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Cleveland is the city that I Kevin Love: why it’s OK to totally crush on this ballin’ superstar

I am from Cleveland so it is no joke that I’ve been a victim of a sort of emotional sports rollercoaster for most of my life: so many seasons filled with way too many SO CLOSE OH MY GOD games that it came to the point of being like, seriously, Cleveland?

But regardless of anything that has happened in the past there is this universal understanding of heartfelt emotion shared by some of the greatest fans in the world in the Midwestern city that really came out tenfold when LeBron said he was coming home, as if “The Decision” had never happened.

And in light of this new era in Cleveland sports, we are pretty damn lucky to have such players like – ehem! – the King Himself, along with guys like Mr. Irving, Andy Varejão, Dion Waiters, and of course KEVIN LOVE, who seems to also have been recruited by a stroke of luck on the Cavs side combined with the right moves by James’ agent getting him back to Cleveland.

Now a squad has most definitely been formed with a special group of forces that just might have the power to lead Cleveland to a championship this season – which, those words alone are enough to send that little rush of sports excitement through my bones. Which brings me back to Kevin Love, my, uhh, new Cavs “love”.

Besides the flaming obvious, here’s why the newest Cavalier deserves to be #1 on your NBA crush list:

He’s performed comedy at the Laugh Factory:


He grows a super sexy stache:


He rocks out to some Jimi Hendrix vinyls every now and again:


A normal picture of him could be the cover of GQ:


He was on gold medal-winning Team USA and is a three time All-Star:


He rocks Starter jackets while eating T-Bell:


He secretly loves monotone photography:


He even does push-ups with a broken hand (#devotion):


He’s a Cleveland Cavalier, and what could be hotter than that?:


(all photos via Instagram)

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Kaitlin Duffy is a writer from Cleveland. When she's not blogging or pondering the great complexities of the world and outer space, she is finding rare vinyl steals, visiting new places, laughing often, Instagramming everything in sight, watching movies, or working on her first feature Port de Cleve.