the easiest to follow. No, this incident isn’t the end of the world, but it’s not acceptable. Regardless, let’s hope the Cavs and Kevin Love can move on from it. The power forward is a good member of this team and one moment should not be a lasting reflection.