Kevin Love injured his right hand while doing knuckle pushups in his condo, the Minnesota Timberwolves said Thursday.
Love suffered the fracture in his hand while working out Wednesday morning -- an injury that will keep the Timberwolves' All-Star forward out six to eight weeks.
Love was examined Thursday by hand specialist Dr. Andy Weiland of the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York for further evaluation of the fracture of the third and fourth metacarpal in his right hand. The evaluation revealed surgery will not be required on his hand and confirmed his expected return will be in 6-8 weeks.
KEVIN LOVE STATEMENT ON INJURY
"Yesterday, I had a post-practice commitment and decided to work out at my home with my personal trainer before heading to Target Center. While doing various pushups, including knuckle pushups, which are part of my regular workout routine, I hurt my hand. I immediately knew something was wrong and called head athletic trainer Gregg Farnam.
"Although I'm disappointed that this injury happened, I will work extremely hard to stay in shape and return to the court as quickly as possible. We have added a lot of depth to our roster this season, and I have complete confidence in my teammates and coaching staff that they will step up and we will be successful during this time. I'm looking forward to supporting our team and helping out any way I can until I get back on the court."
NO LOVE, NO RUBIO...NOW WHAT?
Timberwolves analyst and former NBA player Kevin Lynch said the injuries to Love and point guard Ricky Rubio put even more pressure on the Wolves to start the season strong.
"I think the big thing is don't go on a major losing streak, so when those guys do come back you're in too far of a hole," Lynch said.
OTHER BIZARRE NBA PLAYER INJURIES
Steve Blake (Los Angeles Lakers, Sept. 2012): Injured left foot after stepping on a spike strip in a parking lot. Missed three weeks.
Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks, April 2012): Broke hand after punching a fire extinguisher near the team's lock room following a playoff loss.
Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls, Oct. 2010) -- Tripped over a bag while walking around his house. Landed on his hand and broke his fifth metacarpal. Missed two months.