Love Appears In Successful "Uncle Drew" Series
Already a perennial All-Star and one of the league’s top scorers and rebounders, Kevin Love enters his fourth season with the Timberwolves having matured into one of the elite players in the NBA.
But this summer, Love spent an evening matured well beyond his years.
Love joined Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving in Pepsi’s popular “Uncle Drew” production, a series of videos following Irving as the elderly Uncle Drew as he plays street ball against younger athletes in an attempt to show them how to play basketball the “old school” way. In this latest installment, shot in August after Love returned from playing with Team USA, Love co-stars as Wes—a former teammate of Drew who hasn’t played the game in years.
The “Uncle Drew” series is becoming an internet sensation. In five months since the first Pepsi MAX & Kyrie Irving Present: “Uncle Drew” video was published on YouTube, it has amassed more than 16 million views. As of Saturday night, in the five days since Pepsi MAX & Kyrie Irving Present: “Uncle Drew: Chapter 2” was launched, Love and Irving’s video has 1.1 million views.
Like the first installment, both Irving and Love struggle to start their games against the “young bloods” before quickly getting up to speed. By the show’s end, the two are torching their younger opponents with crossovers, deep jumpers and alley-oops—much to their counterpart’s surprise and amazement.
Love said he and Irving have gotten to know each other over the past few years, and over the course of an hour and a half the two shot the entire video, which runs five minutes, 21 seconds. NBA legend Bill Russel also makes an appearance.
The longest part, Love said, was getting into costume. That process took six hours.
“Some people were calling me Luke Walton at first,” Love said. “They were messing with me, because honestly they thought I was an old guy and I was limping and acted like I had a little hip injury. We had a lot of fun with it and it came out as a good product.”
Irving had a believable elderly voice, Love said, but he had trouble with his.
“Kyrie, he sure can make an elderly voice. Mine, you can sure tell which one is mine,” Love said. “I just tried to put a little rasp in it. Pepsi had gone with it, too. I said, ‘I can’t make an old man voice.’ They said, ‘yeah, that adds part of it.’ I said, ‘I can’t act,’ and they said, ‘Yeah, that’s part of it, too. It’s supposed to be like that.’”