Kevin Love

Kevin Love Wesley is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. This is a five-time All-Star, a two-time member of the NBA Second Team. In addition, he won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016. Indeed, hes a member of the gold medal-winning United States national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Kevin Love Biography

The American professional basketball player was born on September 7, 1988 which makes him 34 years old. He was born and brought up in Santa Monica, California in a family of three children. Love was a childhood friend and Little League teammates with fellow future NBA star Klay Thompson. This can be seen that he started playing basketball way back to his childhood days. His outside shooting and ballhandling skills were developed by his father Stan, a former NBA big man. According to research, he has a height of 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and a weight of 251 lb (114 kg).

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Kevin Love Family

This American professional basketball player is born to Stan Love and Karen Love. Hes blessed with two siblings and is the second born. His younger sister is Emily Love and an older brother named Collin Love. A founding member of the Beach Boys is Loves uncle. In addition, the Beach Boys mastermind, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, and Dennis Wilson are Mike and Stans cousin. Kathleen McCartney Hearst who happens to be his aunt is an accomplished triathlete.

The player‘s relationship with Canadian model Kate Bock for nearly five years was known to all. Finally, they got engaged on January 31, 2021 and married on June 25, 2022. Their marriage took place at the New York Public Library in New York City.

Kevin Love Career

College Career

Love verbally committed to Play college basketball at UCLA in July 2006. Though, he also considered playing for North Carolina as well. Even though the school had retired the number for Hazzard in 1996, he received permission from Walt Hazzard to wear number 42. This took place before the 2007-08 season. He regularly sought out retired Bill Walton for advice after arriving at UCLA. Fans of Oregon was angry at him for deciding to play for UCLA as it was expected that he would play at his fathers alma mater.

There was even a time that they left obscene messages in Love‘s cell phone prior to a game at Oregon. During the game, his family was also subjected to obscenities and garbage was thrown at them. With regards to this and other similar incidents, a discussion on whether abuse by college basketball fans is getting extreme. Later on, Love and Mayo were nominated to the All-Pac-10 tournament team. Love later led UCLA to the regular season Pac-10 conference championship, the conference tournament championship, and a No. 1 seed in the 2008 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament. He also helped them to the Final Four of the tournament where they lost to the Memphis Tigers.

In turn, the season and tournament appearance were later vacated. This extremely talented young star was named consensus first-team All-American, Pac-10 Player of the Year. Furthermore, he was named All-Pac 10, and 10 Freshman of the Year.

Professional Career

Minnesota Timberwolves (2008-2014)

Rookie season (2008-2009)

Love announced his intention to leave UCLA to enter the 2008 NBA draft in a press conference on April 17, 2008. With the third overall pick, Love was traded along with Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, and Jason Collins to the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the 2008 NBA Summer League, Love went on to play and led all players in rebounding. As his minutes increased, he was named NBA Rookie of the Month for March. Becoming the first rookie to lead the league since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984-85, he ranked first in the league in offensive rebound percentage. He finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the 2009 NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

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Sophomore Season (2009-2010)

Love was invited to participate in the USA National Team mini-camp that was conducted from July 22-25 in Las Vegas during the off-season. In a pre-season game on October 16, 2009, he had an injury and began the season on the injured list. However, the first 18 games of the season were missed by him due to his surgery. On December 4, 2009, he returned against the New Orleans Hornets and made immediate impact for the Timberwolves. The young star was chosen to play in NBA All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge. The season was finished with him ranking as the NBAs best rebounder.

It was reported on October 17, 2012, that Love would miss about six to eight weeks. This was due to an incident of his third and fourth metacarpals on his right (shooting) hand breaking during a morning workout. Just five weeks after sustaining the injury, he surprised fans by returning to the Wolves on November 21. Once again, he refractured his shooting hand in a game against the Denver Nuggets. Timberwolves then announced that the injury would require surgery and he would miss an additional 8-10 weeks of playing time due to that. In his final year in Minnesota, he set an NBA record in 2013-14, as the first player in NBA history to record 2,000 points, 900 rebounds, and 100 3-pointers in a single season. For the second time in his career, he was named to the All-NBA Second Team.

