The Cavaliers Held A Team Meeting To Discuss Whether Or Not Kevin Love Was Sick Enough To Sit Out This Past Weekend
There's only one thing I took away from the most predictable scapegoating in the history of sports, and that's that Kevin Love's post-retirement tell-all book is going to be a must-read. I don't know how an All-Star caliber athlete becomes a 'Hall Of Fame' caliber doormat, but I do know that I can't wait to find out when he's no longer stuck under the passive aggressive thumb of the most heavy handed narcissist in the NBA. Prior to publishing the most self-aggrandizing post that a medium as egocentric as Instagram has ever seen (below), LeBron James led a team-wide intervention to call into question a veteran teammate's level of internal discomfort. You can't possibly tell me that reading that sequence of events from the viewpoint of the oft-sctunized secondary scorer who was basically told he was only shivering from fear of being found out as fraudulently afflicted wouldn't provide a level of insight that's fit for the New York Times Best Seller list.
Truth be told, while I find it very hard to believe that a professional athlete said "fuck this" by way of faking a few coughs and quickly asking out of a game in the same way a child pleads with his parents for them to pick him up from school after finding out about the 2nd period test he forgot about, I don't know if Kevin Love quit on his team. I do, however, know that I wouldn't even dare to blame him if he did finally fall victim to nothing more than a self-fulfilling prophecy that's been three years in the making. Christ, how many times do you expect a proud, talented player to be inaccurately referred to - either directly or indirectly - as an organizational infection before deciding he's come down with one at an inopportune time? Kevin Love's rebuttal on behalf of his alleged non-disease was probably the most impassioned defensive effort put forth by any member of the Cavaliers this year. Yet, standing in an intimidation circle and (metaphorically) sticking a thermometer up the ass of a professional athlete to determine whether or not his immune system was trying its hardest on a day in which the rest of the active roster gave ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-EIGHT points was priority numero uno in the locker room?
Honestly, the Cavaliers - and most notably, their self-proclaimed King - are lucky that Kevin Love is either easy-going or a complete pushover. If the guy whose defensive effort against Steph Curry ultimately sealed LeBron's legendary status in Cleveland didn't take disfunction in stride then he would have already aired so much dirty laundry that the organization that continually stains his reputation would be in need of a thorough bleaching.