Kevin Love may be cleared for some basketball activities. But that doesn’t mean he knows exactly when he’ll back on the court and playing in games.
On Monday, Love said that he did not know when he would return and it would be based on how his foot responds to increased activity.
“I don’t know,” Love said, per cleveland.com. “It’s really tough for me to say because I don’t know how my foot is going to respond. I didn’t know what the doctor was going to say in New York, but I think just if I’m feeling good and I progress well than hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. I just don’t know when it’s going to be.”
“I think just kind of go with the symptoms,” he said, per cleveland.com. “Like if I’m feeling anything we’ll just kind of keep it at that pace, just a progression from here. But I think I’ll get more of an idea of that over the next couple weeks and then from there there will be even more progression and get out on the court. I don’t know when I’ll be able to go one on one, two on two, three on three, but I think that’s all part of the next few weeks I’d say.”
Love also said that he does not plan on shutting down this year and punting on the season.
“That’s never really been the thought process — at least for me,” Love said. “I know going out there, 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 LD (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.
”I would just hope to come back whether it be right before All-Star break, after All-Star break just things to start trending in the right direction and give the fans and this organization some hope for better times that are going to be here.”
Love would certainly help the Cavs, who are the worst team in the NBA at the moment and losers of nine straight games. But considering the massive extension he signed this summer, there’s no reason to rush him back.
Also worth noting: this year’s trade deadline is Feb. 7. All-Star weekend is the week after that. If the Cavs did want to deal Love, they’d be able to do so on Jan. 24.
All that being said, and despite the season not necessarily going as planned. Love did also say he’d like to remain in Cleveland.
“I would love to be here,” Love said. “Would just love to get through a whole season healthy just because I’ve had nagging things that have taken time and been a little bit unlucky, but I would like to play ball here.”