Full Name : Kevin Love Birth Date : 09/7/88 Birth Place : Lake Oswego, OR Height : 6 foot 10 Weight : 250 lbs.
High School : Lake Oswego HS College : UCLA Bruins Position : Center
Kevin Love has shown a skill level that is absolutely unheard of amongst big men in the college ranks—knocking down NBA 3-pointers with ease, putting the ball on the floor with either hand, using pump-fakes, spin-moves, jump-stops and creating his own shot with fantastic footwork. He’s rebounding the ball well, throwing beautiful outlet passes, contesting shots around the basket, and even coming up with a few blocks on occasion.
Kevin Love’s body looks better and better every time we see him, as he’s shed a good amount of weight and is now probably only 10 pounds or so away from being in optimal shape. Kevin Love can’t necessarily be called an athletic player, but playing next to or going up against physically gifted big men like Brook Lopez, Steven Hill and Robert Dozier, he has looked absolutely fine and has not had a problem doing whatever he wants out on the floor.
Scouting Obviously having benefitted from being the son of former NBAer and Oregon Duck Stan Love, Kevin Love is so advanced in his post moves he'd start for most Pac-10 schools right now. Physically he looks like he could still develop, with a good body and square shoulders. If he continues to grow and his athleticism continues to improve, he might not play college basketball. A top ten national player for 2007.
He attended Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where he was ranked as one of the top players in the nation from the class of 2007.As a sophomore, he led Lake Oswego to the 2005 Oregon state high school basketball championship game, but the team lost to Jesuit High School 57-53. That summer, Love was the center of controversy when Nike removed him from its Portland Elite Legends AAU team because he had chosen to participate in the
Reebok ABCD Camp against other top recruits such as Greg Oden. Love went on to play for the Southern California All-Stars, who compiled an unprecedented 45-0 record with Love, who garnered 4 MVP awards along the way.
In 2006, Love and the Lakers returned to the Oregon state championship, winning 59-57 over South Medford and fellow star recruit Kyle Singler. The two teams met again for the 2007 championship, but this time, Singler and South Medford defeated Lake Oswego 58-54. In that game, Love had 37 points and 15 rebounds, and finished his high school career as the all-time leading scorer in Oregon boys' basketball history with 2,628 points, despite missing half his sophomore season. The previous career scoring record had stood for 50 years. Earlier that year in a game against Putnam High School, Love shattered the backboard on a breakaway dunk
Kevin Love breaks backboard
SOPH: Attended Nike Elite Camp and All-American Camp. Distinguished himself against top national competition. Injured knee and missed most of his sophomore season.
Kevin Love profile - 2007 Mcdonalds All American Game
FR: Probably the most skilled big man on the west coast regardless of class, which is really something to say for a freshman prospect.
UCLA's Kevin Love is on FIRE!
In July 2006, Love verbally committed to play college basketball at UCLA. Love, who has worn number 42 for a majority of his basketball career, received permission from Walt Hazzard to wear the same number with UCLA. UCLA retired Hazzard's number 42 in 1996. Since arriving at UCLA, Love has also regularly sought out retired Bruins coaching legend John Wooden for advice.
Love's presence with the UCLA Bruins has brought animosity from fans of the University of Oregon, his father's alma mater, where it was expected he would play. Prior to a game at Oregon, Duck fans obtained Love's cell phone number and left obscene messages as well as death threats; the fans also subjected Love's family to obscenities and threw garbage at them during the game. This event, along with similar events directed at other players, has prompted a discussion of whether abuse by college basketball fans is becoming too extreme
02/13/08 Los Angeles - UCLA Bruins (should be healthy in the next week or two, which equals another Final Four); 2. Stanford (moved up to No. 7 in the polls); 3. Washington State (Stanford likely the only loss in final five games); 4. USC (loss of Daniel Hackett hurts big, but schedule gives them a chance until finale with Stanford); 5. ASU (one more “signature” win, a win in the
Pac-10 tournament and not losing to Oregon State should get them into the Dance); 6. Oregon (lots of seniors, lots of good shooters); 7. Arizona (Stanford, Washington, Washington State, USC, UCLA in a row. Without Nic Wise or a defense); 8. California (the contest is on with Arizona as to which team despises defense more); 9. Washington (tame schedule, but too many teams to hurdle); 10. Oregon State (can’t even beat itself).
