The NBA all-star didn't have it as easy in his volleyball debut where he lost in the first round of the Manhattan Beach Open.
Love and his partner (Hans Stolfus) were the lowest seeded players who faced the top seeded players: Sean Scott & John Hyden. Scott & Hyden had won last week's tournament in Hermosa Beach and are undefeated this summer. Scott & Hyden handed Love & Stolfus a 21-16, 21-15 defeat.
"Obviously getting beat is never fun, but being competitive, playing against the best team in the country, a team that hasn't lost all summer, was a lot of fun. It's like having a good basketball sense, you got to have a good court sense out there and for me, I haven't spent enough time out there on the volleyball court to really know," said Love.
Standing 6-10 (which is a bit embellished--more like 6-8) Kevin Love was easily the tallest player in the tournament as he spiked numerous balls down.
"We both said, 'Let's have as much fun as possible,'" Stolfus said. "If we went in too serious we'd put too much pressure on." Obviously he (Love) needs a lot of work, he came along pretty well for never playing before.""It's addicting," said Love, who practiced just 10 times before his debut in one of the oldest beach volleyball tournaments in the world. "It's an excuse to get on the beach and near the ocean. I definitely want to keep playing, see how good I can get. These guys, they have their 10,000 hours in, so I'm kind of struggling in that regard," he said.
Love practiced with Jesse Rambis--the son of former Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis--who was fired this summer after two seasons in the Twin Cities. Jesse played volleyball at UCLA and is currently a part of the pro tour.
Love has certainly been keeping busy during the lockout with not only volleyball, but also returning to UCLA, where Love has stated that on his 23rd birthday he'll finally be a sophomore! Also attending UCLA is former teammate Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder & Cleveland Cavalier Baron Davis.
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