Aug 26, 2014; Independence, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers player Kevin Love (left) and general manager David Griffin talk to the media at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
The similarities are eerie. LeBron James made a lot of enemies when he left in 2010. Then he came back. Could Kevin Love be on the same arc?
Glen Taylor showing same bitterness Dan Gilbert did with James
LeBron James has got to be feeling a sense of déjà vu for his new teammate Love as news came out that Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor had some biting comments regarding the All-Star forward heading to Cleveland. After all, James likely still remembers Cavs owner Dan Gilbert writing a bitter letter venting his feeling about him leaving back in 2010. It created some hard feelings that took awhile to heal, and clearly by his own retorts Love was not very happy when he heard what Taylor had to say.
Yet nothing changes the status quo. He came to Cleveland not for the city but because he gets to play with James and Kyrie Irving. It’s all about doing something he hasn’t done his entire career, which is make the playoffs and win a championship. That was the same reason James left Cleveland four years ago. So hypothetically speaking, what happens if he gets his wish? Say Love wins a ring or two with the Cavs and in four years his contract is up again. Having gotten what he came for, would he stay in Cleveland with an aging James or fittingly pull the same exit strategy and head back to Minnesota?
It’s an intriguing idea. By that point Andrew Wiggins should be coming into his own as a player. What better time to mend fences with the Timberwolves than by returning just in time for the team to start getting really good.
The NBA is an interesting league that offers plot twists no fan could see coming and has no shortage of ironies. To think Kevin Love may pull the leave-win-return strategy LeBron James did with Cleveland is why truth is stranger than fiction.