The Cleveland Cavaliers held a press conference on Tuesday, welcoming the newest Cavalier, Kevin Love.
After a long wait, All-Star PF Kevin Love joined LeBron James in Cleveland with intentions to finally bring a championship back to Cleveland. Love was acquired Aug. 23rd in a blockbuster three-team trade where the Cavs sent this year's #1 pick, Andrew Wiggins, and last year's top pick, Anthony Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Tuesday, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin introduced Kevin Love to the media.
"So here we are, a player who quite frankly fits us as well as anyone possibly could have," Griffin said. "When we brought in David Blatt the first thing he said was 'I need a spacing big, someone who can shoot and pass.' Well we have one of those in mind, his name is Kevin Love."
Kevin Love was asked how long he would be here in Cleveland, "I'm committed to this team, and I'm committed long term to the end goal and that's to win championships, and to win a championship here in Ohio."
"I thought this was a chance for me to one, start fresh and two, to pick a number that suits me," Love replied when asked why he chose the Number 0. "I went all the way back to my grass roots and my first number I ever played with I remember showing up to a game in Beaverton, Oregon with a brand new team in the inner city that I was suppose to play with and I was the last guy to the gym for the tournament and there was the number 0, so that's the story behind it." His previous number of 42 is retired by Nate Thurmond.
Love also stated that he was the first call LeBron James made after James signed and that he was thrilled about that.
"Lebron James is a guy I've admired since he came into the league. Everybody has watched him since his High School days here in Akron and I can't say enough good things about him so yeah that's when the relationship really forged and I thought that one day maybe I could play with Lebron James," Love said.
Over his six-year NBA career the 25-year old has played in 364 games and averages 19.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 36.3 minutes per game. He is also a three-time NBA All-Star (2011, 2012, 2014).
Cavaliers begin the season at The "Q" on October 30, when the New York Knicks come to town. Tip off is at 8:00 p.m.
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