Since Draymond Green’s arrival in the NBA, he has been a strong and outspoken defender of the team who went above and beyond as the Golden State Warriors’ vocal leader before, during and after their championship run. After a two-year hiatus, the Warriors are back in league play. Green is doing his thing on the defensive and again barking at opponents and teammates on the pitch.
Green finds a way to stay in the headlines, as he has been routinely involved in some types of field cheating for most of his career. Whether it’s an accident with another warrior (Kevin Durant)Whether by collecting technical fouls or getting under the skin of an opposing player, Draymond will make his presence felt in many ways throughout an NBA season.
Green on the Warriors’ latest target appears to be third-year guard Jordan Poole. The two have had problems twice in the last month, both on the pitch and on the sidelines. On Saturday 102-93 loss at the Philadelphia 76ers, Green took a look at Poole after the latter complained to the umpires about a foul he thought should have been called. Poole’s lack of haste on defense allowed the Sixers an easy layup which, in turn, infuriated Green, causing the altercation. The first accident between them arrived in November during a game against the Timberwolves, and Green had to be held back by teammates on the sidelines.
For all the good that Draymond brings to the table, you must also be willing to take some of the evil as well. These little fights occur in all teams at some point, and the beef is usually mashed rather quickly afterwards. This is what happened after Green-Poole I in November. I’m sure the same thing will happen after part 2. Give it a day or two and let these guys settle down, then ask them to talk about it like Green and Durant should have done a few years ago. Most people probably won’t pay much attention to these bickering until long after the fact because it’s not a high-profile name that Green is popping up this time around like Durant.
Green’s wild ways suit this Warriors squad perfectly, even if he’s not the best player on the squad. At best, he was number three on this team (when Klay Thompson plays), but since the S.crush Bthe rothers are both laid back and not big talkers, Green stepped in just like the voice this team needed. And it works for them.
But Draymond’s leadership style works best in a win-win situation. And at this stage, it seems to fit better with a younger team now that Golden State’s core is older. This is a very young Warriors team besides Green, Thompson, Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala. Veteran players are not as open to putting up with Green’s taunts as players in their 20s and 20s might be.
While the Green-Poole incident isn’t a big deal and won’t draw the attention of his and Durant’s side effects, it will be something to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Green and Poole have already tried their hand at twice in the past few weeks. Hopefully they can crush it and not let it linger. Poole has proven to be a vital piece to the Warriors rotation this year, and they will need his production to continue once Klay is back on track as well. So, we’ll see what happens this time around, but I doubt this is the last time we’ll hear about Green regarding some sort of altercation.