Minnesota Timberwolves Forward Kevin Love Earns Kia Community Assist Award

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While it will still be a whole other month before he returns to the court, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love should be excited about being honored in the local community for his charity work.

Love received the Kia Community Assist Award for December after he helped gather more than 2,500 coats for the Salvation Army. It’s always exciting to see professional athletes work hard on the court, but when they take the time to make the same effort off the court, it shows how kind they really can be as individuals and makes them stick out from the rest.

As for Love’s on the court performance, the Timberwolves could sure use him in the lineup with the way they’ve been playing over the last couple of weeks. He is currently recovering from a broken hand that will keep him out until around mid March and his absence has shown with the way Minnesota’s struggled lately.

After starting the year off looking like a sleeper team that could emerge into a contender, the Timberwolves have a 17-24 record as they’ve lost nine of their last 10 games. Obviously, with a player like Love in the lineup, this most likely would have been avoided, but there’s nothing they can do about it at the moment.

When Love is healthy, he’s pretty much a double-double machine and if Minnesota can’t figure out a way to start winning again soon, Love’s return to the lineup may turn into a simple case of too little, too late.

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