All Access: Love Preps For 3-Point Contest
It’s amazing how much NBA All-Stars fit into one weekend, and Kevin Love is an example of that. In addition to his responsibilities as an All-Star—which includes the media availability sessions, the open practice and the game itself, there are appearance, NBA Cares, a separate media circuit for podcasts/NBAE/ESPN/etc.—Love is also part of the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and participated in autograph signings at the NBA Jam Session.
When you think about all the stops and appearances going on in a four-day span, it emphasizes how busy big-named players are at All-Star. And it’s something the players like Love embrace.
“It’s always hectic—it all starts out when you roll into the first session of media, you have appearances, always when you come out of the elevator people want autographs, maybe people you haven’t seen in a while, family coming in,” Love said. “You just try to find pockets of time through the day to take a breath, enjoy yourself and take part in the festivities.”
Love has done just that this weekend. He was at the celebrity game on Friday night, he’s taken all the media stops in stride and he even took part in a commercial shoot on Friday afternoon. And on Friday and Saturday mornings, Love prepared for the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest by doing an hour-long session at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
It was essentially just him and a small group of friends and Wolves employees who were in the massive NFL stadium while he took his shots. He went around horn trying to get his stroke just right.
“Taking it off the rack, you really have to get into the gym and practice it,” Love said. “It’s not really what you’re used to. At the same time, when you get it off the rack, get into position and get your legs under you. Your first rack, the first couple racks, you kind feel out how you’re going to shoot throughout the round.”
There is a new rule this year involving a money ball rack, with each ball being worth two points. Love will use that rack on the left wing.
He said he’s excited to get a chance to defend his 3-point title—after winning in 2012, he was injured and didn’t compete last year. This time around, he’ll get his chance.
“I’m looking forward to being back in it, looking forward to playing against a group of stiff competition,” Love said. “Just shoot through the ball, make sure I get it there, don’t leave it short. Otherwise, I’m not really thinking, just teeing it high and letting it fly.
Check out this All Access look at Love’s first couple days in New Orleans leading up to the 3-point contest.