Kevin Love “still upset” by timing of “freak” hand injury
"I've heard every (possible theory). But this isn't TMZ, this isn't People Magazine. I think most people are just looking for a story,” stated Kevin Love before practice on Wednesday. “For me, I know what happened. I am not trying to get around it. I am not trying to lie. That's just what happened."
Kevin Love reportedly broke his hand while performing knuckle pushups at his apartment as a warm up before heading off for practice at the team’s training facility. Although the knuckle pushups weren’t part of a regular routine assigned by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Love claimed that it’s just something he’s been working on with his personal trainer.
"I do different series of pushups all the time,” explained Kevin Love, “and my hand just gave on me and it kind of just broke.”
The 24-year-old Kevin Love claimed he immediately sensed something was wrong with the hand when it started to swell and arrived at Target Center within an hour to have it examined by team doctors, after which he was sent to a hospital for x-rays. Consequently, Kevin Love travelled to New York to have his injury examined by hand specialist Dr. Andy Weiland, who ruled out surgery.
Kevin Love is scheduled to be out for six to eight weeks and has been wearing a removable cast over the injured hand ever since. The Minnesota Timberwolves had Kevin Love cut-off from team practices and he’s been even limited during individual conditioning drills to allow the injured right hand to rehab.
Due to the speculation surrounding his injury and being held-out of games at a very crucial time for the Minnesota Timberwolves has led Kevin Love into sensing a disappointment in himself.
"I'm still upset about it. When I started hearing about how the Wolves are cursed, the human instinct is to take on all the blame yourself,” stated Kevin Love. “I do feel like I'm a big part of this team, and for me to not be out there for the first few games, it's killing me.”
However, Kevin Love acknowledged that even after returning for training camp following the London Olympics, his conditioning "wasn't where it should be.” Kevin Love supposes he might have been successively taking too much burden during the summers. And although he’s gained a bit weight now, Kevin Love believes the hand injury will help him return in a better form.
"Maybe this is a blessing in disguise. Maybe it will help me get back in shape the right way,” said Kevin Love. “It's bittersweet, but I have to find a way to get through this."
Although Kevin Love won’t play when the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Sacramento Kings in their season opener on Friday, still guarantees to support the team a “100 percent” whether they play home or on the road.
"I still plan on being a leader and being as vocal as possible," said Kevin Love.