If you watched the 2016 NBA Finals, you’ll know that the Cavaliers immediately swarmed LeBron when the final buzzer sounded. (It makes sense, too, since he had just made good on his promise to end Cleveland’s championship drought). But you’ll also have noticed that Love was the first person to meet LeBron before he was dog piled by his other teammates, which was sort of symbolic given Love’s struggles to fit in alongside LeBron and Kyrie Irving all season long.
That created a photo between the two that dedicated Cleveland fans will never forget.
— Sports Photos (@sportsphotos) June 20, 2016
Love went on to reveal that the team were really into Nineties wrestlers like Stone Cold Steve Austin and found inspiration from the WWE, so he showed off his championship belt on the show as well.
However, if you thought there was a deeper meaning between Love and LeBron being the first two guys to celebrate the championship, you’d be wrong. While chatting with Stephen Colbert earlier this week about the Finals and Draymond Green’s tendency to kick players in the nuts, Love spilled the beans that his only motive in that situation was to not be the one guy who couldn’t find anyone to hug.
“I didn’t want to be the one guy that — after we saw the ball go up, there were three seconds left, up four, we knew it was all over — I didn’t want to be that guy that was searching for someone to hug,” Love told Colbert. “I tried to find the person that everyone was most likely to hug, and it happened to be LeBron … That was a warm, cuddly embrace at the end there.”
In other words: Love is a smart dude.
The Cavaliers became first NBA team to come back from a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals to win.