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Kevin Love

Cleveland, OH
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My dad put a basketball in my hand when I was young, and I've loved basketball ever since. I spent the majority of my childhood doing bounce passes with a cardboard box and practicing incessantly. All that practice led me to UCLA and on a run to the Final Four in 2008. Now, I am in the NBA where I’ve played for 11 years. A highlight of my professional experience was as a member of the 2012 US Olympic gold-medal team. Every professional athlete’s worst fear is getting injured and being unable to play the game they love. Unfortunately, I have experienced a few injuries in my career that I have visited Hospital for Special Surgery to fix. In January 2013, I broke my hand twice in one season and had to have surgery with Dr. Michelle Carlson to fix my third and fourth metacarpal bones. In 2015, I had surgery with Dr. David Altchek to repair a torn labrum in my shoulder that I suffered during the playoffs. Most recently, in 2018, I had surgery with Dr. Martin O’Malley to repair a nagging toe injury on my left foot that caused me to miss two months. The level of care and service I have always received at HSS has kept me confident that I would step on the court and be back to my normal self every time. Now, entering my 12th NBA season, I feel as fresh as ever and am excited to lead a young Cavaliers team for the coming years.