‘Greatest Player of All Time’ – Kevin Love Talks How Playing With LeBron James Makes Him Valuable to the Cavaliers

Published 04/28/2021, 6:47 AM EDT
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) participates during a practice session before Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


Kevin Love has found great success in the NBA. The former All-Star has been in the NBA for a long time, and at one point was one of the biggest names in the league. In 2014, Love went to the Cleveland Cavaliers to join forces with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Two years later, Love became an NBA champion, being part of the team that overturned a 3-1 deficit in the finals. He cemented his place in history, being part of one of the best trios ever.

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Kevin Love talks LeBron James

Love spoke to Yahoo Sports recently. He was asked about why he is still with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Love noted that he still feels he has a lot to offer to the team. He is a veteran in the NBA and has solid playoff experience. Furthermore, Love has played with several great players in the NBA, and even possibly the greatest player of all time in LeBron James.

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Love said, “When I am available and playing at a high level, I feel like I could be that guy that pushes the team really over the edge, puts them into contention, a guy that has playoff experience has played with some of the greatest players if not the greatest player of all time in LeBron James.”

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Love’s comments come as no surprise. He found his greatest success in the NBA while playing with LeBron James. While Love was playing great basketball with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he wasn’t getting much tangible success. When he joined the Cavaliers, it immediately made the franchise a contender. However, the success wasn’t immediate for Love and the Cavaliers.

James, Love, and Irving became champions

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Kevin Love missed his first NBA Finals in 2015 due to an injury. He missed the entire series, as the Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors. The next season, Love was fit and went to the NBA Finals again. He, LeBron James, and the Cleveland Cavaliers fell behind 3-1 to the Warriors. However, the Cavaliers were able to rally, thanks to the efforts of James, Irving and, Love, and they went on to win an NBA championship.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) return to the locker room after defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Cleveland defeated Golden State 112-97. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)
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Can Kevin Love find more playoff success with the Cleveland Cavaliers? They are set to miss the playoffs once again this year. However, the Cavaliers are a team that is clearly in a rebuild, and perhaps Love doesn’t fit those plans anymore. LeBron James on the other hand is currently out injured. He was an MVP contender earlier this season, averaging solid numbers.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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