David Blatt: Kevin Love to practice fully for first time Saturday
LeBron James took to social media shortly before training camp to proclaim how excited he is to get back to work on the court with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. While the point guard’s return to the floor is still a ways off, the Cleveland Cavaliers got a bit of good news when head coach David Blatt announced Wednesday that Love will fully take part in practice for the first time this weekend.
“He’s coming along real nice,” Blatt said via Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Love has been on the shelf since undergoing surgery in May for a separated right shoulder suffered in a playoff series-clinching win over the Boston Celtics when he got tangled up with Kelly Olynyk. While he has been rehabbing for months, Saturday will mark the first time he will fully take part in team practice.
Love on Monday was cleared to continue individual workouts and participate in 3-on-3 drills, but Wednesday’s development seems to confirm reports that the forward should be good to go opening night on Oct. 27 for a showdown with the Chicago Bulls.
Love re-signed with the Cavs in July after opting out of the final year of his contract and he’s expected to take an increased role after having a bit of difficulty last season adjusting to being the third option on the floor a times, making for some awkward moments between himself and James.
In the meantime, Love possibly could suit up for Cleveland’s exhibition match-up with the Memphis Grizzlies Monday. Given that the Tristan Thompson contract situation remains unresolved and Irving possibly being out until January, the Cavaliers will be leaning heavily early and often upon Love.