Something was wrong with Draymond Green after the Warriors’ win over the Cavaliers on Monday night.
The Warriors took the win without having to face Cavs center Andre Drummond. Cleveland benched Drummond as the team looks to find a business partner for him. But instead of him playing right now, the team believed, according to ESPN sources, “It is unfair for Drummond to limit his minutes while the organization switches to Jarrett Allen.”
Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff discussed the decision Monday.
“Sometimes you are forced to take difficult positions where it is not easy to navigate, but with respect to Dre and all that he has done and achieved, and as much as he has helped us, we thought this was the fairest thing he could do. for him, “Bickerstaff said. .
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The Cavs’ decision to bench Drummond as their goal is to trade him frustrated Green, who spoke openly about it during his postgame press conference.
“Everybody wants to say, ‘That young man can’t understand it.’ But nobody wants to say that the organization can’t figure it out. “
Draymond Green sounds like a double standard he sees in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/z6R4zq0Bcw
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 16, 2021
“I’d like to talk about something that really bothers me. And it’s the treatment of players in this league,” Green said. “Seeing Andre Drummond, before the game, sit on the sidelines, then go to the back and go out in street clothes because a team is going to change him, they are bulls.
“Because when James Harden asked for a trade, and essentially chased after him, no one is going to contradict that James was chasing him in his last days in Houston, but he was castrated for wanting to go to a different team. Everybody destroyed that man. And, without However, a team can go out and say, ‘Oh, we want to change a guy,’ and then that guy has to go sit down, and if he doesn’t stay professional, then he’s cancer. And he’s not good in someone’s situation. locker room, and he’s the problem. “
Green isn’t the first to talk about double standards, not just in the NBA, but in sports in general. Almost every time a player requests a trade, there is criticism from fans and sports analysts, who crack down on the player for simply wanting to find a better situation. But when teams want to move players, then it’s “just a business.”
The Warriors star continued his thoughts on double standards.
“And we are seeing situations where Harrison Barnes gets pulled from the bank,” Green said. “Or DeMarcus Cousins finding out he was traded in an interview after the All-Star Game, and we continue to allow this to happen. But I was fined for expressing my opinion on what I thought should happen to another player, but teams can go out and keep saying, ‘Oh we’re trading guys, we’re not playing with you.’ And yet we have to stay professional.
“At some point, as players, we must be treated with the same respect. And have the same rights that the team can have. Because as a player, you are the worst person in the world when you want a different situation. But a team can say they are trading you. And that man must stay fit, he must stay professional. And if not, your career is at stake. At some point, this league has to protect players from embarrassment like that. “
Green mentioned some other examples, such as when Anthony Davis was fined after agent Rich Paul publicly requested a trade (Green says $ 100,000 but it was actually $ 50,000). He also mentioned the absence of Kyrie Irving earlier in the season.
“We talked about all this about, ‘You can’t do this, you can’t say this publicly,'” Green said. “If you say that publicly … Anthony Davis was fined, I think $ 100,000 or something like that for demanding a trade, but you can say Andre Drummond is being publicly traded and we are looking to publicly trade him, and he will stay professional and alone. deal with it?
“And then when Kyrie Irving says, ‘Oh my sanity is bad,’ everyone goes crazy about it too. Don’t you think that affects someone mentally? As much as we put in this game to be cool, to get out here and stay in shape, to produce for the fans every night, and most importantly, to help your team win, do you think that doesn’t affect someone mentally? “
Green’s comments were met with mostly positive comments from other active and former NBA players on social media.
There’s a lot of TRUTH to this … because once you get labeled “CANCER” in the league, especially if you’re a role player, it’s hard to come back from that and your chances of staying on an NBA roster are slim or nil. . DJs talk daily and that’s the first question they ask about players. https://t.co/YrrgABxneI
– Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 16, 2021
Green closed with some final thoughts.
“As players, they tell us, ‘Oh no, you can’t say that, you can’t say this,'” Green said. “But can teams? It goes along the same lines when everyone wants to say, ‘Ah, man, that young man can’t get it.’ But nobody wants to say that the organization cannot solve it. At some point, players have to be respected in these situations, and it’s ridiculous, and I’m sick of seeing it. Have a great night. I will see you all [Tuesday] or Wednesday. “
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.