Draymond Green found himself as a toppled Goliath during Sunday’s game. Now he is explaining how it happened.
Green’s Golden State Warriors were trailing the Charlotte Hornets by two points with 25.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Possession belonged to the Hornets, but Green was able to trap Hornets guard Terry Rozier at halfcourt and force a jump ball.
Many obviously expected the 6-foot-6 Green to easily win the jump over the 6-foot-1 Rozier … and many were wrong. Lo and behold, Rozier won the tap over Green, forcing the Warriors to foul. Rozier then hit his two free throws, and the Hornets won 106-102. The loss was just the second of the season for Golden State and snapped a seven-game winning streak.
After the game, Green offered an explanation. He said that he was distracted on the jump ball because the referee, David Guthrie, was still talking and the ball went up fast. Green did add though that he still should have won the tap and took responsibility.
Steve Kerr downplayed an incident between two of his players that drew some attention this week.
Draymond Green and Jordan Poole were seen having a heated exchange during a break in the action during the Golden State Warriors’ 123-110 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Things got heated between Draymond and Poole on the Warriors bench. Seemed like JP said something that didn’t sit well w/ Dray, Dray yelled at him. Short time later they both dapped each other up and and it was squashed. pic.twitter.com/Xy6yeynQuq
Green had seven points in 21 minutes during the game. Poole shot 5/17 and 2/11 on threes in the victory and scored 14 points.
On Thursday, Kerr said the conflict was already resolved and had become a non-issue.
Jordan Poole and Draymond Green got into a heated exchange on the bench last night. Here is Steve Kerr on that interaction and the dynamic between the confident, ascending Poole and the established veterans. pic.twitter.com/eH5SK99ab2
Draymond Green is taking some time to offer an apparent response to the bombshell story about Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver.
ESPN’s Baxter Holmes published a long-awaited piece Thursday detailing the culture in the Suns organization during Sarver’s 17-year tenure as owner. The piece, which contained interviews with over 70 current and former Suns employees, had many allegations of racism and misogyny on Sarver’s part.
The Golden State Warriors All-Star Green was mentioned specifically in the story. He was the subject of an anecdote from 2016 when the Warriors beat the Suns in a regular season game and Sarver proceeded to approach then-Phoenix coach Earl Watson.
After the loss, Suns majority owner Robert Sarver entered the coaches locker room, Watson told ESPN.
“You know, why does Draymond Green get to run up the court and say [N-word],” Sarver, who is white, allegedly said, repeating the N-word several times in a row.
“You can’t say that,” Watson, who is Black and Hispanic, told Sarver.
“Why?” Sarver replied. “Draymond Green says [N-word].”
“You can’t f—ing say that,” Watson said again.
For his part, Sarver disputed Watson’s characterization of the incident.
“This is absolutely untrue,” he said. “I remember the game and topic clearly. I, of course, never used the word myself. During this conversation, I said ‘N-word’ without saying the full word. The word itself never crossed my lips. Let me be crystal clear: I never once suggested on that night (or ever) that I should be able to say the N-word because a player or a Black person uses it.”
Sarver and his lawyers added that Sarver did not have that conversation with Watson but did have one with a Suns player who received a technical foul during the game for what they said was the use of the N-word. Sarver contended that he encouraged the player to appeal the technical foul because Green had used the word during the game. The league later rescinded the technical foul against the player.
Photo: Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
Damian Lillard recently reassured Portland Trail Blazers fans that he has given no thought to requesting a trade. He has, however, spoken openly about wanting the team to improve the roster around him, and the star point guard apparently has a plan in mind for how the Blazers can do that.
During a Wednesday appearance on the “HoopsHype Podcast,” Anthony Slater of The Athletic said Lillard is hung up on the idea of Draymond Green joining him in Portland.
There have been trade rumors involving Green dating back to last year, but the Golden State Warriors have given no indication that they intend to move him. Green is signed through next season and has a $27 million player option for 2023-24. The Warriors also appear to be rounding back into form, as they are off to a 5-1 start and will be getting Klay Thompson back from injury soon.
But if Golden State does decide to entertain the idea of moving Green, their first call should be the Portland. Green and Lillard showed at the Tokyo Olympics that they have a close relationship. Lillard said Green gave him a pep talk after he passed up a shot he would normally take, and the Blazers star played much better after that.
There have been indications that Green’s relationship with Steve Kerr and the Warriors’ brass isn’t all that strong. That’s likely just because of how outspoken Green is. As of now, there’s no reason to think Lillard is going to get his wish.
The NBA has implemented new rules this season that make it more difficult for offensive players to draw fouls, and that has led to some frustration among elite scorers. Draymond Green, however, believes the change has drastically improved the game.
After the Golden State Warriors’ 103-82 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, Green said he has enjoyed NBA basketball as both a player and spectator much more this season. He attributed that to the league doing away with “bulls— calls.”
“Can I say how satisfying it is to watch the game without all those terrible calls,” Green said, via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “Guys cheating the game and grabbing guys and getting the foul. I’ve been really enjoying watching basketball this year.
