Kevin Love shoots down Lakers rumors, joint-puff claims in a single quote
Kevin Love is nothing if not efficient.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star, known for making the most of his shot attempts, managed to shoot down two hot rumors floating around him in a single sentence on Friday.
After Cleveland finished off a win over the visiting New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, Love and guard Kyrie Irving celebrated with what appeared to be a joint-smoking gesture, though the team later said it was intended to depict mustache sharpening.
Earlier that same day, a curious report on Bulls.com said "indications are" that Love would "seriously consider" opting out of his deal at the end of this season "and has his eyes on a return to Los Angeles" to join the Lakers.
Take it away, Kevin:
"Whatever (people assumed Irving and I) were doing with our hands was about as true as me going to the Lakers," Love said before Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN.com. "I mean, I don’t know why it was so hard for people to realize that we were actually curling our mustache. I guess because I had my fingers in the wrong place. Looking at the tape — film don’t lie — it looks like we are doing something bad, but that wasn’t the case."
Love, who went to UCLA and has long been rumored to desire an LA return, was then specifically asked about the Lakers report, saying, "No, that’s not true."
Love left the Minnesota Timberwolves for Cleveland in an August trade, but his courtship spanned the country. There were reports of potential fits with many teams, with the Lakers being at the front of the list.
Cleveland’s sluggish start is only fueling speculation that Love may bolt at the end of this season. The Cavaliers started 1-3 out of the gate, including bad losses to the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz. They have since won two straight to get to 3-3.
Love is netting 18.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game so far, both below his career averages.