Kevin Love refuses to return Kelly Olynyk’s calls

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Kevin Love – who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on a tie-up with Kelly Olynyk – made his stance clear: “I thought it was a bush-league play. … I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose.”

Olynyk has been equally clear: “That’s ridiculous. I would never intentionally hurt Kevin or anyone else.”

The Celtics forward said he has tried to call Love to “apologize to him for the misfortune” and “just wish him well.”

How’s that going?

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

As for Boston’s Kelly Olynyk, the one responsible for putting Love in this burdensome, uncalled for predicament, he claims to have moved on from the disdain of hearing Olynyk’s name. He claims.

“Oh yeah. I’m over it,” Love said. “I’m just trying to get healthy.”

Love said Olynyk has reached out multiple times and he acknowledged not returning any of his calls. He’ll save that conversation for down the road. Right now, he has more important business to tend to.

“All I’m focused on is getting healthy right now,” he said.

I don’t see how taking Olynyk’s call would deter Love from getting healthy, but that’s just me.

If Love wants to hold a grudge, that’s his prerogative. Maybe Olynyk intentionally injured him. I don’t think so, but it’s hard to judge someone else’s intent – including Love judging Olynyk. That’s why Love is probably better off just talking to Olynyk, but again, Love can do what he wants.

This is bad news for the Celtics if they were still dreaming of getting Loveand maybe the Cavaliers, too. If he’s the type to hold a grudge, he’d have a few reasons to bolt Cleveland.