He’s loving it.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said he “felt good” after his first full-court, full-contact practice six months since dislocating his shoulder in the first round of the NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics.
Although still shaking off a bit of rust after a period of inactivity, the three-time All-Star is pretty optimistic about stepping foot on the court. This, according to Dave McMenamin’s report on ESPN.com.
“I felt good,” Love said in comments posted on the NBA team’s website from the team’s training camp in Ohio.
“Just getting into the rhythm of the plays more than anything, just getting my legs under me and contact — five-on-five felt really good.”
Love needed surgery to repair his damaged shoulder in April and went through the painstaking process of crawling his way back to shape since then.
He admitted to being “pretty anxious” about returning to full-court practice during the Cleveland’s training camp. Still, he’s positive about the upcoming season.
“As far as progressing from the pad into one-on-one, to three-on-three, I was ready to get back out there in five-on-five.”
“As time goes I’ll get more and more accustomed to being out there playing, but today was the first step.”
This should be a ray of hope for the Cavaliers, who could start the 2015-16 season without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving who is still recovering from a broken knee cap he sustained in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Although Cleveland’s roster is loaded with many high-caliber players, LeBron James seems unlike to repeat his one-man show he fielded against the Golden State Warriors for a large part of the regular season. Add to that power forward Tristan Thompson still in limbo after showing no signs of agreeing to a long-term deal with the team any time soon.
Love is hoping he’ll be ready for the Cavs’ season-opener when Cleveland visits the Chicago Bulls on October 27.