Love doesn’t miss a thing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champUCLA throttled Western Illinois, 77-52, at Pauley Pavilion en route to another big win in front of a crowd of 8,189. Love scored 16 points and added seven rebounds. Love didn’t miss Ben Howland’s comments about his conditioning status, either. Howland made comments at his weekly press conference on Monday and said Love was at 80 percent of where he should be conditioning-wise. Love wasn’t available to weigh in with a response since he wasn’t there … until Tuesday. “I wouldn’t say I’m out of shape,” Love said after the game while signing autographs. “I know Coach Howland said that in the press. I don’t know where that came from.” What Howland said regarding Love’s conditioning was: “Compared to his optimum level? He’s not there yet. I still think he has a ways to go. I think he’s probably at 80 percent of his capacity.” Love, who said he now weighs 260 pounds and has about 12 percent body fat, agreed he was at about 80 percent. “I maybe need to drop some body fat, but other than that, I’m just playing basketball,” Love said. “It’s not like I’m running a marathon.” Yet in the next breath, Love admitted he probably needed to drop some more body fat and that he respects Howland and his advice. Love said he’s lost nine pounds in the last four weeks, and that stemmed from a meeting the two had recently. Love seemed more irked that the comments were made public than the comments themselves. “We did sit down in his office and we looked over (things) that if I want to be the best player I possibly can and I want to be a top draft pick in the future, then I’m going to have to shed some weight,” Love said. “That motivated me. That was constructive criticism. He’s just looking out for me. I’m going to take whatever he says to heart, and I’m going to try to work my butt off to shed that weight.” That conversation prompted Love, a freshman, to eat healthier. Love attributed his weight loss to diet and getting enough sleep. He joked that he’s trying to do the opposite of the freshman 15. But he didn’t seem to be joking about his displeasure over the publicity of his weight issue. “I just don’t see what justice that did for me, to tell you the truth,” Love said. Love didn’t need much conditioning on one play against Western Illinois. He grabbed a defensive rebound, turned and hurled it downcourt. Russell Westbrook didn’t have to break stride to catch the ball, nor did he have to dribble in scoring an uncontested layup. Love didn’t even have to bother running downcourt, either. The No. 8 Bruins (10-1) led by 23 points (42-19) at halftime. During a timeout with 7:42 left, many fans fled for the exits, presumably to get a jump on the drive home in the rain. Plus, UCLA had a 27-point lead at the time. Westbrook (Leuzinger High) had eight points, seven assists and two steals and Darren Collison added 12 points and three steals. Josh Shipp made just 2 of 10 shots. The Leathernecks (3-7) had only a 45-minute warmup since it took them 90 minutes to arrive in Westwood. Western Illinois shot just 33.3 percent in the first half. The Leathernecks scored just 19 points and defensively, they were equally as inept. UCLA shot 61.9 percent from the field in the first half, including 55.6 percent from 3-point range (5-for-9). The Bruins shot 52.9 percent from the field for the game and made 18 of 21 free throws, the second consecutive game that happened. But the Bruins stalled in the second half, outscoring the Leathernecks just 35-33. And UCLA and Western Illinois both had 30 rebounds, with 12 offensive boards for Western Illinois. UCLA missed all eight of its attempts in the second half. Lorenzo Mata-Real played in the second half, but he sustained a bruised left shoulder in the first half. Howland said he told him he was OK and played in the second half. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE BASKETBALL: He hits all his shots, but also hears his coach’s words. By Jill Painter Staff Writer Kevin Love didn’t miss a shot against Western Illinois. He made all five of his field goal attempts and all of five of his free-throw tries on Tuesday. last_img

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