03/30/08 WEST REGIONAL UCLA 76 Xavier 57
Site: U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix
UCLA's defense put on a suffocating display against the Musketeers and rolled to a 76-57 victory. The Bruins will make their third consecutive trip to the Final Four after posting their 14th consecutive victory.
04/17/08 Love declares for the NBA Draft
Love led the Bruins in scoring (17.5 points a game) and rebounding (10.6) on the way to a 35-win season and a trip to the Final Four, where UCLA lost to Memphis. He said he didn't plan to hire an agent right away.
He was drafted fifth in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. Following the draft he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an 8 player trade which included O. J. Mayo going to Memphis. In his first career NBA Summer League game against the Dallas Mavericks, Love had 18 points and 13 rebounds and in his second game against the Los Angeles Lakers he had 18 points and 17 rebounds.
The Timberwolves' trade of Jefferson before the 2010–11 NBA season was expected to result in more playing time for Love. However, he averaged 28 minutes through the first nine games, exceeding 30 minutes only twice. Chris Mannix of SI.com wrote that many speculated there was a rift between coach Kurt Rambis and Love.In a home game against the New York Knicks on November 12, 2010, Love became the 19th player to record a "30–30" game, when he recorded 31 points along with a career-high 31 rebounds. His 31 rebounds set a Timberwolves franchise record and were also the most by a player in an NBA game since Charles Barkley recorded 33 rebounds in a game in 1996. Love became the first player to record a 30–30 game since Moses Malone in 1982.Love scored a career-high 43 points and had 17 rebounds on December 18 in a 113–115 loss to the Denver Nuggets. On February 4, 2011, Love was selected by Commissioner David Stern to his first NBA All-Star Game as replacement for the injured Yao Ming. The day before, Love was not selected as an All-Star as a reserve although averaging 21.4 points, a league-best 15.5 rebounds, shooting 43.9 percent from 3-point range, and having 34 straight double-doubles for the 11–37 Timberwolves.On February 8, Love set a team record (previously held by Kevin Garnett) with his 38th consecutive double-double after scoring 20 points and recording 14 rebounds in the Timberwolves' 112–108 win over the Houston Rockets. He scored 37 points and had 23 rebounds on February 27 in a 126–123 win over the Golden State Warriors. It was his fourth 30-point, 20-rebound game of the season, and Love went 18 for 23 from the free throw line to tie Minnesota's team records for made and attempted free throws. On March 13, Love's consecutive double-double streak ended at 53 games in a loss to the Golden State Warriors.It was the longest streak since the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, surpassing Malone's 51-game streak from 1979 to 1980.
Love was two shot of Elvin Hayes's streak of 55 consecutive double-double set in the 1973–74 season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wilt Chamberlain holds the record with 227 consecutive double-doubles from 1964 to 1967. The NBA does not recognize the double-double as an official statistic.Love suffered a strained left groin on March 20 against Sacramento. He missed the final six games and nine of the last 11 games of the season due to the injury.
Love led the NBA in rebounding averaging 15.2 per game. He won the NBA Most Improved Player Award after increasing his points per game by 44 percent and his rebounds per game by 38 percent over his previous season. Love established career highs in rebounding, scoring (20.2), assists (2.5), double-doubles (64), field goal percentage (.470), free throw shooting (85 percent), 3-point shooting (41.7 percent) and minutes played (35.8). He became the first player to average at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in a season since Malone in the 1982–83 season. The Associated Press wrote that he emerged as the new face of the franchise since Garnett was traded from the Timberwolves to the Boston Celtics in 2007.
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