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Kevin Love says Timberwolves owner should focus on his own team following trade to Cavaliers

Aug 27, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT

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Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor didn’t exactly take the Dan Gilbert route of trashing a superstar player who forced his way out of town, but he wasn’t exactly all that nice about it, either.

Following the trade of Kevin Love to the Cavaliers, Taylor attempted to take some parting shots at Love, which only served to reveal the level of bitterness he has regarding the way things played out.

“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.

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,” Taylor said. “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.”

That’s a lot of unnecessary shade, and it’s clear that Love didn’t exactly appreciate it.

From ESPN.com:

Love, appearing on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” on Wednesday morning, responded to comments made by Taylor, who said Tuesday that the All-Star forward may get exposed for his play on the defensive end and may wind up being the scapegoat if the new-look Cavs struggle.

“I think emotions are definitely running high right now,” Love told “Mike & Mike.” “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.

The haul the Timberwolves received in exchange for Love was pretty great under the circumstances. Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett are two fine pieces that should help expedite the rebuilding process, and Thaddeus Young is a veteran capable of adding immediate production. Minnesota also shed two unsavory contracts in the deal, which never hurts when you’re trying to position yourself for future success.

Taylor being displeased overall with losing a player of Love’s caliber is understandable; free agent superstars are never going to sign willingly in Minnesota, so those types of players are hard to come by. But the negativity he expressed about Love on his way out the door doesn’t do anything to help, when now is a time to be optimistic about what may become of the team in the future.

  1. spursareold - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    WTG, Kevin, taking the high road.

    • kinggw - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      We’ve become so cynical that Love’s smug response qualifies as taking the high road…wow

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Or how about You’ve become so cynical that you interpret this as a smug response.

    • bkbell3 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Not to mention that if he is so foul and injury prone and all that stuff why did this owner want to resign him so badly? He is the same guy that was ok with mchale playing him off the bench and messing with his minuets and didn’t want to sign him to a 5 year contract instead of the 4 year one he offered before.

      • unfortunateminnesotasportsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Pretty sure that was rambis that didnt want to play love alot, not mchale..

      • bkbell3 - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        yup, i got that wrong, thanks.

    • jazz11001 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Sorry to say but everything Taylor said was spot on.
      Love doesn’t play D.
      Love is injury prone.
      Love is the third best player on the cavs.
      Lebron won’t let Love not play defense.
      Taylor made KG the highest paid player in the league so he WILL spend the money but only where he gets a return.
      If anyone here thinks that Love will be in Cleveland next season they should be drug tested. His agent AND the crooked League will allow him to leave for LA when the new tv agreement is signed.

      And yes Flip got 2 quality prospects and a veteran from Cleveland for a rental player…

      • ecnuob51 - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Love does play defense. It’s just pretty hard guarding the west pfs when you’re your teams only offensive option.

        Injury prone? How so? That’s like saying Westbrook is injury prone. Or curry is injury prone. Greg oden is injury prone.

        Irving is not better than love at the moment.

        And you kinda ruined your stupid argument by saying Lebron won’t let love not play defense. Exactly. With Lebron on his team loves defense will only get better and now he can put more effort on that side now that he’s not the only option on offense.

  2. brookwell2013 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Agreed Spursareold, let’s hope everyone in that Cavs-Wolves deal stays healthy so we can enjoy and see which team, if either of them, got the better of the deal. Gonna be a great season I think…..

    • metalhead65 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      unless Love gets injured we already know who got the better end of this deal. the cavs get a 25 year old all star heading into his prie while wolves get a guy who was the # 1 pick this year but has accomplished nothing and the # 1 pick last year who could not get off the bench for a lottery team. they may eventually work out but the cavs. clearly got the best of the deal.

      • Hard On For Harden - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Love was at one point a #5 overall pick who had “accomplished nothing”, but by all means continue on with your hasty generalizations.

      • metalhead65 - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        number 5 is not the same as number one and he has accomplished more than the guys he was traded for. what did either of those guys do in college? did they lead their team to a final 4? Love accomplished something before leaving college to deserve being that high of a pick. other than hype the guys they got for him have accomplished nothing. again they may turn out to be good players in time but Love is a 25 year old all star entering his prime and will be playing with the best player in the game and a gifted young point guard while the wolves will have a bunch of young guys with potential. I will take the all star every time and make generalizations like this all day.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        “unless Love gets injured”

        Well that’s never happened before.

      • arrondior - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        Well let’s be fair to Bennett. He had an injured shoulder and could not play for quite awhile. Ended up out of shape when he came back. Kind of hard to get off the bench as a rookie when you not only you have a learning curve to deal with, but also an injury.

