Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love caused a stir on Monday when he revealed that he and LeBron James were “not best friends” as the issue within the camp rumbles on.
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Speaking on ESPN’s Mike and Mike radio show, Love added that their relationship is evolving as it is with all the players and coaches, but naturally that wasn’t the sound-bite that many were focusing on.
Despite suggestions that the former Minnesota Timberwolves star hasn’t been happy during his spell in Cleveland this season so far, he insists that he will remain with the Cavs beyond this summer whether or not they win a championship.
The 26-year-old has also aired his frustration with his role on the team previously, but also claimed that as long they keep winning then he won’t be sulking.
While many will question the atmosphere within the Cavaliers camp after those latest comments, coupled with Chris Bosh’s pre-season prediction that Love would struggle with playing alongside LeBron, there is one key question to ask.
So what if Love and James aren’t best friends? Essentially, it doesn’t matter whether or not the pair get on as they are both professionals and are aiming for the same thing this season.
Both men want to win championships, and if it works on the court then there are no issues. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal proved that with the Los Angeles Lakers after winning three titles together, with the former recently revealing that they just didn’t get on.
However, Bryant added that he would prefer to have clashed and won championships and now look back as friends on that time, rather than have been best friends during their stint together and won nothing.
If the Cavs go on and make a deep playoff run that shows that they are capable of functioning together and have a successful future ahead, then expect Love to set up home in Cleveland for a number of years.
The difficult question will arise if they fall early as a result of their issues spreading onto the court, and if the same problems continue with no solutions found, then it might be time to question whether or not Love would want to stay if it clearly isn’t working as being part of the ‘Big Three’ with his not-so-much BFF LeBron and Kyrie Irving.