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Kevin Love says he injured his elbow while sleeping

Kevin Love sat out the Timberwolves preseason game against the Bulls on Saturday because of a sore right elbow. Injuries are common during the preseason when guys are getting back into the swing of things and may not be in the best shape of their lives, but they typically happen on the court or in the weight room. Love told the Star Tribune that his injury occurred in the middle of the night.

Love didn’t bang it or hyperextend it while playing only the first quarter Friday in Indianapolis. No, he instead slept with his right arm extended off his bed all night Friday and when he awoke Saturday morning, he said he could barely lift a basketball.

“I couldn’t shoot it 10 feet,” he said.

But wait, Kevin doesn’t play baseball? Usually most of the weird injuries in sports happen to the guys who swing bats for a living, whether it be missing games because of an injury suffered while napping on the plane of dozing off on the bus. As tennis star Andy Murray could tell you, sleeping is also a way to injure you’re rear end.

Fortunately for the ‘Wolves, the injury is not believed to be serious and we’re only talking about preseason basketball. When the regular season starts, I’m sure Kevin will focus on tucking his arm away in a safer manner.

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Kevin Love still seems irritated by contract situation with T-Wolves

Kevin Love has developed into one of the best players in the NBA, but the Timberwolves did not appear to view him that way when it came to their contract negotiations.

Love wanted a five-year contract extension from the team — the maximum they could have offered, but they offered him a four-year deal instead. They compromised on a four-year, $61 million contract agreed to in January that gives Love a player option for the fourth year.

Speaking to The Associated Press’ Jon Krawczynski, Love expressed his disappointment with the Timberwolves over their contract agreement.

“I wanted them to say, ‘When people think Minnesota Timberwolves, they think Kevin Love.’ And I felt with my contract we didn’t really do that.”

Minnesota wanted to maintain payroll flexibility, and that is why they did not give him a fifth year guaranteed.

“There’s a lot of stuff behind the scenes that people didn’t know about and they will never know about,” Love said. “A lot of people looked at me and said, ’Oh, he doesn’t want a four-year deal?’ No. I wanted to be the guy. I wanted to be THEIR guy. The fact that I worked as hard as I possibly could and made my mark in many different ways, even after last season, I felt I was a little bit slighted. At this point I’m past that now.”

While Love may be satisfied with some of the offseason moves the team made, it’s obvious some of these issue are still in his head. If he really were past being slighted by the contract situation, he wouldn’t be bringing it up now. He also vented in July that he had very little patience for losing in Minnesota.

You better believe that Love will leave the Timberwolves in three seasons if they don’t start winning. They will be an improved team, but can they really keep up with the Thunder or Lakers? That’s doubtful.

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Kevin Love hits upper-deck home run at Target Field (Video)

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Kevin Love proved during a recent batting practice session at Target Field that his athletic talents are not limited to basketball.

The T-Wolves forward returned to Target Field on Friday a few days after throwing out the first pitch at a Twins game. Love had made a bet with a friend that he could hit a ball out of the park, and he proved he could do much more.

During his batting practice session before the Twins-Tigers, Love crushed a home run into the stadium’s upper deck.

As if being one of the NBA’s leading rebounders and scorers and an Olympic basketball player wasn’t enough, this guy can also drop 420-plus foot home runs. Oh yeah, he also could throw 90 mph when he was in ninth grade.

It’s OK to share some of the athletic talent genes, Kevin. You don’t have to hog them all.

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Kevin Love takes picture in front of cavemen, calls them Brook and Robin Lopez

It appears Kevin Love recently visited a museum of some sort, and since he loves messing with people on Twitter he saw it as an opportunity to rip on Brook and Robin Lopez. Love tweeted the photo you see above on Wednesday with the following message:

“Just chillin’ with Brook and Robin Lopez.”

As he showed us with the picture he tweeted of Team USA sleeping on their plane to the London Olympics, Kevin is always searching for his next victim to humiliate via social media. Sorry Lopez twins, it was just your time.

Kevin Love threw 90 mph as ninth-grader in high school

Kevin Love threw out the first pitch before Wednesday’s Yankees-Twins game, and the 6’10″ NBA All-Star looked pretty intimidating bringing the heat during warmups. The occasion reminded me of a nugget about Love’s athleticism that not many people know: The T-Wolves forward gave up a promising career in baseball to focus on basketball.

A story published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune last year (the story has been archived and is no longer available) discussed Love’s baseball career, and stated that Love was clocked at more than 90 mph as a freshman in high school. Love never pitched in high school because he gave up baseball to play basketball year-round.

Love says his father pushed him more toward basketball and that it appealed to him more because it is up-tempo. He thinks he could have done quite well had he continued with baseball.

“I think I could have taken it pretty far,” Love said of his baseball career. “But at this point, who’s to say? Maybe if I was a lefty I’d still be playing.”

Former Lakers player Mychal Thompson, whose sons are basketball players and played baseball with Love growing up in Oregon, called Love a “Little League legend.”

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Team USA gets revenge on Kevin Love (Photo)

Kevin Love pulled a fast one earlier this week when he posted an unflattering photo to Twitter of not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but six of his U.S. basketball teammates (and Coach K!) getting their beauty sleep on a flight to London. The photo made it’s rounds because how could you not like a photo that, among other things, depicts Chris Paul slobbering all over his pillow?

Now Team USA has exacted its revenge, giving Love a taste of his own medicine by snapping a photo of the Timberwolves forward catching some Z’s during a team bus ride. Russell Westbrook evidently couldn’t help but to rub it in.

Deron Williams posted the photo to Twitter with the message, “Payback #Gotem.” Love replied by tweeting, “Caught me slipping.”

It was a long night at the Opening Ceremony, so who can really blame Love for passing out? But apparently he must have thought he could slip by his teammates unnoticed by pulling the ol’ sunglasses trick. Either that or he wanted to do his best impression of Westbrook.

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Kevin Love tweets hilarious photo of Team USA sleeping on plane (Picture)

Of all the things Twitter allows us to do, this is by far one of its best uses. Athletes now have a way to instantly send embarrassing photos of their teammates to the entire world. It allows us to see people at their most vulnerable, which is always good for a few laughs. For example, Kevin Love tweeted a picture of several Team USA players sleeping on a recent flight. As you can see, it was a work of art.

Chris Paul definitely takes the cake with the way he’s hugging that pillow, but Anthony Davis is a close second with his massive comforter. I guess an airplane blanket wouldn’t do much good for someone who is nearly 7 feet tall. There’s nothing quite like a good road trip prank.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk