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A story published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune last year (the story has been archived and is no longer available) discussed Love’s baseball career, and stated that Love was clocked at more than 90 mph as a freshman in high school.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.

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Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio exchange trash talk over US vs Spain game

The US men’s basketball team beat Spain 100-78 in its final exhibition game before heading to London for the Olympics. The contest was a rematch of the 2008 gold medal game in Beijing won by the US, and Spain has made it clear it’s out for revenge.

Not only has Marc Gasol been critical of the current US squad, but Serge Ibaka has also said the Spanish team compares well to the US team. Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, who is recovering from a major knee injury, talked a little trash to his Minnesota Timberwolves teammate and Olympics opponent Kevin Love before the game:

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Kevin Love: T-Wolves had ‘bad blood’ in locker room last season

The Minnesota Timberwolves put together their best record in six seasons last year, and that’s pretty impressive considering they had “bad blood” in the locker room.

In an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, T-Wolves star Kevin Love said he was happy the team got rid of some players who were problems last season.

“If we get everybody back healthy, with Ricky back healthy, if Roy comes in healthy, and if we can get off to a good start, we’re going to be good. But we really have to add as many as pieces as we possibly can, veteran guys,” he told the Pioneer Press. “There was some bad blood in that locker room we were able to get out of there and smooth things out. That should help us out going forward.”

Asked to elaborate, Love responded: “Just what I said. We had bad blood in the locker room. We got that out.”

The players from last season who are no longer on the roster include Darko Milicic, Michael Beasley, Martell Webster, and Anthony Randolph. We can speculate about who was the source of the bad blood — and Beasley’s reputation doesn’t bode well for him in this sense — but it’s hard to pinpoint the problem. We just know that the T-Wolves need to start winning otherwise they’ll risk losing their best player. Cleaning out the “bad blood” is a start to having more success. Ricky Rubio and Brandon Roy’s knees are another key factor.

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