Kevin Love regrets lack of one more Cavs title run with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving
Kevin Love recently expressed remorse over missing out on the chance to join forces with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving for one more title run with the Cleveland Cavaliers before the trio split up.
James, Irving and Love led the Cavs to victory over the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, storming back from a 3-1 deficit. The Cavaliers were then obliterated by the Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, losing the series in a humbling five games.
Irving’s issues with James were well documented before his ultimate move to the Boston Celtics following a trade request shortly after that last Finals loss, although the mercurial point guard later expressed regret over how he handled the relationship with his fellow superstar.
James of course departed for the Los Angeles Lakers the following year, and now Love and Tristan Thompson are the only holdovers from the Cavs’ 2016 championship team left on Cleveland’s roster.
Looking back, Love understandably wishes the band had figured out a way to stay together and made one last push for a title.
“To even have just one more run at it, to see what we were capable of. Just one more run. I would’ve really loved to see that,” Love recently told Jason Lloyd of The Athletic. “I think we would’ve been primed for another really big run. Even if it was, for both of them, their last year in Cleveland. It would’ve been nice to see what we were capable of.”
Love, who has been watching the smash “The Last Dance” documentary about Michael Jordan’s final go-round with the Chicago Bulls, also interestingly made note of some parallels between that iconic team and the Cavs’ LeBron-Kyrie-Love era.
There was no shortage of interesting stories and anecdotes about the split of the Cavaliers’ title-winning “Big 3” in the years that followed, but the fact that Love was left holding the bag — as it were — as the last man standing in Cleveland makes his regret over the missed opportunity much more understandable.