However, the player that returned wasn't the All-Star Kevin Love that became a bonafide superstar and a franchise cornerstone. Love returned to the court out of shape and nearly unable to hit a jumpshot thanks to his still very sore hand.
His return to the court lasted only 18 games before he broke that same hand again. There was some hope that he'd be able to return for the final weeks of the season. Unfortunately his hand wasn't completely healed and he underwent knee surgery that effectively ended his 2012-13 season.
After recovering from the knee surgery and having more time for his hand to heal, he got right back in the gym and got right back to work.
According to Flip Saunders, Love has lost about 10 pounds, down from 250 to 240 and Flip says, "he's lost weight in his face and his body looks leaner with muscle, he's really committed."
According to his long-time trainer Rob McClanaghan his endurance is better than ever and he's moving very well. Love is also adding some new 'offensive weapons' to his repertoire: a floater and a one-legged shot.
A healthy Love paired with a healthy Rubio and Peković should make some serious noise in 2013-14!