Kevin Love said he learned he would be moving from starting power forward to starting center in the Cavaliers’ lineup during a casual conversation with LeBron James, before head coach Tyronn Lue formally introduced the change to him and the team.
“I guess it wasn’t really presented in the first place,” Love said in an interview with ESPN before Tuesday’s 108-94 preseason loss to the Chicago Bulls. “I knew there was a possibility that I may or may not be playing more of the 5.”
“But a funny thing happened the third day of practice,” Love explained. “I had asked about a certain play on the defensive end and whether it was the different coverages on the 4 or 5 man, and ‘Bron kind of stopped me and goes, ‘You know you’re gonna be starting at the 5, right?’
“So I kind of looked at him and didn’t really fully understand that was going to be the case. Not that I would have trained or done anything different. I just would have started wrapping my head around it more. So that’s when I kind of knew that was coming into play, and I slowly and surely started to pick it up.”
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It’s jarring, even for newcomers, how different this roster looks. Hayward has admitted how instrumental Thomas was in recruiting him to Boston in July, and Hayward looked forward to playing alongside him. The Celtics practically underwent a second makeover between the time Hayward agreed on July 4 and the time Irving was officially traded just before Labor Day.
“It’s one of those things that it’s definitely tough for everyone around here, and I felt that,” said Aron Baynes, who signed as a free agent in July. “But that’s the business side of things, unfortunately. That’s the league. It comes down to the business side of things a lot of the time. You gotta try to do what you can. It’s one of those things where you make the most of what you got, and I think we got a great team here. I’m really excited to be a part of it.”