NEW YORK (AP) — Locked out of NBA arenas, Kevin Love is headed to the beach.

Beach volleyball, that is.

The NBA’s leading rebounder plans to play in next month’s Manhattan Beach Open on the pro volleyball tour, and began practicing Tuesday.

The Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star doesn’t have a partner yet, but says he hopes to survive the first day of the three-day event.

With famous ties to the sand — his uncle Mike was a member of the Beach Boys — Love thought the opportunity was a “home run” when he was approached by representatives of Jose Cuervo, the tour sponsor.

Love calls it a great way “to be out in the sun, be active and have fun during the lockout.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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