Something is going on with Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers organization.
The Cavs are riding a four-game losing streak that started with a 20-point loss at the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 31. Since then, Love has been seen slapping the leather chairs on the bench, flailing his arms up in the air at teammates and a rumored outburst at GM Koby Altman.
[Koby] Altman threatened to fine him. Sources said they heard [Kevin] Love say, “Go ahead. I have plenty of money.” 💀 https://t.co/e0yybGpbmc— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) January 5, 2020
Kevin Love's just walking on defense— Chris Montano (@gswchris) January 5, 2020
LMAO. KEVIN LOVE IS FED UP.— Kenny Beecham (@KOT4Q) January 5, 2020
Free My Homie
Love responded on his Instagram with a photo and caption explaining his side of it all:
And on Tuesday, Love addressed the media for the first time since his outbursts:
Kevin Love on emotions getting best of him in Toronto & overblown shootaround incident from last weekend, including his reaction to being fined: "I'm an asshole, but I'm not that big of an asshole."— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) January 7, 2020
Wants to do right by team no matter how long he's here. #Cavs
(Video via @cavs) pic.twitter.com/DKa74Mz7Nr
“I was frustrated and let my emotions get the best of me. It was on New Years Eve in Toronto. We were down 15, 17 points heading into half and that carried over into the second half. I wasn’t acting like a 31-year-old, I was acting like a 13-year-old. I ended up hitting the seat, screaming into the towel, and got into it with coach saying ‘take me out so I can collect myself.’
Obviously this has been extremely tough, especially with what our record indicates. It was a conversation that we had but nothing about any blowup, there was no blowup, there was no me talking about how much money I have. I’m an a**hole but I’m not that big of an a**hole.”
The reason this is relevant to Portland, is the NBA trade deadline coming up in a month. Will the Trail Blazers make a roster move and will that involve the Portland-native Kevin Love? The Trail Blazers (15-22) have a shortage of big men with injuries to Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, Skal Labissier, leaving just Hassan Whiteside and two-way player Moses Brown active on the roster.
In his 11th NBA season, Love is averaging 16.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.