Cavs' Kevin Love Says 'I'll F--kin' Rock with Cleveland Until the Day I Die'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 28, 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love plays during an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love addressed the media Wednesday for the first time since he let his frustration get the better of him during Monday's loss to the Toronto Raptors

"I love Cleveland," Love told reporters. "I'll f--kin' rock with Cleveland until the day I die."

The five-time All-Star began his press conference by saying it would "be a therapy session." He went on to say that he didn't intend to be disrespectful to his teammates or the game.

"In that moment I was frustrated about a lot of things: Me not being myself, letting the fans down, dealing with injuries, officials, players out. ... It was frustrating and that's how it came out in the moment," Love said.

He also vowed to be better for his Cavs teammates: "I love my role in helping the young core. This had nothing to do with the coaches or players. ... I love those guys and I love Cleveland."

The incident occurred late in the third quarter after Love voiced his displeasure with officials due to a non-call with the Cavs trailing 76-70. He angrily tapped the ball into play on an inbounds pass. Stanley Johnson picked up the ball and passed it to Malachi Flynn for a three that extended Toronto's lead to nine points. 

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Cleveland lost the game 112-96 and has dropped 13 of its last 17 games overall. The Cavs have already clinched their third straight losing season and are currently 13th in the Eastern Conference standings. 

Love finished Monday's loss with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes. He's averaging 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 18 starts this season. 


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