The Boston Celtics have a decision to make this offseason.
Are they going to do whatever they can to quickly upgrade their roster after a year in the lottery like they did in 2007 when they traded for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett or will they continue to add young players to their core in attempt to slowly rebuild?
If the Celtics do make a splash, it could involve trading for Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love. Love spent the weekend in Boston, attending the Boston Red Sox’s 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon.
According to Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe, Love is going to talk to fellow UCLA alumnus Bill Walton about playing for the Celtics.
And of his youth, Love once told Sports Illustrated in an interview, “My dad likes to say when other kids were watching Big Bird, I was watching Larry Bird, and he was totally right.”
Fairweather, a former ESPN producer and radio co-host, found Love to be so interested in Celtics history that he gave him a 90-minute DVD that details the team’s illustrious past, a gift Fairweather said Love very much appreciated.
Love showed such reverence for Bird, Fairweather said, that at one point Love pointed out how he believes that Bird’s No. 33 ought to be retired by every team in the NBA. Love also said he planned on talking to fellow UCLA alumnus Bill Walton about what it was like playing for the Celtics.
Fairweather said he told Love that he could be the Celtics’ Tom Brady, a reference to the Patriots’ star quarterback.
Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season.