The opposite of love is indifference, somebody with keener insights into human emotions than I have once said.
I would counter that the opposite of love is hate, because hate hurts a man a lot more than indifference ever could. To look at it otherwise is to disregard what hate might force a man to do to a person he once loved.
I’m not talking about love in the romantic, Romeo and Juliet sense. I guess the MTV word for what I mean is “bromance”: the brotherly love between two male friends. When that love sours, indifference isn't what remains. Hate, though, does.
Hate best reflects the disintegration of the love Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas once felt for each other. In the 1980s, their friendship looked as if it were one of those endearing bonds that a person holds onto his entire life. In a sports world that frowns on public displays of affection, Magic and Isiah were comfortable enough in their skins to share kisses on the cheek.