When we last saw Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, his arm was getting yanked out of its socket by Boston’s Kelly Olynyk in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs. Love spent his summer rehabbing his left shoulder and strengthening the rest of his body, a process we knew little about until Cavs training camp started.
In a chat with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Love opened up about his training this off-season. He lost about 15 pounds, which he attributes to having spent a month in Park City, Utah, a city that sits close to 7,000 feet above sea level. Love worked on his flexibility and range of motion with Cavs strength and conditioning coach Alex Moore, improved his conditioning in the thin air, packed on muscle and strengthened his legs.
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“I was training high and living high for three-plus weeks, and your hemoglobin mass goes through the roof,” Love said. “Your red blood cell count [increases]. And going up there, it’s like putting a hand or a pillow over your face and trying to breathe. So when I came back down to sea level, it was a big increase and I felt really great.”
Love has also been working with a 20-pound medicine ball. In one drill, he holds the ball high over his head and tosses it against a wall in front of him, aiming higher with each repetition. His current high is 16 feet up the wall.
Love is on track to be ready to play when the Cavs take on the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27.