BOSTON (CBS) – Will Kevin love Boston? That is the question.
News trickled out on Sunday that the Celtics would be a major player this summer in trying to trade for Minnesota big man Kevin Love, but the deal would be hinged on Love signing a long-term deal to stay in the city.
Mike Gorman of CSNNE told Toucher & Rich Tuesday morning that he doesn’t see the Love trade happening because the All Star forward would rather play in a warm weather city (particularly Los Angeles where he attended college) on a playoff team.
So by all accounts it looks like Kevin Love, just like Kevin Garnett before him, might need some convincing to come to Boston and agree to a long term deal — but how do you do it?
Andy Gresh, Scott Zolak and Dan Shaughnessy made their sales pitches to Kevin Love Tuesday morning.
Shaughnessy: “You tell [Love] that if you like basketball, if you’ve committed your life to being a professional basketball player, there’s no better place to win than this town. Ask people who have come here and won before. If you want to be in the big games in a place that matters, you come and you play here. You can go and do your thing in the offseason.
“You come play here you’re playing for a coach who’s really good to play for. Players like him. He’s a player’s coach. You’ve got a talent evaluator and general manager who’s a former player — another good guy to play for. You’ve got owners who stay out of the way. Fans are great if you’re winning. It matters. Come play here.”
Scott Zolak: “When Kevin Love arrives at Logan Airport I’m picking him up in a duckboat and driving him straight to the TD Garden. You put him at center court with no lights on and the next thing you know you flip the lights on and there are the 17 banners hanging in the rafters. Cue the video on the big board. It’s the beginning of ‘Hoosiers’. You’ve got the music playing in the background, and I wouldn’t want Kevin Love to have anything to do with the Dropkick Murphys. I wouldn’t want to hear ‘Shipping Up To Boston’ or any of that overplayed crap. Don’t play ‘Sweet Caroline’. Put him there at midcourt, sit him in the chair and cue the smoke. You want to smell the cigar and see Red Auerbach up there smoking cigars on the big board.
“THEN YOU SHOW THE OLD TIME BASKETBALL OF THE OLD WHITE DUDES IN THE SHORT SHORTS! YOU’VE GOT DANNY AINGE DIVING ON THE COURT AND LARRY BIRD WITH THE BAD BACK THROWING THE PASS UNDERNEATH TO DENNIS JOHNSON — ONE OF THE UGLIEST PLAYERS I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE — AND HE HITS THE LAYUP. THE PLACE IS ROCKING! THAT’S BOSTON! THAT’S BASKETBALL!
“You want to smell the old Garden. I want to smell rat pee. I want to smell beer that’s spoiled on the floor. Popcorn, nachos, hot dogs! Damnit Kevin Love would want to sign here!”
What would your sales pitch to Kevin Love be? Listen for Gresh’s pitch and the full discussion below: