There is life after LeBron James, says Cleveland's Kevin Love

Hope Soto
October 19, 2018

Cleveland acquired Nance from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a four-player deal at the trade deadline.

As his soggy sandals squished across the carpeted floor inside the visitor's locker room at Scotiabank Arena, Love quipped about needing extra time to "wash all the ugliness away" before heading to the team bus and embarking on Cleveland's next challenge. "So we know there's a really good team coming in here, healthy, and I know they're looking forward to this game also".

While technicals are often dealt out after players get into physical altercations or if they begin yelling obscenities at other players, fans or refs, Love was granted one for doing nothing else but yelling "come on!"

For obvious reasons, all eyes were on Kawhi Leonard as he made his Raptors regular season debut against the Cavaliers.

Nance's dad, Larry Sr., was an All-Star with the Cavs from 1987-94 and the first victor of the All-Star dunk contest in 1984.

The Celtics were among the top road teams in the National Basketball Association last season, trailing only the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors with a 28-13 straight-up record away from TD Garden. On the season, Nance averaged career highs of 8.7 points on.581 shooting, 6.8 rebounds and 1.33 steals in 21.5 minutes per game over 66 games (26 starts). Everybody's saying we're the best team in the East and all that stuff, but we've still got to prove it when we step between the lines, so it's good to start off like this. Like Phil Jackson not calling a timeout when his team's struggling and daring them to embrace a hostile atmosphere or fight through their struggles, you've got to take the training wheels off and be willing to watch your kid take a fall here and there till they get it right. "Boston, Philly, they ain't got much to say". "That's the expectation of the experts".

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Nance Jr joined the Sky Sports team at St. James' Park to watch his beloved Chelsea maintain their ideal start to the season with a dramatic late 2-1 victory on Tyneside.

"We're a play-off team", he said. "They gave me some more energy".

It's quite possible that if Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue didn't make the move to go small in the fourth quarter after Valanciunas was re-inserted, Ibaka would have played about 22 minutes to the Lithuanian's 25.

"I haven't come up with the word for it yet", said Nance, wearing a T-shirt with "HOME" on the front.

"I'm very fortunate and very happy where I am now in my 11th year".

LeBron James was the main man as the Cavaliers faced off against the Golden State Warriors in four straight finals.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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