Kevin Love said he understood the criticism of him making the Olympic team, but vowed to prove himself with his performances.

"In a way I understand [the criticism] because I came off a season where I didn't play that many games and wasn't at the top of my game," Love said. "For me to come here, I feel I have a lot to prove."


Love last played for Team USA in 2012, and hasn't made the All-Star team since 2018.

Love said that he would be willing to take on any role no matter what team he played on, be it Team USA, the Cavs, or another team.

"I do believe if it's on me to have to pivot in my career for a team to win, I'm more than willing to do that. I do feel like on [the Cavs] or whatever team I end up on or USA team, this is definitely something I can continue to progress in," added Love.

Gregg Popovich promised to make Love work hard so he gets up to speed with the Olympic game. 

"We're going to work his ass off the next four to five weeks and demand a lot. That's going to definitely get him back into the rhythm he needs to be in to continue to play. I think that's one of the big reasons he wanted to do this, so he can get himself back to who he was."