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Kevin Love broke hand doing knuckle push ups. Ugh.

Oct 18, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

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It was like some kind of Rocky movie training montage gone bad. And without the John Cafferty “Heart on Fire” soundtrack.

Kevin Love broke his hand doing knuckle pushups, according to the Timberwolves (as reported by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, among others). He was working out with a trainer at his condominium complex before coming to the team’s practice facility that day.

Knuckle pushups. That’s what may have cost the Timberwolves their shot at the playoffs.

The good news is the timeframe for Love’s return to the court may be a little sooner than first anticipated, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports Network.

More importantly, there doesn’t need to be surgery on his shooting hand.

That timeline still has Love returning around Thanksgiving and missing a dozen games or more. The Timberwolves will be without Ricky Rubio for those games as well and will be relying on Derrick Williams, Andrei Kirilenko and the point guard stylings of Luke Ridnour to keep them afloat until the stars return. Brandon Roy circa 2009 would certainly help.

In a deep Western Conference, is that going to be enough?

  1. jmclarkent - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Something about that sounds fishy to me…

    All of the pressure is on your knuckles and wrist when doing knuckle push ups- unless they are just generalizing the injury this reminds me of the Brandon Marshall “slipped on McDonald’s bag” story.

    • nbascreed - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      1. Agreed. At the very last some critical pieces have been omitted.

      2. I wonder if this highly paid, presumably professional trainer knows that knuckle pushups SOLE purpose was to callous the skin on the knuckles of street fighters. He’s an idiot.

  2. pacific123ocean - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Hey Kurt…you forgot to include Brandon Roy. If his knees hold up, he can easily replace Love’s scoring.

  3. rj2323 - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Did someone forget about Brandon Roy?

  4. mrhney03 - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    did you guys not read the entire post?

  5. libertynchurch - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    These dudes just dont get it! They are CEO’s of multi million dollar business enteprises. Act like it! Kevin Love has full access to a million dollar gym, with dedicated trainers. Why in the hell was he doing knuckle pushups? Does he think he is Bernard Hopkins training in a cell block?

    Come On, Maannnnnn!

  6. btwicey - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Not the end of the world if we can play .500 bball while he’s gone

    • nbascreed - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      That if is the size of the IDS Tower.

  7. readysethike - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    is this up there with stoudemire hitting a fire extinguisher?

    • tubal22 - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      More like Boozer “tripping over his gym bag”

  8. lakerluver - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I like K. Love so I’ll just keep my thoughts to myself!

  9. zerole00 - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I just don’t get it, why knuckle push ups? It’s bad under normal conditions, but why would guys as big as Love choose to focus more of their weight into a smaller surface area? That’s just asking for trouble at their size.

  10. badintent - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    He got beat up by Delonte West. Simple as that, Or he did the Latrine Sprewell, threw a punch and hit the wall of his mega-yacht.”I can’t feed my family on $ 12 million a year ” Sprewell got hired to be the PR.. spin doctor for the Republic of Iran. A natural if there ever was one. pure idiot

  11. isujames - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    The only way I do push ups is on my knuckles, nothing wrong with that.

  12. isujames - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Most of you wimps no nothing about knuckle push ups, thats how tough bad ass guys do push ups.They do wonders over time to your upper body.

  13. oregonstatesports - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Brandon Roy to replace 26+ points and 13 rebounds get out of here he was 22 5 5 in his all star years if he can even play consistently I could only imagine 15 3 3 in limited minutes role at best

  14. joeyashwi - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    The Wolves will be fine.

  15. scottieplongballs - Oct 19, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    The luck of MN continues. Im wondering if the state’s sports teams are becoming the Cubs. Oh wait, we got the Lynx.

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