Love broke hand doing ‘knuckle push-ups’
Knuckle push-ups are to blame for the broken wrist that will force Kevin Love to miss the next six to eight weeks.
The Minnesota Timberwolves said the All-Star was doing the basketball-unfriendly exercise when he suffered the broken hand on Wednesday.
Knuckle push-ups are exactly what they sound like — push-ups done on fist-clenched knuckles. Breaking a hand while doing these sounds difficult but, then again, so does being six-feet-10 and 261 pounds.
The inevitable criticism of Love’s push-up routine has already started. “If you’re training as a basketball player, however, [knuckle push-ups are] not a great idea, since players normally aren’t punching their opponents during games,” writes Deadspin. (Kermit Washington: “They’re not?“)
The thing is, Kevin Love has averaged 14.4 rebounds per game over the past two years. That’s the most in the NBA. If knuckle push-ups are part of his routine in being a great rebounder, so be it. If JaVale McGee or Darko Milicic broke their hands because of some seemingly-frivolous training method, it’d be another story. I’m not going to doubt wacky workout routines if they’re successful. Waxing on and waxing off didn’t seem like it’d further Daniel LaRusso’s karate career, then he beat Johnny Lawrence in the All Valley Karate Championship. Not so weird now, is it?
If it turns out Love was goofing around while doing a Jack Palance imitation, we reserve the right to disavow that last paragraph.