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Tyson Chandler on Kevin Love: ‘He can’t play D’

Mar 6, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

With the Minnesota Timberwolves frequently going small and the New York Knicks frequently going big Wednesday, Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love often guarded each other.

During a halftime interview, a reporter asked Chandler about the relatively quirky matchup (hat tip: Royce Young of Eye on Basketball).

  • Reporter: “With the mismatch with Kevin Love, what are some of the challenges, and some of the ways you’re taking advantage?”
  • Chandler: He can stretch the floor so well. So, we’ve got to do a better job of closing out.”
  • Reporter: “How are you taking advantage of it then?
  • Chandler: “Huh?”
  • Reporter: “How can you take advantage of the mismatch on your end?”
  • Chandler: “Oh. Go at him. He can’t play D.”

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Love has actually improved considerably defensively since gaining a reputation for struggling on that end early in his career. But Wednesday’s loss to the Knicks – and an admittedly difficult matchup with Chandler – sure didn’t prove his growth.

Chandler shot 5-for-5 on plays Love guarded him,* including  a couple wide-open dunks when Love got caught in the middle on pick-and-roll coverage.

On the other end, Love shot just 4-for-11 – though he made 3-of-5 3-pointers – with Chandler guarding him.*

*Approximately, depending on your interpretation of a few plays. Today’s help-heavy NBA defenses often don’t lend themselves to saying who guarded whom.

Chandler and Love share a bond that dates back to when Love was in sixth grade. So, I think Chandler’s comments were mostly in good fun.

And what fun they were! Every halftime interview should feature a player or coach insulting someone on the other team.

  1. jjpt4540 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Chandler can’t play O

    • therealhtj - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Pretty even matchup.

      • mytthor - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        Maybe 3 years ago. But Love has gone from good at O and bad at D to Great at O and passable at D, whereas Tyson has gone from bad at O and great at D to bad at O and good at D. Although maybe bad’s not the right word, he knows his limitations and plays within them. Him with CP3 was devastating in the P&R in NO

  2. jkolman1179 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    This coming from a guy who gave up 26 rebounds the other day

  3. vikesdynasty - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:58 AM


  4. pacific123ocean - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Nothing new here…anybody who has watched him, knows KLove does not play D.

  5. sumkat - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Wait, a stretch 4 can’t guard a power 5 in the post? Shocking!! (and I’m in no way defending Love’s overall defense)

    The real story here is that Chandler did so well defensively against a guy that can play 25 feet from the rim

  6. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    A NYK player, making fun of somebody else’ D?

    • pharohislife - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      You can make this joke about almost any other Knick, but you can’t include Chandler in them. Former Defensive Player of the Year, Cmon man. Everybody should know this stuff.

      • pharohislife - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        Tyson’s defense, that’s all that man’s got, I see alot of you don’t know that. It’s okay casual fans I’m not mad at ya.

  7. monkeyhateclean - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Love is a relentless rebounder, which is a form of defense, but yeah, too often Love doesn’t challenge a shot and instead goes for the rebound.

  8. unfly - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    They’re friends and it’s not like he’s lying…this is how players talk about their opponents away from media and fans, and on the bench. Non-story IMO.

  9. hannsta - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Tyson Chandler on Earth: “Its round”

  10. doctordunkenstein - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Well chandler has no offensive game so I guess they cancel eachother out

  11. pdub923 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    He should talk to his teammates before he talks about players from other teams.

  12. pfic15 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Pretty sure that every other team without a K Love would take him over Chandler.

  13. bux1022 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Not if you wanted a defensive center jerky boy!!

  14. campcouch - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    their beards should decide this.

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