INDEPENDENCE (92.3 The Fan) – After missing the last 2 games due to back spasms Kevin Love is ready to get back on the floor.
“I feel good,” Love said following practice Friday.
Love didn’t appear to be suffering from any ill effects from his back as he shot free throws and perimeter jumpers during the portion of practice that was open to reporters.
Tests earlier this week did not reveal any structural damage or problems, which was a relief to Love after he left in the first half of last Sunday’s 107-91 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“I knew going in, obviously knock on wood you pray that’s not the case but, I knew it would most likely be muscular but still it gives you a clear conscious,” Love said.
Love, who expects to play Saturday night in New York as the Cavs begin a 4-game road trip, has worked through these flareups before and he’s confident that they won’t sideline him again going forward.
“I’m hoping we have a pretty good handle on it now,” Love said. “It’s always hard to kinda tell when you can’t see it. It’s not quite like a concussion in that way but as far as not being able to see the injury and spasms, having to deal with that for a week or 5 days at a time is tough. And then it lingers but I feel like we have a pretty god handle on it now.”
The spasms won’t keep Love, who is averaging 19.9 points and 11 rebounds per game this season, from All-Star weekend after being named a reserve for the Eastern Conference.
With the back issue seemingly under control, Love’s name continues to circulate on the trade rumor mill.
“It doesn’t matter if I have an All-Star year or it’s one side or the other, that’s always going to be there,” Love said.
“It’s good to be wanted.”
The latest rumor has him being swapped for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who is friends with LeBron James.
“I just want the best for my friend, no matter what it is,” James said. “If he’s there in New York or if he’s not, I just want the best for him. I want him to be happy. That’s all that matters. The game comes very easy to you when you’re happy about where you’re at, so if he’s happy in New York or he wants to be elsewhere, not sure.
“But he’s done a lot for that franchise and did a lot for the Denver franchise as well. See what happens.”
Cavs general manager David Griffin is expected to be active leading up to the trade deadline to possibly add another point guard or rim protector or both.
In what has become an annual question, Love was asked once again if he expects to be traded this year.
“No, I don’t,” Love said. “I expect to be here for a long time.”