Kevin Love: Matthew Dellavedova will have statue like LeBron, only ‘smaller’
Matthew Dellavedova is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers after two years away with the Milwaukee Bucks courtesy of a trade last week, and it’s clear fans are thrilled to have him back.
In fact, Kevin Love even referred to Dellavedova as a “folk hero” in Cleveland, and the reception the fan favorite received Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena during a 113-106 win over the New York Knicks seemed to justify the moniker.
Dellavedova entered the game — his first at home since rejoining the Cavs — at the 4:14 mark of the first quarter and was met with loud cheers, with many fans giving him a standing ovation while others held signs.
Toward the end of the game, “Delly” even inspired “MVP” chants inside The Q.
Matthew Dellavedova gets MVP chants at The Q as he ices it at the line in his first game back with #Cavs. pic.twitter.com/ATRjg0jvL6— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) December 13, 2018
Following the victory, even Dellavedova’s teammates got in on the mVP chant action in a game in which he scored 15 points.
M-V-P! M-V-P!@matthewdelly is undefeated at @TheQArena. @Larrydn22 knows. #BeTheFight pic.twitter.com/Pt8GoS9Pzp— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 13, 2018
Dellavedova took to Twitter Wednesday night to express his appreciation for how warmly he’s been welcomed back into the fold.
Cleveland pic.twitter.com/9FpZllKCU1— Matthew Dellavedova (@matthewdelly) December 13, 2018
Delly also articulated his gratitude in words after the win, as tweeted out by the Cavs.
”It’s awesome. I really appreciate the support of everybody. I love the fans here and appreciate everything they do, just try to give back to them by playing hard and doing what I can.”— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 13, 2018
Welcome back, @matthewdelly. pic.twitter.com/BuJAOGLtA6
Love perhaps summed up Cleveland’s love for Dellavedova by putting him up on a pedestal akin to LeBron James, although Dellavedova’s may be a bit shorter than The King’s.
“Bron will have a statue outside and Delly will have a little, smaller one,” Love quipped, via Cleveland.com.