Kevin Love is good for a double-double almost as soon as he walks onto the basketball court. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ franchise big man recorded an NBA-best 50th double-double on Monday—and because of that, teams are salivating at a chance to win the Love Sweepstakes when he becomes a free agent in 2015.
He’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to what city he wants to play for, but when it comes to his health and diet, Love has that part down.
“I’ve been moving towards more of a plant-based diet, which for me has been great,” said Love, who recently signed on with sports drink BODYARMOR. “I’ve been doing mostly fish, some chicken, and occasionally steak. (I’m trying) pescetarian, where it’s mostly fish. That’s what I’ve tried to take to heart as much as possible with my body type.”
Love’s body has been a big reason for his success and why he’s averaging 26.6 points and 13.2 rebounds this season, including 32 points per game and 13 boards in his last 10 games. Love is down to 243 pounds, as slim as he’s been since high school. He entered the league from UCLA at 270 pounds. Increased workouts over the summer with players like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook coupled with yoga and a focused diet plan have transformed Love from a lumbering center to a unguardable stretch-forward with one of the best jumpers in the league.
“I’ve always said, and had people say to me, that players are made in the summer,” Love said. “I’ve taken that to heart, being able to change my body and maintain that. But it’s not only been getting in the gym and playing basketball or getting in the gym and lifting weights and doing yoga sessions. It’s been a combination of things, sleep as well. More than anything it’s been nutrition, making sure my body is hydrated and making sure I’m getting the proper food throughout the day.”
Love says he's paying special attention to his calorie intake, has started eating five to six smaller meals each day, and has added BODYARMOR SuperDrink. Admittedly a heavy sweater, Love says the sports drink helps replenish potassium and electrolytes. But just like his game, his commitment to his diet is still evolving.
“That kind of makes it fun, knowing not only that my game is getting better at 25 years old but I can still get better with my diet and getting my body to function properly on the floor.”