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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm •  Published: April 8, 2013
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"I think it wasn't one day or one event," Kahn said. "As time went on and as he began ramping up his workouts with the intent of playing this season, the knee started hurting more. It got to the point where we felt the best course of action was to address it now. It was affecting the way he runs."

Love averaged 18.3 points and 14 rebounds this season.

The scar tissue was also giving him some discomfort in his hip. Having the surgery now is driven in part by Love's desire to have a full offseason to come back stronger next year, Kahn said.

When he does come back, Love will have to mend fences with many Timberwolves fans who were angered by some critical comments he made about the organization shortly after he returned to the court from his first hand injury.

When he didn't immediately resume the All-Star form he had exhibited the previous two seasons, some fans turned on the popular star, and his injury-filled season has only seemed to increase the frustration.

Love certainly hasn't been the only one hurt on the Wolves this season.

Ricky Rubio didn't return from his torn ACL until the middle of December and not until the middle of February did he start playing like the dynamic point guard he was before being injured.

Nikola Pekovic, Andrei Kirilenko and Chase Budinger also missed significant amounts of time with various injuries and Brandon Roy's chronic knee issues have kept him off the court most of the season as well.

Love will likely have surgery on Wednesday in New York and is expected to be back up to full speed by early June.

"It's been one heck of a season," Kahn said. "He just feels very badly about it, which is understandable."

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