        Overall I agree with you but lets be fair here. They both got a lot out of this deal. If the Wolves didn’t make a move they would have been empty handed next year when Love left. The Cavs had the pieces to trade with the most upside now,however, those pieces could lose a considerable amount of value after the 2014-2015 season depending on how well they play or injuries. Looking back at the other offers the Wolves had on the table… the Cavs 100% gave them the best jump on their rebuild.

        Ultimately, watching Love, Lebron, and Irving play together is going to be a ton of fun. I cant wait. I also am excited to see what Wiggins develops into. IMO this was great for him. He gets to move to a team where he can actually develop. I’m not sure that Flip is the best coach for a rebuild after seeing what he did in Washington D.C. with the Wizards but we’ll see.

  3. luvmnsports2012 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    POS!

  4. csbanter - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    The Wolves are going to be more exciting to watch this season. They’ll lose 40 plus games , but seeing them grow as a TEAM should be fun. Glen Taylor has a right to be bitter, K Love crapped on a losing team to play with a better one. That’s human nature. Like if your girl dumped you for another dude. You get over it but it still stings.

  5. thegonz13 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Memo to Brent Polakoff: the T-Wolves can’t expedite the rebuilding process, as they haven’t really built much to begin with…

  6. losntina69 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    If it makes you feel better Taylor the Cavs aren’t going to do anything, is Kevin Love really that missing piece on a contending team? Is he really that great? He is a really good player but thats about it, and with Kyrie and Bron they still won’t win a ring. So basically he will have a little more success then the Wolves but just like them Love still won’t win any titles.

    • arrondior - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Uh his PER and Win Shares say yes. If Kobe could win with Gasol (and Gasol is great btw) are you really going to float out there that adding Love to a Verajo, Irving, James line up isn’t spectacular. And let me say this about this Cavs team. Their defense maybe middle of the road as far as rim protection goes, but if you miss a shot… good luck getting a rebound. I also am hesitant to knock their defensive efficiency until they have 10-15 games under their belt. New team and new coach = growing pains.

      • losntina69 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Gasol is great? Really? enough said.

  7. swede700 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Kevin did his own veiled shots over the summer when he referred to the Wolves as “they.” Therefore, he should have just said No Comment. But Kevin is what he is, a guy with a fragile ego. Personally, both of them should have just said nothing and moved on.

  8. 00maltliquor - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    The TWolves owner sounds like a dbag going that route. I hope all his players leave him in their prime. That’s not the kind of owner anyone should like to play for.

    • kinggw - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      And Gilbert is better? Gilbert is arguably the worst owner in the league. If LBJ didn’t have ties to NE Ohio the Cavs would still be the laughingstock of the NBA. You think the Cavs kept snagging number one picks due to good ownership?

      It takes more than fielding a successful team to be a good owner and owners that have bad teams aren’t necessarily bad owners.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        No sir, it’s not arguable. Gilbert IS the WORST owner in the league.

      • kinggw - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Well alright, I was certain you would’ve nominated the Buss’.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Honestly, I’m kiiiinda starting to warm up to Jimbo. He really hasn’t done toooo much wrong since his takeover. I know it’s easy to hate on him, I was doing it too for a minute but if I look at the work overall he really hasn’t effed up too bad. I’m gonna give him a clean slate and a second chance and see where this goes.

      • campcouch - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Check the Sixers…or may the Bucks.

      • BrownsTown - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        You’re correct…it would be better to build a championship team and then cut contributors to save on the luxury tax bill.

  9. dluxxx - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I think that there were a lot of hurt feelings. Mostly because Kevin was never man enough to tell Taylor to his face that he wanted out. At least KG had the ball$ to do that. Then again, Love will always be the third best MN Kevin. Garnett>McHale>Love (I know McHale never played for MN but he’s from here)

    • swede700 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      True…he was better than Kevin Martin.

    • unfortunateminnesotasportsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Mchale played for the university of minnesota.. if that counts. Lol

  10. mungman69 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    These owners should be quiet. Jerry Jones, are you listening?

  11. seasickcecil - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Kevin Love “I’m taking my talents to Lake Erie”

  12. j0esixpack - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    The Twolves are only drawing more attention to the fact that good players ultimately don’t want to play in Minnesota

  13. devarajaswami - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    These kinds of super rich owners are so used to throwing money around and having people say yes to them all the time, that their egos can’t handle situations where someone they want desperately says no them and walks out.

  14. mungman69 - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Love will stay with the Cavs for more than one (1) year. And I don’t do drugs. Nor do I drink. What do I do? I watch the NBA.

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