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Kevin Love is organizing another pre-camp training camp, the idea being to bond and get buckets with his Cavaliers teammates before the real thing begins.
According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Love has scheduled this year’s unofficial minicamp for next week in New York. Media day is set for the end of the month with training camp to tip off the day after that. The Cavs open the season Oct. 23 at the Orlando Magic.
Love did the same thing last year, as Fedor noted, organizing a pre-camp gathering of Cavs in Miami. It became a regular thing when the Cavs were led by LeBron James. Love decided to carry on the tradition — despite the fact this is a very different era for the franchise.
James bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers before last season. Tyronn Lue was fired as coach after six games. J.R. Smith was sent home after 11. Love injured his foot and made just 22 appearances. The Cavs finished 19-63.
But today is another new day, with longtime college coach John Beilein taking over, Love aiming to stay healthy, Collin Sexton looking to building off a strong rookie finish and Darius Garland entering as the latest lottery pick.
Garland and fellow first-round draft picks Dylan Windler and Kevin Porter Jr. are expected to be in New York next week, per Fedor, as is just about everyone else. But Cedi Osman and Matthew Dellavedova are competing in the FIBA World Cup and unlikely to attend.
Beilein and Love have spoken several times since Beilein was hired in May after 12 years at the University of Michigan.