Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green appears to be reaching for Charles Barkley’s guarantee button.
Green made his return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Washington Wizards after missing over two months with a back injury. The Warriors prevailed by a 126-112 final score.
After the game, Green was feeling pretty good about the team’s chances with him back in the lineup. Upon getting asked about the Warriors’ mindset as they try to lock up the No. 2 seed in the West, Green had a bold prediction.
“Obviously, the 2 seed will be great, but we’re not chasing it,” said Green. “We’re gonna make sure we do everything we can to stay healthy coming down the stretch. We’re not gonna make any boneheaded decisions trying to chase the 2 seed. Whether we’re the 2 seed or the 3 seed, we’re going to win a championship, so it don’t really matter.”
The Warriors are currently tied with the Memphis Grizzlies at 47-22 in the standings. Memphis is ahead 2-1 in the season series, but the two teams will meet again on March 28. Regardless, both the No. 2 seed and No. 3 seed will manage to avoid the NBA-best Phoenix Suns’ side of the playoff bracket.
With Green out, the Warriors went 16-13. With Green in the lineup though (including Tuesday’s win), Golden State is 31-9 this season. Klay Thompson is finding his groove again too, and Steph Curry is still Steph Curry, putting an NBA title within reach for the Warriors. But with this bold prediction, Green seems to be taking a page out of head coach Steve Kerr’s book.
Los Angeles Lakers fans appear to be getting on the nerves of one of their star players.
The Lakers faithful showered the team with boos during their blowout loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green responded by unloading on the fans, calling them “spoiled” and “bratty.”
Lakers star Anthony Davis seemed to agree with Green’s position. Davis “liked” an Instagram post about Green’s comments ripping Lakers fans.
Davis is currently in the midst of another lengthy absence due to a severe right ankle sprain. since arriving in 2019. He has taken plenty of criticism from Lakers fans due to his injury-prone nature.
While Davis might not appreciate all the heat that he personally has gotten, it is hard to blame the Crypto.com Arena crowd for booing the product that is out on the floor right now. Even with Davis sidelined, the Lakers still have four future Hall of Famers playing in LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard. They also entered the season with title expectations. Now though, the Lakers are getting beaten down on their home floor almost every single night, are displaying some really lousy body language while getting thrashed, and are in danger of missing the play-in tournament altogether. Lakers fans might take it way overboard sometimes, but they actually seem to be well within their rights to be booing these days.
The Los Angeles Lakers have not given their fans many things to cheer about this season, but Draymond Green does not think that gives them an excuse to boo one of the best players in NBA history.
Lakers fans have booed their on team on numerous occasions this year, most recently during Sunday night’s blowout loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Some of those boos came when LeBron James turned the ball over with a bad pass late in the third quarter. The Lakers were trailing by 19 at the time.
Green was disgusted by the fan reaction. During the latest episode of his podcast, the Golden State Warriors star unloaded on Lakers fans and called them “spoiled brats.” He said the booing was “extremely pathetic.”
“Let’s not be like spoiled brats. It’s okay to be spoiled. You can 100 percent be spoiled, we all get spoiled by things at times at one point in our life or another, but let’s not be brats,” Green said, as transcribed by Sports Illustrated’s Joey Linn. “That was about as bratty as something I’ve seen. Considering that this team just won a championship not even a full two years ago. And now you’re booing? I thought it was utterly ridiculous.”
For what it’s worth, LeBron seemed just as disgusted with his team’s performance on Sunday as the fans were. He showed that with one of his patented moves after the game. Though, he may have also been aggravated with the fans.
Fans have every right to boo. Most of them paid good money for tickets and expect a quality product, especially from a team like the Lakers. LeBron probably appreciates the support from Green, but he knows he and his teammates have deserved the boos. What they did two years ago really doesn’t matter to this year’s paying customers.
Rudy Gobert is taking some time to respond to the Frank Grimes of his life.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, the Utah Jazz center was asked about all of the shots that Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has taken at him recently.
“It’s just noise to me,” replied Gobert, per Dana Greene of KTVX in Utah. “If anything, when people keep talking about you, targeting you in some way, it means you’re doing something right. I’m just gonna keep trying to be the best Rudy I can be on and off the court and for my team.
“The more these people try to discredit what I do or what my team does, it just means we’re doing something right,” Gobert added. “The more noise, the harder it becomes to take these people seriously. It’s unfortunate that when you have that big of a platform, you use it to just entertain a crowd. It doesn’t make anyone look good to talk down on somebody else. When you’re great at what you do, you don’t need to talk down on anybody. We recognize you for who you are and what you do. So that’s my mindset. It’s just noise.”
Gobert and Green are Western Conference rivals as well as two of the best individual defensive players in the NBA today. While it does not appear that Gobert did anything specifically to anger Green, for some reason, Green has taken many shots at Gobert in recent weeks, including at the All-Star Game.
Photo: Feb 24, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) warms up before the game against the Phoenix Suns at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
“The one thing, when I look back on it, that bothers me is I would’ve been the Finals MVP,” said Green. “And that totally changes the narrative. Good luck leaving me off the NBA 75 if I was Finals MVP. Good luck even having a debate if I’m a Hall of Famer or not if I was Finals MVP.
“When I look back on that from a selfish standpoint, which I rarely do, I would have been Finals MVP and that changes the course of everything,” Green added.
