Something wasn’t sitting proper with Draymond Green after the Warriors’ win over the Cavaliers on Monday night time.
The Warriors picked up the win with out having to face Cavs middle Andre Drummond. Cleveland benched Drummond because the staff appears to discover a commerce companion for him. But reasonably than have him play on this time, the staff believed, per ESPN’s sources, “it’s unfair to Drummond to limit his minutes as the organization transitions to Jarrett Allen.”
Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff mentioned the choice Monday.
“Sometimes you’re forced into difficult positions that’s not easy to navigate, but in respect to Dre and all that he’s done and accomplished and as much as he’s helped us, we thought this was the fairest thing to do for him,” Bickerstaff mentioned.
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The Cavs’ resolution to bench Drummond as they purpose to commerce him pissed off Green, who spoke brazenly about it throughout his postgame press convention.
“Everyone wants to say, ‘that young man can’t figure it out.’ But no one wants to say the organization can’t figure it out.”
Draymond Green sounds off on a double standard he sees within the NBA. pic.twitter.com/z6R4zq0Bcw
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 16, 2021
“I would like to talk about something that’s really bothering me. And it’s the treatment of players in this league,” Green mentioned. “To watch Andre Drummond, before the game, sit on the sidelines, then go to the back, and to come out in street clothes because a team is going to trade him, it’s bulls—.
“Because when James Harden requested for a commerce, and basically dogged it, nobody’s going to battle again that James was dogging it his final days in Houston, however he was castrated for desirous to go to a distinct staff. Everybody destroyed that man. And but a staff can come out and say, ‘Oh, we wish to commerce a man,’ and then that man has to go sit, and if he does not keep skilled, then he is a most cancers. And he isn’t good in somebody’s locker room, and he is the problem.”
Green isn’t the first to talk about the double standard, not only in the NBA, but in sports in general. Nearly every time a player requests a trade, there is criticism from fans and sports analysts, berating the player for simply wanting to find a better situation. But when teams want to move players around, then it’s “simply enterprise.”
The Warriors star continued with his thoughts on the double standard.
“And we’re seeing conditions of Harrison Barnes getting pulled off the bench,” Green said. “Or DeMarcus Cousins discovering out he is traded in an interview after the All-Star Game, and we proceed to let this occur. But I acquired fined for stating my opinion on what I assumed ought to occur with one other participant, however teams can come out and proceed to say, ‘Oh, we’re buying and selling guys, we’re not taking part in you.’ And but we’re to remain skilled.
“At some point, as players, we need to be treated with the same respect. And have the same rights that the team can have. Because as a player, you’re the worst person in the world when you want a different situation. But a team can say they’re trading you. And that man is to stay in shape, he is to stay professional. And if not, his career is on the line. At some point, this league has to protect the players from embarrassment like that.”
Green introduced up a number of different examples, corresponding to when Anthony Davis was fined after agent Rich Paul publicly requested a commerce (Green says $100,000 but it surely was really $50,000). He additionally introduced up Kyrie Irving’s absence earlier within the season.
“We talk all of this stuff about: ‘You can’t do this, you can’t say this publicly,'” Green mentioned. “If you say that publicly … Anthony Davis got fined I think $100,000 dollars or something like that for demanding a trade, but you can say Andre Drummond’s getting traded publicly and we’re looking to trade him publicly, and he’s to stay professional and just deal with it?
“And then when Kyrie Irving says, ‘Oh, my psychological well being is off,’ everyone go loopy about that too. Do you not assume that impacts somebody mentally? As a lot as we put into this sport to be nice, to return out right here and be in form, to supply for followers each single night time, and most significantly, to assist your staff win, do you assume that does not have an effect on somebody mentally?”
Green’s feedback have been met with largely constructive feedback from different NBA players, lively and former, on social media.
It’s loads of TRUTH to this…as a result of when you get labeled a “CANCER” within the league particularly when you a job participant it’s laborious to return again from that and your probabilities on staying on a NBA roster are slim to none! GMs discuss day by day and that’s the primary query they ask about players! https://t.co/YrrgABxneI
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 16, 2021
Green closed out with some remaining ideas.
“As players, we’re told to, ‘Ah, no, you can’t say that, you can’t say this,'” Green mentioned. “But teams can? It goes along the same lines of when everyone wants to say, ‘Ah, man, that young guy can’t figure it out.’ But no one wants to say the organization can’t figure it out. At some point, the players must be respected in these situations, and it’s ridiculous, and I’m sick of seeing it. Y’all have a great night. I’ll see y’all [Tuesday] or Wednesday.”