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What Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook fought about as roommates at UCLA

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The 2007-08 season was a good one for the UCLA men's basketball team, as the Bruins made it to the Final Four before falling to Memphis.

The Bruins had so much success thanks in large part to the efforts of freshman center Kevin Love and sophomore point guard Russell Westbrook.

The two future NBA superstars - Love with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder - also shared a room, making it one of the most talented dorm rooms in the entire country that year.

However, according to SportingNews.com, Love said on a recent episode of First We Feast's "Hot Ones" that things weren't always rosy between the two superstars when they were off the basketball court:

"We had thermostat battles," Love said. "He was doing 74, 75 degrees, wake up in the middle of the night, turn that thermostat up. And for me, I'm like 68 [degrees]. But, you know, that little bit of heat really makes a difference.

"For me, I was very responsive to [the heat]. I'd wake up in the middle of the night, sweating, couldn't get any sleep."

Six degrees is a big difference when it comes to preferred sleeping temperatures, but it seems like the two young stars could have compromised - perhaps at 71 degrees.

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With their hefty NBA contracts now, they'll never have to share a room again - unless they end up as teammates in the future and stay together on road trips.

Based on Westbrook's on-court demeanor, it's likely that he won most of the thermostat battles, as his relentless attitude probably doesn't turn off when he takes off his sneakers.

Westbrook also won when it came to the 2008 NBA Draft, as the then-Seattle SuperSonics selected him with the No. 4 overall pick - one spot ahead of Love, who was chosen by the Memphis Grizzlies with the No. 5 pick.

Love, though, was the better college player, averaging 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game (and notching 23 double-doubles) in his one year at UCLA. Westbrook, on the other hand, averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Those numbers for Westbrook seem surprising now as he comes off a likely MVP season in which he averaged a triple-double, with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per night.

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Love, on the other hand, has put up NBA numbers almost identical to his college numbers (which is a very good thing for the teams he's played on).

In 576 career professional games, the current Cavaliers star is averaging 18.4 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest.

Topics:
NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Kevin Love
NBA Playoffs
Russell Westbrook

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