Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo took public shots at Kevin Love after the Cleveland Cavaliers big man withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics due to a calf injury, and LeBron James wasn’t happy about it.
LeBron, who played four seasons with Love in Cleveland and won the 2016 NBA championship with the UCLA product, called his former teammate after Colangelo’s comments went viral to express how he felt about the whole situation.
LeBron James to Kevin Love on Jerry Colangelo’s comments: F*** that
On the latest episode of The Shop, Love revealed what LeBron told him on the phone and how he personally felt after being thrown under the bus by Colangelo, a man he used to have a good relationship with.
“Bron called me,” Love said. “Same thing. He was like, ‘F*** that. That’s something that should never be said, regardless of what was said on either side. You just never do that.’ There was no need to do that. He wanted something to point the finger at if they lost, in case it didn’t go right. 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.”
What did Colangelo say that had Love and LeBron so angry? Take a look for yourself.
Jerry Colangelo: Kevin Love wasn’t in shape
Colangelo told reporters that Love was out of shape and didn’t look like he had anything left in the tank. The All-Star played in two exhibition games before withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics.
“I didn’t think Kevin Love was going to play,” Colangelo said. “I wasn’t even sure he had much left to play. He reached out to us and said he was in shape and said he felt he owed us. And on the basis of that, we’re looking at someone with international experience which at one time was a heck of a rebounder and could still shoot the ball. You know, being like a 12th man on a roster. Well, it didn’t work out. He wasn’t in shape. And he was way behind as it turned out. So you move on. Call it a mistake. Call it giving someone an opportunity. Someone who had equity with us.”
It’s safe to assume that neither LeBron nor Love will play for Team USA again. The former is a two-time gold medalist, while the latter has one gold medal. Both NBA champions are getting up there in age and likely have better things to do in the summer than play basketball for a man who didn’t articulate his words in the best manner.
Since they won an NBA title together, LeBron and Love will always be linked, especially since they made NBA history.
LeBron James’ Cavs beat 73-9 Warriors
LeBron and the Cavs trailed the Golden State Warriors, who won 73 games in 2015-16, 3-1 in the 2016 Finals. It appeared the Warriors would finish off their historic season in grand fashion by winning the title.
However, LeBron, Love, and Kyrie Irving had other ideas. The Cavs erased the 3-1 deficit and won the series in seven games, becoming the first team in NBA history to win a championship after trailing 3-1. LeBron won Finals MVP by averaging 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 8.9 assists. He and Love also shared a powerful hug after the final buzzer sounded in Game 7.
In the summer of 2018, LeBron left the Cavs in free agency for the Los Angeles Lakers. Even though the King and Love aren’t teammates anymore, they still have each other’s back.