Kevin Love Concussion: Timberwolves Star PF Should Sit out Rest of the Season

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 12:  Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts after hitting a three point shot past Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on March 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Timberwolves defeated the Suns 127-124.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Kevin Love has a mild concussion, and given the state of the Minnesota Timberwolves' playoff chances, it would be in his best interest to sit on the bench for the remainder of the 2012 season. 

According to the Associated Press (via USA Today), Love stayed in the hospital overnight after taking an inadvertent elbow to the side of the head from JaVale McGee on Wednesday night's loss to the Denver Nuggets.  

Currently seven-and-a-half games back from the eighth-place Denver Nuggets, the Timberwolves are done in the race for the postseason. 

There's no need for Love to risk further injury, especially since he's trying to recover from an injured head. That's easily the most important part of the body for any athlete, and suffering another blow could damage Love's future, which would be horrendous. 

Playing in meaningless games for the last two weeks of the regular season won't do Love any good. 

Sure, the Timberwolves would love to have him out there, as he makes them tremendously better. After all, Love has been making a strong case for NBA MVP, leading the league in scoring since the All-Star break. He's averaged 26.5 PPG on the year and is second in the league in rebounding at 13.5 a game.

There's no denying that Love is one of the most dominant players in the NBA right now, and that's exactly why he shouldn't play anymore games the rest of the year. He needs to stay safe and out of harm's way, as he is very vital to Minnesota having any success in the future. 

If you remember correctly, Love signed a mega-deal back in January. According to ESPN, it was a four-year deal worth close to $62 million, with the ability to opt out the final year.

The Timberwolves have heavily invested their future around Love, so they need to do the right thing and prevent him from getting hurt even more. Concussions are serious, even if only a mild one. 

Love isn't needed on the court right now. Sitting on the bench and letting others like Derrick Williams get more playing time to gain better experience in the league would be the wise decision for Minnesota moving forward. 

 

 

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