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Kevin Love ‘caught off guard’ by LeBron James’ tweet, blames media for hype

Kevin Love insists that everything is good between himself and LeBron James, and did his best to downplay any behind-the-scenes turmoil in the Cleveland Cavaliers locker room, despite some social media activity from the King that appeared to indicate otherwise.

James, in a tweet that launched 1,000 conspiracy theories posted late Saturday night, appeared to call out Love, as a portion of his online comments referenced something Love said early on in the season about trying to acclimate to playing with the Cavaliers.

Love admitted he was taken aback when he first learned of the tweet and then, like James did before him, subtly blamed the media for the latest Cavs controversy.

“Listen, I was caught off guard when I heard it,” Love said after practice Tuesday, via ESPN.com’s David McMenamin. “I talk to LeBron every day. I know there has to be some sort of an angle. You guys have deadlines to make. There are 24-hour news services, and stuff has to be put out there.”

James denied that despite all evidence to the contrary, the tweet wasn’t intended for Love, again taking to Twitter on Monday to lambaste the media for creating a story where there wasn’t one.

Despite insisting that all is good between himself and James, Love said he still isn’t sure if the tweet was meant for him.

“I don’t know,” Love said when asked about it. “I truly feel if LeBron had a problem with me or needed to talk to me, for good or for worse, he would have come up and talked to me.

“I talk to LeBron every day. He said if he had a problem with me or any of the coaches or training staff, he’d go right to them. Initially, I was confused. I don’t feel bad. You guys can write what you want to write. There’s no problem with us. I’m going to keep saying that I’m trying to help this team. That’s all that matters. I don’t need any validation.”

Regardless of whether or not the tweet was intended for Love, the sharpshooting power forward arguably had the best game of his Cavaliers career Sunday in a 120-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring 32 points (7-for-8 on three-pointers) during a season in which he is averaging 17.1 points per game.

Hey, whatever works. Like some kind of sage puppeteer, James keeps pulling the strings on teammates like his own set of basketball player-sized marionettes.