Love says LeBron has ‘great shot’ at MVP every year

Kevin Love and LeBron James of the Cavaliers are part of the 35-man pool for 2018-20 USA National Team announced Friday.

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love has learned from his mistake back in 2015 when he said he’d pick Oklahoma City Thunder and fellow UCLA alum Russell Westbrook as the league’s MVP at the time.

After half of the NBA’s 30 general managers predicted LeBron James will win his fifth MVP this upcoming season, Love told reporters after practice Wednesday he’s not surprised by how the voting went, saying James has a great shot at the award every year.

“Well I know from years past that I damn well better pick LeBron as MVP,” Love told reporters. “I mean every year he’s the guy that you would look at and say he’s right at the top. Best player, best athlete in the world. He’s going to come in and do the same thing, lead this team. We’ve got a bunch of new guys, a bunch of new faces, but at the end of the day that’s not going to change the way he goes about his business.

“Like every year, especially this year, how he looks, how he feels I think he definitely has a great shot. But that’s not groundbreaking. He’s going to come out and be LeBron James.”

James himself has said he feels great both mentally and physically heading into this season, claiming his kids’ AAU tournaments over the summer really lit the basketball fever in him.

The Cavs open their preseason schedule Wednesday at home against the Atlanta Hawks. James (ankle) will not play.