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Kahn: Love will be out for 'a number of weeks'

Kahn: Love will be out for 'a number of weeks'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love met with doctors in the Twin Cities on Monday to evaluate his right hand, which is broken for the second time this season.

Love also will consult with a hand specialist in New York this week before determining a course of action, president of basketball operations David Kahn said. There is no timetable for his return, but the All-Star forward and Olympic gold medalist is expected to be sidelined for an extended period.

Kahn is ramping up conversations with other teams to see if there might be a trade to be made to supplement an injury-plagued team that remains hopeful about making the playoffs this season.

``I certainly think he'll be out for a number of weeks,'' Kahn said after practice on Monday. ``But because we don't have anything else definitive yet, I can't say precisely what that means. But a number of weeks is a number of weeks, and yes it's important for us to try to figure out if there's something we can do to help alleviate his loss.''

Love missed the first three weeks of the season after breaking his hand during the preseason. He didn't need surgery for that injury, and it's still unknown if he will need it this time around.

``We know how to play without him, but we will need him,'' point guard Ricky Rubio said. ``He's an All-Star. He does a lot of things for our team. Now some players have to step up and show why they are here in the NBA.''

Love surprised many by returning ahead of schedule on Nov. 21, but it's been clear over the last month that the hand was still bothering him. The defending 3-point shootout champion is shooting just 35 percent from the field and 21.7 percent on 3s.

He broke the hand again while jockeying for position under the basket against Denver last week. He's been unavailable for comment since the injury.

``He's disappointed,'' Kahn said. ``I think that so much has happened to him this year that, probably like all of us, my sense is he too is almost disbelieving. It almost seems like somebody made this stuff up.''

The timing of Love's injury makes it difficult for the Wolves to make any significant move to bolster the roster. The trade deadline is still more than a month away, which is problematic for the Wolves in a league where executives typically like to wait until the last minute to make a big deal.

``We're talking to a number of teams about possibilities,'' Kahn said. ``But it's very difficult to make trades, especially significant trades, in the month of January. ... Typically the league is a deadline-driven league and it tends to do trades as we get close to the deadline.''

The Wolves don't just need help in the frontcourt. Knee injuries to Brandon Roy, Chase Budinger, Malcolm Lee and Josh Howard have decimated the depth at shooting guard and small forward as well, and they are in desperate need of a reliable 3-point shooter to help spread the floor.

In a rare bit of good news on the injury front, Rubio is expected to play Tuesday against Atlanta after missing four games with back spasms. He has played in five games this season since he returned from a torn ACL in his left knee. He's also dealt with a sore groin since he came back, which was expected as he tries to get back into full game action after missing nine months with his knee injury.

``All we can do is move forward,'' Rubio said. ``There's things that you can't control and things you have to deal with. I'm not going to stop because I had pain at some point and I have to do extra work again. I'm going to do it and I'm going to try to be as ready as I can when the games come.''

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Wizards' John Wall reveals he's about to start jogging in rehab from Achilles injury

Wizards' John Wall reveals he's about to start jogging in rehab from Achilles injury

A couple of weeks ago, John Wall was spotted at a Washington Mystics game with no brace to support his Achilles injury, a sign that his rehab from the injury was moving in the right direction. 

On Monday night at the 2019 NBA Awards, the Wizards point guard gave affirmation that he is indeed continuing to get healthier and stronger.

"I feel great, man," Wall told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller on the red carpet. "I'm doing a great job with my body, taking care of that."

Specifically, Wall has been able to slowly increase what he can do on his legs. The recovery and rehab for an injury as severe as his is a long road, and the point guard is making sure not to speed up the process and risk hindering the progress. However, he's about to reach a pretty big milestone in the journey during the coming weeks.

"I'm about to start jogging in like two weeks. Just riding the bike, I get to do exercises standing up now, so I don't have to sit down. I'm able to move, do ladder steps, doing those types of things," Wall said. "Just taking my time and progressing and letting everything heal the right way so I don't force myself back and get another injury."

As Wall continues to work to get back on the court, he's had plenty of motivational factors pushing him through some grueling months. His recent string of injuries have left some wondering if he'll still be an elite player when he finally.

He's heard those comments and he's using them to his advantage.

"I'm one of those guys that's very driven by all the hate and all the negative talk I'm getting. Keep it going," Wall said.

"Everybody said I can't be myself, I won't be nowhere near as good again. That's all the other stuff that's going to fuel me. I don't get upset about it, you're entitled to your own opinion. Please keep it going."

The haters have given Wall some extra juice, but so has his son Ace. Spending the offseason getting right has allowed Wall to work in another area of life: fatherhood.

The newest addition to his family has taken his desire for greatness to new heights.

"I've always had that drive that I want to be the greatest. To have a son like that, that's watching everything I can do. Even though he doesn't understand what's going on, he's putting memories in his head," Wall said. 

"So that gives me extra, extra motivation to another level I never thought I could. Like I said before, that's the best blessing a man could ever ask for is to have a son."

While Wall's offseason has been a busy one as he juggles rehab and being a dad, he's still been very involved in everything going on inside the franchise.

He's already chatted with first-round draft pick Rui Hachimura, and is excited for what is to come for the Wizards. Wall is also hoping that Hachimura will help improve his Japanese so that he can grow a larger following internationally. 

As the calendar slowly turns to July, both Wall and the Wizards' offseasons will ramp up. It's been an up and down time for both lately, but he's excited about the future.

"I think it's good," Wall said about the Wizards situation. "We added some pieces. See what we do in free agency to add some guys to bring back or we're going to go after somebody new. I think we'll be fine."

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Bradley Beal wins the 2019 NBA Cares Community Assist Award three years after John Wall

Bradley Beal wins the 2019 NBA Cares Community Assist Award three years after John Wall

While he was putting together the best season of his career, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal was also making a profound impact off the court and those efforts have earned him a significant honor, the NBA's 2018-19 Community Assist Award.

The news was revealed at Monday's NBA Awards in Santa Monica, CA as Beal got the nod over nine other finalists. He is the second Wizards player to win the honor in just the last four years following John Wall in 2015-16.

Beal was involved in a variety of charitable efforts this past season. He has partnered with the Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Northeast Washington to help underprivileged youth. He visited the school in December and gave out shoes.

During the All-Star break in February, as he made his second appearance in the annual showcase, Beal handed out meals at a food bank alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This past year he also gave out Christmas presents in the Washington area and took a group of kids on a tour of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

Beal was named a finalist for the Community Assist Award in April along with Jarrett Allen (Nets), Mike Conley (Jazz), Khris Middleton (Bucks), Donovan Mitchell (Jazz), Dwight Powell (Mavs) and Pascal Siakam (Raptors). Part of the criteria was based on fan voting through social media that was held from April 24 through May 25.

Beal, 25, continues to ascend on the court as well. This year he posted career-highs in points (25.6/g), assists (5.5/g) and rebounds (5.0/g). He nearly made All-NBA in late May with the most votes of any guard that was left out.

In Beal and Wall, the Wizards have quite the combination. Both have been All-Stars on the court and now both can say they won the NBA's top honor for charity work as well.

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