Love believes he can co-exist with both James and Irving…
Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love has insisted that he is comfortable in his new surroundings in pre-season and believes that he just needs to be himself.
Experts widely assumed that the former Minnesota Timberwolves star would be the one to take a back seat as both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James would dominate ball handling, but the pre-season performances thus far suggest otherwise.
Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season, and despite fears of a drop he followed up his 25-point game against the Miami Heat last week with another 25-point game in the 106-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
“I’m comfortable and just not trying to, I guess, fit in so much,” Love said after the game. “I had a talk with the guys on the plane ride over (to Brazil) and also at different practices off the floor and they told me to fit out. Just be myself.
“I kind of laughed and smirked at that. Off the court, I never have any problems with that. But on the court, it’s just us having so many weapons and being able to fit together out there on the floor … You always say check your egos at the door but we also need to bring our egos with us because that’s what makes us so great. We wouldn’t be here without them.”
The 25-year-old went 8-of-11 shooting (5-of-7 from 3), however the key factor has been that either Irving or James has been missing from the line-up in those two games and so not only could the situation change, but the trio have been unable to build up chemistry ahead of the new season.
“It will take time, but in our conversations that we had as a unit and as a group not only just us three, we’re all unselfish by nature,” Love said.
Love denied that he was seeking a bigger market when leaving Minnesota, and insisted that his sole aim was to join a team that gave him the best opportunity to win. He believes that he has now made that jump and will be committed to helping Cleveland go all the way this season.