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Kevin Love says he will compete in three-point contest

Feb 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis Reuters

Kevin Love is an All-Star, selected by the coaches as a reserve. He earned it and there was no suspense about whether he would make it.

But Love has other plans for All-Star Weekend, too, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune.

Love says he also will compete in three-point shooting contest at All Star Game….

Love when asked about chances in 3pt contest: “I think I got a good shot at anything I do. I’m a pretty competitive guy.”

Love can knock down the three ball, he’s shooting 37.8 percent this year from deep. And he brings a little star power to an event often dominated by great shooters not really recognized by casual fans. Sorry Jason Kapono and James Jones, but it’s true. That said, a few stars — Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Dirk Nowitzki, and back when it started Larry Bird — have won this.

No word yet on who else is competing, but smart money says a player or two from the hometown Magic (J.J. Redick, Ryan Anderson maybe) will take part. The three-point contest will be part of All-Star Saturday night on Feb. 25 (along with the dunk contest), and will be broadcast on TNT.

  1. cakemixa - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    If only there were a “stomp a player in the face” contest!

  2. redbullenergydrink - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Kevin Love FTW!!!

  3. mgscott - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Watch out for those Cavaliers

  4. dkrauss93 - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Morrow got snubbed last yr. Better not this yr!

  5. Justin - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    I’m interested in seeing who goes up against him. He has a great 3 point shot I just worry about the speed of the 3 point shootout. In an actual game the opposing PF usually leaves him wide open so he has a lot time to set. Also, he takes mostly straight on 3’s and not much from the corners. We’ll see. I bet he’ll have a shot to win it at the end.

  6. ferhatiggy - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    He can shoot 3pt,but he should’t join this competition.Matt Bonner may be right name for big fella who can shoot 3pt.

  7. southbeachtalent - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    He’s going to stomp the competition.

    • hgulkkcaj - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Good one.

  8. pacific123ocean - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    This is a non-story. But, if he enters the dunk contest, then you have a story.

  9. tcclark - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I hope they invite Jodie Meeks. he’s been knocking them down all year

  10. nickswish33 - Feb 10, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Dunk contest really? who was the last white guy in the dunk contest

    • tcclark - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      The Bird Man i believe, but Brent Barry won it in 96 i think

  11. glink123 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Ndumakong Suh is gonna give KLove a run for his money in the “Face Stomp” contest. I hear Albert Haynesworth is trying to get an invite too.

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