Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love is one of the many NBA players whose father also had a stint in the league. Stan Love spent four years in the league from 1971 to 1975, where he played for the Baltimore Bullets, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the San Antonio Spurs. One could assume that the reason for his short stint was that he wasn’t good enough. But from his son’s point of view, The Beach Boys made it difficult for Stan to unlock his full potential. Yes, those Beach Boys.
Touring with The Beach Boys
Love hinted that his dad, Stan Love, might have played in the wrong era. Back then, bigs had a boxed role of crashing the boards, posting up, and being the last line of defense. The Cavaliers star believes that his dad would’ve thrived in today’s era.
Apart from this, Stan’s brother is Mike Love — singer, songwriter, and co-founder of the legendary Beach Boys. Stan toured with the group during the NBA offseason where he served as their bodyguard.
"If he would've played in today's game, being 6'9, being an athletic 4 or 5 man, and being able to shoot the ball — that was one thing he could really do, and that's what I got from him. The problem he had, in the summertime, he would travel with the Beach Boys with my uncle and then he played for the LA Lakers. And so finding balance between the two especially when rock 'n' roll is at its peak, in that generation right after the 60s, I imagine it must have been tough to find a semblance of balance," Love said, per Graham Bensinger.
Love deliberately didn’t go into the specifics as to how the Beach Boys curbed his dad’s basketball potential. But it is relatively easy to imply and connect the dots. The Beach Boys were one of the musical acts which helped usher in the hippie cultural movement in the 60s. You're probably not waking up at 7 to do some cardio while touring with them.
We can say that Stan Love’s career was filled with many what-ifs. What if he was played in this era where big men are allowed to hoist up 3-pointers? What if he chose to train and work out during the summers instead of joining the Beach Boys?
Whatever the case may be, Stan is quite lucky that his son got a lot of his height, talent, and shooting stroke. Kevin isn’t just known for being an NBA Champion. He’s also renowned as one of the players who ushered in the modern-day big man. The Love family is definitely NBA royalty.