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Friday, November 15, 2019

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Kevin Love discusses why he opened up about mental health struggles

Kevin Love

Kevin Love has dedicated much of his personal life to raising awareness about mental health issues since he opened up about his own struggles with anxiety and depression over a year ago, and the Cleveland Cavaliers star shed some more light on his decision to do so this week.

Love was a guest on HBO’s “The Shop,” and he said he “got to the lowest point of my life” during the 2017-28 season. It was around that time that ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan asked him about some rumblings that he was having issues, which he said he initially fluffed off and tried to keep to himself. However, he later decided that he didn’t want anyone else telling his story for him.

Love’s focus has been on defeating the stigma associated with mental health issues, and that was his primary motivation behind starting the Kevin Love Fund roughly a year ago. He has received plenty of support since sharing his story, and he is not the only star athlete who has gone public about struggling with similar issues.

Kevin Love expected to draw trade interest

Kevin Love

Kevin Love seems almost like a forgotten figure in the NBA, likely because of how little he played last season. But for teams that do not make the free agent addition they want this summer, he could be an excellent trade option.

Love signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension last summer that begins this season. He is owed $28.9 million in the first and last year of his deal, and $31.2 million in the middle two seasons. Though that’s a lot of money, it’s not astronomical, and something a team looking to contend might be open to adding. The Cavaliers also are rebuilding and might be willing to deal him for other assets, such as draft picks.

Longtime Cavaliers reporter Sam Amico mentioned in a column published on Friday that the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans all have some level of interest in Love. He added that the Indiana Pacers might also want Love. Separately, the Portland Trail Blazers have also been mentioned in connection with Love.

Love averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in 22 contests last season. He has always been known as a good rebounding and passing big man who also can shoot the three, making him a valuable commodity in today’s NBA. His defensive play and injuries have been weaknesses associated with him.

Draymond Green explains how Kevin Durant helped him control his temper

Kevin Durant Draymond Green

The Golden State Warriors got off to a tumultuous start to the season when Kevin Durant and Draymond Green had a well-documented feud, and Green credits something Durant said to him around that time for helping him control his emotions.

Green has done a good job lately of avoiding technical fouls and confrontations with opponents, and he spoke with reporters about that on Sunday. That led to him voluntarily bringing up his issues with Durant, and he said Durant made a comment to him back in November that “kind of stuck with me.”

“It’s funny because when the stuff happened with Kevin earlier this year, he said, like, ‘Everybody is giving you this pass like, Oh, that’s just Draymond. He’s emotional,'” Green recalled, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

“But (Durant) said to me then, like, ‘You’re not emotional. I’ve seen you lock in and not say a word to the referees. I’m not giving you that pass.’ That’s kind of stuck with me.”

Green still has four technical fouls this postseason, but Slater notes that he has not picked one up for arguing with an official in eight games. While that may not sound like much, it’s a pretty lengthy streak for Draymond.

Durant and Green went at it on the court back in November when Durant was upset that Green did not pass him the ball late in an overtime game. The frustration reportedly led to a heated exchange in the locker room, and Durant made it clear he was bothered by it.

Some believe that feud will ultimately contribute to Durant leaving the Warriors as a free agent this summer, but apparently something good came out of it for Green. If that helps Golden State win a third straight title, it was probably worth it.

Kevin Love backs Ty Lue for Lakers coaching job

Kevin Love

Kevin Love supports the Ty Lue for the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coaching job.

Love appeared as a guest on “First Things First” on FS1 Friday and talked about Lue’s candidacy for the Lakers job.

“I love Ty Lue,” Love said. “If he’s not their first pick, he should be right there at the top. He’s an unbelievable Xs and Os guy, a players’ coach, a guy that’s very approachable that you can talk to. And I think with the personnel that they have, he would be great, as well as already feeling familiar with LeBron … being able to coach LeBron and get in his ear.

“Ty really knows the game. He’s been around (Michael) Jordan, those great Lakers teams, been around Phil (Jackson), been around Doc (Rivers). A lot of great basketball minds, so I think the more time Ty Lue has as a head coach, he’s only going to get better.”

Lue was Love’s coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2016-2018, spanning parts of four seasons. The Cavs reached the NBA Finals in three straight seasons under Lue, winning one championship.

The Lakers appear to be in agreement with Love as they reportedly are expected to hire Lue as their next head coach, replacing Luke Walton.

Kevin Love will return for Cavaliers from foot injury

Kevin Love

Guess who’s back? Back again. Kevin Love’s back. Tell a friend.

Kevin Love is returning to action on Friday night for the Cleveland Cavaliers after missing 50 games due to a foot injury.

Love signed a $120 million extension with the Cavs before the season and then suffered an injury after his first week of the year. He needed surgery, which took him out for 3.5 months.

The 30-year-old forward averaged 19 points and 13.5 rebounds in the four games he did play this season. His return is probably met with mixed feelings from the Cavs. They’re battling for the worst record in the league and therefore a higher spot in the draft lottery, but maybe they figure even with Love on the floor, they’ll still have good shot at a high pick.

Love is expected to miss the team’s game on Saturday against Indiana as they ease him back into action.

Kevin Love to miss extended time after undergoing foot surgery

Kevin Love

Kevin Love has been battling a foot injury this season that was initially believed to only need rest and rehab, but the Cleveland Cavaliers star has opted for surgery instead.

On Friday, the Cavs announced that Love underwent surgery on his left foot and will be reevaluated in six weeks.

Love was initially expected to miss around a month with swelling in his left toe, but it sounds like he will be out even longer now that he has gone under the knife. With the Cavs 1-7 and looking like one of the worst teams in the NBA, they probably don’t want to risk Love having a lingering issue after he signed a four-year, $120 million extension this past offseason.

The Cavs are having issues both on and off the court this season, and Love’s foot injury is yet another thing that has gone wrong for the franchise in the post-LeBron era.

Kevin Love could reportedly miss more than a month with toe injury

Kevin Love

The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a 0-6 start to the season and just fired their head coach, and it sounds like things could get a lot worse for the team before they start to get better.

Kevin Love has missed the last two games with what the Cavs called a sore left foot, but Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst of ESPN are reporting that the All-Star forward could miss more than a month with the injury. Love has been dealing with swelling in his toe and is said to be in “intense pain,” and rest is the only way it can completely heal.

Love is the best player the Cavaliers have remaining now that LeBron James has moved on, and they decided to commit to him as their franchise cornerstone by signing him to a new four-year, $120 million contract this past offseason. The 30-year-old was averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds per game prior to injuring his toe.

Cleveland made a somewhat surprising decision over the weekend to fire head coach Tyronn Lue, and they may even be having some issues with their interim replacement. Everyone knew the Cavs would take a massive step back without LeBron, but things are going even worse than expected.