Kevin Love has some experience being hated by his hometown fans. He left Oregon to play for UCLA, and there were plenty of Duck and Beaver fans that were none too happy about it. When asked about LeBron’s decision to form the Super Friends with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, this is what Love had to say:
You can’t blame LeBron for wanting to play with two other superstars and contend for as many titles for as many years that they will be together. I do have some empathy for him for what he went through because people from my state hated me for going to UCLA and going out of state—taking my talents [makes quotation marks with his hands and smiles real big] to UCLA and Los Angeles. I do have empathy for him but at the same time I don’t because he did have an hour-long pay per view press conference to say a few sentences about where he was going. I like what Dwyane and Chris did. They got on Pardon the Interruption and said ‘Hey listen, we’re going to play together and we’re excited.’ Chris said his rap about loving the fans of Toronto and never forgetting what they did. I just thought the hour long press conference was way too much.
It seems like people fall into three groups when it comes to “The Decision”: 1) those that understand/like the move to Miami, and are fine with the special, 2) those that understand/like the move to Miami, but thought the special was inappropriate, and 3) those that hate the special and hate LeBron’s decision to join forces with two other stars.
It seems like most people fall into category #2 or #3. (I’m a member of #2, and it looks like Love is as well.)