Kevin Love Says Ja Morant Dunk Attempt ‘Almost Ended My Professional Career’

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Early on in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Friday night game against the Memphis Grizzlies, rookie Ja Morant nearly completed what would have been one of the most impressive poster dunks in NBA history.

His would-be victim, Cavs big man Kevin Love, certainly benefited from Morant’s failure to complete the play.

Following the game, Love hilariously exclaimed through social media that the miss saved his career.

Morant’s dunk attempt evokes memories of when Vince Carter leaped over 7-foot-2-inch Frederic Weis and slammed the ball in a match between the USA and French national basketball team in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

It is considered by many people to be the greatest in-game dunk ever.

Had Morant made the dunk on Friday night, Love would be seeing himself on the wrong side of posters and highlight replays for years to come.

In the end, Love had the last laugh as the Cavs rallied to defeat the Grizzlies after facing a 12-point deficit early in the fourth quarter.

Love outplayed Morant as well. Morant was held to a season-low eight points, while Love posted 21 points and 13 rebounds in the game.

Love also hit a clutch three-point shot with just over a minute to play in the game to give the Cavs a lead that they would not relinquish.

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Orel is a freelance writer who is passionate about the NBA. He has followed the league since the late '90s and found increased interest in it in 2003 – when an 18-year-old prodigy from Akron, Ohio took the league by storm.