Kevin Love says Cavaliers should retire Kyrie Irving’s jersey: ‘Not even a question’


The Brooklyn Nets secured their ninth straight win Monday night, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 125-117. The win pushed the Nets ahead of the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference standings to the No. 3 spot, with only a half-game separating the two squads. Following Brooklyn’s win, in which Kyrie Irving dropped 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field, Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke fondly of his former teammate, and even went so far as to say the All-Star guard should have his jersey retired by the franchise when his playing days are over.

“Without a doubt. Absolutely. Right away, after his career ends,” Love said via The Plain Dealer. “It’s not even a question to me. He needs to be up there. He made the biggest shot in franchise history and one of the most important shots in Finals history when you consider how it all went down — what it meant for the city, what it meant for his legacy, LeBron’s legacy and everything else, including that Golden State team that became a dynasty and was historically great.”

In case you forgot the shot that Love is mentioning, that would be this clutch 3-pointer that gave the Cavaliers a 92-89 lead over the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals with just under a minute remaining. This shot ended up winning the Cavaliers their first NBA championship, and forever immortalizing Irving in Cleveland sports lore.

As celebratory as that moment was for Irving and the Cavaliers though, he only played six seasons with Cleveland, and his exit from the team was an unceremonious one in which he forced his way to the Boston Celtics. Each time Irving returns to Cleveland, he’s serenaded by boos, and that was no different Monday night — something that Love said he doesn’t quite understand.

“I don’t really understand the boos,” Love said. “I can understand it from I guess if someone wants to take it from a political standpoint or a…Source

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