You know who's really excited about the prospect of the Cleveland Cavaliers trading a package built around 2014 No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-NBA power forward Kevin Love? Nick Grossman. You know how I know that?
Because Nick Grossman just got tattoos of Love and LeBron James, both clad in Cavaliers jerseys, on his shoulder blades. That's how I know that.
At first blush, it seems like a very bad idea to get a tattoo celebrating a partnership that has not yet been formed, cannot be consummated until Aug. 23 or 24, and still may not come to fruition. It seems even worse when you consider that Love's preferred No. 42, as depicted here, isn't available in Cleveland; it's been sent to the rafters in honor of Nate Thurmond, an Akron native who ended his Hall of Fame career by spending parts of two seasons with the Cavaliers in 1976 and 1977.
The good news for those concerned about an irreversible bummer: according to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, this is a henna tattoo. As in temporary. (Whew.)
Nick Grossman, 16, said he was walking the Virginia Beach boardwalk when he saw a shop that made henna tattoos of NBA players. When Grossman saw both James, available in a Heat jersey, and Love, available in a Timberwolves jersey, the lightbulb went off.
"I asked if they could put LeBron and Love in Cavs jerseys instead and they said they could if I showed them what the jersey looked like," said Grossman, who is from Richmond, Virginia, but grew up a Cavs fan (his father's family is from the Cleveland area).
Thirty minutes and $60 later, Grossman brought LeBron and Love together on his shoulder blades. [...]
"It lasts up to a month, so it still should be on by the time Love gets traded to Cleveland," Grossman said.
And if that doesn't come to pass — if things go sideways over the next three weeks — it'll be like nothing ever happened. The Snapchat/Cyberdust of hoped-for Cleveland roster-building. (I'm guessing there's at least one or two fans who wish their back ink came with an expiration date.)
As temporary tattoos go, this isn't quite James-Johnson-throat-art, but then, what is? Congratulations on your optimism, Nick, and good luck spending the rest of your summer impressing people with your killer ink.
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