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Kevin Love admits he may not come back this season

Mar 25, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

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At this point, why bother?

Back on January 3, Kevin Love re-broke the finger that he had broken during the preseason. The second time meant surgery, but Love hoped to be back for the final 15 or 20 games of the regular season.

But the Timberwolves now have 14 games left and Love is going to see a doctor later this week for another CT scan to see if his hand is healed and he can return to practice. And then games. But he admitted to the Pioneer Press that may not happen.

Timberwolves forward Kevin Love admitted Sunday, March 24, that the thought of sitting out the rest of the season has “crossed my mind,” but the two-time NBA all-star hopes he’s not faced with that decision.

“If the doctor says another week to 10 days or something like that, who knows?” Love said before the Wolves’ game Sunday against Chicago at Target Center. “I’d like to come back, but I know not playing (the rest of the season) has crossed the minds of other people, whether it’s (Wolves president of basketball operations Kahn) David, Glen (Wolves owner Taylor) or coach (Rick Adelman).”

At this point, why should he return? The Timberwolves are not playoffs bound (11 games back of the 8 seed Lakers) and are more in the running for lottery Ping-Pong balls than anything else. Even in a down draft year the No. 8 overall pick can yield someone to be a good rotation player in a couple years, and maybe you get lucky in the lottery.

Why push to get back for 10 meaningless games at the end of the regular season now?

  1. drsteller - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Lucky in the lottery? The Timberwolves? That’s a joke.

  2. whitdog23 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    because he’s a PROFESSIONAL basketball player. he should approach it as such

    • eugenesaxe - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      He is. Why potentially hurt yourself yet again by rushing back for games that ultimately hurt the team’s draft status if they happen to win?
      MINNs going nowhere, he’d be dumb to play any more this year.

  3. illogic87 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I wish I could make 15 million dollars breaking my hand doing knuckle pushups

    • mydoghasfleez - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      I wish you would

  4. lakerluver - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    He’s just counting down the days until his dream of donning the PURPLE AND GOLD comes true.

  5. losanginsight - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Hopefully management can realize he wants be a Laker already and trade him this summer for Gasol.

  6. joeyashwi - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Minneapolis Laker fans begging for more Minnesota sloppy seconds. You thought Gasol and Howard were the answer too.

  7. kb2408 - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Well, the Lakers DID win two titles with Pau, soooooo what’s your point??^^

  8. tomcreanshair - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    That must be a wet dream for you, there lakergobbler.

  9. joeyashwi - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I realize that kb. I just think its funny how Laker fans always want what other teams have no matter who they already have on their team. Kobe, Pau, and Dwight are all amazing players but Laker fans are never happy. You Laker fans are probably right, Love will probably end up there. That’s why the NBA is the biggest joke of all major sports. Teams like the Wolves are just a developmental team for the big dogs. Love and Rubio won’t stay, Williams will be a star once he gets out of Minny, and the Wolves will be in perpetual rebuild mode. Lakers, Heat, Spurs, Thunder, etc. will win for the next decade or so. Boring for the other 75% of fans. Am I crying about it? No, just gave up watching years ago.

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