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Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  34 responses

Kevin Love is 25 Pounds Lighter This Season


NBA fans and media generally described Kevin Love as a little chunky during his first three seasons in the League, but that’s supposedly all about to change this year. From the Portland Tribune: “After an extended offseason of honing his body, Kevin Love will no longer qualify for the ‘beefy’ category. Minnesota’s 6-9 power forward will enter training camp on Dec. 9 weighing in at 240 pounds, down about 25 from his playing weight at the end of last season. ‘Haven’t been this low since my freshman year in high school,’ quips Love, 23, the former Lake Oswego High standout. How did Love become the NBA’s version of Gisele Bundchen? ‘If I give you all the secrets, then …’ Love teases during a Thanksgiving weekend visit to the Oswego home of his parents, Stan and Karen. Love continued his workouts through the offseason with trainer Gunnar Peterson near Kevin’s home in Santa Monica, Calif., but it was more than that. ‘It was taking care of my body, eating the right foods, getting sleep and training the right way,’ Love says. ‘More than anything, I paid attention to what I ate.’ A sleeker Love will mean more mobility, and will ease the pressure on his knees as they take a pounding through a shorter, but still lengthy NBA season.”

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  • Natty dread

    Good for him he’s cool but… The CHICAGO BULLS ARE GONNA BE THE 2012 WORLD CHAMPS!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com greg

    is that a good thing i thought his game was being big.

  • JEr dawg

    How is he going to average 15 rpg now that he can’t hold his position with his size? Plus he isn’t muscular? He’s probably going to average 20 rpg now because he can chase down long rebounds, sky for alley oops, and run fast break. He might even block shots? Interesting now, because he’s damn amazing scoring and rebounding at high rate of efficiency given his athleticism as compared to others.

  • T-Money

    this is one of those few occasions when i’m not sure being more fit is actually benefecial. love rebounds because he boxes out and holds his ground. even at 240, he’s not going to out-jump anybody so why lose the girth?

  • BRAVO

    no more double doubles for yo now!

  • thor

    Well it is always good to lose weight when we’re talking fat. He will get into the weight room and gain some of it back in muscles. He’s gonna be even more dangerous of a player I think.

  • burnt_chicken

    this never would have happened under the steely gaze(s) of MuscleWatch.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    ok he still sucks

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    ^^^THATS NOT ME. I TRIED TO POST “GUNNAR IS THAT DUDE. 90% OF GETTING IN BETTER SHAPE IS EATING PROPERLY FOR YOUR SPECIFIC GOALS”. SLAM TOLD ME I WAS POSTING TOO QUICKLY AND TO SLOW DOWN. HUH?

  • well

    how stupid now they have three tweeners in beasley, williams, and love

  • LA Huey

    25 less is good for the knees.

  • ab40

    9 rebounds per game whoooo good for him

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    How exactly is Love a “tweener”? He’s can’t play the 5. He can’t play the 3. He is a 4. And will play 4. No tweening there. I can’t say it will bode well or not for him. Remains to be seen. He’s still going to be boss on the boards the question is more boss or less boss… He certainly is gunna run better and jump easier. But was the “girth” he had what made him so dominant or was it his footwork? It was a combo, but I think mostly footwork. Reggie Evans isn’t a big dude and he works the glass big time. Ben Wallace never needed allot of weight to grab his boards. Rodman was a string bean for his first several years. We shall see. I see rough averages of 20,12 from him this season.

  • Nehemiah01

    What happened to the 15 pounds of muscle?

  • Stevie Jenkins

    Anyone who claims that Love’s lack of bulk will affect his rebounding should watch some Youtube clips of the Worm. It will probably make Love an iller rebounder. Read me?

  • bike

    If he lost all that weight off his butt, he will not be as good a rebounder as he has been. The guy has a big butt, which is great for boxing out.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^Hadn’t noticed Love’s butt. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Stevie Jenkins

    I noticed Love’s butt, but I wasn’t going to say anything.

  • thor

    Word Stevie Jenkins

  • thor

    Forget Love, take a look at the J Smoove slimness http://on.nba.com/tSpxN3.
    He has lost 30 pounds over the summer!!
    This makes me hope he stays with my hawks.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    *looks down at Thanksgiving gut* wish I could say the same. I probably put on about 8lbs last weekend…not feeling it.

  • RunNGuN

    Down 25 lbs? He probably packed on some muscle. This will help him with his mobility… he’s in a contract year, so we’ll see what happens. The Wolves will be league pass darlings.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    We had lunch this summer. He went with grilled fish and veggies (no butter) while I was scarfing fries. He looked good. He paid for lunch, too, which was nice of him.

  • shutupallenp

    @ryan did y’all kiss at the end of the date? or a nice long walk in the park holding hands?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^Someones jealous

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com K.Holiday

    Christmas can’t get here any quicker… This is news?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Now he will really look like Roland Prezbylewski.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign bike, actually. And it’s not that difficult to notice a big @ss. It’s not like it’s hidden.

  • shutupallenp

    @lakeshow get off ma D^&K

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Your right Teddy. Should have noticed that ass. Don’t know where mind is these days.

  • BBaller

    Good for the timberwolves, they will still suck. So overrated.His team shoots poorly and the opponents are relaxed and miss shots that’s the only reason he averages 10+ boards a game. 2 inches above Luke Walton

  • ab40

    The worm was a freak of nature. He could guard everyone at 6-7 215 which he was his entire career. Love is slow footed and big. He’ll get 10 tot 12 per game but not the 15 of last year. Of course he’ll get his boards, he has a nose for the ball and wants to rebound. That makes things easy.

  • shutupallenp

    i agree he is overrated as a player, just goes to show how watered down the league is.

  • Chase

    I’m sure he gained muscle, while losing some of the baby fat so he gets quicker while still being able to dominate his position. I don’t see him putting up 15 boards a game too often again, but Dwight Howardespue(20^pts & 12^rbds) numbers are definitely expected.

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