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Draymond Green calls out Warriors social media for leaving him out of Instagram post

Draymond Green

Draymond Green basically runs on a lack of respect. Sometimes, he even finds it from his team’s social media folks.

The Golden State Warriors posted a slideshow of notable shots from rookie photoshoots over the years. The images included those of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, as well as more recent rookie portraits from Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall. Notably missing was Green — notably to him, anyway, because he called it out in the comments.

Green is definitely among the core members of the Golden State dynasty who, like Curry and Thompson, has been with the team since entering the NBA. This clearly wasn’t about that, though. They were trying to spotlight some cool pictures. It’s why Curry and Thompson were featured alongside the likes of Jordan Bell.

Hey, whatever motivates Green, the Warriors are probably fine with it. That said, Green’s mood seems like it might be dictated more based on what the Warriors do with their roster this offseason.

Draymond Green criticizes ‘soft’ NBA after altercation

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Draymond Green criticized the NBA for being “soft” after the reaction to an altercation on Thursday night.

Kevin Durant and PJ Tucker got into it during Game 3 of the Nets-Bucks series in Milwaukee (video here). Both players received technical fouls for the incident.

What bothered Green was the way security ran onto the court to try and separate the players.

Green is playing both sides here.

The Golden State Warriors veteran just complained on Shaq’s podcast that the NBA doesn’t do enough to protect players in fan incidents. Now he’s jumping on their case when arena personnel step in to protect players? It makes no sense.

You can’t ask for a league where nobody bothers the players and then complain when security tries to protect.

Draymond loves to look and talk tough, but it all comes crashing down when someone points out the hypocrisy.

Did Draymond Green throw shade at Warriors during TNT broadcast?

Draymond Green

Draymond Green was talking about the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. But that may not have been what he was really talking about.

The Golden State Warriors star was back on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” as a studio analyst. During a group discussion about the Wizards, Green gave an interesting take on what the team’s plans should be moving forward. He said Washington needs to decide if they are committed to Russell Westbrook. If so, Green said that they should go get veteran players to complement Westbrook and Bradley Beal instead of draft picks.

“Getting draft picks and placing them next to two All-Stars? That don’t work,” Green said bluntly.

Of course, that sounds suspiciously like Golden State’s own situation with Green and Stephen Curry. The Warriors chose to keep and develop No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman this year. But Wiseman had a hard time fitting in as a rookie and ended up suffering a season-ending knee injury. Though Curry had an MVP-caliber year and Green continued to make a strong two-way impact, Golden State still failed to make the playoffs, in part due to their odd roster construction.

The Warriors may get a boost next season from Klay Thompson’s expected return from injury. But Green has made clear on other occasions that he is somewhat skeptical about the direction of the team.

Draymond Green shares funny Klay Thompson Miami hotel story

Klay Thompson

Draymond Green shared a funny story about Klay Thompson on Wednesday.

Green was participating in a question-and-answer session on Bleacher Report’s app and was asked for his favorite memory or moment regarding Thompson, his longtime teammate.

Green shared that Thompson once ran into a wall at a hotel in Miami and needed stitches. Thompson was apparently embarrassed by the injury and tried to tell his teammates that the injury stemmed from a fight at the club. Green suggested that Thompson was wasted, and that led him to bump into the wall.

Yeah, that is slightly embarrassing for Klay.

Thompson is regarded as an easygoing player and is generally well-liked. Seeing him involved in something embarrassing like that and then trying to slyly play it off must have been amusing for his Warriors teammates.

Damian Lillard recruiting Draymond Green to Blazers?

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard may be after one of his longtime Western Conference rivals on the recruiting trail.

Green’s Golden State Warriors were eliminated on Friday with a loss in the play-in tournament to the Memphis Grizzlies. After the game, the Portland Trail Blazers star Lillard retweeted a post that read, “Keep tripping on Draymond, he’ll be in a Blazers jersey on y’all a–.”

The retweet is still clearly visible on Lillard’s Twitter page.

The former Defensive Player of the Year Green cannot become a free agent until 2023, so the Blazers would have to trade for him if they want Green any time in the near future.

As for Lillard, the retweet seems pretty on-brand. Earlier this year, we already heard reports that he was pushing for Portland to acquire Green.

Draymond Green delivers blunt assessment of Warriors’ championship aspirations

Draymond Green

The Golden State Warriors saw their season derailed by injuries and inconsistency, and it all came to an end Friday when the Memphis Grizzlies beat them for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Still, there remains a belief that the current core, if healthy, can still contend for a championship.

Draymond Green sounded less optimistic after Friday’s loss, suggesting that the Warriors have a lot of work to do to get back to where they want to be.

