Kevin Love has written a piece for the recently created website, The Players Tribune, that allows athletes to write their own stories. His post -- "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" -- details the transition from playing for the Timberwolves to joining Cleveland in the trade that brought Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in the June draft, to Minnesota.
Love wrote:"I can imagine how he was feeling. From the excitement of being the No. 1 draft pick to the uncertainty of where he was headed, he was poised and impressive.I know what it’s like to have your heart jump every time your phone buzzes. I know what it’s like to talk to your agent multiple times a day. I know what it’s like to read about your future from 'sources' on Twitter. I was on the other side of it. It was exhausting."
Love skips the contract drama in Minnesota and goes to the good stuff. His thoughts about playing for the Wolves and leaving Minnesota for Cleveland.
"I grew up a lot – personally and professionally – during my time with the Wolves. I’ll be the first to tell you that I didn’t always handle things perfectly. We are all unfinished products. It’s not easy to handle the disappointment of losing when you’re in your early twenties. There were times when I wasn’t easy to be around in the locker room. It’s hard to be a leader when you don’t have the model — and when you don’t have a blueprint for what winning in the NBA looks like."
The piece goes on to details what it's been like to be with the Cavaliers, focusing on what he learned from veterans James Jones and Mike Miller from talking to them during a trip to Brazil, where the Cavaliers played an exhibition game against Miami -- an exhibition game of raised profile because of LeBron James.
Love makes the case that things he could have learned from them simply weren't available with the Wolves: "James and Mike talked about the sacrifice needed to win in the playoffs, not just about sacrificing shot attempts or stats, but the stuff off the court. ...I thought about myself at 21, 22 years old. Hearing these guys talk about what it takes, I realized that maybe I wasn’t totally in the mindset for that level of sacrifice back then."
And his level of sacrifice with Cleveland? He dismissed talk about whether he's the second or third option on a team that includes James and star point guard Kyrie Irving. "I’ve never played in a playoff game. I came to Cleveland because I want to win. I’ll grab a broom and sweep the floors if it gets me an NBA title."
You can read the entire piece here.