“I think this game was turning into who can draw the most fouls? Nobody wants to watch that and you definitely don’t want to play in a game like that,” Green said. “So you can feel the difference out there for sure. It’s just more pure basketball and that’s great for our game.”
The response to the rule changes has been mixed. Green is known for his defense and is a former Defensive Player of the Year, so his stance is hardly a surprise. Scorers like Trae Young have seen their free throw attempts drastically decrease in the early part of the year. Young recently revealed a strategy he has to deal with the new rules.
It’s too early to say if the changes have improved the game, but Green isn’t the only one who appreciates them.
For many years, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors absolutely fire-grilled the rest of the NBA. Now Green is revealing the effect that the Warriors then suddenly becoming the worst team in the league had on him.
“I wasn’t interested in the game,” said the former Defensive Player of the Year. “It was just a totally different situation that I was dealing with for the first time in my life on top of the abruptness of it. You couldn’t have told me three months before that I would go from the best team ever to the f—ing worst team in the NBA. It was frustrating. And it was also a mind f—.
“You’re walking in these arenas and four years you’ve been like, ‘We’re going to go win.’ Wow you’re walking in and there’s actually no chance we win this game,” Green went on. “Not only do you know you’re going to get your a– kicked, but the other team knows they’re going to kick your a– and they’re not even taking you seriously.”
The Warriors made five straight Finals from 2015 to 2019 with three of those appearances resulting in NBA championships. But the months after their last appearance saw Kevin Durant leave for Brooklyn, Klay Thompson sidelined with an ACL tear, and Stephen Curry break his hand just days into the new season. As a result, Green was the last man standing on a depleted roster that went on to finish an NBA-worst 15-50.
Fortunately for Green, Golden State is back on the come-up now with Curry returning to MVP-caliber form and Thompson finally due back from injury this season. So even if Green briefly found himself feasting on humble pie, it is obvious that some of his trademark braggadocio is slowly returning.
Draymond Green and Kevin Durant recently fired off some shots at Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr over the degradation of their relationship as teammates. For his part though, Kerr is leaving that one alone.
“I’m going to chalk this one up [to the fact] that I recognize that you have to ask that question,” said Kerr. “And by the same token, I don’t have to answer it. So we’re going to move on to the next question.”
Green and Durant had an infamous blow-up during a game against the LA Clippers in 2018 when they were still teammates on the Warriors. Durant cited the incident as a major influence behind his decision to leave Golden State that offseason. Both players blamed Kerr and Warriors GM Bob Myers for bungling the aftermath of the episode. You can read their reasoning here.
Kerr probably can’t say much in response, especially since Green is still one of his players. But blaming everybody except themselves for their own feud was a pretty bad look for both Green and Durant, even if Kerr won’t say it.
ESPN already has a number of former NBA players appearing on their network, but now they could be going after a current one as well.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported on Thursday that ESPN is interested in hiring Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green for their “NBA Countdown” show. Green would only be available on occasion however as an active player.
Draymond Green is LeBron James’ longtime rival on the court, but Green feels similar to The King in at least one regard.
The Golden State Warriors star responded to one of his fan accounts on social media this week. The fan posted some of Green’s best stat lines from the 2020-21 season, including several triple-doubles or near-triple-doubles.
As for Green, who is close friends with James off the court, he actually had a career-high 8.9 assists per game last season to go along with 7.0 points and 7.1 rebounds. Green also made his fourth All-Defensive First Team and is coming off a gold medal win with Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics. Thus, you should sleep on Green (plus James for that matter) at your own risk.
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green openly had issues with one another before Durant left the Golden State Warriors in 2019, but they have since smoothed things over. Now, they are both essentially blaming the team for how the situation was handled.
In an interview for Bleacher Report’s “Chips” series that was released on Wednesday, Durant and Green discussed the infamous argument they had during the 2018-19 season that led to Green being suspended. The spat happened near the end of an eventual overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, when Durant ripped Green for not passing the ball. Durant said the argument itself was less of an issue than the way the Warriors’ brass handled it.
“It wasn’t the argument. It was the way that everybody … (head coach) Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen, (general manager) Bob Meyers tried to just discipline you and think that would put the mask over everything,” Durant said.
“We needed that. We needed to throw all that s— out on the table and say, ‘Yo, Dray, K, that was f—ed up that we even had to go through that. Let’s just wipe our hands of that and go finish the task,'” Durant said. “I don’t think we did that. We tried to dance around it.”
Green then explained how Warriors management told him he needed to apologize, but he wanted to work things out with Durant on his own terms.
“I told them, ‘I’ll talk to (Durant), but y’all aren’t gonna tell me what I need to say.’ … Ultimately, they realized we’re not getting through to him and are gonna try again in the morning,” Green recalled. “We met the next morning and they said, ‘Alright, you slept on it. You ready to apologize?’ I told them right then and there, ‘Y’all are about to f— this up. The only person that can make this right is me and (Durant). There is nothing that y’all can do and y’all are going to f— this up.’ And in my opinion, they f—ed it up.”