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Kevin Love to have knee surgery. His already done season is more done.

Apr 9, 2013, 12:36 AM EDT

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If they ever perfect that technology from “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” where you can wipe some memory from your mind, Kevin Love is going to pick the 2012-13 NBA season.

In the preseason he broke his hand doing knuckle pushups at his gym. He pushed to get back, played 18 games then on a fluke play broke his same hand, which this time meant surgery. But even a couple weeks ago he held out hope of getting back for a few games this season.

Not so much — he’s going to have knee surgery and spend the first half of his summer rehabbing, the team announced Monday night. The surgery is just to “remove a buildup of scar tissue.” The normal recovery time is 4-6 weeks.

“As time went on, with the intent of playing this season, the knees started hurting more,” (Minnesota GM David) Kahn (told the Timberwolves Web site). “It got to the point over the last few days that it should be addressed now. It was affecting his ability to run, even. At that point we tipped the balance toward we should do it now.”

For the Timberwolves at this point it’s about next season. While Minnesota entered the season thinking playoffs the injuries to Love, Ricky Rubio (coming off ACL surgery and missing the start of the season), Nikola Pekovic and others just robbed them of any chance to reach that goal. Next season should be different.

So might as well get the knee cleaned up now.

  1. pop562 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    This team will make some noise next season with a healthy core. They beat some good teams this year and most of their loses against good teams were close games.

    • nbascreed - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      You know Wolves brass and fans said the same thing last year about this season.

  2. saint1997 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    I’m picking that machine to wipe my memory of my first round fantasy pick

  3. timb12 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    They’re getting another lottery pick. I know this draft isn’t stacked, but they could pick up a solid glue guy and next year be competing for the 8th spot if Adelman doesn’t walk away.

  4. whatsitlikehere - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Knuckle push ups I still love that one. They waited 2 days an the best they could come up with is knuckle push ups. I heard the really story is they were messing around before practice and his hand got caught in the net.

  5. acdc363 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    I love Eternal Sunshine!

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