Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said on Saturday he “felt good” after his first full-court, full-contact practice since he dislocated his left shoulder in April.
“I felt good,” Love said in comments posted on the NBA team’s website from the team’s training camp in Ohio.
“Just getting into the rhythm of the plays more than anything, just getting my legs under me and contact – five-on-five felt really good.”
Love was injured in the Cavaliers’ first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics.
He needed surgery and has been painstakingly working his way back since.
He admitted he had been “pretty anxious” for a chance to join in full-court practice during the team’s training camp.
“As far as progressing from the pad into one-on-one, to three-on-three, I was ready to get back out there in five-on-five.
“As time goes I’ll get more and more accustomed to being out there playing, but today was the first step.”
Love is hoping he’ll be read for the Cavaliers’ season-opener on October 27.
Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was pleased with what he saw from Love, whose return will bring added inside strength and rebounding.
“He looked healthy,” James said. “It was great to have him out there for our team and it was great to have another body back out there, especially someone who’s going to mean so much to our team, so he looked pretty good coming back.”
Injures to Love and rising star guard Kyrie Irving were big blows to the Cavs in last season’s playoffs, in which Cleveland fell to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals.
Irving suffered a broken kneecap in game one of the championship series, and it’s not clear if he’ll be ready to play when the season opens.