With the validation that comes with an NBA championship, Kevin Love says he couldn’t care less what any naysayer may crow about.
Love, 28, knows detractors likely won’t leave him alone and he’s fine with that.
As defending champion Cavs make preseason debut, here's Kevin Love on how he doesn't "give a sh–" about his critics https://t.co/C0OvGQI2Kb
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) October 5, 2016
The three-time All-Star realizes trade rumors will continue to swirl, but he wants to stay in Cleveland for the long haul.
“I don’t think [the criticism will] ever leave,” Love said, “but frankly, I don’t really give [an expletive].”
“It’ll never be gone. It’s just something that you live with. We have so much hype and media, and the good and the bad surrounding this team, and it just comes with the territory,” Love said. “Trade rumors, I don’t know. We lose a couple of games … I don’t know. I’m here, man, and I plan on being here a long time.”
After spending the offseason in Park City, Utah, utilizing elevation training to prepare for another grind, Love arrived for his third training camp with the Cavaliers in the best shape of his career. Love heeded the advice of former 22-year NBA veteran Kevin Willis to “eat that iron” and stay in the weight room and listened to “the man in the mirror” who informed him that his unruly beard needed a bit of a trim. The new look was for his own preservation and vanity but also revealed how much Love is looking beyond the endless, trivial chatter of the past. […] “I think everybody is very hungry,” Love said. “Hanging a banner is huge for us. Now it’s back to work and we’ll do it all over again.”