It seems that whenever a player moves on from their previous team, regardless of the sport, there are always some bad words to be spilled over into the media. Whether it is former players, coaches or even the team owner, there is always something that has to be said by someone. Unfortunately, it is no different for Kevin Love, who was recently traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On Tuesday, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor decided to take a few jabs at his former All-Star forward. Even if the comments did not seem to be made specifically to cut down Love, there is no question the message was loud and clear.
“I think where maybe he got away with some stuff not playing defense on our team, I’m not sure that’s how it’s going to work in Cleveland,” Taylor said on ESPN Radio 1500 AM in the Twin Cities on Tuesday. “I would guess they’re going to ask him to play more defense and he’s foul prone.”
“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 the team,” Taylor continued. “I don’t think he’s going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he’ll get blame if they don’t do well. He’s around a couple guys that are awful good.”
To the surprise of no one, Love was not pleased in the least with the comments that were made by someone he considered to be close to him.
“I think emotions are definitely running high right now,” Love said while on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike.” on Wednesday morning. “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.”
That will be the last time Love says anything about Taylor. The reason being is he wants to keep his focus on helping the Cavaliers win in any way he can. If that means he needs to play more defense than he is accustomed to, then that is exactly what he is going to do. His desire to be traded to Cleveland is for one purpose: to win championships.
Love is a great talent who never has experienced the playoffs. However, that should not take away from the fact that he will work harder than anyone else once the opportunity to play beyond the regular season presents itself. What Taylor does not realize is that Love is perfectly fine with being a supporting cast member behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, although I would say he’s the second best player on the team behind James. All he cares about his helping the team succeed.