Minnesota Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor Bashes Kevin Love
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor isn’t afraid to speak what’s on his mind, especially to his former franchise players.
Back in 2008, he publicly criticized Kevin Garnett, claiming that the former MVP ‘tanked’ in his final season with Minnesota, which ‘apparently’ caused the team’s chemistry to dwindle.
Then roughly 4 years later, Taylor reportedly told Kevin Love face-to-face he didn’t believe that he was a star, due to the fact that he never led the team to the playoffs, even though Love ironically earned an All-Star Game appearance that same season.
To no surprise, following word that Love had officially been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Taylor spoke with reporters yesterday at a press conference to offer his former player one last parting gift of ‘kind words’.
“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.
It’s funny to hear Taylor speculate about whether or not Kevin Love will get the short end of the stick in Cleveland, after doing the same exact type of thing to the three-time All-Star in Minnesota.
Instead of finding players that could help make the team a legitimate playoff contender, he opted to trust in a core comprised of Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, one that proved to be not quite talented enough to compete in the Western Conference.
Luckily, the team’s new additions of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young may end up producing at least one new star in the Land of Lakes, and hopefully bring some form of mediocrity back to a city that has long yearned for a winning season.
The only thing that can stop Minnesota from reaching prominence once again is Taylor himself, who needs to realize the team’s failures rest on his shoulders (and mouth), not the players.
Follow Evan Caulfield on Twitter @fieldhoops!