Coming into last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers had reason to believe that Kevin Love was going to come into training camp on a mission. He arrived in the best condition of his entire career after his shoulder surgery and made a remarkable comeback.
His contributions over the course of a season helped propel the Cavs to the NBA Finals and eventually the championship. There is renewed optimism now heading into the quickly approaching 2016-17 campaign.
Team officials are saying that the power forward is in the “best place mentally and physically since being traded to Cleveland in 2014. He trained in the U.S. Olympic ski training facility in Utah over the summer and has kept himself in superb shape.
The former All-Star’s performance during a tenuous NBA Finals has only bolstered the franchise’s faith in his abilities.
His key stop against reigning MVP, Stephen Curry, will be remembered for a long time and helps mitigate some concerns about his capability as a defender in big moments.
The organisation has repeatedly said that they have no intention of trading the third member of their “Big Three”. Rumors still swirl around the team as experts claim that the club needs to make a move to match up with the newly reloaded Golden State Warriors.
Tyronne Lue seemed to get the best out of his players in that matchup and solidifying his power forward and center’s roles seemed to make all the difference.
The former Bruin spent much of his first season on the Cuyahoga spacing the floor and sitting in the corner. Lue switched it up and diversified the looks that his forward was getting, moving him closer to the basket early in games.
David Griffin, general manager, has echoed his desire to “Bring the band back together” and with the recent postseason success it is easy to see why that would be a goal. Lake Erie’s team will run it back with the team that got them a championship.
Just like last year, an engaged K-Love will be essential to bringing home the Larry O’Brien trophy.