Kevin Love says playing for Trail Blazers would be ‘special’


In this week’s episode of the “Posted with Chris Haynes” podcast, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love revealed that it would be “special” if he got the chance to play for his hometown NBA team: the Portland Trail Blazers.

“Who wouldn’t want to play with Dame Lillard, first of all,” Love said on “Posted up.” “Lady, he’s special. He is incredible. I claim Portland when they ask me where I’m from. This is where I spent all my formative years. I grew up in Portland. When people ask me where I was born, obviously I say LA But Portland will always be a special place in my heart. Whether it’s at the end of my career, whether it’s six months away, or whatever, if I was wearing a Portland jersey, it’s special. It’s playing at home.

Prior to his admission, the 32-year-old’s interest in playing at home was still a mystery.

Kevin Love said on the “Posted with Chris Haynes” podcast that it would be “special” to play for his home team, the Portland Trail Blazers. (AP Photo / Ron Schwane)

Love has two more years left on a four-year, $ 120 million extension he signed in 2018. But it’s highly unlikely that five times All-Star will end the deal in Cleveland as the team invest in creation. from a young nucleus of Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen.

Plus, Love ended a busy week. A week ago, the frustrating incoming blunder against the Toronto Raptors led to his fourth quarter bench. And then on Friday, he played 22 minutes against the Washington Wizards and had no shot attempts.

All signs point to the possibility that Love and the Cavaliers will go their separate ways this offseason.

“What’s the saying? “You want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. Obviously [Portland’s] a special place. I love CJ [McCollum]. Melo [Carmelo Anthony] did an amazing job stepping in there and [coach] Terry Stotts. Portland has always had something special, ”Love said on“ Posted Up ”.

“And I’m glad they were successful this year even without their fans because if you went to Portland, you played Portland, played Portland, their fans come out. They have to be some of the best fans in the league. Rip City has always been special. Growing up, I used to go to Memorial Coliseum, the whole rose district. My first concert was there; I kissed my first girlfriend there. Portland is a special place for me. Whether I play there, or not ever, I will always go back and it will always be a place that I represent no matter what.

Love – a 13-year NBA veteran – has appeared in 21 games and is averaging 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23.8 minutes of play this season.

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