How bad are things for Kevin Love, the former leader of the Minnesota Timberwolves who decided that he needed to get out of Minneapolis?
This bad. A couple of fans in Cleveland created a GoFundMe page to pay him not to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals’ Game 6 tonight.
“Kevin Love is playing like a bum and just taking up room on the court. Pay this man to take a seat and let the Cavs win these finals!!” Giles Debenham wrote on the page he set up.
He’s joking — sort of. Love is going to play tonight and make a lot of money doing so. But his reputation as an elite NBA player is gone.
More significant, it’s gone in Cleveland, a city that knows losing and is pretty comfortable with it by now. But it’s not comfortable with Kevin Love, who scored just two points in game five.
Related: How did we get here with Kevin Love? (Sports Illustrated)
Two years ago, Wolves owner Glen Taylor predicted Kevin Love’s future (Star Tribune)