Cleveland Cavaliers fans have experience losing a star player. We have experience losing a star player in his prime that left his native area. We know Minnesota's pain in losing Kevin Love, even if fans haven't been entirely sensitive to their plight through this process.
We also know what it's like when our owner goes public with some of the negative feelings that come with losing the star player. Minnesota's owner, Glen Taylor, didn't go nearly as far as Dan Gilbert did on the night that LeBron James left for Miami, but the same regret and bitterness is evidenced in his words.
Here is what he had to say on Minnesota radio, 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."
It'd probably be best for Taylor not to say these things, but again, he just lost a star player. I get it. His comments, though, don't really make sense. Kevin Love has a very low foul rate, for one. And, while it's certainly possible that Kyrie Irving takes a jump or two, Love is pretty clearly the Cavaliers' second best player at the moment. There is a decent chance that in three or four years, as LeBron ages, that Love will be the best player on the Cavaliers.
The story doesn't end there, though, as Love responded to Taylor's comments on ESPN's Mike and Mike radio show:
"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."
That's a pretty good response. Eventually, hopefully soon, all sides can move on. Love is right. Andrew Wiggins as the centerpiece of the deal is a pretty nice get for Minnesota. Hopefully he fulfills his potential and joins the game's elite players. Minnesota deserves a successful team.