If there’s one thing owners should learn from Dan Gilbert’s “letter to LeBron,” it’s that no one wins when an owner gets vindictive near a live microphone. That means you, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. Shut your pie hole.
[CBS] “I question Kevin 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. 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 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,” Taylor said.
There’s always going to be confusion and hurt feelings when a superstar leaves town, but to throw shade on him after six seasons averaging 20 and 12 is just silly. Love gave Timberwolves fans a reason to come to games, thusly giving Glen Taylor money. It’s that simple. To start talking shit because Love took a (clearly) better opportunity to win in Cleveland comes off as childish.
Love was told about the comments today on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike program this morning, and responded perfectly.
Like an adult who understands business is business.
“I think emotions are definitely running high right now and as I said yesterday in my presser, is that I enjoyed my six years and forged some great relationships in my time in Minnesota. And for Glen to say that, I think he should be focusing on the players he just received. He has the first picks in the last two drafts in Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, he has a another guy that really play in Thaddeus Young, and I think he got a lot from me so I’d be focusing more on that.”
Well put, Kev.