After being at the epicenter of NBA gossip during not just last summer but all of last season, Kevin Love has gone rather under the radar as he recovers from shoulder surgery. With the Cavs getting to the Finals without Love, along with the Tristan Thompson contract saga, it’s easy to forget that it’s Love who is a huge piece of the team’s future, especially after casually re-upping for five years and well over $100 million.
Love took time to speak with The Sporting News and provide an update on his rehab from shoulder surgery, saying most notably that he’s “feeling good” but that he’s “not completely sure” whether he’ll be available for the start of the regular season.
Per the report, Love has not been cleared for 5-on-5 practice (though he has been for 3-on-3) and while he feels ahead of the six month approximation for recovery time, he realizes he can’t jump the gun. “I like to think that I am ahead of the game, but … all I can do is go out there every day and attack my rehab and hopefully I will be able to go out there and help these guys as soon as possible,” he said.
LeBron James and the Cavs are looking at the prospect of starting the season without Love, Thompson, Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert, but they can afford to take the long view, thanks to residing in the Eastern Conference.