It’s nothing for Draymond Green to say the controversial yet brave.
The Warriors’ vociferous forward is always quotable for the media, and always unapologetic about what he says and how he says it. When Green ripped into how the NBA treats players in terms of trades, it was classic for him -- brash, candid and provocative.
And for the most part, he was right.
Here's video of the Draymond Green rant in regards to Andre Drummond. pic.twitter.com/ZrqxaSfszD— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) February 16, 2021
There is a double standard in how players are perceived when they request a trade versus how a front office is perceived when they move on from players. The players can find out (and have found out) they’ve been traded through social media, over the phone, etc., and few criticize the front offices for the way they handle these situations. But the minute a player voices his desire for a new situation, he’s lambasted by some members of the media and quite a bit of fans.
All of what Green said was understood with praise. What’s interesting about Green’s postgame comments were the conditions and the timing. Fresh off of a 129-98 beatdown of the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was asked one question about the game to open his media availability. Green’s statement came completely impromptu, and maybe that was the point. What better way to draw attention to a long-standing issue than to address it without warning?
During the news cycle, much was said about the validity of Green's impassioned words. However, there’s another perspective of the comments that hasn’t been talked about.
On BlueWire’s Light Years Podcast, there was a notion that Green’s statements were calculated, and there was a motive behind it -- either recruiting players to his team or for his representation at Klutch. But there was an intriguing point from the show that's worth discussing more.