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LeBron James: If Kevin Love demands ball in the post we’ll give it to him

Denver Nuggets v Cleveland Cavaliers

Denver Nuggets v Cleveland Cavaliers

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LeBron James used to say this same thing about Chris Bosh back in Miami: If he demands the rock, we will get him the rock. Bosh wasn’t usually the demanding type, however. He, more than anyone, modified his game to fit next to LeBron.

Kevin Love is still trying to find his footing in the Cavaliers offense. He’s used to having the offense run through him, but he is averaging 13.1 shots a game this season (down more than five a game from last year) and his touches per game are way off as well. It’s an adjustment for him.

But like Bosh before him, LeBron says if Love wants the ball he can have it, he just has to demand it. From Joe Varden of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

“It’s the demand,” James said, weighing in on the 6-foot-10 Love’s stated discomfort in the Cavaliers’ offense through 10 games. “Kevin’s a guy, if he wants the ball in the post, he gets it in the post. If he demands it, we’ll give it to him….

“It’s a feel-out process for all of us,” James said. “It’s a little more challenging for (Love) than it is for me and Kyrie because we get to handle the ball a little bit more, and him being a big guy we have to give him the ball when he has his opportunities. He has to make the most out of them.”

Love has said he wants to get more touches in the post, where he can establish himself and get more easy buckets… except he’s not finishing those this season. Love is shooting just 39.2 percent this season inside eight feet of the rim.

All of this speaks to the comfort level in Cleveland, it’s a work in process on offense. It will eventually change, they have three guys who are pretty much walking mismatches, and there will be a lot of nights Love gets the looks he wants.

But Bosh warned Love this was going to be a serious adjustment.