Remember when Kevin Love broke his hand and it was sad because we all want to see the Timberwolves be good this year? And then, very soon after, we all found out he broke it doing knuckle push-ups, like he was training for a “Rocky” fight and it was kind of one of those #SMH kind of situations? So weird. Who does knuckle push-ups in 2012? Probably not even Sylvester Stallone.

But it really did happen that way, at least if you’re buying what Kevin Love is selling. And why wouldn’t you? It’s not like he has that dastardly mustache anymore, so he should be trustworthy. From the AP:

“I’ve heard everything,” Love said. “But this isn’t TMZ. This isn’t People Magazine. I think most people are just looking for a story. For me, I know what happened. I’m not trying to get around it. I’m not trying to lie. That’s just what happened.”

Love spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since his injury, which he described as “pretty much a freak accident” during a pre-practice workout with his personal trainer at his home on Oct. 17. He said he felt the swelling immediately, tried to perform another weight-bearing exercise and then rushed to see the team’s athletic trainer before being sent to the hospital for X-rays that revealed two broken bones.

“I do different series of push-ups all the time. My hand just gave on me,” Love said, “and it just broke.”

The suggestion was made to Love that if he was seriously trying to cover up some bad or embarrassing behavior he would’ve created a more believable tale.

“I would have done some crazy story, the way my mind works. But I can’t even think of anything better right now,” Love said, wearing a white cast on his arm with a freshly shaved head that’s part of a breast cancer fundraiser with NFL star Larry Fitzgerald.

He makes a good point — if you were making up a story about why you broke your hand, why would you pick “doing knuckle push-ups” as your cover? Unless you are an action star from the 1980s, people are going to laugh. At this point, it’s just cool jocks in high school and Jean-Claude Van Damme who still do knuckle push-ups. Kevin Love is right. It makes for a terribly embarrassing cover-up.

But on the other broken hand, why is Kevin Love doing knuckle push-ups? I guess they theoretically build more strength in your wrists and chest than regular push-ups, but I’m also guessing that Kevin Love is doing a whole bunch of other stuff to build that strength. Not to mention, it seems like he’s got the strength game on lockdown anyways. They just seem kind of unnecessary when your hands are your livelihood.

Then again, doing knuckle push-ups is a pretty tough guy thing to do. Between that, the shaved head and the rebounding, he might just be the next Dennis Rodman. At least when it comes to bad action movies.

Comments (8)

  1. He’s using the “knuckle pushups” excuse because he has a boxer’s fracture. The only way you really ever get a boxer’s fracture is by punching something. So he can’t come out and say he slammed it in a car door or something– thus the not-believable knuckle pushup excuse. My guess is he punched something.

  2. Apparently he’s been doing finger-tip push-ups since his former-NBA player father, Stan Love taught them to him. Stan Love learned the trick from Wes Unsled, who has the best outlet passing ever. So I guess finger-tip push-ups are responsible for Kevin’s amazing outlet passing?

    My question is how a hand would break during a knuckle push-up. Did he hand just give under the pressure? It seems more likely he was doing something like clapping between each push-up and landing on his knuckles. That could do the trick.

    Or he punched something. This is the man who stepped on Luis Scola’s face. Short-temper.

  3. Side note: Larry fitzgerald madden curse is he will never have an elite qb in his career ever. Move along

  4. I was doing hindu squats and my legs gave out and I fell right on a pringles can. Yeah, that’s the ticket, I was exercising. Not anything else. What flavor? Extreme dill pickle. Wait, you aren’t a doctor….

  5. Kevin Garnett did knuckle pushups mid-game in June 2012:

    Must be a Minnesota Kevin thing.

  6. i really liked your post, i couldnt seem to find much on the internet

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