Kevin Love and LeBron James may not longer be on the same team, but by chance the two still happened to be sitting together at dinner when Kyrie Irving surprisingly called LeBron James last weekend to apologize.
By now the entire world has heard about Irving’s apologetic phone call to LeBron James. You know, the one during which he told LeBron that he never realized how hard it is to be a veteran leader?
Well, apparently when Irving first made the call to LeBron following the Celtics’ loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Love (whose Cavs were in L.A. to take on the Lakers the following night) was out to dinner with James at an Italian restaurant.
Here’s how Love described the moment to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon:
“LeBron looked down at his phone and he showed us,” Love told The Athletic, describing the scene. “He was like, ‘I wonder what he wants?’”
According to the story, James returned the call in private and he was actually quite appreciative of Irving’s new perspective.
Love was also quite impressed:
Love said, “I was 22 once, too.”
“I think Kyrie went through some of the same struggles that I did,” said Love, who was 26 in 2014, when he and James and Irving joined forces. “There were some bad habits and maybe not knowing what it means to sacrifice and take a back seat to someone like a LeBron, who was trying to teach us how to win. I think I’m a much better player now, a much better teammate from having gone through it.”
Could these three former teammates be burying the hatchet just in time for a reunion in L.A.?