LeBron James and Kevin Love have had an odd public relationship since the two joined forces in Cleveland at the beginning of this season.
That trend continued recently, when James sent a not-so-cryptic tweet that he first denied was aimed at Love, then admitted it was, then criticized the media for making it more than he believed it was.
After all of that, Love was of course asked for his reaction. And while he said that he and LeBron do have a solid relationship, he admitted to being blindsided by the remarks.
From Jason Lloyd of Ohio.com:
“I was caught off-guard when I heard about it,” Love said. .”We’re teammates, we see each other, there’s no problem with us.” …
“I’m not sugarcoating or hiding behind it,” James said. “I gotta seem him every day, so if I have something to say to him, I’ll say it to his face. The rest of the guys, too. … I would hope they would come to me as well.”
Love was asked directly if he felt James’ tweet was attributed to him and his October comments.
“I don’t know. I truly feel if LeBron had a problem with me or had to talk to me for good or worse, he would’ve come up and talked to me,” Love said. “I truly believe that.”
The initial tweet from LeBron was just plain odd; the Cavaliers need Love to play at a high level to reach their goals this season, but Cleveland is 13-1 over its last 14 games.
All this does is create needless media attention for a team that is already firmly under the spotlight. But James has consciously decided to motivate his teammate in this particular way, so we’ll just have to wait and see if it eventually returns the desired results.