You may recall that Green was suspended for Game 5 of that series against the Cleveland Cavaliers for striking LeBron James in the groin region. The Warriors were leading 3-1 at the time, but Green’s suspension completely flipped the momentum of the Finals and allowed the Cavs to come back to win. Green also had 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game in the series, putting him in the mix for Finals MVP if the Warriors had won.
Of course, there were many Finals MVP winners who did not make the NBA 75 team, including Chauncey Billups, Tony Parker, Joe Dumars, and Cedric Maxwell. Additionally, Green, though he is a three-time NBA champion and Defensive Player of the Year, lacks the singular excellence that many of the NBA 75 players had. On the bright side for Green though, at least his suspension in the 2016 Finals worked out well in at least one way.
Draymond Green has never been shy about speaking his mind, even when it comes to difficult relationships with teammates. One of his former teammates in particular holds a grudge against him, or so he thinks.
Green said on the latest episode of his podcast, “The Draymond Green Show,” that former Warriors forward Harrison Barnes still resents him for recruiting Kevin Durant to Golden State. Durant’s arrival led to Barnes being traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
“Harrison Barnes, I think to this day don’t like me for KD coming here,” Green said, via Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area. “And the reality is, I didn’t tell [Warriors GM Bob Myers] to trade you to bring KD in. … He took it very personally because of that story that came out that I cried to KD in the car. He took it very personally at me. This dude invites Steph, Klay, everybody to his wedding except me.
“I didn’t take it personally ’cause it is what it is. … It sucks that you got traded but you went and made your money.”
Barnes did win a championship with Golden State in 2015 and was a part of their 73-win season in 2016. After that, though, he had to watch from afar as the Warriors won back-to-back championships with Durant in the fold. There were definitely some signs that he wasn’t thrilled with how his Warriors tenure ended, though we don’t really know whether he actually blames Green for that.
Rudy Gobert must have kicked Draymond Green’s dog when they were kids or something.
The Golden State Warriors star Green was briefly interviewed during TNT’s broadcast of the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. Upon being mentioned by the broadcast team along with fellow Defensive Player of the Year winners like Gobert, Green took exception to even being included in the same sentence as Gobert.
“You keep mentioning me in the same sentence with him. We’re not alike,” said Green. “No, we ain’t nothing alike.”
Draymond Green sounds like he's VERY done with any Rudy Gobert comparisons
The two players do have fairly different profiles as defenders. But Green’s continued pettiness towards Gobert make you wonder what Gobert did to tick him off in the first place. Maybe Green just hates opposing centers.
Three years ago, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert famously cried over being left out of the NBA All-Star Game. The response to that was mixed, but Draymond Green was among those taking shots at Gobert for that reaction.
In 2019, Gobert became so emotional while reflecting on his All-Star snub that he had to end the interview he was doing. That drew a mixed reaction, and Green was one of the players who cracked a joke at the Jazz center’s expense.
Three years later, Green still hasn’t forgotten. The Warriors forward appeared on “Inside the NBA” Thursday and was asked by Kenny Smith who he’d seen take an All-Star omission the hardest. That was basically an invitation for Green to bring back the Gobert jokes.
“One thing I can assure you, if I hadn’t made it this year, I was not going to cry,” Green said. “It has to be Rudy. The man cried on national television when he didn’t make the All-Star team. Thank God he made the next three.”
Green didn’t back down even after Charles Barkley admonished him for his take.
“You can’t cry, Chuck,” Green added. “I said it then, I’m gonna say it now. I got killed on Twitter then, I’ll probably get killed today. But you can’t cry.”
Green has a long memory, so it’s no surprise he’d eagerly bring that whole thing up if given the opportunity. Gobert had a pretty brutal response the first time around, so we’ll have to see if he goes there again.
Draymond Green’s NBA career is not over yet, but he is already getting the opportunity to test out serious media work.
Green is joining TNT Sports as an NBA analyst. Green will continue his playing career but make select appearances on “Inside the NBA.” The 31-year-old has served as a guest analyst in the past, but had never actually committed to the network or the potential career.
Green is viewed by TNT as a potential heir apparent to Charles Barkley. Barkley has claimed he will retire fairly soon, though whether he actually holds to that is anyone’s guess.
Nothing was going to stop Draymond Green from being on the floor to honor Klay Thompson during Thompson’s long-awaited return.
The Golden State Warriors star Thompson returned for the team against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday after missing over two-and-a-half years with injury. Unfortunately for Green, he was a late scratch for the contest after experiencing left calf tightness during pregame warmups.
As a symbolic gesture for Thompson, Green suited up for the opening tip and officially got the start alongside his longtime teammate. Green then committed an intentional foul to sit out for the rest of the game. He was replaced by Juan Toscano-Anderson.
Take a look at the video.
Wow, respect to Draymond Green to ruins his per game average by playing 1 second this game just to honor Klay Thompson! pic.twitter.com/hRc6xEEMTz
Green has been teammates with Thompson since being drafted in 2012, and they have won three titles together. Since Green technically played Sunday, he will go down as having recorded all zeroes, which will hurt his per-game averages. That makes his gesture for Thompson here a very selfless one.
Fortunately for Green, he got quite the show as he watched the rest of the game from the sidelines in warmup gear. Less than a minute after Green checked out, Thompson connected on his very first shot attempt, hitting a layup in traffic to the roars of the home crowd.