Kevin Love was ruled out of the NBA circuit since sustaining a shoulder injury eight months ago. His shoulder bone pulled out of his socket, and it kept the Cleveland Cavaliers waiting for eight months for his return. Finally, on Tuesday, Love will feature against the Boston Celtics.
Boston’s Kelly Olynyk was involved in a tussle with Love for possession when the Cavs’ star picked up the injury. Olynyk already apologized to Love, who has resolved the hatchet. Olynyk had to serve a one-match ban imposed by the league. “I haven’t really thought about it. I don’t really feel any animosity towards anybody,” Love said after practice Monday. “But at the same time, it will always be a place that I’ll remember the playoff run they had last year and how mine got cut short.”
The injury left Love detached from his team’s post-season success in the last edition of the NBA. He was morally shattered after being ruled out.
“I naturally wanted to be out there the whole time, I know we’ve talked about that on numerous occasions, but I haven’t really thought about it much,” Love added.
The Cavs star also revealed that he wanted to return to Cleveland and didn’t entertain a single trade call during the free agency last summer. Love feels no other places can provide him a winning situation like the Cleveland Cavs.
“A lot of teams called, but I’ve never really even considered,” Love pointed out. “I’ve been saying it the whole time, that time when you become a free agent, there’s something to be said for, ‘Man, I can go wherever I want, live wherever I want, be close to my family if I want.’ But this was a situation where the first year is always the hardest.”