Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has revealed that he may miss the first game of the 2015/16 season as he is unsure whether he will be cleared to play.
Love suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first round of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics last season and was ruled out for four to six months after undergoing surgery on April 29.
However, while Love feels as if his recovery has gone according to plan, it is still unclear whether he will be allowed to feature in the Cavaliers' season-opener against the Chicago Bulls on October 27.
"I feel pretty good,” Love told Sporting News. "As far as the opener goes, I am not completely sure. I’ll probably get with the doctors and see what they have to say. I know that my six-month post-op is coming up here pretty fast.
"As far as getting the strength back, getting the range of motion, I feel pretty good, so I am looking forward to getting into some more contact, getting into a rhythm and getting out there as quickly as I can."
Love has been participating in three-on-three practices, but has yet to be cleared for five-on-five. While he is raring to take that next step, the 27-year-old admitted that he cannot divert from his rehabilitation programme.
"(Six months is) just a ballpark figure that has generally been thrown out there by anybody who has talked about the rehab process for this kind of an injury,” Love said. “I like to think that I am ahead of the game, but there’s different tests and the due diligence that the doctor will go through and the training staff will go through.
"So all I can do is go out there every day and attack my rehab and hopefully I will be able to go out there and help these guys as soon as possible."