The Cleveland Cavaliers finally acquired Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves but the story only begins at that point. Now that the Cavs have Love, the next order of business will be to make sure everything works and that the team gels together like they should.
But while Love is new in town and the hot topic at the moment, he may end up getting blamed if things don’t pan out in the first season of this dream team scenario. Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders believes Love is under a lot of pressure to perform this year and he could be a scapegoat if the season fails.
Well, it’s rather difficult to quantify scrutiny, but we can give it a shot. If you mean scrutiny in terms of pure attention received, LeBron, Derrick Rose, KD, and Kobe Bryant (simply by being who he is and a Laker) are probably at the top of the list, with Love maybe behind them a bit. But I see your point that Love could get scapegoated. If the inquiry is player most likely to be blamed if his team does poorly, Love could be at the top of the list. Cleveland’s defense is likely to be its Achilles heel (if it has one at all), and with Love getting the vast majority of the minutes at the 4 and maybe possibly even playing the 5, he can and probably should get a lot of the blame if Cleveland’s defense does not perform.
Love is a big name that the team added but he’s not someone who will fix everything. He has holes in his defensive game and if things go south this season, Love might be the one that everyone blames.