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Kevin Love

Cleveland, OH

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'm in the NBA where I’ve played for 7 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. In January 2013, I broke my hand twice in one season and had to have surgery to fix my third and fourth metacarpal bones. I saw Dr. Michelle Carlson at Hospital for Special Surgery who performed a successful surgery. The level of care and service I received at HSS had me confident when I stepped back on the court in the fall, and after my surgeries at HSS I had my best season in the NBA by far. Now I play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and I’m looking forward to having a healthy and productive career.