The Cavs had the day off Monday, but Kevin Love was out in full force promoting Chocolate Milk. Nearly everything the power forward says will find a way to raise the antennae of people who obsess about the NBA. His role is very different from what it was a year ago, when he played out of his mind for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Cavs are winning, sure, but it's a big adjustment.
He talked to CBS Sports about a number of things, and you should really read the whole thing. He echoed some of the thoughts he told me on Friday night when it comes to the team's chemistry:
The camaraderie has been great. This team is very close. We have a mix of guys, you know? Guys like who are in their second year like Delly (Matthew Dellavedova). Joe Harris is in his first year, he's our rook which always makes it fun to have him do the different duties. Then we have guys like Brendan Haywood, James Jones, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion, that are all the way up into their fifteenth or sixteenth season.
We have a good influx of guys that have played several different years from all different walks of life and we are all coming together for one common goal which makes it that much more fun.
He also had nice things to say about the city of Cleveland. Love's background is in Oregon, and he compared Cleveland to Portland:
I live downtown so I'm only a couple blocks away from where we play so it is super easy and efficient to get around. The practice facility is one of the best in the entire league.
It is also a foodie town and nostalgically it kind of reminds me of Portland in a lot of ways. Except for the rain, there is a lot of snow and wind off of Lake Erie. That is fine with me though. I came from Minnesota so it wasn't too hard to adjust.
I keep getting asked what I really believe about Kevin Love, how happy he is, whether I think he stays. I do think he stays. I don't think he's upset. I do think he enjoys winning. I think it's a high stress situation, but it's not a bad stress. But none of it really matters. The results will speak for themselves, one way or another. I'm going to enjoy the great team.
In the meantime, this is starting to feel like a blog devoted to Kevin Love. Or Chocolate Milk.