Many influencers master a single talent, but that doesn't make them one dimensional. Basketball star Kevin Love knows this well. The Cavaliers forward is an 11-year NBA veteran, who's played in five all-star games and won a championship alongside LeBron James.
Off the court, Love has fought for mental health awareness, revealing his own struggle with anxiety. He's here to talk about what it takes to win in sports and business and how to be kind to yourself if it doesn't come easily.
Hello, and welcome to "Influencers." I'm Andy Serwer, and I'm here with basketball superstar Kevin Love. Kevin, great to see you here.
KEVIN LOVE: Thanks for having me.
ANDY SERWER: So the basketball season's over. The Warriors lost to the Raptors-- maybe I should say the Raptors won?
KEVIN LOVE: Yes.
ANDY SERWER: What was your take on that series?
KEVIN LOVE: I thought it was a great series. Due to some unfortunate injuries I think that the Raptors were able to fend off the Warriors. Especially-- they did such a great job at Oracle, which is such a tough place to play. We played four straight years there in the Finals, and it's very, very tough to play at Oracle Arena. We talked about the fans before we came on here.
But no, Kawhi, Kyle Lowry, and the rest of that team-- Nick Nurse coaching them-- I felt they did a really great job executing. Their defense was awesome. A number of guys stepped up. Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka stepped up-- Fred VanVleet. A number of guys on that team really played their role and took it to a new level in the Finals, which at that stage is not easy to do, especially being there for the first time.
ANDY SERWER: Were you happy to see the Warriors lose? Did it diminish your victory over them?
KEVIN LOVE: No, I think, just knowing-- I grew up with Klay Thompson. Kevin Durant, I've known since I was 14 or 15 years old, through the AAU Circuit-- traveling basketball, growing up. So I just wanted to see, as a fan, a great Finals. And being a fan-- at least for the global growth of basketball, I think Adam Silver and everybody at the NBA offices have done such a great job with that.
But just the international team and having international finals for the first time can only be great for the game and the global expansion. It's awesome to see. You saw the parade yesterday. That was really special to see.
ANDY SERWER: One thing that marred the parade though was a shooting.
KEVIN LOVE: I heard that.
ANDY SERWER: And the NBA has been vocal about ending gun violence. Did that, sort of, diminish it in your mind?
KEVIN LOVE: I don't think so. I think, you know, obviously that's an unfortunate event. But I don't think the city of Toronto should allow that to put a damper on the day. Even though it is tough, I don't think one bad egg should be able to spoil the whole batch.
But obviously we wish for a speedy recovery. You never want to see something like that. But I applaud all the fans, and internationally, all the basketball fans for making that a special day for them. Because I've been in those shoes before. As we mentioned, the Warriors as well, have been in those shoes for three of the years, and it's a special time. And it should be celebrated.
ANDY SERWER: The Finals didn't get great ratings. Maybe that's because--
KEVIN LOVE: In Canada it did.
ANDY SERWER: --your old teammate-- it did? But LeBron wasn't there. Maybe you weren't there. So is the league going to always need those huge superstars to get those giant ratings-- or the big cities? Maybe that was another thing?
KEVIN LOVE: Yeah, I think it's definitely big cities, big markets. Players run this league, I feel like-- especially premiere players. But it is very tough to see Durant, as you mentioned, go down. It's tough to see Klay go down.
But other players had to step up. Kawhi has been such a tremendous player in this league. I think his story-- after coming off from injury last year, having been traded to Toronto and coming through and winning the championship-- is a great story. But, yeah, as far as ratings, I think it's definitely a players-driven league. And that continues to-- or, needs to continue to trend in the right direction.
ANDY SERWER: What about this trade the Lakers just did to get Anthony Davis? What do you think about that?
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