MINNEAPOLIS He didn't look the part of the injured star, the perpetrator of the bungled season, the missing piece around which everything was built.
No, on Saturday Kevin Love looked like any other NBA player warming up before a late-season game. His cheeks were flushed, his hairline sweaty, his shorts and T-shirt rumpled. But this was no healthy player preparing to take the court. The name Kevin Love has not been synonymous with health for quite some time.
Something happened this week, though. The Timberwolves and Love came clean, and something changed. Love has had knee problems, too, they admitted, knee problems that had been plaguing him since February. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday, extracting what he described as a substantial chunk of scar tissue, and the plate in his right hand was also removed that day.
And suddenly, things shifted. The verdict was in: Love's hand was better, his knee was clean, and, most important, he's done for the...