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Watch for the new, svelte Kevin Love this season

Aug 30, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Kevin Love AP

When Kevin Love entered the league he was clearly going to need a little conditioning work — he wasn’t fat, but you wouldn’t exactly use the word “chiseled” either.

His body has evolved and he has gotten thinner over his five NBA seasons, but that seems to have reached the next level reports Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press.

The Wolves’ Kevin Love, in town setting up residence for the coming season, showed up at Target Center this week weighing 240 pounds.

“The lightest he’s been since he’s been a pro,” (team president Flip) Saunders said of the 6-foot-10 forward, who worked out at Target Center. “He’s lost weight in his face, and his body looks leaner with muscle. He’s really committed.”

A lot is going to be asked of Love this season — recently re-signed Nikola Pekovic covers a lot of the holes for Love, which allows Love to focus on his strengths: being out at the three-point line at times, knocking down midrange shots and crashing the glass. Two seasons ago Love did that to the tune of 24 points and 12.3 rebounds a game. Minnesota needs that Love back — and they need him healthy (he had a twice-broken hand last year).

Last season Love and Rubio were never really healthy and Minnesota suffered for it. Get healthy this season and they have a real shot at the playoffs.

  1. adamsjohn714 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I’m looking forward to Kevin Love in a new uniform sometime soon.

    • kb2408 - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      So am I…PURPLE AND GOLD!!

      • kb2408 - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Lots of “thumbs down”, huh? Minny fans are in such denial.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        It would be nice if the Lakers acquired him. I wouldn’t bet the future on it of course, but who wouldn’t get excited at the thought? He’s a great player who can score in a variety of ways and has great touch and vision at his size.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      I have no idea where he’ll end up, but he hasn’t seemed to happy in MN for a long time, and management isn’t showing me they know what they’re doing.

  2. dysraw1 - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    bet the people in Minnesota love that

  3. jsally430 - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    minnesotans think we still have a bball team?

    • casualcommenter - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      …Well, the Timberwolves are clearly based in Minnesota, so Minnesotans are correct in thinking they have a basketball team.

      About a decade ago with an “in-his-prime” Kevin Garnett, the Timberwolves made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals. Now, with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, the team is expected to make a strong push for a playoff spot.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      unfortunately, the team has gotten a lot worse. Losing Kirilenko was huge, and trading for the draft rights for Shabazz suggest management is as dumb as they’ve always been. They may win more games this year because they’re healthy, but the team’s ceiling has been lowered.

      • redbaronx - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        @adamsjohn714 – Losing Kirilenko was huge? Are you serious? I don’t know any of my NBA following friends that would consider losing Kirilenko any great loss. He’s a one trick pony on the downside, not a superstar!

        I’m not a Minny fan, but I think they did the right thing by letting him go and loading on developing talent while they’re big guns Rubio and Love are still learning the ropes. Minny’s goal should be to make the playoff this year, put themselves in contention conversations the next, and gun for a championship in 2015/16. There’s no way Kirilenko fits that plan if that’s the blueprint.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Kirilenko is a very good player. Make no mistake about it. He’s a really good rebounder, decent passer, great defender with lots of blocks and steals and very few fouls, and shot 59% TS last year. There aren’t many guys who can do that. He’s one talented, multi-trick pony.

  4. skinsfanwill - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    They better learn how to play defense or else they will just be Phoenix all over again. Fun to watch but they are not going anywhere.

  5. khadeemw - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    kevin love is not a good mid range shooter

    • khadeemw - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      b4 disliking my comment…check out his shooting stats from mid range…thanks 4 thinking for yourself http://www.hoopdata.com/player.aspx?name=Kevin%20Love

  6. bdnnbd - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    No, they have not gotten a whole lot worse.

  7. benjaminmoney - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Even with a healthy Rubio and klove the wolves are still not legit contenders….my prediction…love is still bitter about the contract and gets traded for dlee and barnes…bogut, love, iggy, klay, step…bookit!

  8. drtrener - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I agree abt Kirilenk and why draft Shabazz? lousy lousy pick waste

    • redbaronx - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      @drtrener – I really don’t get you guys that are pro Kirilenko and against Shabazz!

      A) The idea for Minny is to develop into a contenter. That’s not happening this year, or the next year. But 2015/16 would be realistic.
      B) Kirilenko is barely viable as a shooter right now. He can’t defend, and in 2015/16 that’s two whole seasons away. He’s definitely not going to be a piece by that time, so better to go with a player from the draft.
      C) Trashing a college player right off the bat is unreasonable unless we’re looking at a really bad player with no potential at all. A lot of young players that turned out well have had behavior problems. Rasheed Wallace, Zach Randolph, Chris Webber. Lets not write the guy off before he steps on a court.

  9. 24thesho - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    He’s so overrated…, I really don’t get it. You could see it when he was on the Olympic team last year.

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