Kevin Love has a vulgar message for Jerry Colangelo.
Love was one of the participants on Team USA Basketball ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo this summer. Love did not play well in camp and ended up withdrawing.
Following Love’s withdrawal, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo had harsh criticism of the veteran. Colangelo called the addition of Love to the team a “mistake.” He said Love was out of shape and some other stuff.
In an episode of HBO’s “The Shop” this week, Love’s response to Colangelo aired.
“There was no need to do that,” Love said of Colangelo criticizing him.
The 33-year-old felt like Colangelo was setting Love up as a fall guy in case Team USA performed poorly at the Olympics.
“(He was) protecting his legacy. He wanted something to point the finger at if they lost … which it was looking bad. It was just wrong in so many ways,” Love said.
Then Love went from being diplomatic to being vulgar.
“For me, I’m sitting up here being the nice guy right now. But honestly, f— that him. F— him!”
You can see the clip below but beware it has bad language:
The addition of Love to the team received negative attention from the start.
Love only played in 25 games last season and has not been much of a factor since LeBron James left the Cavaliers. He has participated with USA Basketball since 2010 and was part of their 2012 Olympic gold-medal winning team. But Love said that he was not fully recovered from his calf injury when he attempted to help the team this summer, which led to his poor results.
Kevin Love’s camp strongly disputed rumors that the Cleveland Cavaliers forward is working toward a contract buyout with the team.
Love’s agent Jeff Schwartz told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday that there have been no discussions about a buyout with the Cavaliers, nor does Love want one.
“There have been no talks with Cleveland on a buyout, nor is there any interest from Kevin in doing a buyout,” Schwartz said.
This runs counter to a report that emerged Friday indicating that the two sides were making progress on a buyout. This would likely be preferable for Cleveland, as it would allow them to save a bit on the two years and $60 million remaining on Love’s contract. The upside for Love would be that he would be able to sign with a team of his choosing.
With the additions of Evan Mobley and Lauri Markkanen, Love’s minutes may be reduced next season. The Cavaliers would love to trade him, and there has been some interest, but the contract will make that tough.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are making significant moves late in the NBA offseason, and might have another big one to come.
An NBA source told Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the Cavaliers are “making progress” on a contract buyout with forward Kevin Love. However, the source added that the negotiations could still fall apart, and nothing is close to finalized yet.
Love has two years and $60 million remaining on his deal with Cleveland, and does not fit well on a team currently rebuilding and getting younger. The veteran turns 33 in September and injuries limited him to 25 games last season. His role with the Cavaliers looks even further limited now that the team brought in Lauri Markkanen, a much younger stretch four who could occupy a similar role.
Love could certainly find a role on a contender if he is bought out, as a handful of teams were said to be interested in trading for him earlier in the offseason. With his contract less of an issue in a buyout scenario, he may attract even more widespread interest if and when he does part ways with the Cavaliers.
Kevin Love probably won’t be getting invited to Thanksgiving dinner at Jerry Colangelo’s house any time soon.
In an interview this week with Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Colangelo, the managing director of USA Basketball, absolutely tore into Love over Love’s withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics.
“I didn’t think Kevin Love was gonna play,” said Colangelo. “I wasn’t even sure he had much left to play. He reached out to us and said he was in shape and said he felt he owed us. On the basis of that, we’re looking at someone with international experience who at one time was a heck of a rebounder and could still shoot the ball. You know, being like a 12th man on a roster.
“Well, it didn’t work out,” Colangelo went on. “He wasn’t in shape. And he was way behind as it turned out. So you move on. Call it a mistake.”
Love, who was a member of the United States’ gold medal team at the 2012 London Olympics, got selected to the original 12-man roster for the Tokyo Games. He ultimately withdrew before the third exhibition contest though, citing the lingering effects of a calf injury. Love was effectively replaced by JaVale McGee on the roster.
Not everybody was happy about Love making the roster in the first place. Colangelo though really seems displeased about how it played out with him.
Kevin Love’s withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics is the latest in a disappointing last few years for his basketball career. But the Cleveland Cavaliers big man is not ready to walk away from the game just yet.
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported on Saturday that Love is not yet considering retirement despite his injury-hobbled last few seasons. Fedor notes that the soon-to-be 33-year-old still loves the game. However, the Cavs will soon sit down with Love to discuss his future.
Love decided to pull out of the Olympics this week because of the lingering effects of a right calf injury that kept him out for the majority of the NBA season. The five-time All-Star has been limited to just 103 appearances over the last three seasons with various ailments. The time that Love has been on the court is more remembered for his public fits of temper than anything.
Overall though, Love has had a fruitful 13-season NBA career that has netted him multiple All-NBA selections and a championship in 2016. But Love is still owed $60.2 million in guaranteed money over the next two years. That gives him major incentive to stick around. An opportunity to leave Cleveland for greener pastures may also be awaiting Love.
