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Kevin Love addressed the media for the first time since breaking his right hand during a morning workout routine earlier this preseason. Below is a full transcript of his interview with the media.
Tell us where your mind is at with the recovery?
My mind is obviously not happy having a broken hand, but itâ€™s good to be back today after rehabbing and being with my family for a week. Iâ€™m looking forward to getting back on the court as soon as possible. Weâ€™ll know more next week on where my hand is at, and I plan on being back sooner rather than later. Iâ€™m excited to be back, keep up on my conditioning, and itâ€™s going to be a time for others to step up so Iâ€™m excited to see that. And still be a leader, still be as vocal as possible and be with the guys whether weâ€™re on the road, whether weâ€™re at home or weâ€™re in practice. In that regard Iâ€™m excited Iâ€™m still with the team 100 percent. Itâ€™s bittersweet, but you have to find a way to prevail from this.
Did you know right away?
Yeah, I mean it was pretty much a freak accident. This happened working down on the fifth floor of my apartment complex. It was just a weird thing, it just happened and I told my trainer Rob McClanahan something is wrong, and then I tried to do another weight bearing exercise on it and I just said weâ€™ve got to go over to the Target Center right away. We talked to Gregg Farnam, he sent me over to the hospital and low and behold I broke two bones.
Are knuckle pushups a normal part of your workout?
[Not so much] knuckle pushups but ball pushups and kettle ball pushups have been. Itâ€™s weird how it happened, the same thing kind of same thing goes for my left hand in Chicago after I guess it was one of the first preseason games. I looked at my hand and saying something is wrong. It was very much the same with my right hand as well.
Have you done them regularly before?
Yeah, I do different series of pushups all the time. My hand just gave on me, and it just broke.
Can you understand how people might be skeptical?
Of course, Iâ€™ve heard everything. But this isnâ€™t TMZ, this isnâ€™t People Magazine. I think most people are just looking for a story. For me, I know what happened. Iâ€™m not trying to get around it, Iâ€™m not trying to lie. Thatâ€™s just what happened.
Do you have a date in mind?
Just as soon as possible. Iâ€™d just like to get out there as soon as possible.
How disappointed were you when you found out 6-8 weeks?
It was very disappointing. Like I mentioned Iâ€™m going to stay in shape as best I can, and Iâ€™m going to continue being with the team and keep being a leader.
Did you suspect instantly it was broken?
Yeah I did, because I had broken my left hand as I mentioned. I saw the swelling that came about, because I broke it probably about 9:45-10:00 in the morning. I got over to Target Center around 10:30-10:45 or maybe an hour later and it was already very swollen so it was either extremely aggravated or broken. And when I got to the doctor and he started pressing on my hand, thatâ€™s when I figured it probably is broken.
How have you thought the team has responded without you and Ricky?
I think in years past we probably would be in trouble, but I think with Pek and Luke and JJ and Brandon and AK and Derrick and, I mean, Shved, all the different guys that we have on this team that weâ€™re going to be OK. If we play good basketball and we continue the defense weâ€™ve been playing throughout the preseason that weâ€™re going to win some ballgames. And the sooner we get Ricky and myself back and get to a full roster, I think weâ€™re going to have a major breakthrough and continue to play better.
Are you looking at the positives out of this? That the team has helped its depth?
Yeah, I definitely think so. I think guys stepping up and getting a chance to play significant minutes. For instance Derrick Williams and Chase Budinger have played extremely well in the preseason. And I think those guys getting a chance to come out and play, and Lou Amundson and [Dante Cunningham], I think those guys have really had a chance to break through and help us win games early on.
You and Larry Fitzgerald have become YouTube sensations. Can you tell us about that?
I came to Larry with the idea that we should do a video for breast cancer because a ladyâ€¦who is kind of my LA mom when I go back to LA in the offseason, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in February and went through different stages. And obviously Larryâ€™s mom nine years ago lost her life to breast cancer. So I called him up, and we had been in touch over the last few years, and I said we should do a video. He was all for it, and it all came about organically. This is where itâ€™s at, and weâ€™re happy with the product we put out and the money itâ€™s raised for breast cancer awareness.
How big of a challenge will it be to get your shot back?
I was actually mentioning it today to coach. I donâ€™t think, obviously itâ€™s not like it was my second year in the league when I was able to shoot with my right hand. But I think the touch will come back pretty easily, and I think as long as I keep my weight down, keep in shape and keep my legs ready, if all that is intact and I stay mentally prepared itâ€™s going to come back pretty easily. And the good thing about it is when my hand heels and Iâ€™m cleared to go, whether or not my touch is back the first day, Iâ€™m going to be out there and ready to go.
Are you working on your left hand?
A little bit. I havenâ€™t really touched a basketball in the last week. But Iâ€™m looking forward to getting back into it and working on my left hand. Maybe in some ways it was a blessing in disguise.
Did you talk to your teammates about it?
Yeah, a lot of them texted me and the majority of the coaching staff texted me about the hand and how it was feeling throughout the week and when it happened. Iâ€™ve been keeping in touch with them and I addressed them in the locker room today, told them where I was, kept me up to date. They couldnâ€™t empathize but they had sympathy for me and they just want me to get back and get with the team, so Iâ€™m here now.
When did you shave your head?
I got it two Saturdays ago when I shaved it the first time. Larry shaved it, and then I shaved it again this past Saturday. This will be it for me. This will be the last youâ€™ll see it until next year or who knows?