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Kevin Love’s response to Tyson Chandler is “(expletive) him.” But don’t think this is a feud.

Mar 7, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

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Here’s the real story: Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler are friends.

They met as part of Team USA and like each other, text each other, have worked out together at points in the offseason. Like you with your friends, they like to poke fun at each other sometimes.

So when Chandler said Love can’t play defense, there was some “friends being friends” going on behind the scenes.

Same with Love’s response to Chandler, as tweeted by Phil Ervin of Fox Sports North.

Good response.

Just understand there is no feud here.

  1. shadowgamesshades - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Both will be watching the playoffs in the end anyway.

    • psung26 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      win

  2. sellahh - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    And it’s not like Chandler played much defense this year. Such a phony.
    Career role player who got famous because of Dirk’s historic stretch. 14mln/year contract for a role player? And you all are calling Perkins a bum?
    Irrvelevant in Chicago, irrelevant in New Orleans, irrevelevant in New York. (DPOY was such a scam)
    Capri pants phony.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      No disrespect, honestly, but I’m guessing you’re just a stat-sheet watcher. While basic stats are pretty telling, it’s not the end all be all. I will admit he is woefully overpaid but he is a vital piece on any team. He is finally starting to decline but he’s not irrelevant. I’m not really going to elaborate it seems like your mind is made up on him but let me say this: No Chandler, no Mavericks title. Not irrelevant.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Oh, almost forgot what made me respond, initially. Do not mention Chandler and Perkins in the same breath my friend. That is all.

  3. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Kevin Love is an efficient offensive player and he’s efficient with his offensiveness! Too funny. More fake feuds, please.

  4. bux1022 - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    @sellahh

    No chandler no Dallas championship!! Point blank period! You need to start watching basketball troll!

    • sellahh - Mar 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      I cannot disagree. You’re perfectly right, I mean Dirk himself said Chandler was the best teammate he had ever had. But Chandler’s every comment is basically “i cannot alow these things to get to me. i know what ive accomplished in this league”.
      Well, he accomplished 1 title as a complementary piece, make no mistake. Before that he was a Gortat/Okafor/Dalembert/Kaman kind of player. Decent, maybe good, not great. He was an extremely important one at that, and without him Dallas doesn;t win it all, but the way he’s riding off this 2011 title hype is ridiculous.

      • mytthor - Mar 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        He was a major contributor on the Chris Paul Hornets teams that were contenders for a while. In addition to great D, he was a terror in the p&r with CP. He’s worlds better than the guys you mentioned. Those guys are fringe starters at best

  5. chargerdillon - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Tyson Chandler is a great role player who won a championship being a great team player on the Mavericks. He got his ring and then went and got paid and showed paying him as a leading man and not a role player is a huge waste of money.

    Love has been stuck on one of the most poorly managed and owned franchises of all time. Kevin Garnett put up triple doubles nearly every night but they couldn’t surround him with any form of legit help that could have made him a champion…..until he left for greener pastures (pun intended).

    Kevin Love mostly likely will do the same thing while getting paid money that makes Tyson Chandlers numbers look like the role player he is.

    Kevin Loves response to Chandler is about the funniest damn response he could have given.

    One player talks crap, the other player talks crap back, the end.

  6. billtetley53 - Mar 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    charger: Two things.

    Garnett has 16 career triple doubles.
    That’s not putting them up “nearly every night”. his best season he averaged around 7 assists. Which for a big man is great, but you are still way wrong.
    Chandler is making 14 million. Love’s new contract will start at about 17-18 million.
    That’s not blowing his numbers out of the water.

  7. billtetley53 - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    KG did not throw up a triple double “nearly every night” in Minnesota. He has 16 for his career. He has great assist totals for a big man though. He never averaged more than 7 a game.

  8. rodyaugu - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    If Kevin Love is too sensitive to take criticism from his peers, how will he react when the media start to dissect and point all the weaknesses in his game when he leaves the wolves for a big market team? He’s lucky he’s in Minnesota, if he was in LA or NY with his underachieving team and his lack of leadership, he would be a media target for criticism.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Rebounds don’t just fall into his hands… He’s not that quick, can’t jump really high and he’s not that strong.

      I mean compared to those he goes against. Dwight is stronger, quicker and jumps higher yet for their careers, Dwight pulls down 12.9 boards a game. Love pulls down 13.6 boards a game.

      It should be switched at a minimum.

      Kevin Love shoots .815% from the free throw line too as a big man 6′ 10″ and 260 lbs (Hakeem Olajuwon was only 255 lbs while being 7 feet tall).

      Love gets put down by many folks but he DOES more and gets more out of his body than he should.

      And boy can he pass the ball too. One handed full court tosses etc… A great passing big man. Great on the foul line, doesn’t need to be hidden, taken out of the game etc…

      And he rebounds like crazy. Seriously.

      Did you know that Shaq, all 7 feet 1 inch and well over 300 pounds of him, he was so strong, couldn’t be stopped etc… for so much of his career “only” grabbed 10.9 boards a game… for his career.

      No, Kevin Love isn’t a great defender and he isn’t among the greatest ever to play the game but for you to say that he’ll get dissected and taken apart by others… well he does MORE than he should with his talent.

      Guys like Dwight Howard, while still great, don’t get enough from their abilities…

      Oh yeah, Love also shoots over 36% from 3 pt range in his career too…Melo only averages .345% from 3 pt range for his career.

      Fine,ya’ll pick on Love, most teams would love him shooting free throws like the better guards in the league, shooting 3’s better than Melo, out rebounding Shaq, Dwight and many others…

      • rodyaugu - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        I know he’s one the best players in nba, but the way he responded to chandler’s comments showed that he lacks maturity. He lacks the maturity, leadership and the will to win to lead a team. That’s why his team will never sniff the playoffs.

  9. sportsnut101 - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    hey chandler how bout u learn offense ur 6.9 avg is weak u are 7ft and u cant score anymore

    u had one good season for def player of the yr n that half a season with mavs that u won a ring

    other then that u been avg ur whole career

    kevin love is what 5yrs in the league and is putting up numbers u wish u had he going to get better on def

    • mytthor - Mar 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      is this a text message to your middle school girlfriend?

  10. metalhead65 - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    what more do you want Love to do for that team? without him they are as bad as the 76’ers. if you think he is going to make the lakers by himself you are delusional.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      exactly… so many don’t realize how well Love does play… i elaborated above…

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