Glen Taylor’s getting all sorts of replies these days. Not long after questioning Kevin Love’s defense, the star power forward’s new general manager, David Griffin, came to his player’s defense.
“I think he’s an elite defensive rebounder,” Griffin told FOX Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr. “I have concerns relative to our ability to protect the rim, and that’s not just a Kevin question. We’re going to need to add that, but I don’t have any concerns about Kevin’s ability to be in the right place at the right time from a team defensive perspective.”
Shortly after trading Love to Cleveland for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round draft pick, Taylor, the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves spouted off a missive about the Olympian, essentially questioning his skill level on the defensive end.
“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,” said Taylor. “So I would guess they’re going to ask him to play more defense.”
Love responded in a radio interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning, recommending that his former boss focus on his newly acquired talent.
“His basketball IQ is fantastic,” said Griffin of Love. “I think he’s been really open about the fact that he’s bringing a focus to that end of the floor that maybe he didn’t do before.”
Per mySynergySports, opponents scored only 0.65 points per isolation possession against Love in 2011-12 and 0.77 last year. On post-ups, 0.69 and 0.72 in those two seasons. Looking to add size in their frontcourt, the Cavs continue to be linked to “rim protecting” centers like Timofey Mozgov and Kosta Koufos.