Kevin Love Broke Hand Doing Knuckle Pushups

Well, at least Kevin Love did not do an Amare Stoudemire and knowingly thrust his hand into harm’s way. But how the Minnesota Timberwolves all-star and Olympic forward broke his hand is almost as bizarre.

Unlike Stoudemire, who was so frustrated after a playoff loss to the Miami Heat that he crashed his hand through a glass fire-hydrant case, causing a huge gash, Love accomplished his injury by, of all things, excercising.

Yes, Lowe, the team revealed, fractured his hand doing knuckle push-ups with trainer Rob McClanaghan at his condo prior to the team’s practice. No surgery will be required and Yahoo Sports reports that Love could miss less time than first expected six to eight weeks.

Here’s Love via a statement:

“Yesterday, I had a post-practice commitment and decided to work out at my home with my personal trainer before heading to Target Center. While doing various pushups, including knuckle pushups, which are part of my regular workout routine, I hurt my hand. I immediately knew something was wrong and called head athletic trainer Gregg Farnam.

“Although I’m disappointed that this injury happened, I will work extremely hard to stay in shape and return to the court as quickly as possible. We have added a lot of depth to our roster this season, and I have complete confidence in my teammates and coaching staff that they will step up and we will be successful during this time. I’m looking forward to supporting our team and helping out any way I can until I get back on the court.”

Coach Rick Adelme said, “”I was just shocked. I couldn’t believe it. Here we’re trying to get ready and then we have something like this happen. I learned a long time ago. I’ve had so many injuries to good players, I’ve started to think maybe it’s me.”

Any missed time by Love will be detrimental to a young team looking to make noticeable advances this season. Second-year forward Derrick Williams of Arizona — who had moments of outstanding play as a rookie — will assume many of the minutes available in Love’s absence.

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