Yesterday, Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor sounded just a little bitter when talking about Kevin Love, the superstar forward he just traded to the Cavaliers.
Despite Love’s MVP-caliber play in Minnesota over the last few years, Taylor suddenly talked about him as if he’ll be a weakness in Cleveland. Look at this:
“I question if this is going to be the best deal for him because I think he’s going to be the third player on a team,” Taylor said. “I don’t think he’s going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he’ll get the blame if they don’t do well. He’s going to have to learn to handle that. I think he’s around a couple guys who are awful good. Now I’m not saying that Kevin’s not good, but I think where maybe he got away with some stuff, not playing defense on our team, I’m not sure how that’s going to work in Cleveland. So I would guess they’re going to ask him to play more defense. And he’s foul-prone.”
Anything else to say about the man who single-handedly kept your team from being the league laughing stock in recent years, Mr. Taylor?
“The only thing that I still have a question mark about will be his health. I had that concern then, I still have that concern and I think Cleveland should have that concern, too. If they sign him to a five-year contract like they’re thinking about, I mean that’s a big contract in a guy that’s had sometimes where he’s missed games.”
Well then. Like I said, someone sounds a bit upset that his best player just left town. This is like the heartbroken ex-boyfriend talking trash about the girl who just dumped him.
Love got a chance to respond to Taylor’s unwarranted criticism today, and said Taylor should focus on his own team.
“I think emotions are definitely running high right now,” Love said. “For Glen to say that, I just think that he should be focusing on the players that he just received. I mean, he has two of the No. 1 picks in the last two drafts: Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. He has another guy who can really play in Thaddeus Young. I think he got a lot for me. So I’d be focusing even more on that. More than anything, I’m just excited to start my time in Cleveland, get to work with my new teammates, and start with this new family here.”