Cavaliers F Kevin Love messed up on Monday night against the Raptors, and on Wednesday for 13-plus minutes, he took ownership for what happened.
On Monday, near the end of the third quarter, a frustrated Love, who was inbounding the ball, tapped the ball in play, which led to a three by Toronto’s Malachi Flynn. Ultimately, the Cavs would fall to the Raptors 112-96. Love did not play in the fourth quarter.
Today, after shootaround, the 12-year veteran, who did not take any questions from reporters, apologized for what transpired.
“I know that I f***** up,” he said. “I apologize for that. I don’t go out there intending to upset anybody, to embarrass myself, to embarrass the organization because I feel like I’m a part of something bigger than myself here…
“My intent wasn’t to disrespect the game; My intent wasn’t even for the d*** ball to go in-bounds. It was a moment that I got caught up in. I didn’t understand what really happened as the possession even played out. I think I was a little bit dumbfounded.”
The 32-year-old Love has battled injuries all season long, and on Wednesday, he discussed how frustrating that has been for him.
“Feeling that guilt in missing games and letting my teammates down, letting the fans down and then having a setback and returning to play and not being able to be my old self,” he said. “I’m so frustrated that I can’t be my full self right now.”
The five-time All-Star called today’s speech a “therapy session.”
It’s great to see Love take ownership for his behavior, and while it does not erase or excuse what happened, it does give you an understanding of what was going through his mind.
Love and the Cavaliers begin a five-game homestand starting tonight against the Orlando Magic.
Watch below as Love discussed what happened on Monday night: