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Referees defend controversial Draymond Green ejection

Draymond Green

The referees from Saturday’s Charlotte Hornets-Golden State Warriors game defended their calls at the end of the game.

Draymond Green was ejected with his Warriors leading 100-98 with under 10 seconds left. He got upset when a timeout was awarded to the Hornets even though Green did not feel Charlotte had possession of a loose ball. Green ended up cursing at his opponent and then the referees. He was called for two technical fouls, resulting in his ejection.

The double technical on Green put Charlotte on the free throw line. Terry Rozier made both free throws to tie the game. Then Rozier made the game-winning shot.

Official Marc Davis answered questions from a pool reporter after the game and defended both the Green ejection and the Hornets timeout call.

The Warriors ended up losing 102-100. They had the game in hand too, and they were doing it without Steph Curry, who did not play due to illness. Green likes to complain about how he is targeted by the referees. But then he doesn’t help himself by losing composure at the end.

Charles Barkley responds to Draymond Green’s rant about player trades

Charles Barkley

Draymond Green made headlines earlier this week when he unloaded on NBA teams for sitting players as they openly work to trade them. Not surprisingly, Charles Barkley does not agree with the Golden State Warriors star’s stance.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided they will not play Andre Drummond while they try to trade the veteran center. The Detroit Pistons are doing the same with Blake Griffin. Green sounded off about that on Monday night, insisting there is a double standard with players wanting to be traded versus teams openly shopping players in trade talks.

“Teams can come out and continue to say, ‘Oh, we’re trading guys. We’re not playing you.’ And, yet, we’re (supposed) to stay professional,” Green said. “At some point, as players, we need to be treated with the same respect and have the same right that the teams have.”

During an appearance on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” this week, Barkley said Green came across as “annoying” with the rant. The Hall of Famer said it’s a lot easier to be outspoken when you play for the best team in the NBA.

“I think Draymond’s got to start learning you can say what you want to when you’re the champs and you’re in first place,” Barkley said, as transcribed by Jon Becker of The Mercury News. “But when you’re in last place, you become the guy who becomes annoying.”

Simmons pointed out that Barkley was also very outspoken during his career despite playing for some bad teams. Barkley defended that by saying “I was a great player.”

“There’s a double standard on that. When you’re a great player, you can do and say what you want to do,” he said. “When you’re on a good team, you can do and say what you want to. When you’re in last place, you have to stand down. He hasn’t learned that yet.”

The Warriors were 16-13 and in 7th in the Western Conference heading into Thursday, so they are far from being in last place.

Barkley also defended what the Cavaliers and other teams are doing. He said he understands wanting to prevent Drummond from getting injured given the circumstances.

Green and Barkley have a history of trading shots, so it’s hardly a shock that they disagree on this topic. It’s important to note that Drummond and Griffin agreed to the arrangement, and the latter even thanked the Pistons.

There’s a difference between a player demanding a trade when a team wants to keep him and two sides agreeing agreeing to a divorce. Green doesn’t seem to care about that distinction.

Draymond Green mocks himself for dumb play at end of loss

Draymond Green

Draymond Green took a jab at himself for a dumb play he made at the end of the Golden State Warriors’ 105-100 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.

The Warriors inbounded the ball with 8.7 seconds left in the game down by three. The ball went to Green, who took a wild 3-point attempt from just inside halfcourt.

What on earth was Green thinking? He took the shot because he believed the Spurs were going to foul him. He thought he would end up with three free throws and a chance to tie the game.

Green called it a “dumb play,” though he thought his thinking made sense.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr took some blame and said he should have reminded his players that the Spurs usually don’t foul in that situation.

Kevin Durant appears to throw shade at former Warriors teammates

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant’s relationship with his old teammates has seemed a bit frosty since he left Golden State, and now we are getting further evidence of that.

The Brooklyn Nets star ‘liked’ an Instagram post this weekend about some comments made by Detroit Pistons veteran Wayne Ellington. The Pistons and the Warriors played each other on Friday, which led to some hostility between Pistons swingman Rodney McGruder and the rest of the Warriors. Durant’s ‘like’ indicated that he agreed with Ellington calling Draymond Green and Klay Thompson “unprofessional” for their role in the incident.

Thompson got a bit personal with his comments about McGruder. Green then piled on with even harsher words in his postgame press conference.

As for Durant, he left Golden State for the Nets in 2019 after winning two NBA titles with the Warriors. Since his departure, Durant has denied that there is beef. But this latest development may be an indication otherwise.

Draymond Green and Wayne Ellington in back-and-forth over Rodney McGruder comments

Draymond Green

A minor shouting match during Saturday night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons has turned into quite the back-and-forth between players from both teams.

As both teams headed for the locker room, Detroit’s Rodney McGruder approached Golden State’s Juan Toscano-Anderson, and the two started jawing a bit. Nothing further happened, but Klay Thompson said McGruder was “probably mad” that he “might be out the league soon” on the NBC Sports Bay Area telecast.

Draymond Green took things further after the game, mockingly referring to McGruder as “f–king tough guy Rodney” and adding that “no one scared of no damn Rodney McGruder.”

Green indicated that McGruder was trying to defend teammate Wayne Ellington. Ellington had his say on Sunday, and he was not at all impressed with how Thompson and Green handled the incident. He defended McGruder’s character, said Toscano-Anderson was the one who started everything, and said it was “very unprofessional” to remark on McGruder’s career. He also said that Green’s postgame comments were “fake tough guy stuff.”

The Pistons and Warriors do not meet again this season, so in terms of on-court conflict, this is finished for now. That said, Green is pretty famous for not letting things go, so it’s doubtful he’ll let Ellington have the last word here.

Referees admit ‘mistake’ with Draymond Green ejection

Draymond Green

One of the referees involved in Thursday night’s Golden State Warriors-New York Knicks game admitted that the Draymond Green ejection was a mistake.

Green was ejected late in the second quarter after being called for his second technical foul. He got the tech for yelling at teammate James Wiseman while going down the court.

Referee John Butler thought Green was yelling at him, not Wiseman, and ejected the Warriors forward.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after the game that another referee, Ben Taylor, told him at halftime that it was a “mistake” by Butler to call a tech on Green.

Green has a reputation for racking up technical fouls, which likely hurt him in this instance. The league will likely rescind the technical foul call, but that won’t make up for Green missing half of his team’s 119-104 loss.

Green has complained for years about getting unfair technical fouls. This instance seemed to be proof of his complaint.

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Report: Damian Lillard has pushed Blazers to trade for Draymond Green

Damian Lillard

There has been some talk that the Golden State Warriors could trade Draymond Green if their season takes a turn for the worse, and it sounds like one Western Conference star would be very eager to see his team make a move.

According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has privately pushed the organization to make a play for Green, and has been doing so for some time.

“If we were handicapping Draymond trade destinations if the Warriors decided to blow it up…that’s the one,” Amick said on “The Athletic NBA Show,” via Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area. “Damian and his group have for the last couple years been campaigning for that.”

Green and Lillard are close, so this makes sense. Of course, there’s a significant distance between wanting a trade and making it. There’s no indication that Green is set to be traded despite the recent rumors. Even if he is, it’s not clear if the Blazers have what it would take to make that trade, nor is it clear that the Warriors would be eager to trade Green to a Western Conference rival.

The Warriors are 2-1 since Green’s return from injury this season.

Warriors could be open to trading Draymond Green?

Draymond Green

The Golden State Warriors are facing the danger of a second straight losing season, and it may force them to consider a once-unthinkable move.

Speaking this week on his podcast, NBA insider Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports said that the Warriors could put Draymond Green on the trade market if they do not fare well upon Green’s return from injury.

“I’ll say this. If when Draymond comes back, they don’t fare well, we could see a scenario play out where Draymond will be put out on the market for trade bait,” said Haynes. “We could see that, the way this franchise is going.

“I know a team that would, oh my goodness, I know a team that would salivate if that was the case,” Haynes added. “I’m not gonna mention that … I know a team that would be salivating.”

Green, the former Defensive Player of the Year, is a beloved homegrown Warrior who has served as the team’s emotional leader and a centerpiece of their three NBA championships in the last six seasons. But he will soon be 31 and has tailed off in recent years, in part due to injury.

Klay Thompson is out for the season with a second devastating injury, and Steph Curry is himself nearing 33 years of age. Meanwhile, new additions Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre have looked horrifically bad to start. The Warriors are already facing a huge tax bill. If they are paying all that money just to be non-competitive, it would make sense to at least consider moving Green and the roughly $100 million he is still owed.

H/T NBA Reddit

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Kevin Durant speaks highly of relationship with Draymond Green despite drama

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is set to play against the Golden State Warriors for the first time since his 2019 departure, and he has nothing but love for them.

Before Tuesday’s season opener against the Warriors, the Brooklyn Nets star spoke highly of his relationship with his former teammates in Golden State, including Draymond Green.

“Definitely keep in touch here and there,” said Durant. “I’ve seen Draymond in the summer. We ran into each other at a restaurant. It was good to see him and his family … It’s good to see from afar, see everybody’s doing well and realize that these bonds that we created will never be broken no matter what jerseys we put on, no matter what part of the country we all live in.”

Durant also added that he would “always be a Warrior” in his heart.

The former NBA MVP won two championships in his three seasons with the Warriors but had an acrimonious relationship with Green at times. Green recently said he had an issue with Durant letting his free agency situation linger in his last season in Golden State instead of being more transparent.

In any case, Green has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game against Brooklyn, so the two will not be able to duke it out on the court. It does seem like whatever issues they once had are now in the past though.

James Wiseman says Draymond Green already gave him blunt warning about NBA

James Wiseman

Don’t expect Draymond Green to go easy on new Golden State Warriors draft pick James Wiseman.

The Warriors made Wiseman the No. 2 overall pick in Wednesday’s NBA Draft. On Thursday, he said he had already heard from Green, who didn’t mince words when it came to telling Wiseman how much his draft status would matter.

Green isn’t necessarily wrong. He was a second-round pick who’s gotten a lot further in his career than some second overall picks have.

It’s worth noting that Green was publicly supportive of the Warriors drafting Wiseman. He isn’t coming at this from a place of skepticism. Green is a hard worker who’s obsessed with proving people wrong and earning the plaudits. That’s the attitude he wants from his teammates, too.