Love to have knee surgery, won't return this season

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 9, 2013 - 6:48 AM

While his hand is healing, he also will have surgery on his sore left knee later this week.

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Wolves forward Kevin Love ended up playing only 18 games this season in what has turned out to be a “lost season for him.”

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If there was any lingering doubt, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love’s season officially is over, but it’s not just because of that healing shooting hand.

Love will have arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue in his left knee later this week.

Love will consult with two surgeons on Wednesday at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery: He’ll see his hand doctor for a checkup on that right hand he has broken twice this season and also will consult with knee surgeon Dr. David Altchek, who probably will perform the operation that same day.

Love’s left knee has bothered him much of the season, but it has grown more painful in recent days as he ramped up workouts for a possible return yet this season. He told team doctors after games in December that his hip was hurting him, and Wolves doctors concluded that the problem was connected to his knee pain.

David Kahn, Timberwolves president of basketball operations, called the arthroscopic surgery “minor” and said he expects Love to resume his normal summer workouts in Los Angeles by early June after a season in which he has played just 18 games.

“I know he feels very poorly about this year,” Kahn said, “Frankly, it has been a lost season for him.”

Love planned on having the surgery after the season had he been able to return from that broken hand to play the final games in a season that ends April 17.

When his hand surgeon deemed him not yet ready for contact action, the decision was made to have the knee surgery now while he’s in New York City having the hand re-examined.

Love has not played since he broke his hand in a Jan. 3 game against Denver and underwent surgery two weeks later to repair two broken bones.

Pek Player of the Week

Center Nikola Pekovic on Monday became the first Timberwolves player in more than four years to be named the Western Conference’s Player of the Week. He won the honor for the first time in his three-year NBA career for averaging 25 points and 8.5 rebounds while the Wolves went 3-1 last week. Pekovic is the first Timberwolves since Al Jefferson won it in January 2009.

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