By: Monte Perez
The Cleveland Cavaliers won 2015-16 NBA Title. It is the first time since 1964, that Cleveland has won a championship in any sport. The Cavs were down 3-1 to the Golden State Warriors. “The Dubs” had the back-to-back league MVP in Stephen Curry, the coach of the year in Steve Kerr and broke the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls regular season record by going 73-9. Never in the history of the NBA has a team trailed 3-1 to come back and win a ring. Instead of praising the Cavaliers and showing them the respect they deserve the common theme is only one topic. It is time to trade Kevin Love.
Mike Greenberg from ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning has a daily monologue on why Love should leave right away and go to a team where he can be the focal point on offense. My response every time I hear this is that of bewilderment. Writers, broadcasters and social media trolls are constantly criticizing players like Dwight Howard who complain about not being the number 1 option. Howard seems to never be happy being a part of a team that wins if he doesn’t lead them in scoring. The criticism of Love is unwarranted and absolutely unfair and I want it stopped ASAP.
Here is a question for all the “haters” and media who continually want to ridicule Love. Besides Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis, what other player can come to Cleveland and have a higher scoring average than LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. The answer is simple, no one. Carmelo Anthony would be 3rd in scoring on this team and so would Jimmy Butler. What more does anyone want Love to do?
During the regular season, as a 3rd option, the former UCLA Bruin averaged 16 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. During the post-season, the Cavs were 8-1 when he recorded a double/double. He played very well in the playoffs up until he got a concussion. In Game 7, when the whole city of Cleveland needed him most, he had 14 rebounds, 9 points and led the team with a plus 19 rating. It was Love’s defense on Curry that helped his team clinch the championship.
We live in a society where everyone and every athlete is all about promoting themselves, their brand, and their image. Love is being criticized for being a “team-first” player. What he has done to win, has been amazing. He doesn’t care about scoring or being in the spotlight, all he cares about is competing for title. That is the definition of a winner. He should be praised from this point on.
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