With the gyms locked, Love will be heading to the beaches--BEACH VOLLEYBALL!
Love plans to play in next month's Manhattan Beach Open on the professional volleyball tour. "I thought it was a great idea, a way for me to be out in the sun, be active and have fun during the lockout. It's sport, it's active, it's a way to stay in shape, so I thought it was a home run," Love explained.
As of right now, he doesn't have a partner and hasn't played much lately, besides working out Tuesday in a court that was set up in Times Square. Love says he hopes to survive at least the first day of the three-day event, that's being held August 26-28.
"More than anything, I'm just going to be having fun with it, playing as much as I can up to that point and just working on my craft.
Love got this opportunity when he was approached by representatives of Jose Cuervo which is the tour sponsor.
"I'm not necessarily expecting to win, but I'm expecting to go out there and compete." Love said he has respect for the pros he'll be competing against and he acknowledged they may attempt to target him as a weak link, but said he's "hoping to surprise them."
He's not terribly concerned with getting injured, but inevitably he'd much rather be returning to the basketball court. Coming off an incredible season--an all-star nod--and the MIP (Most Improved Player Award)--Love has said he's hoping another solid season could land him on the U.S. Olympic team next summer.
As far as getting injured: "That's the elephant in the room right now, but at the same time it's like with basketball. If you go out there and play hard most of the time, you're not going to get hurt. If you're loafing and not going 100%, then you're more likely to suffer."
We'll see if the NBA's Most Improved Player of 2010-11 is as good on the beach as he is on the court...
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