INDEPENDENCE (92.3 The Fan) – Kevin Love was disappointed he wasn’t able to play in the All-Star game but he’s looking forward to returning for the most important part of the season in a few weeks – the playoffs.
Love, who spoke on Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on Feb. 14 on his left knee, is recovering from what he called a “minor” procedure to have “loose bodies” removed. He expects to have stitches removed over the weekend as he begins to work his way back into shape.
Love is able to walk and run lightly but lateral movement is prohibited by doctors while he heals.
“I was out walking within a few days,” Love said. “They gave me a cool cane for the first two days.”
The silver lining for Love was the timing.
Although he missed the All-Star festivities, scheduling the surgery when he did allowed him to miss fewer games than had he waited because of the break.
“I thought for myself, for the team and everybody’s best interests, it was good for me to get that week,” Love said. “It definitely did buy me some time where there wasn’t games where I was able to recover, not miss games, and I put in a week of recovery before I got back.”
Love wasn’t sure when specifically he suffered the injury but he didn’t feel there was a problem until Feb. 11 during their game with Denver.
Following the surgery, the timetable for his return was set at 6 weeks and Love anticipates it will take that long for him to return meaning he won’t be back until the final week of March at the earliest.
“Every time I’ve been in a situation like this, usually when they say 6 weeks, they mean 6 weeks,” Love said. “As far as how I feel now, I feel great. But I’ll go through all the protocol. I’ll be back here on the floor, getting the stitches out, before that, getting the swelling down. It’s all just part of going through it.”
Love, who is averaging 20 points and 11.1 rebounds per game this season, underwent a similar procedure in April 2013 which also took 6 weeks to recover from.
Regardless, Love feels he will have plenty of time to get ready for the playoffs.
“There’s definitely enough time to where I can get into a good rhythm,” Love said. “I don’t know what the [plan is] as far as other guys resting or me resting going forward, but I imagine between J.R. [Smith] and myself, we’ll get out there and get our wind and be ready to go for whenever [the playoffs start] in April.”
Smith, who is recovering from a broken right thumb, has been shooting for the last 2 weeks and general manager David Griffin said Thursday Smith’s return is on schedule.