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Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:32 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 3:36 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Sometimes people forget that players are NBA fans too. They obviously are rooting for their own team to win the most, but they watch the games, they care about who wins and doesn't and pay attention to all the biggest stories.

So with last season's no doubt biggest story being the Miami Heat, a lot of players had opinions on the team. And just like a lot of fans celebrated when the Heat lost in six games to the Mavericks in The Finals, so did players. At least so says Kevin Love. Via the Sun-Sentinel, when Love was asked by WFAN in New York if players were happy, he had no problem saying absolutely.

“Oh yeah, great amount of joy out of it,” he said. “Plus, for me, they say nice guys, good guys finish last. But Dallas, they just had a slew of great guys and veterans on their team that made for just a great team.

“It wasn’t just two, three, four guys on the team, like Miami I kind of felt it was.

“Around the league, it was kind of a consensus that guys were happy.”

Obviously this isn't really shocking because we all pretty much knew the second LeBron said he was joining the Heat that everyone set them as enemy No. 1. Teams played them like it was a playoff game every night and the Heat were forced to take everyone's best shot. People wanted to beat them. And so the teams that couldn't were forced to just root against them in The Finals.

But what made it even easier to root against the Heat was the fact that it was pretty easy to root for the Mavericks. Dirk was chasing his first title along with quality veterans Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Peja Stojakovic, Tyson Chandler and Shawn Marion. It was one of those teams that if they didn't get it done this time, you'd kind of have to wonder if they ever would. With the Heat, they're going to have more chances.

Love is kind of trying to say that the Mavs' victory was a triumph for team basketball, which is something every basketball purist -- like Love -- appreciates. Some probably found joy in the Heat's failure because of jealousy, some because of dislike and some for whatever reason they came up with. The Heat were the villains of the NBA last season and will continue to be.

And Kevin Love will probably have a lot more opportunities to sit at home and hope the Heat lose in The Finals. Because he plays for the Wolves, you see.


Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:54 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:29 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

I was hoping the Heat would lose early in the playoffs as they might have gotten lucky in the later rounds and actually won the NBA championship.

It was the method in which the three NBA players marketed themselves, the way James did the Cleveland fans. This was not the way to treat the people that had supported you in your first years in the NBA.

He made a spectacle of the situation with the TV cameras being on, and finally saying as if to say Cleveland you are scum, I am taking my talent to South Beach as if you were saving the planet by doing so. This is the thing that angered me.

I can understand James being a free agent with the ability to go to the team that he is paid the highest amount of money for his services or one that he think will get to the playoffs and eventually a NBA championship. This is his option and the goal of every member of the NBA, to play in and win the NBA championship.

Again it was the way in which he played Cleveland and his former fans.
I was not a James fan or hater in the past though I thought comparing him to Michael and Kobe was a little premature doing this his first year in the league. He has proven to have little sportsmanship about himself as demonstrated by his leaving the floor after Dallas won the NBA title as he did when Cleveland lost to the Magic.

He has not learned over the 7-8 years he has been in the league, therefore, even though he has talent that others wish they had he is lacking in respect for the game and players.
I can understand NBA players pulling for individual players and teams. This is done by most professional athletes.


Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:29 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

@Brididdy46 , If I was a Timberwolves fan like yourself . I probably would hope it didn't come back as well.

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:06 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

Hopefully.......Basketball never comes back.....

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:59 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

I don't like to watch them play. I was hoping they would lose in the 1st round so I wouldn't have to watch those hugh egos prance around the court like self proclaimed NBA gods. That's not what the sport is about.

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:25 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

Why is that, pcarp?? Nobody wants to see a three man team with a "Me, Me" attitude. Expect more of the same from them if they don't shore up that club.

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:55 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

They may like to see the Heat lose.  They may claim to hate the Heat.  But they sure like to watch them play. 

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:30 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

Let's not forget that Dallas spent around $30 million more on their payroll than the Heat did in order to field that "team" while Miami's payroll was ranked 21st out of 30 teams. I guess everyone should rejoice when the Yankees win the world series this year.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:21 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

Oh no. 90% of the country wants the Heat to lose. My heart is broken. How will I ever get to sleep at night.

The last line of the article basically hits the nail on the head. Irrelevance is a bitch!!!!

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:03 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

yes! more articles ripping the Heat hahah

I think 90% of the world wanted the MAVS to beat the Heat.

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