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Kevin Love getting look by USA Basketball

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    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love walks in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, March 22 in Cleveland. The Clippers won 110-108.

    DAVID DERMER / AP

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Talented but oft-injured Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is among 20 NBA players who have committed to participate in an Aug. 5-9 USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas.

The camp will be used to select finalists for USA Basketball’s 12-man roster at the 32-team 2019 FIBA World Cup, to be held Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China.

Love, who was part of gold medal-winning teams at the 2010 World Cup and 2012 Olympics, played in just 22 games for the Cavs last season due to a foot injury. He averaged 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists as Cleveland tied for the second-worst record in the NBA at 19-63.

After playing in 152 of a possible 164 regular-season games in his first two seasons with the Cavs, Love missed 22 games in 2016-17, 23 in 2017-18 and 60 last season. In his 11 pro seasons, he has suffered head, shoulder, groin, knee and foot injuries, but when he’s been healthy he’s been a terrific player.

The 6-foot-11, 251-pounder has made the All-Star team five times and twice been named to the All-NBA second team. He owns career averages of 18.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists, with season highs of 26.1 points (2013-14), a league-leading 15.2 rebounds (2010-11) and 4.4 assists (2013-14). All of Love’s season highs came while playing with Minnesota.

The 30-year-old Love signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension with the Cavs last summer that runs through the 2022-23 season.

An Oregon native, he currently is vacationing in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah with longtime girlfriend and model Kate Bock.

Love joined Harrison Barnes (Kings), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Eric Gordon (Rockets), James Harden (Rockets), Tobias Harris (76ers), Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers), Kyle Lowry (Raptors), CJ McCollum (Trail Blazers), Khris Middleton (Bucks), Myles Turner (Pacers) and Kemba Walker (Hornets) as the first 14 players to commit to USA Basketball this summer.

Six others — Kyle Kuzma (Lakers), Brook Lopez (Bucks), Paul Millsap (Nuggets), Donovan Mitchell (Jazz), Jayson Tatum (Celtics) and P.J. Tucker (Rockets) — were added to the team Monday.

Under the direction of Jerry Colangelo, the 2019 national team will be coached by the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich. His assistants will be Steve Kerr (Warriors), Lloyd Pierce (Hawks) and Jay Wright (Villanova).

The U.S. is the top-ranked team in the world and will play in Group E at the World Cup, along with the Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey.

The World Cup will qualify seven countries — the top two placers from the Americas and Europe zones and top finisher from Africa, Asia and Oceania — for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Host Japan will receive an automatic berth.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter.


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