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Gregg Popovich says Team USA to ‘demand a lot’ from Kevin Love

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Kevin Love heard the blowback when he scored a coveted spot on the U.S. national team ahead of the Tokyo Olympics after one of the worst seasons of his career.

“That’s going to definitely get him back into the rhythm he needs to be in to continue to play. I think that’s one of the big reasons he wanted to do this, so he can get himself back to who he was.”

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Popovich made the call to offer a spot to Love, believing his ability to shoot and be rough in the paint fighting for rebounds could be valuable going up against some of the veteran European squads Team USA will face in Japan. Love hasn’t played on Team USA since 2012 and hasn’t been an All-Star since 2018.

“In a way I understand because I came off a season where I didn’t play that many games and wasn’t at the top of my game,” Love said. While the team no doubt hopes Love can return to an All-Star level and support Cleveland’s young players, Love’s playing could well create some options that could benefit both parties.

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