If the Cleveland Cavaliers finally want to close the book on the Kevin Love era, they may have to attach one of their top young assets to make it happen.
Cavs beat writer Jason Lloyd of The Athletic wrote this weekend that it might make sense for Cleveland to package Love and Collin Sexton together in a trade this offseason. Lloyd notes that the 22-year-old Sexton is “very available.”
Love, 32, is already drawing some interest as a potential buyout candidate. But he still has two years and $60.2 million left on his contract, making a buyout more cumbersome. As for Sexton, we recently heard that the Cavs are shopping him. His value may be at a peak after he averaged a team-high 24.3 points per game this season. Cleveland also holds the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, putting them in the mix for a dynamic guard like Jalen Green or Jalen Suggs.
It would be pretty funny though for Love to finally leave Cleveland and still be teammates with Sexton. After all, the two have not always gotten along.
Kevin Love had several battles in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, but he may actually end up wearing their jersey before long.
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reported this week that there is a growing sentiment around the league that Love will negotiate a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign a veteran minimum deal with a contender. Simmons notes that the Warriors are one such option.
A buyout will not be easy since Love is still owed a colossal $60 million over the next two seasons. But his role with the Cavs has increasingly diminished in recent years. It could shrink even further next season.
Love, 32, is a California native and grew up in the Pacific Northwest city of Lake Oswego, Oreg. He will be playing with Warriors star Draymond Green on the United States Olympic team this summer. Love was also famously childhood friends with Klay Thompson as the two played Little League Baseball together.
A Love-Warriors partnership would also be an interesting development after the team came close to trading for him several years ago.
Kevin Love battled injuries this past season and averaged career-lows in many statistical categories, but it sounds like there could still be a robust trade market for him this summer.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to explore trade possibilities for Love this offseason. According to Sam Amico of Hoops Wire, there are at least five teams that have interest in the 32-year-old — the New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers.
New Orleans would be an interesting spot for Love. The Pelicans have a core of young players in Zion Williams, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball that have seemingly infinite potential. They could use a veteran presence like Love now that they ousted Stan Van Gundy after just one season with the team.
The other four teams should all be playoff contenders and may consider Love a piece that could help put them over the top.
Love averaged 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds this year, which were the worst marks of his career.
Love almost certainly wants a trade, as a recent report indicated he does not really fit in with Cleveland’s future plans.
Kevin Love will be making $31.2 million from the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, but he may not have to do a whole lot in order to collect it.
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported this week that Love’s role with the Cavs is expected to shrink next season. Fedor notes the continued presence of Jarrett Allen and Larry Nance Jr. in the Cleveland frontcourt. The Cavs also have the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft. Fedor mentions USC seven-footer Evan Mobley as a candidate to be selected with that pick.
Love, 32, just finished his seventh season in Cleveland. He seems to be getting more marginalized with each passing year, averaging only 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 25 appearances in 2020-21. Those were Love’s lowest averages since his rookie season in 2008-09.
It has been obvious for a while that Love does not really fit in with the plans of the rebuilding Cavs. He is still under contract through 2023 however so the former All-Star Love may be hoping for a buyout or to somehow receive a trade to this preferred destination of his.
Jalen Rose came under heavy criticism recently when he said he believes Kevin Love only received an invite to play for Team USA at the Olympics because he is white. It does not sound like Rose’s opinion has changed, but the NBA analyst has issued an apology.
Rose said on his “Jalen and Jacoby” show last week that Love’s inclusion on Team USA is “tokenism,” as he believes Team USA is afraid of sending an all-black team to the Olympics. He later apologized in a lengthy Instagram video
“You don’t have to like my opinion, you don’t have to like me. There’s a lot of people trying to assassinate my character or whatever, but those people, some of them, have been doing to for like 30 years … that’s how it is when you have the nerve in a lot of peoples’ estimation to be outspoken,” Rose said, as transcribed by Ryan Gaydos of FOX News.
“But you know why I’m apologizing right now? To the game. Because I’m what the game made me,” he added. “I was raised by the all-time greats and you know what I would never want to do? Disappoint [Rose’s late mother] Jeanie Rose or disappoint the all-time greats that raised me.”
Rose failed to mention last week that the United States sent an all-black team to the Rio Olympics in 2016, and that team won a gold medal. The 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams were all also all-black. He insists he was aware of that.
“If I felt like the reasoning is because we didn’t necessarily want to send an all-Black squad, it don’t mean that I don’t know we hadn’t sent one in the past,” Rose said.
Rose reiterated later in the video that he wanted to “apologize to the game.” He seemed to make it a point to not apologize to Love, and he said he thinks even Love was shocked to get the invite.
Love averaged 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this year for Cleveland, which is why Rose believes he received a special invite due to the color of his skin. However, history would indicate Team USA has no problem sending an all-black squad to the Olympics.