Oct 10, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve pours champaign over the head of owner Glen Taylor after a game against the Atlanta Dream at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The Lynx defeated the Dream 86-77 to win the WNBA Championship. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Daily Dish: War of the Words, Wolves Style

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Happy Humpday, Boston Celtics fans!

Well, we all probably could have guessed this would happen.  Minnesota Timberwolves’ owner Glen Taylor was very outspoken about his desire to build a winning team around Kevin Love, and now that the All-Star power forward has brought his game to Cleveland, Taylor had no problem questioning Love when he spoke with the media yesterday:

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.

Hmmm. So you wanted him to stay, but now that he has left, you’re quick to point out his defensive liabilities and foul troubles, eh?  Why does practically every owner who loses a good player have to sound like a jilted lover?

Kevin Love got the chance to respond to his former employer’s comments today on ESPN’s Mike and Mike show:

I think emotions are definitely running high right now.   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.

A fair and professional response.

Moving on from the drama, it’s clear that Team USA has been built with one goal in mind: beat Team Spain in the FIBA World Cup.  After all, Spain is the only team that appears to pose a serious threat to Team USA’s quest for international glory.   If last night’s tune-up against Slovenia is any indication, it would appear that the USA’s big men are up for the task.

Last, but never, ever least, let’s take a look at how the Boston Celtics will fare behind the arc during the 2014-2015 season!  Hint: they’ll most likely suck.


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