Falling out of (Kevin) Love

How bad are things for Kevin Love, the former leader of the Minnesota Timberwolves who decided that he needed to get out of Minneapolis?

This bad. A couple of fans in Cleveland created a GoFundMe page to pay him not to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals’ Game 6 tonight.

“Kevin Love is playing like a bum and just taking up room on the court. Pay this man to take a seat and let the Cavs win these finals!!” Giles Debenham wrote on the page he set up.

He’s joking — sort of. Love is going to play tonight and make a lot of money doing so. But his reputation as an elite NBA player is gone.

More significant, it’s gone in Cleveland, a city that knows losing and is pretty comfortable with it by now. But it’s not comfortable with Kevin Love, who scored just two points in game five.

Related: How did we get here with Kevin Love? (Sports Illustrated)

Two years ago, Wolves owner Glen Taylor predicted Kevin Love’s future (Star Tribune)