INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – Cavaliers big man Kevin Love is heading into his 12th NBA season, and with a young team around him, he is positioned to be one of the leaders.
The Cavs had their annual media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Monday, and Love spoke about helping develop the young players. He also touched on how his vacations this offseason helped him have some balance before the season.
Here are some highlights of what Love said Monday.
Learning from injuries
Love has struggled with injuries over the past few years, but he said overcoming them is “a way to balance yourself back out.”
Love played 22 games last season, his fewest number of games since joining the team in 2014.
“I think when you talk about your core competencies or your pillar, the biggest pillar for me is basketball,” Love said. “I know that nothing happens for me without the basketball.”
Helping with player development
After Love talked about how he’s learned from his injuries, he went on to speak about the Cavs having to take time in developing their young players.
“You just have to continue to keep bringing them along, you want them to make that next step,” Love said. “You want to continue to elevate their game, and I think our coaching staff will do a great job of that as well.”
Love said the team’s veterans will have to work with the inexperienced players.
“I think everybody’s leadership style is different, and we’ll be able to get the best out of different guys in different ways and hold ourselves accountable,” Love said.
Travel during the offseason
Love traveled to different spots in the U.S. this offseason, including Paradise Falls in California and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
He said that he had people telling him to get into the gym but that they didn’t know he was waking up early to work out. After he’d work out, he would go explore wherever he was.
Love said he had fun while on his trips, and he met different people. He said he was able to create a more clear mental headspace and balance.
“So many times I have these blinders on and I forget that I do have this life outside of basketball,” Love said. “In order to be my best self on the court, I have to find some semblance of balance.”