Sports: Is Draymond Green Holding Back The Warriors?
by Christian James
The Golden State Warriors seem to be on their way to an easy three-peat, but will their chances of making history be thrown away by a single player?
Some people wonder if Draymond Green is more of a blessing or a cancer to the Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors are the popular pick for winning the 2019 NBA Championship, considering they signed another All-Star, Demarcus Cousins, to their already loaded team.
Before Cousins, the team already consisted of four All-Stars, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green – and two former MVPs – Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Currently, the Warriors are the number one team in the Western Conference with a record of 45-21.
Although the team has been playing well, there have been many arguments and problems between players and coaches that have occured recently. Consistently, Draymond Green seems to be always a center of these troubles.
The incident that sparked this debate was between Green and Kevin Durant during a close game against the Los Angeles Clippers. In the final seconds, Green had the ball and would not pass it to Durant, which really angered him. During the timeout, Durant made it clear to Green that he should have passed him the ball allowing him to score in the final seconds.
“[I’ve] been making plays for years,” Draymond said after, according to Charles Curtis of ForTheWin. “He reminded Durant the Warriors were winning before Durant showed up.”
The Warriors ended up losing this game to the Clippers in overtime, 121-116.
The most recent altercation between the Warriors was between no other than Draymond Green and head coach Steve Kerr. During a tough game against the the worst team in the Western Conference – the Phoenix Suns – Kerr expressed his frustration with Green.
Throughout the game, Kerr would show this frustration through his facial expressions and verbal actions. Caught on video, Kerr can be seen mouthing the words “I’m so f****** tired of Draymond’s s***!”
In the end, the Warriors would lose an extremely disappointing game to the lowly Suns, 115-111.
With Draymond Green being a free agent after this season, many wonder if the Warriors will sign him back to the team. To many, it seems like Green is messing his chances up at getting a better contract in an offseason he expected to earn big money.