Former UCLA Bruins standout, Kevin Love, has carved out an illustrious career in the NBA. With multiple All-Star appearances and a championship win with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, Love has solidified his name in basketball history.
Selected as the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, Love’s journey began after a single season with the Bruins. During his time at UCLA, Love showcased his talent, averaging an impressive 17.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. His performance swiftly caught the eye of NBA scouts, propelling him into the league. Standing at 6’10”, Love emerged as a five-time All-Star and a consistent double-double producer during his prime years. Notably, he played a pivotal role as the third-best player on four consecutive NBA Finals teams with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2015 to 2018.
Notably, the former Bruin continues to make waves in the NBA, having recently re-signed with the Miami Heat during the offseason. Love’s journey to Miami was expedited after his release from the Cavaliers mid-season, where he quickly found a new home in South Beach, ultimately contributing to the Heat’s journey to the NBA Finals.
“I also have a great relationship with the front office, with ownership, with all my teammates, coaching staff. It just felt like a good home for me and I wanted to continue that and see what was possible if I started the year out for the Miami Heat and see the impact that I could have there,” Love said.
Love’s unwavering commitment to the Heat became evident during the summer free agency period. Despite being a free agent, he had a strong inclination to return to Miami. His decision was rooted in his desire to complete the mission he had started with the Heat and his comfort within the organization. Love candidly shared his reasons for staying with the team, as reported by Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald.
“I think naturally I wish that I would have found my rhythm and found my fluidity and feel on the court faster,” Love said. “But I think my impact was both on the floor and off the floor. Just being around the locker room, whether it be pregame or postgame, at practice, I felt like I could make a major impact there in helping bring us together.
Throughout the regular season, Love showcased his value in 21 games for the Heat, averaging 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. His veteran presence played a significant role in bolstering the Heat’s performance during the playoffs, fostering team unity. As Love gears up for his 16th NBA season, his ability to contribute in various ways to the Heat’s success remains evident. Ultimately, his primary goal is to secure victory, and the veteran forward is eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to compete for another NBA championship.