CLEVELAND, OH — Kevin Love didn’t pull any punches on Tuesday morning when asked about his recent on court actions.
"Listen, I f---ked up,” he said. I showed my actions on a national level. That was childish of me."
Love, 31, said he was acting more like a 13 year old in recent weeks. The 5-time All-Star was fined $1,000 by the Cavaliers for slapping a chair repeatedly and yelling during a blowout loss to the Raptors on Dec. 31.
Just a few days later, The Athletic reported that Love got into a verbal altercation with general manager Koby Altman during shootaround. He downplayed the argument and was surprised that it was made public.
“I had heard about everything about 10 minutes before [the game>,” Love said. “I didn’t know who it came from. It didn’t come from me. There wasn’t anything that happened at shootaround that warranted something like that.
"It was a 2 out of 10," he said when describing the argument with Altman.
Love continued to attempt to clear the air and instantly brought up a play at the end of the first half on Saturday night against the Thunder where he demanded the ball from Collin Sexton and fired it at Cedi Osman with just a few seconds remaining on the shot clock.
“I let my emotions get the best of me,” he said. “That’s not going to happen moving forward. I’ve told you guys all along — I read like a damn cheap novel and I wear my emotions on my sleeve, but I need to be better.”
Love met with Cavaliers head coach John Beilein and Altman prior to the Timberwolves game on Sunday to discuss his recent actions. He apologized to both Beilein and Altman.
Love doubled down on an Instagram post from late Saturday night that expressed how much he loved his teammates.
"I don't care if I'm here for five more months or five more weeks, I'm going to try to do my best by these guys [teammates> and by the coaching staff,” he said.
Love has no regrets about signing the 4-year, $120 million contract extension with the Cavaliers in July 2018. There’s been a lot of talk about his future with the Cavaliers. Will he get traded before the Feb. 6 deadline? He insists that he’s going to give it everything he has moving forward, regardless of what happens.
“I’ve always wanted to be here,” Love said. “Obviously, I don’t know what the next few weeks are going to hold and this has been a frustrating situation. I know that this is a team that’s rebuilding and wants to go young.”
Love understands that he doesn't fit in the Cavs' long-term plans. He didn't rip the organization for the direction they decided to go in when asked about the rebuild. Instead, he provided context to a topic that has made the rounds in recent days.
"I got hurt last year. A number of guys went down" Love said. "There's things that he can't control and the front office can't control. I think you have to see all sides of it.
"Seeing things in the entirety when things are bad. When things are not at a place where you want them to be can be super hard."
Who knows how long Love will be a member of the Cavaliers' organization, but it looks like he wants to end things as amicably as possible.