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Kevin Love gets naked for ESPN

K-Love lays off Mom's fettuccine alfredo, flashes tasteful side cheek in ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue.

K-Love lays off Mom's fettuccine alfredo, flashes tasteful side cheek in ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue.

It's hard for Wolves fans still resentful about Kevin Love's prickly departure to give the malcontent second-tier star any props. But even haters have to admit the Cleveland Cavaliers's third best player is looking pretty good lately.

Coming out of UCLA, Love didn't exactly have what workout video instructors would call a beach body. The then-19-year-old was knocked by pundits for still carrying baby fat. At the time, no one would have asked the huskier Timberwolf to pose nude for the cover of a national magazine. But what a difference seven ring-less seasons make.

K-Love is one of six naked athletes gracing the cover of ESPN the Magazine's “Body Issue,” which hits racks Friday. The yearly edition is ESPN's artful answer to dude-bro pandering swimsuit issues, showcasing male and female athletes's disparately impressive figures with immaculate photography.

For his mysteriously remote cover shot, Andrew Wiggins's trade bait dribbles a basketball in the buff, striking a tai chi-esque pose with Little Kevin strategically tucked behind his leg. In the accompanying interview, the 26-year-old discusses his journey from fat kid to almost-NBA champion. Apparently, the lethargic defender was also defenseless against Mom's fettuccine alfredo in middle school.

“I got teased, like any kid who was round and big would be,” he tells ESPN. “And coming out of college, I was, for lack of a better term, doughy.”

 

Since a nasty shoulder injury ended his first NBA playoff run in April, Love has shed nearly 15 pounds and it shows in the photos of Love sporting tasteful side cheek.

With news that Love agreed to a fat new $110 million deal with Cleveland last week, we can only assume he's skinny dipping in a pool of cash somewhere.

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