Jesus. Kevin Love’s a superstar.
Michael Jenkins
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Unless you’re able to always out score your opponents, you can’t win when your team relies on a “superstar” player who can’t defend the pick and role or switch on defense. As more teams try and emulate the Warriors, you won’t be able to win with two big men — you’ll get run off the floor.

Kevin Love is a defensive liability, there is no way around it. Unlike Melo, Harden or Kyrie Irving, he isn’t a defensive liability for lack of effort, he’s one for lack of ability. 5 years ago you could have hid him on defense, but with NBA offenses going small and focusing on forcing switches, you can’t hid a Kevin Love anymore. You can motivate and even get greatness out of lack of effort — look at Kyrie’s performance in last year’s finals, but there is no fixing lack of ability. Teams typically do not win titles giving defensive liabilities star’s minutes — that the Cavs did, and did against an all-time great team is a testament to LeBron’s greatness and to Kyrie actually playing hard on D.

Players like Kevin Love can score lots of points and get lots of rebounds for bad teams, and in so doing, convince some fans that they are superstars, but unless they are carried by greatness, they are not primary players for championship teams or true championship contenders.

Love makes no sense for the Knicks if they keep Melo, because at this point in his career, Melo’s best position is as a small power forward and Love can’t play center.

CP3 is old. No Knicks fan with a lick of sense wants the team to give a 4 year max contract to an injury prone player who relies on quickness to be effective, who will be 33 in year 1 and 36 in the last year of the deal.

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