College, NBA, NBA Draft / May 27, 2008 / 2:45 pm

Kevin Love is Becoming a Beast

In preparation for the upcoming Orlando Pre-Draft camp and individual workouts, Kevin Love has been holed up in Florida going about the business of becoming a basketball beast.

The Los Angeles Times has his daily routine:

He’s awake and eating breakfast by 6:30 a.m. He has made the trip from his Westwood apartment to the Home Depot Center in Carson by 8:15 a.m. There he joins UCLA teammate Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Arizona’s Chase Budinger in a weight room where the three players spend 90 minutes doing workouts tailored for their particular needs by Joe Abunassar, founder and owner of Impact Basketball.

The day doesn’t end until 3 or 4 p.m.

Mbah a Moute hopes he can show off an improved jump shot along with his already-approved defense when the NBA pre-draft camp pickup games begin here today. Love is rated highly enough that he gets to bypass the games and be one of 20 NBA hopefuls to go through extensive physical measurements and tests Friday.

Since signing on with Impact Basketball last month, Love’s days have been 9 to 5 except that the alarm clock goes off more like at 6.

After the weight session, Love has a midmorning snack, delivered by a healthy-eating company called Sunfare that he pays to keep him eating right. Then there’s a movement session and a couple of hours of one-on-one basketball. Lunch (delivered), then an hour or so on a treadmill in a room where the altitude is simulated at up to 9,000 feet. A bike ride. A shower. A trip back to Westwood. Dinner and a snack. Delivered. Bed. Alarm clock.

“How do I look?” Love asked last week. He looked about 15 pounds lighter and his jump shot was consistent, even at the NBA three-point line. He made 10 in a row at one point.

If he is noticeable faster, lighter on his feet and kills in workouts, we can definitely see Love creeping his way into the back end of the Lottery.

Read the full article HERE.

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  • MoxWestCoastRep

    There’s no shock here. Love showed he had as much skill as any big man we’ve ever seen. Yes he was a little hefty, but he is only 18 years old and can still shed that baby fat and gain athleticism.
    Best case he can be a Dirk type player with great rebounding and passing skills.
    Worst case a Troy Murphy type guy, which is still pretty good.

  • Dennis Castro

    Based on the work he’s putting in now, it bodes well for him. For the most part, the best players in the league are relentless in improving their physique and game.

    If he’s this committed to improving his game, then his ceiling can go even higher.

  • miamiVIS3

    I really like K-Love and I think this really makes teams that were on the fence because of his weight and lack of athleticism now lean towards taking him because at the very least it looks like he’s going to work hard and if he keeps up can become mch more than a passable NBA player he may perhaps even borfer on being an elite player in the league.

  • You Can’t Handle the “Truth”

    He get’s no love from me…he’s slow…and he’s definately no LarryBird…He won’t get his shot off..the only way he’ll make it in the pro’s is because he’s a wide body and he’s white…He didn’t show the work ethic in college…

  • AY

    I see danny fortson: that wide body should really help rebounding.

  • Big Shot BOB

    Yeah he’ll be a beast on the boards. With that body and if he keeps working he’ll be able to box most guys out the lane. Plus he had that great outlet pass. I think this will be a good pick for the warriors. Can you imagine him throwing those outlets to either baron or monta on the break….killer!!!

  • jimmhumm

    Kevin love = Big Country Reeves.
    I see Love ballin better than Big Baby did this year because he has a lot of skills just like big country did. The Troy Murphy comparison is good. The dirk comparison? No. At worst he will still be as good as Bugot from the Bucks. This draft he should go top 10. definitly before O.J. Mayo.

  • word

    hmm interesting.