LeBron James has continued his attempts to limit the frankly ridiculous storm that has been swirling around the Cleveland Cavaliers in recent weeks by naming his three "very good friends" in the NBA.
A friendly game
The move comes after Kevin Love recently stated he and LeBron don't hang out much and "aren't best friends", leading some to speculate this could play a part in any decision the big man makes to leave the franchise this summer.
In naming the lucky trio to make it onto his Christmas card list, James proved his point that you don't have to be best pals with those you share the court with. The four-time MVP has never even been on the same team as two of the three players named.
"People get infatuated with the best of friends, things of that nature," LeBron James said via Cleveland.com.
"First of all, I've got three very good friends in this league, and that's Carmelo (Anthony), and that's C.P. (Chris Paul), and that's D-Wade. And after that I have a bunch of teammates. I have guys I ride for every day."
The fact that none of the current Cleveland Cavaliers roster made the cut shouldn't surprise NBA fans (except, perhaps Mike Miller). LeBron though made clear his point that, just because he does have an extremely tight relationship with his current teammates, it doesn't stop him appreciating their roles.
"Kyrie (Irving) is a guy I understand how important he is to this team, how important he is. And the same with Kev is as well."
Alongside the aforementioned Mike Miller it is surprising that, after all they achieved together in Miami, Chris Bosh didn't make the cut.
The pair may have lost touch a little after James departing for Ohio but they still spent Christmas together along with the Wade clan. The next meal might be a little more awkward.
Winning all that matters
At the end of the day though all LeBron James (and Cleveland Cavaliers fans) cares about is winning. The Cavs roster can be at each others throats for all they care so long as they are doing it while performing in the NBA Finals come the postseason.
It is Cleveland's failure to do that which may cost them the chance to keep Kevin Love moving forward. Not whether LeBron James invites him to the movies.
What do you think Cavs fans? Will Kevin Love stay for next season, and does it hinge on your team's ability to win the NBA title? Let us know in the comments section below...
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