“I told you Kevin is going to be our main focus,” James said after his team’s 106–76 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. “He’s going to have a hell of a season. He’s going to get back to that All-Star status.”
James’s comments came in the wake of Love’s team-leading 17 point, 13 rebound performance against the Grizzlies, which came just one night after he opened the season with 18 points and eight rebounds against the Chicago Bulls.
“He’s the focal point of us offensively,” James added. “I know I can go out and get mine when I need it. But I need Kev to be as aggressive as he was tonight, and when he rebounds at the level he did tonight, the shots will automatically fall for him.”
Last year, Love's season ended in the the opening round of the playoffs after he dislocated his left shoulder after getting tangled up with Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk. He underwent surgery in late April and was ruled out 4–6 months.
In July, the three-time NBA All-Star signed a five-year, $110 million extension with Cleveland, after averaging 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game on 43.4% shooting in his first season with the Cavaliers.
- Kayla Lombardo