“We’re not in the playoffs, so we’re a ways away,” Green said, via Nick Friedell of ESPN. “I may go to Mexico or something [Saturday], but that’s not a gym. That’s not to an arena. That’s not flying to Utah, so we got a ways to go because we’re not in the playoffs — so we’re far away. Because in order to win a championship, you got to be in the playoffs. So we’re clearly a ways away — a few tweaks here and there, and we’re not that far. But right now we’re a ways away because we’re not in the playoffs.”

To be fair, Green clearly thinks the Warriors can get there, but he’s not wrong that it’s a big gulf between being an eight seed and being a title contender. The Warriors should get Klay Thompson back next year, which can only help, but the supporting cast needs to be better and the team will need to stay healthy for a full season.

Steve Kerr thought there were other factors in play, too. Whatever the case, the franchise is clearly in an intriguing spot. The good news is thanks to the D’Angelo Russell-Andrew Wiggins swap, they’re going to have two lottery picks to work with.

LeBron James saw three rims when he made big 3-pointer

LeBron James shot

LeBron James hit a huge shot to help his Los Angeles Lakers clinch the No. 7 spot in the West, and he did so despite some difficulty.

James drove to the basket with about two minutes left in his team’s play-in game against the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Draymond Green tried to defend and ended up poking James in the eye.

James says his vision was impaired as a result, but that didn’t stop him from making his big shot. With the game tied at 100 and just under a minute left, James hit the game-winning 3-pointer to make it 103-100, which was the final score.

“After the Draymond finger to the eye, I was literally seeing three rims out there. So, I just shot to the middle one,” James said in his postgame interview on ESPN.

James joked that he would have a pirate patch on his eye after the game.

The Lakers now have the No. 7 spot and will face the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs. The Warriors will face the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 spot and the right to face the Utah Jazz.

Draymond Green drops F-bomb on live TV after big Warriors win

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Draymond Green is an emotional guy with little regard for what he should and shouldn’t say sometimes. We got another example of that on Sunday after the Golden State Warriors’ big win over Memphis.

The Warriors’ win ensured that they would claim the No. 8 seed in the West, meaning they will only have to beat the No. 7 seed to get to a full playoff series. A loss would have relegated them to No. 9, forcing them to win twice.

Green was happy about it, and he was not happy about how the Grizzlies opted to attack them. He wasn’t afraid to show it, either, even in a live interview on the Warriors’ TV broadcast.

Such are the perils of live television, especially when interviewing a figure like Green. It’s something he does all the time when speaking to the media.

Green produced his usual full line on Sunday with 14 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. With a potential matchup looming against the Los Angeles Lakers, this probably won’t be the last we hear from him this week.

Draymond Green scoffs at suggestion that Warriors are ‘We Believe 2.0’

Draymond Green

The Golden State Warriors find themselves in a playoff underdog position they have not been in for many years. But don’t tell Draymond Green that.

The former Defensive Player of the Year scoffed this week at the suggestion that the eighth-seeded Warriors this season are “We Believe 2.0.”

“We ain’t no ‘We Believe 2.0,’ he said, per Warriors reporter Drew Shiller. “We got f—ing Steph Curry on our team.”

It’s easy to recall the original “We Believe” Warriors, who famously pulled off the 8-over-1 upset of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs. But that was a collection of mid-tier players like Baron Davis, Al Harrington, and Stephen Jackson who played their roles well, leading to a very balanced scoring attack. It is definitely a different situation from having a superstar like Curry, a former MVP who is leading the NBA in scoring this year.

The “We Believe” team will always be near and dear to the Dubs franchise. But for his part, Green does not want to be compared to them.

Draymond Green has funny quote about his son rebounding for Steph Curry

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Draymond Green is, in many ways, one of the most intelligent players in the NBA. His son is clearly taking after him in that regard.

Green revealed that his son, Draymond Jr., likes rebounding for Stephen Curry when visiting Golden State’s practice facility. Green joked that he hardly blamed his son for that choice, since rebounding for Curry is pretty easy.

“When he comes to the gym with me, he wants to go rebound for Steph,” Green said. “I understand. You don’t gotta do that much work rebounding for Steph as you gotta do rebounding for me, so I get it. I always tell him, ‘You a smart kid, man.’

“I asked him the other day — somebody was shooting. I’m like, ‘You wanna go help?’ He’s like, ‘Nah, I wanna go help Steph!’ I’m like, ‘A’ight, go ahead, then, you a smart kid, man.’ You know you don’t wanna run or something, so you’re just gonna stand under the rim and the ball coming out the rim when Steph shoot. Real smart kid, I like that.”

Rebounding for Curry has been even easier of late. Maybe Little Dray is a good luck charm, because something is certainly working for Curry these days.