In his second season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love faced much criticism based on his level of play throughout the year, in particular, the playoffs. The noise only grew louder when the Cavaliers fell 3-1 in the NBA Finals. In a recent interview with The Vertical, Love had a straight forward stance about the criticism.
I don’t think [the criticism will] ever leave,” Love said, “but frankly, I don’t really give [an expletive].”
“It’ll never be gone. It’s just something that you live with. We have so much hype and media, and the good and the bad surrounding this team, and it just comes with the territory,” Love said. “Trade rumors, I don’t know. We lose a couple of games … I don’t know. I’m here, man, and I plan on being here a long time.”
Love clearly knows his way around the rumor mill and has gone way past the point of even caring about it. Quite frankly, it’s the least of his concerns as he helps the Cavaliers try to defend their championship. There will be times that he struggles, but the experiences he had this past season is something that he’s grown from.
Despite his struggles in the postseason, the 28-year-old is still one of the top power forwards in the game. He has a unique skill set with his elite rebounding, strong outside shooting, and passing ability. All in all, the criticism could be extra motivation for him to prove that he is still one of the game’s top players.