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  • Kevin Love, now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has never taken a team to the NBA playoffs.

      Kevin Love, now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has never taken a team to the NBA playoffs.
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By Mike North
The Rebel Inside

The Chicago Bulls should be concerned now that the Cleveland Cavaliers have officially signed Kevin Love.

While the Bulls will have their work cut out for them, I don't have the same worries I had when LeBron James went to Miami.

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Dwyane Wade was a champion, Chris Bosh was a seasoned vet coming from Toronto, and LeBron was focused and geared up to win multiple titles.

That plan, however, didn't go as well as they had expected with just two titles in four years -- not the 4-5-6-7 that LeBron thought.

After losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 championship, James found religion and ran home to Cleveland. Now with Love and Kyrie Irving running the wings, LeBron will be passing to two guys who have never tasted playoff action.

Love has taken plenty of heat about never taking the Minnesota Timberwolves to the playoffs -- like Kevin Garnett -- but the rosters were vastly different. Garnett played with some pretty good talent in Latrell Sprewell, Tony Gugliotta, Stephon Marbury, Doug West and Terry Porter. Love's teammates were players such as J.J. Barea, Ricky Rubio and Dante Cunningham.

Love will have pressure, but I'm amused by people who believe Love should take the blame if they don't get it done. There will be plenty of blame to go around, including some for their new coach, David Blatt. LeBron James, though, just might bear the biggest responsibility.

Foley/Woods breakup:

Sean Foley was Tiger Woods' swing coach for the last four seasons, and this week the two parted ways.

I don't believe Foley did a bad job. After all, Woods was the golfer of the year in 2013 with five PGA Tour wins.

What Tiger really needs is help with his mental game. Maybe he needs a therapist or a sports psychologist.

Butch Harmon, Woods' former coach until 2003, fired a salvo the other day by saying he wouldn't help Woods if asked, and he doubts he'd be asked anyway.

How far has Tiger fallen? We know he still wants to win, but can he?

Microsoft:

The new billionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Ballmer, signed Doc Rivers to a five-year extension, so does that mean the Donald Sterling mess is forgotten for the organization?

Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, headed a company that talks a lot about diversity but refuses -- like many other Silicon Valley companies -- to release hard data that tracks employees by gender and race. According to a CNN/Money magazine report, "Ethnic minorities and women are generally underrepresented, sometimes severely so -- particularly in management roles. White and Asian males often dominate their fields."

Microsoft was among 17 tech companies in 2011 that refused to turn over their data for the CNN report.

I guess the NBA heard the $2 billion he was willing to pay for the team speak loud and clear, and ignored any concerns with diversity hiring at his old company.

I mentioned on my Fox sports radio show that Ballmer gives heavily to many charities, but so did Sterling. Ballmer will be a heck of an owner, but it looks to me in his other ventures, inclusion is just a word!

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• Mike North's column appears each Tuesday and Friday in the Daily Herald, and his video commentary can be found Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at dailyherald.com. For more, visit northtonorth.com.

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