Kevin Love officially signed with UCLA today and couldnt have sounded more excited in his first interview as an official Bruin on AM570! If you didn't hear it you missed something great. This kid is amazing. And he will be PLAYING at Pauley December 15! Details below.
KLove is friggin excited (he used that words many times and it was genuine). He said he "fell in love with Howland" and the program he is running after talking with him and the players, and watching their run to the title game. He wants to compete, and thinks we can compete for the national championship in year 1. And he said, although he cant promise anything, he would more than likely stick around for a year 2! He believes he will because "(he is) the type of guy that falls in love with my teammates and its very hard for me to leave that."
He has already talked to many of the guys and he thinks he has great new teammates and cant wait to play with them. He said he "talked to Afflalo to get him to stick around" but he understands AA will do whats right for him. KL was pumped and not in an overhyped way. He is straight up solid.
He mentioned how when he came to UCLA Coach Wooden walked in on a meeting. He talked about how in shock he was and he just took in everything Coach said. He has respect and knowledge about the legends of the game, especially UCLA's legends. He wants and expects to do some of what they did. It came down to UCLA and North Carolina and he just liked Howland and the history that much more.
Mychal Thompson, former Laker champion and now announcer, talked about how hard KLove played when KL came around his house in Portland as a 5th grader, and how smart he played. KL said it doesnt matter if he is promised a starting role or not, he loves to work hard and he wants to "earn" his spot!!
He is excited to learn the Howland system. He also said in a pumped up tone, above the talk of the hosts, "Im officially a Bruin today!" They asked him to compare his game to an NBA player and he said Clipper Elton Brand. Nice!! This kid sounds friggin awesome!!
Final note: KL said his high school team of Lake Oswego, Oregon, will be PLAYING IN PAULEY December 15. That's right. You can get a look at our future center in a matter of weeks!