NBA's Love taking talents to beach... volleyball

Kevin Love
In this photograph taken by AP Images for Jose Cuervo, Jose Cuervo hosts locked-out NBA All-Star Kevin Love, right, and pro beach volleyball player John Hyden as they play together after announcing that Love will compete in the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Jose Cuervo

(CBS/AP) During the NBA lockout, some players have pondered playing football. Others have simply left the country.

As for 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."

Love may prove a natural at volleyball if his ability to execute "kills" is on par with his expertise at killing flies.

Last week he starred in a fake commercial as a "lockout professional" adept at swatting flies for seniors.

Kevin Love, Blake Griffin star as "lockout professionals"