5 Reasons Why Kevin Love Can Fix the Los Angeles Lakers
Kevin Love Can Fix the Los Angeles Lakers
Around the NBA, there has been plenty of speculation as for where Kevin Love will be playing in the 2015-16 season. Love will be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of next season. He will certainly be a hot commodity as Love is one of the best, if not the best power forward in the league today. This season, he has been voted into the All-Star game as a starter in the Western Conference over the skilled LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in desperate need of some elite talent, so being interested in Love even this far ahead of time is only logical. This upcoming free agency class is not likely to be too exciting as the marquee players will most likely re-sign with their current teams. Consequently, the Lakers will be left out to dry facing another dismal and wasted season next year.
Fortunately enough, the Lakers have advantages that other teams cannot possibly match. First of all, the team is located in Los Angeles. Love was born in Santa Monica, Calif., so signing with the Lakers would be sort of a homecoming. Even though he didn't grow up in Los Angeles, the star power forward attended UCLA where he helped carry the team to a Final Four appearance.
After being drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies and being immediately traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Love has been beyond successful in making a name for himself. Despite having losing season after losing season, Love has been able to force his way into MVP discussions along with the league's best players like Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
Love is definitely worth holding out on free agency one more season as he can undoubtedly fix the ailing Lakers.
5. Love Can Stretch the Floor and Rebound
It is no secret that Kevin Love is a stretch four. The catch is that he can also rebound amongst the league leaders. A power forward who both scores from the outside and rebounds at such a high rate is unheard of. Love is averaging over 13 rebounds per game this season, which is currently ahead of players such as Dwight Howard and Andre Drummond. A player like Love is one of a kind in today's game.
4. Legitimately Cares About Winning
Winning is what every is franchise desires most. To achieve this goal, the team must have players on the roster who actually care about winning. Today, these kind of players are surprisingly difficult to find. With salaries reaching astronomical numbers, many players have lost sight of what they are being paid all of this money for. Love is a perfect example of a player that sincerely cares about helping his team win. Unquestionably the kind of player that you can build something around.
3. Lakers will have a Star After Kobe Retires
The glaring issue with the Lakers right now is that the future of the team is in question. After Kobe Bryant retires, which could be in as little as two years, where is this team headed? Los Angeles without a star player is such a foreign thought that most Laker fans cannot even comprehend this type of situation. Therefore, bringing in Love will not only create a deadly duo in him and Bryant, but it will give the Lakers hope for the post-Kobe era.
2. He is a Born Leader
Love is a leader. Simple as that. Even on a mediocre team like the Timberwolves, Love has made his presence known to both his teammates and the fans. Watching a Minnesota game, one can only be a witness to how much respect his fellow players have toward him. When in the most intense moments, Love keeps his composure and leads his team in whatever direction necessary. Having strong leadership on a team is a necessity, especially for a team such as Los Angeles.
1. Love Can Help the Lakers Lure Future Free Agents
Lastly, signing Kevin Love will allow the Lakers to lure more star free agents. With their future up in the air now, it is going to be extremely difficult to convince free agents to sign there. However, with a player like Love, who other players want to play with, Los Angeles should have no problem. Also, let's not forget the connections he has with his former UCLA teammates (Russell Westbrook). That can surely be an advantage moving forward.