Did LeBron James subtweet Kevin Love with ‘fit in’ comment?
LeBron James sent a curious tweet on Saturday night that many people think was directed at Kevin Love.
James did what is called a “subtweet” (short for subliminal tweet), which is where you send a tweet that seems to be about a specific person without actually naming the person. This is almost like talking behind someone’s back despite putting the thought out there on social media.
Here is the tweet James sent on Saturday night:
Stop trying to find a way to FIT-OUT and just FIT-IN. Be apart of something special! Just my thoughts
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 8, 2015
James usually isn’t the kind of person to run to the media or public with complaints; he usually handles things professionally, which is why his teams have had success. But this is a different story.
Despite the Cavs’ recent success, Love has not played his best. James even recently commented on why he thinks Love could be struggling. Love responded and disagreed with LeBron’s reasoning, but the point is clear: the two are not on the same page.
Skeptics could say that we are reaching and creating drama by suggesting the tweet was directed at Love, but there actually is some related proof.
Back in October, Love offered a quote using the exact same “fit in” and “fit out” language.
“I’m comfortable and just not trying to, I guess, fit in so much,” Love said via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “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.”
It’s really no surprise that Love is having a hard time fitting in on the team. It’s not a matter of him being unwilling to share the ball and success; it’s a matter of him being used to being the No. 1 option for years on the T-Wolves, and now he has to adjust to being a third option. This was the exact sort of issue about which Chris Bosh warned.