What is it with NBA team owners shredding players they just traded? The most infamous case was Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert dropping a comic sans-penned letter on LeBron James, which they had to take down when bridges were rebuilt this past summer. Ironically, after the Minnesota Timberwolves traded away Kevin Love to Cleveland, T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor came out on ESPN Radio 1500 AM in the Twin Cities to question his former superstar, via ESPN:
“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 added. “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 durability of Love, who has twice suffered a broken hand, which caused him to miss most of the 2012-13 season.
“The only thing I still have a question mark about is health,” Taylor said. “I had that concern then [when they negotiated his previous contract], and I still have that concern. I think Cleveland should have that concern, too.”
Kevin Love took the high road in response though, telling “Mike & Mike”:
“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.”
Love did play just 73 games between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and he’s not someone who will reject a ton of shots, but he does a whole lot of other things well, hauling down rebounds with them best of them, and throwing a bunch of insane passes. It’s also wayyyy too early for us to start speculating who to blame if year one of LeBron back to Cleveland doesn’t work out. Just a lot of sour grapes from the owner, and good on Love for answering respectfully.