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Kevin Love: Stepping over a player viewed as ‘form of disrespect’

Cleveland Cavaliers v Toronto Raptors - Game Six

TORONTO, ON - MAY 27: LeBron James #23 and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate late in their 113 to 87 win over the Toronto Raptors in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 27, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

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There’s a reason J.R. Smith said LeBron James, not Stephen Curry, deserved MVP – and it has minimal to do with which played better.

Kevin Love could use the lesson.

Analyzing the LeBron step-over/Draymond Green groin punch incident, Love sounded like a Warrior.

Love, via ASAP Sports:

Q. Kevin, what is the protocol in this league about being stepped over, is that an insulting move? Is that a disrespectful move? What is your view of that? I mean even A.I. over Ty [in the 2001 Finals], people still talk about that.
KEVIN LOVE: It’s tough to say. You don’t see it too much, but, yeah, I think it is looked at as a form of disrespect. But I don’t know. It’s seldom seen. That’s tough to answer. I don’t know.

Stepping over a player when it’s not necessary is disrespectful. LeBron disrespected Green.

But Love thinks it’s his place to say that?

Love and LeBron, knowing or unknowingly, have sent passive-aggressive shots at each other for the last two years. This is not out of character for Love. But he can’t turn it off during the NBA Finals? That’s telling.