Kevin Love has had a turbulent two years in Cleveland since the Cavaliers traded for the forward in 2014.
At the Minnesota Timberwolves, Love was an absolute double-double machine who was in the top tier of forwards in the NBA without question.
At Cleveland, he hasn't had quite the same profound effect. Speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, the 27-year-old described how difficult the it has been adjusting to life with a different franchise.
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"I mean, I've been asked to do different things, being here. I've been asked to be the second, third guy - third guy most nights. It hasn't been the easiest transition in the world, but as far as being a part of a family, this unit here, I've never been on a team that's closer than this. So that's why I don't understand when I hear people say I'm a square peg in a round hole or something like that."
His first point is probably the most pertinent point: he isn't the go-to guy in this setup. LeBron James is. Then Kyrie Irving. As important as he is, Kevin Love is just another cog and therefore he won't replicate the form he had in Minnesota.
"It's an easy storyline, and people are going to run with it, and that's always going to be how it is," Love said of the calls to blow the Cavs up, despite two straight trips to the Finals. "But if you ask anybody on that team, including myself, this is the closest unit, closest group I've ever been around."
Let's hope for Love's sake that's enough to spare him should they come up short this year. The Cavs are 3-1 down to the Golden State Warriors in the ongoing NBA Finals.