CLEVELAND– LeBron James forges relationships as he tries to collect title rings.
The latest case in point is the work he did to recruit Kevin Love to the Cavaliers.
James might have picked up the phone and called the All Star July 11, shortly after James announced he was returning to the Wine and Gold, but the dialogue had its origins two years ago at the Summer Olympics. James and Love were Team USA teammates .
Tuesday, Love recalled the talks while being introduced to the media after being traded to Cleveland the previous weekend.
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“That’s when the relationship really forged,” Love stated from the stage set up before countless TV cameras. “I thought that one day maybe I could play with LeBron James.”
James told Love back in London how much potential he had. Love slowly began to digest that, and in time has brought his game to another level.
On Tuesday, he stated he wants to wear the Wine and Gold a long, long time. “I’m committed long term to the end goal, and that is to win championships and to win a championship here in Ohio.”
Love will wear number 0. His previous number– 42– is hanging in the rafters at the Q, once worn by Cavs great Nate Thurmond; 0 will symbolize a fresh start for Love. It’s the number he told reporters that he first wore as a child, learning the game.
Love, according to general manager David Griffin is a player that “fits us as well as anybody possibly could.” He can space the floor and shoot the lights out. And yes, he can rebound.
He can do a lot of things on the court. But perhaps his ability to listen, off of the court, to the game’s best player is a big reason why he is now a part of Cavalier Nation.