Kevin Love Featured On Sport Science

Kevin Love Featured On ESPN's Sports Science

ESPN Sport Science invited the NBA’s 2010-2011 leading rebounder Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves into the Sports Lab to see just how he did it. The piece will run on various upcoming SportsCenters and NBA-related programming.

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“I just try to play to my advantages using leverage and using my body and my base to get that rebound,” Love told ESPN Sport Science host John Brenkus. When he said he felt he could box out anyone, ESPN Sport Science decided to test him with 350-pound Sumo wrestler Americus Abesamis.

Love was attached to 12 sensors which would show how much force he would generate to keep Abesamis—almost 100 pounds heavier and a foot shorter—out of the paint.

“He has a lower center of mass, giving him more stability and a built-in advantage over Love,” Brenkus says. “But as the wrestler comes in for the rebound, Kevin widens his base of support by bending his knees 75 degrees and keeping his feet four feet apart—effectively lowering his center of mass by nearly 35 percent.

“And by positioning his legs nearly perpendicular to the wrestler’s, Love gains what’s called rotary stability—the resistance to being knocked over. When shoulder meets stomach, the collision generates nearly 26,000 pounds of force, comparable to a hit delivered by an NFL linebacker.”

The segments are produced in the Sport Science lab in Burbank, Calif.

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