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

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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