Wolves' Kevin Love says speculation about broken hand is 'idiotic'
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Love called any speculation that there is some other explanation behind how he broke his hand "idiotic."
"I've heard every (possible theory)," the Minnesota Timberwolves' star forward said on Wednesday, speaking for the first time since the injury on Oct. 17.
"But this isn't TMZ, this isn't People Magazine. I think most people are just looking for a story. For me, I know what happened. I am not trying to get around it. I am not trying to lie. That's just what happened."
Love repeated the explanation on Wednesday, saying his hand "gave out" while doing a version of pushups from his knuckles rather than the traditional way of doing them from the palms of your hand.
According to Love, knuckle pushups aren't part of his regular routine, but he does do pushup circuits while working out with his personal trainer.
"I do different series of pushups all the time, and my hand just gave on me and it kind of just broke," he explained.
Love said he knew immediately something was wrong and told his trainer they needed to go to the Target Center to see the team doctor. His hand was swollen by the time he got to the team facility an hour later and was then sent to the hospital for x-rays.
He since has been in New York seeing a specialist before flying home to Los Angeles to be with his family.
"I was upset. I was real upset," he said. "When I heard I broke my hand, I haven't even talked to my parents. I'm still upset. ... And then when I started hearing about, oh, the Timberwolves are cursed. I think the human instinct is to kind of take all the pressure and all the blame onto yourself."
Love said he understands speculation running rampant about the nature of his injury and the most common theory sent his way via social media is he punched something.
"I just tell them, sorry, I don't have a better story for you," Love said. "I know it's more sexy having punched something ... but I didn't punch anything."
Part of the fuel on that fire is the timeline of information. The Wolves announced that Love broke his hand on Oct. 17 from working out but made no mention that it happened on his own time. It wasn't until the next day that Love released a statement explaining the injury occurred away from the facility while working out without team trainers present.
Love explained the delay in any announcement or explanation from him because of the gamut of emotions he was facing.
"I think that's a large part of what happened," Love said. "I do feel like I'm a big part of this team, and for me not to be out there the first few or several games, it kills me."
Love has a removable cast on his hand and will be evaluated again in New York next week to get an update on the original six to eight weeks it was announced he would miss. But Love is optimistic, saying he wants to be back "sooner rather than later."
In the meantime, Love said he will be working on his conditioning which he admits has taken a turn for the worse since the injury, but he has no doubts he will be able to get his weight down in time for his return.
Love said he had kept in touch with teammates and coaches during his hiatus in California and that he addressed everyone before practice.