Kevin Love does not mind being fall guy if Cavs are winning
Kevin Love has become somewhat of a punching bag in Cleveland over the past month, but he says he doesn’t mind that treatment … under one condition.
The former Bruin attended UCLA’s basketball game against Oregon on Saturday night in Los Angeles and even joined ESPN’s broadcast of the game with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton. While appearing as a guest on ESPN, Walton asked Love about getting all the blame for the Cavaliers.
“So long as we win, I don’t mind being the guy that takes the blame,” Love said. “As you see in the media so much, so much of that gets blown out of proportion. I think we have a great chance to make some noise in the last two months in the season. We’ve always gotten better every single year. And I think we have a good chance to come out of the East and beat the Warriors.”
Love also talked about the status of his hand and said he expects to be back in about a month. He’s been out since breaking a bone in his left hand on Jan. 30 and was given an initial 6-8 week timetable for a return.
As for the “fall guy” stuff, Love was targeted by his teammates in a late January team meeting about leaving a game with an illness and missing a practice. Since then, the Cavs have reshuffled their roster with several trades and now appear to be in much better shape.