Kevin Love: ‘I hope’ to play in 2016 Olympics


The 2016 Rio Olympics are still a couple years off, but NBA stars are already hinting about their plans.

Kevin Durant plans to play, and so does an injured Paul George. Carmelo Anthony is cautiously optimistic. LeBron James is neutral.

Kevin Love shares Melo’s sentiment.

Love, via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

“Playing for my country has done a lot of things for my career,” Love said. “Wearing USA across my chest was a great way to feel patriotic. I hope I have another chance in 2016 to be here.”

I ranked Love No. 3 most likely to make the United States’ 2016 Olympic roster, but that was before he withdrew from the World Cup team. That type of thing can rub the Team USA brass the wrong way, but Jerry Colangelo seemed to understand. Love was handling abnormal trade talk this summer.

Two years ago, Love impressed LeBron while Team USA won gold in the Beijing Olympics. That led to Love joining LeBron with the Cavaliers. That will also likely lead to Love joining the 2016 U.S. Olympic team – if he wants.

The ball is in his court. We’ll see what he does with it, but he at least sounds interested.