Tyson Chandler says that Kevin Love can't play defense in halftime interview (Video)

Eric Freeman
March 6, 2014
Melo, Knicks snap 7-game skid, top Wolves 118-106
Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, center, shoots between New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire, left, and Tyson Chandler, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love has many great qualities, including top-rate rebounding and outside shooting for his size. For the most part, though, it's agreed that Love is not a very good defender. He typically fails to protect the rim, struggles in defending the pick and roll, and gets scored on often. Effort isn't necessarily the issue — it's possible that Love's lateral quickness and other issues keep him from being a plus defender.

Nevertheless, it was still pretty surprising to hear New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler say that Love can't play defense in a halftime interview during Wednesday's game between the two teams at Madison Square Garden (via EOB):

Let's be clear: what Chandler says here would not be notable if it had come from an impartial analyst, or even a general manager. It's worth talking about mostly because players usually don't criticize the abilities of other players so openly. Chandler may have spoken highly of Love's offensive skills, but it's a little odd for a player to say anything negative about a peer. In today's NBA, players are part of a fraternity, may have known each other for years, and could play together as teammates with one simple transaction. This is poor form and not very nice.

Ultimately, though, it's probably just a funny, candid moment from a man who knows a thing or two about defense. It helps that Chandler backed up the statement with his play. Chandler finished the Knicks' 118-106 win with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting and 14 rebounds. Love, on the other hand, mustered 19 points on just 6-for-17 from the field, with all three Knicks frontcourt starters performing well at the offensive end. Truth hurts.

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