Glen Taylor has a thing against former Wolves stars named ‘Kevin,’ and he’s made that public information. For the second time after trading the team’s superstar player away, the disgruntled Wolves owner had some choice words about the former star’s ability to move on and contribute to another team.
“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.”
I understand Taylor’s testament here; he has a legitimate excuse to criticize Love’s defensive abilities because, frankly, they just weren’t very good at least for the majority of the game. But he’s so far-off base saying he’s foul-prone, and so asking him to play more defense will become a vice for Cleveland and they’ll have trouble keeping him on the floor. In fact, Love’s one of the best big men in staying out of foul trouble, having just fouled out once in the last few years. Once.
Taylor’s comments spew sour grapes, if you ask me, and have no place in the public eye. Otherwise you have national attention shining negative light onto a new situation, a fresh environment, where young talent needs nurturing. I’m sure Andrew Wiggins doesn’t want to see his boss calling out his former star player, who worked very hard to get where he is now. Love had a right to correct the ship by saying Taylor ought to focus on his new team. After all, he did get a strong haul back in return but now attention should turn to that nurturing I mentioned before. There’s no need to try to ship Love out with a ‘FRAGILE: THIS SIDE UP’ label on his back.
I’ve always learned, living with three women, to never “poke the bear.” If a person is leaving a situation, even in not-so-good of a mood, just leave it be. If you try to address the situation at the wrong time or say the wrong thing, you’re heading into a world of hurt. In Love’s case, Taylor’s comments just fuel the fire. He’s excited to be in Cleveland playing with LeBron and Kyrie. And now you just stoked the ashes into a full-blown flame. We all thought Love was great playing in a disappointing few years with Minnesota, just how good could he be on a great team with oodles of motivation?
The Timberwolves playoff drought has one connecting fixture throughout the years: Glen Taylor himself. The team has always been poorly managed, whether it’s botched contracts, poor front office and coach hirings or bad P.R. like things like this, and Taylor’s always been at the helm. Even with all the years of experience as an owner and one of Minnesota’s best businessman of all time, he ought to take Love’s advice and shut up this time around.