With such high expectations for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the season hasn’t been very smooth, especially for star power forward, Kevin Love. Some fans have been so critical of his play since he arrived in Cleveland that they actually want him off the team.
After their Christmas Day loss against the Miami Heat, a fan named Omar launched a petition for the Cavs to trade Love, via Change.org, which has garnered over 200 signatures as of press time.
While its obvious Love’s play hasn’t been what most expected, according to Omar, here is why Love should be traded: “Kevin Love is a liability to the city of Cleveland and our team. He robbed us of Andrew Wiggins’ talents (which could have helped this team tremendously) and continues to play horribly for the team, leading us to numerous losses. It would be for the best to cut all ties to Mr. Love immediately, as he has obviously not helped our cause for a NBA title. Love is an embarrassment to our city and our team. We would be much better off trading him for numerous pieces, some of who could be instrumental to this city’s cause for a NBA title. In short, trade Kevin Love IMMEDIATELY.”
Still early in the season, it seems a little hasty to demand Love’s dismissal already, especially since the Cavs are just figuring out how to get LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to co-exist on the court together. Hopefully, implementing Love is the next move.
Furthermore, it’s probably not Love’s fault he’s under-performed. The Cavs don’t feed the post often and their offense is perimeter-driven, which doesn’t go in big man’s favor.
Chris Bosh previously tried to warn him about playing alongside superstar perimeter players. In an interview with Bleacher Report, the Miami Heat star said: “It’s going to be very difficult for him. Even if I was in his corner and I was able to tell him what to expect and what to do, it still doesn’t make any difference. It’s extremely difficult and extremely frustrating. He’s going to have to deal with it.” Apparently, Bosh’s analogies have been spot on.
While Love put up superstar numbers with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he was unable to lead them to a single playoffs appearance in six seasons. His talent is undeniable (see the clip below), but he needs a supporting cast to succeed, and will need the Cavs to make the necessary adjustments to make more of an impact.
Keep in mind, Love is still averaging 17 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Not too shabby.