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K-Love, looking fit and trim. Photo by Judd Spicer

Judd Spicer is an award-winning, veteran freelance writer and was a colleague of mine at the City Pages, where he covered the Twins and Wolves. Recently though, he decided to leave the Midwest and relocate his writing desk to Southern California, the better to monitor the cutthroat world of pro beach volleyball (I don’t know if that last part is true). He’s a fine fellow and a sharp dresser and can be followed at Twitter here

Kevin Love may be locked out, but the All-Star forward and reigning NBA rebound champ isn’t locked down.  He’s just using the time during the  league’s labor dispute to attack a different net.

The Timberwolves’ forward made his pro volleyball debut on Thursday morning at the world’s most historic and most competitive beach volleyball tournament, the Manhattan Beach Open, part of the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series.  Total prize money for the event is $200,000, making it the richest domestic tournament of the season.  Love’s anticipated salary for 2011-12? Just a hair over $4.6 million.

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Oh, this lockout is making me tired. From PR Newswire:

Fed up with news of labor disputes among professional sports leagues, Jose Cuervo, the world’s largest producer of Tequila and title sponsor of the recently announced Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series, today declared to always keep beach volleyball in play.  The show of commitment to both professional beach volleyball players and sports fans alike earned the support of professional basketball player Kevin Love, who simultaneously announced he will compete in the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series.

It also appears that Love has himself landed an endorsement deal with Sr. Cuervo (evidence of which you can plainly see in the video at right.) I guess I didn’t realize that athletes endorsed alcohol anymore, although the image of Love as the bro-hawked, margarita mixing, beach guy is not far fetched at all.