Cleveland Cavaliers (2014-present)

The Timberwolves traded Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade on August 23, 2014. 34 of the Cavaliers final 43 games were won with the help of Love. As a result, they finished the regular season as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 53-29 overall record. After he dislocated his left shoulder in the first quarter of Game 4, Love missed the remainder of the playoffs. Despite the different opinions, the league ruled that Olynyk had “yanked Loves arm down” and suspended Olynyk for one game.

His team announced it would take Love four to six months to recover as he underwent surgery. The Cavaliers got to the 2015 NBA Finals but were defeated in six games by the Golden State Warriors. Love opted out of the final year of his contract, worth $16.7 million in 2015-16 to return to free agency on June 24, 2015. However, he re-signed with the Cavaliers on July 9, 2015.

National Team Career

The young star was part of the United States national team that won the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. On July 7, 2012, this American professional basketball player made the 2012 Olympic team. So over their runners-up Spain, the team finished with victory and won the gold medal. Love withdrew himself from the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly World Championship) team. This was due to being mired in unresolved trade talks between Minnesota and other NBA teams. Also, he was selected for the 2020 Olympic team in Tokyo but after the third exhibition game, he withdrew. His reason was the fact that he has not fully recovered from the right calf injury.

Kevin Love Career Highlights and Awards

NBA champion (2016)

5x NBA All-Star (2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018)

2x All-NBA Second Team (2012, 2014)

NBA Most Improved Player (2011)

NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2009)

NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2012)

NBA rebounding leader (2011)

Consensus first-team All-American (2008)

Pac-10 Player of the Year (2008)

First-team All-Pac-10 (2008)

Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2007)

Gatorade National Player of the Year (2007)

2x First-team Parade All-American (2006, 2007)

Kevin Love Media Appearances

Love appeared on the front cover of NCAA Basketball 09 on a video game in 2009. He appeared as himself on television on the Disney Channel show “The Suite Life on Deck”. This was during the season 3 episode twister along with Dwight Howard and Deron Williams. Also, in the HBO television series, he appeared in its seventh-season finale “Lose Yourself”.

In 2012, he was part of an advertising campaign online by PepsiCo for Pepsi Max. It was reported to be the second most watched ad on YouTube that year as it was wildly popular. Furthermore, it was among the 50 most-viewed viral videos worldwide with more than 22 million views. Later that year, PepsiCo and its advertising agency rolled out another commercial. Meanwhile, a theatrical movie was brought about by these and two more commercials “Uncle Drew” in 2018.

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Kevin Love Net Worth

According to research, Kevin Love has a net worth estimated to be around $50 million. It is gathered that the young star lives a luxurious life and has a gym constructed in his apartment. For his vacation, he visits exotic places and his travel stories are always posted on Instagram. Also, he has many branded cars named Audi, BMW, Pagani Huayra BC, and Ferrari.

Kevin Love Endorsements, and Investments

In 2011, the young star signed a 6-year endorsement contract with the Chinese shoe company 361 Degrees. Love became an investor in the lifestyle website 12Society in 2012. Lastly, he became the new style ambassador and campaign model for Banana Republic in 2016.

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Kevin Love Social Handles

The extremely talented player is active on social media and quite easy to find on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. In addition, he has a whooping amount of followers. His Facebook name is @kevinloveofficial and he has 2M followers. Follow him on Twitter @kevinlove and here he has 3.1M followers. His Instagram handle is @kevinlove and he has 3.1M followers.

Conclusion

There‘s no one that does not know this young, brave, and talented player. Kevin Love is the perfect definition of always finding a way for what you love and see as priority. Despite the injuries he has encountered, he has made basketball his priority. As a result of that, he has won tons of awards and will hopefully win much more.

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