Cleveland Cavaliers could really use the help of their All-Star forward Kevin Love, but the 30-year-old is still a long way from returning to court.
Love, who is still recovering from a foot surgery he underwent in November, recently told reporters that he is still “weeks away” from doing on-court work and could be out until after the All-Star break in February.
“I don’t know,” – Love said when asked about his return. “It’s really tough for me to say because I don’t know how my foot is going to respond. Hopefully, it will be sooner rather than later.”
Although he doesn’t know when he will be back, Love knows that he doesn’t want to sit out the entire season.
“That’s never really been the thought process–at least for me,” – he added. “I want to play. I want to be out there with those guys. I feel like I would be letting my teammates down, and letting (coach) L.D. (Larry Drew) and the coaching staff down if I didn’t get out there and play and get out there and play as soon as I could — so long as I’m healthy.”
After LeBron James left Cleveland to join the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Love decided to remain with the franchise and sign a four-year, $120 million contract extension. He supposed to be a cornerstone for a Cavs’ team that had hopes of getting back to the playoffs even with James not being around. Still, after Love went down with the injury, the Cavaliers started playing atrociously, and currently find themselves at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 8-32 record, which is the worst in the NBA.
Love played only four games this season, averaging 19.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.