The Cleveland Cavaliers forward joined the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast to discuss the potential of someday returning to Oregon and playing for his hometown team. This episode was recorded on April 12. Hear the full conversation on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHRIS HAYNES: All the time, people always ask, you know, we'll put-- will Kevin Love go back to Portland? Will he go back to Portland? Every time your name is mentioned. And I hear some people, say, well, Kevin don't really want to play at home. And some people are like, no, he open.
Could you dispel that finally real quick, Kevin? What's your-- what's your view on playing home?
KEVIN LOVE: By the way, who wouldn't want to play with Dame Lillard, first of all?
CHRIS HAYNES: OK. Well, all right.
KEVIN LOVE: I mean, he-- Dame is-- he's special. He's-- yeah. I mean, he's amazing.
I still love-- I claim Portland people ask me where I'm from. I spent all my formative years. I grew up in Portland. People ask me why I'm born, obviously, I say LA, but Portland is always going to be a special place in my heart. Like whether it be at the end of my career, whether it be in six months, whatever it may be, if I was wearing a Portland Jersey, I mean, that's special, right? Like that's playing-- that's playing at home.
But you know, what do you say? Like what's the saying? You want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
Like it's obviously a special place. I love CJ. Melo has done an incredible job stepping in there. Terry Stotts great. Like, you know, Portland has always had something special.
And I'm happy that they've had success this year, even without their fans. Because as you know, like you've been to Portland, you played in Portland, you played against Portland, their fans come out. I mean, they gotta be some of the top fans in the league.
Rip City's always been special. Used to go to the Memorial Coliseum growing up, the whole Rose Quarter. My first concerts there. Kissed my first girlfriend there. Like that's-- Portland's a special place, yeah, for me. Whether I play there or not ever, like I'm always going to go back and that's always going to be a place that I represent.