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CLEVELAND- While he’s the image of peak physical fitness in ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue,” Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love used to struggle with his weight.
Love, who just agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract with the Cavs, said he was teased as a kid.
“Especially sixth through eighth grade, I was always very hungry. That’s when I was growing.,” Love told the magazine. “And my mom was a great cook; I was very spoiled when I was young. Her fettuccine alfredo? Yeah, you eat that on a regular basis and you’re not gonna be in the Body Issue.”
Now, he has a chef cook his meals, does yoga and Pilates, and enjoys working out in sand. Love also told ESPN Magazine he’s lost 15 pounds since suffering a dislocated shoulder while tangled with Boston’s Kelly Olynyk in the first round of the playoffs.
“This injury is one of the hardest things I’ve dealt with. It was really tough to go out the way that I did. I knew when it happened I probably wasn’t going to be able to return to play,” Love said.
Love said there’s no bad blood between him and Olynyk. The two exchanged texts and there’s no hard feelings.
The ESPN Magazine “Body Issue” is on newsstands on Friday.