Kevin Love finally responds to Team USA boss throwing him under the bus
Remember when former Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo publicly blasted Kevin Love after he withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics? We finally got a response from the Cleveland Cavaliers forward, as well as from former teammate LeBron James.
Love spent about 10 days preparing with the Olympic select teams in Las Vegas in early July before deciding to pull the plug and withdraw from participating in the Summer Games, after claiming to feel the best he has in a long time.
The then 32-year-old had wanted to benefit from playing high-level competition in Tokyo to perhaps get his groove back (and probably raise his trade value) but was apparently not back up to par while recovering from a recurring calf injury he sustained in the NBA last season.
Colangelo threw the 2012 Olympic gold medallist under the bus, saying Love was out of shape and essentially calling his addition to the team a “mistake”. Now, we finally get a riposte from the NBA champion forward and his former Cavs and Olympic teammate LeBron James.
Former Cavs teammate LeBron James reached out to Kevin Love
“Bron called me,” shared Love as he guested in HBO’s sports talk show The Shop: Uninterrupted. “He was like, ‘F*** that. That’s something that should never be said, regardless of what was said on either side.”
When asked why he thought Colangelo did it, Love said the sports executive just “wanted something to point the finger at if they lost”, which seemed like a real possibility as Team USA struggled in their opening match at the Olympics, and during the exhibition games prior.
“It was just wrong in so many ways, and for me, I’m sitting up here and being the nice guy right now, but honestly, f*** that. F*** him,” Love added, saying just like everyone, he felt those comments made were just uncalled for.
But the best part of that exchange? Emmy award-winning actress Wanda Sykes, who was also a guest on the episode, making a light moment in the midst of a weighty topic.
She pointed right at the camera and loudly exclaimed: “F*** you, Jerry!”, cracking everyone around the room up.