Kevin Love breaks hand before practice, to miss 6-8 weeks including NBA 2012-13 season premiere game

By on Oct 18, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love breaks his hand on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 during a workout before a practice and will miss about six to eight weeks. He will be examined by doctors and may miss the start of the NBA 2012-13 season. Team owner Glen Taylor also addressed the issue to the media.

Kevin Love

Kevin Love
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#Twolves @kevinlove suffers hand injury. It occurred while working out this morning. He is expected to be out approximately 6-8 wks.” Minnesota Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) tweeted that day, with the team saying suffered a fracture of his third and fourth metacarpal in his right hand.

According to report at NBA.com, Kevin Love will be further evaluated on Thursday by Dr. Andy Weiland, a hand specialist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The former UCLA player is on his fourth NBA season and has averaged 26 points and 13.3 assists per game, and is notably now the new face of the team.

“First of all, you hate to lose anybody but certainly Kevin, who has been our leading scorer and rebounder, but my hope is the coach working with these players will make something positive out of it and a couple guys will step up and maybe lead the way, be a starter.” Glen Taylor was quoted telling to media.

“Then Kevin will be back, which I think will just be a few weeks of playing time. Then we’ll be better prepared for the future.” Taylor added, noting that Dante Cunningham, who played for Memphis last season, is another player Taylor said could step up and fill that role.

Last March, team point guard Ricky Rubio suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, after he was injured when his knee buckled as he tried to help out on defense against Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

He recently started to jump again but he still needs through rehabilitation until November.
Nevertheless, both Rubio and Love are being expected not to play during the first game of Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA season against the Sacramento Kings, on November 2, 2012 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.



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