Glen Taylor puts Kevin Love on blast

Taylor is bitter over K-Love decision to dump the T-Wolves.
During his introductory news conference yesterday in Cleveland, Kevin Love followed Denny Green's path down the high road.

"I loved my time there. The people of Minnesota were great," Love said. "The fans were great. They showed up win, lose or draw... It was a great six years. I enjoyed my time."

Back in Minnesota, Wolves owner Glen Taylor wasn't as sanguine, however.

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During an appearance on 1500 ESPN, Taylor -- who maintained throughout the summer that his preference was to keep Love in Minnesota, even if it meant risking he might bolt next summer without the Wolves receiving anything in return -- openly wondered whether Love's move to Cleveland was best for his career.

"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 said. "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."

Taylor also questioned the trade from Cleveland's standpoint. Love comes to them without having signed a contract extension, meaning he (and LeBron, for that matter) can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer.

"The only thing I still have a question mark about is his health," Taylor said. "If they sign him to a five-year contract like they're thinking about, that's a big contract on a guy that's had some times he's missed games."

Ouch! But there's more.

"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 continued. "I would guess they're going to ask him to play more defense and he's foul prone."

But despite ripping everything from Love's defense, to his durability, to the way he handled his trade request -- publicly, and through his agent -- Taylor went on to acknowledge that the Wolves (*ahem Kahn ahem*) made a mistake by not locking Love up with a five-year contract when they had the opportunity.

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Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Love fled to a weaker conference that will again get trounced by stronger Western Conference teams. He'll have his stats but the best teams are in the West and have been for years.

Steve Schmidt
Steve Schmidt

Love is about to play for a pretty insane owner in Dan Gilbert. I think that Cleveland will be stocked and ready to complete for a good 4-5 year run with this lineup, however; I would expect Love to be the stat man he was here. There are two players before him in the option and I expect him to be very scrappy down low in the rebound column. Playing next to Varejo on D will lessen his lack of D, as opposed to Pek here, who has an equally a defensive liability.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Goodbye Kevin Love, enjoy getting pounced in the first round of the playoffs by Chicago.

Steven Silton
Steven Silton

Way to go Glen. This is one of the best owners in the NBA frankly stating what every should be. The manner in which Lebron bolted Cleveland, only to come back 4 years later-after 4 fairly lackluster years by superstar standards-then orchestrating a trade for another All Star, is not good for Kevin Love, or the NBA for that manner. We will see how Love does on Cleveland, but people forget that Bosh was a 22-12 guy before becoming just a 3rd option in a Lebron centered offense. And Bosh had taken his team to the playoffs before being recruited to join the "superteam" in Miami. This is not KG going to Boston or Barkley going to Phoenix. Love is going to languish in Cleveland, being told to rebound, stand in on the wings, and thrown his vintage outlet passes to the real offensive players.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Glen Taylor proves, yet again, he is one of the dumbest team owners in sports. 


The Strib should've printed Taylor's stupid comments in comic sans.

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