CLEVELAND – Kevin Love has been the subject of commercial speculation throughout the season, and the star of the Cleveland Cavaliers He showed his frustration several times during the defeat of the 121-106 Saturday night before Oklahoma City Thunder.
Before the game, Love yelled at the general manager of the Cavaliers, Koby Altman, for a recent fine, according to a report by The Athletic.
Citing anonymous sources, The Athletic said the incident took place after the practice of the team and that Love was shouting in front of his teammates, coaches and office staff.
Love got upset at the end of the second quarter when Collin Sexton He didn’t pass the ball when he was positioning himself in the lane. The veteran forward raised his arms and walked slowly towards Sexton.
After receiving the ball, Love threw a low pass to Cedi Osman, who did a babble before firing a triple.
“We were making a game call,” said Love. “We were in the bonus and Chris Paul It was on me, so I felt that I approached and tried to throw him in the post, see if you doubled the team and get a good shot of it. That’s not what we did, and yes, I was frustrated. “
The coach of the Cavaliers, John BeileinHe took responsibility for the game call when the clock was running out, but said he doesn’t want his players to show frustration on the court.
“If I do, if someone does, it really doesn’t make you a better player or a better coach at that time,” Beilein said. “It’s like carrying a suitcase with you, you have an extra weight. We don’t need to do that … So, as I have been told or I see it, we try to address it as best we can.”
The report in The Athletic notes that Love was fined $ 1,000 for his outburst at the bank during Tuesday’s game in Toronto, where he hit a chair in frustration when he left the court in a timeout.
Love’s name has emerged in business conversations as the rebuilding Cavaliers are looking to the future. It is in the second season of a four-year, $ 120 million contract extension.
Associated Press contributed to this report.