Runner-up Tyler Herro in the Sixth Man of the Year votes, Kevin Love would have deserved the “comeback player of the year” trophy if he still existed. While many thought he would be cut or he would no longer have the level to play in the NBA, the former All-Star found himself in this role in the 6th man of the Cavaliers with plenty of young talent.
On Instagram, former partner LeBron James decided to settle accounts and remember a few facts.
” After the most frustrating injury of my career during 20/21 and my withdrawal from Team USA in the summer because I didn’t feel completely healed and fit, a lot of people said I was done . he writes. ” Some even wrote that “Love should think about retiring soon … It’s still from people I think I respect and who, in front of me and behind me, are hypocrites. I never let it go.” that these comments would shake my faith“.
Kevin Love explained that he was asking himself, but he kept up the new challenge.
“I work like crazy to start the season in good health, with a purpose to be available and the desire to help a young team take the next step. To be a veteran I didn’t get to start my career. career.I want to help build a culture of winning that permeates whatever the composition of the team..
As a result, he agreed to be a real replacement. Leaders recruited Evan Mobley and Lauri Markkanen but also extended Jarrett Allen. No need to dream of a tenured position.
“The statistics don’t lie, and I’ll give a few …”
” Sacrifices bring more than their cost he continued. ” For this team to make a leap forward, I had to sacrifice myself and get off the bench for the first time in 13 years. I didn’t struggle, I was hungry to have a positive impact and be as productive as I always have been. I am grateful to JB (Bickerstaff) for his transparency and trust. You allow me to be the very best version of myself. Between us, it’s always bigger than basketball. »
Then he remembered some numbers. ” Statistics don’t lie, and I’ll give some… I finished at the top of the double-double leaderboard for players off the bench. I broke the franchise record of 3-pointers earned by a substitute. I was the number 1 3-pointer on the team with 187 baskets. I co-leader in the NBA on forced passes. And because my goal is to be as usable as possible, I played the most on the team, and apart from the games left because of Covid, I played all the games.. »
To those who saw that he pretended too much to post such a message when he was “only” second to the votes, he concluded: ” It means for me to regain the respect of a league and game that I have dedicated my entire life to. So, I repeat: ‘Never explain what others say you are’. Often, people can’t see things from the field. Many of the seats in a room are taken away by those who have not yet been to court, and they overshadow you by staying secret. So keep showing yourself. Stay hungry. And tell the fuck what they think. »
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