Nothing should be hard for Kevin Love. First, there’s his career. Since nabbed as the fifth pick in the 2008 NBA draft, the 31-year-old has become one of the NBA’s elite. In 12 years as a pro he’s averaged 18.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game (as of mid- January), earned five All-Star nods, made four straight finals (2015–2018) and taken home the NBA championship in 2016 with his current Cleveland Cavaliers team. Next? The money. He recently signed a four-year, $120 million dollar contract extension, and combined with an annual $4 million in endorsement deals from companies including Nike, Old Spice and American Greetings, the Oregon-raised athlete pocketed a cool $28.4 million in 2019, earning him a spot on Forbes’s annual world’s highest paid athletes list.
And let’s not forget the talent. Since childhood, the 6′8″ power forward has been a multi-tool player, combining big-man dominance on the boards with a deadly sharp-shooter’s touch. “The big thing in the league is the All-NBA Team,” longtime NBA play-caller Mike Breen tells us. “And Kevin’s made that twice. He had good numbers early in his career and turned them into spectacular numbers.”
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