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Kevin Love talks about the difficulties of playing with LeBron

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Kevin Love is one of the most underrated big men in the league, but if you look at his stats, he is still a legitimate double-double machine capable of putting 20 & 10 in every game. After dealing with some personal issues and being out of the spotlight, in an interview with Graham Bensinger, Love talked about multiple things from his career and personal life. He touched upon his relationship with LeBron James during their time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where they won a championship together.

Before coming to the Cavs, Love was the first scoring option in Minessota, so he had to adjust his role a lot when teaming up with LeBron and Kyrie. He shared what it was like playing with LeBron, who is known as one of the most unselfish players, always looking to find an open teammate and make everyone around him better. In that respect, Love has a lot of appreciation for LeBron, and he was able to see what separates him from everyone else every day.

What makes him so successful is his brain. In some ways, he is chasing ghosts, and in some way, he is creating barriers that he wants to break through and explode through. His strive for greatness I've seen first-hand in the way he takes care of his body, what he does in practice, the tone he sets. He is always trying to get better, and he never stops. I will always, always have his back.

Kevin Love, via Graham Bensinger

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LeBron is often criticized for being a player who needs to have certain types of players around him to make the system work. Love shared the difficulties playing with LeBron during that time, and for him, who used to have the ball in his hands a lot, that completely changed after playing alongside LeBron. Like every great leader on championship-caliber team, LeBron expected a lot from his teammates, and at times was critical of Love and his efforts during games.

People will laugh at me when I say it, but he takes everybody, almost like a planet, everybody to his orbit. He obviously expects a lot from you, and that is what the greatest players in the world do. He knew I was going to sacrifice, but it was the best move to be apart of something special in a winning team and a team with LeBron as well. While it seems so easy, it was tough for me to do because I passed up open shots, I was overly critical of myself, I wasn't allowing myself to play my game. All I wanted was recognition because I'm sacrificing a lot here.

Kevin Love, via Graham Bensinger

Love still has a contract with the Cavaliers, but there seems to be a mutual interest in securing a trade for Love, who should be apart of a team aiming for a playoff. At the age of 32, Love can still be a productive contributor and someone who can space the floor with his improved shooting, especially from the three-point land. He is finally healthy and could be an excellent addition for any playoff-caliber team willing to make a trade with the Cavaliers.

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