Glen Taylor Rips Kevin Love, Love Responds Appropriately
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.