10/17/2012 04:15 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Kevin Love Injury: Timberwolves Star Breaks Hand, Will Miss Start Of NBA Season


The start to the NBA season is right around the corner (beginning on time this year), but Kevin Love won't be on the floor when the Minnesota Timberwolves tip off the 2012-2013 campaign. The Timberwolves' star and Olympic gold medalist recently suffered a broken right hand, as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski! of Yahoo Sports

In his fourth season in the NBA, Love averaged a career-high 26 points along with 13.3 assists per game. He has also averaged at least two assists in each of the last three years.

The Associated Press reports that Love broke his hand during a practice on Wednesday, meaning basketball fans will have to wait for more highlights like Love's no-look assist in Tuesday's night's preseason win over Maccabi Bazan Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League. Love finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and two assists.

More from the Associated Press:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love will miss the next six to eight weeks after breaking his right hand in a workout on Wednesday.

The team made the announcement after practice, saying Love broke the third and fourth metacarpals on his shooting hand during a morning workout. It's a crushing blow to the Timberwolves, who already will be without star point guard Ricky Rubio for at least the first six weeks while he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee.

Love is a two-time All-Star who led the team in scoring and rebounding last season. He also played a key role in Team USA's march to the gold medal in the London Olympics.

The injury likely means more playing time for Derrick Williams.