When the NBA handed Draymond Green a one-game suspension for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, I was baffled by the decision. This is the accumulation of four flagrant fouls, which the league deemed was worthy after what happened above.
The officials didn’t rule it that way during the game and it only came after nearly two days of reviewing.
“The cumulative points system is designed to deter flagrant fouls in our game,” NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in statement. “While Draymond Green’s actions in Game 4 do not merit a suspension as a standalone act, the number of flagrant points he has earned triggers a suspension for Game 5.”
Remember when James Harden said that the Warriors weren’t that good? That caused a big stir during the regular season as the Warriors won all four games they had against the Rockets by double-figures. Entering this Western Conference finals, that was the talk of the series as people were reminded that Harden had dismissed the Warriors as a good team.
With the Warriors up 2-0 on the Rockets in the series, Beats By Dre released this new commercial in which a reporter mentioned the exact same scenario among (without mentioning Harden’s name) other thoughts from supposed haters of Draymond Green. In classic Beats style, Green put on his headphones and walked away from the onslaught of media questions.
The commercial takes a jab at Harden and the Rockets and with the Warriors now 6-0 against them this year, it’s just icing on the cake to a quote from months ago that is still being talked about. Green probably doesn’t care what Harden said, but for the commercial, it’s good TV to remind Harden about his foolish words.
Also mentioned in the commercial is his size and his mother. Check out the commercial above.
I’m sitting here thinking about this and trying to figure out if Leonard was the best defender this year. Statistically, Leonard had a great year. He had a year that was worthy of consideration. But what makes Green the better defensive player was his versatility in shutting down so many different players, going from point guard to center in his defensive assignments.
I know I am biased, but this is still a one that I can’t really put my finger on. This isn’t like one of those cases where the winner was a complete unworthy candidate. Leonard was a good candidate. But I can’t say he was the better defensive player. At least not in what kind of versatility he provides.
Even though Green received more first place votes, it’s the total amount of points received that makes the difference. But still, Leonard is a good choice to win the award. I just don’t think Green should have lost it. It’s disappointing but not one I can argue too much about with both candidates worthy of the award.
Draymond Green becomes a restricted free agent after this season.
When the Warriors drafted Draymond Green a few years ago, I was really excited. I had watched Green play at Michigan State since his freshman year and I was very familiar with his skills. He was a player with no place, as his size, frame and athleticism wasn’t a prototype of a successful NBA player. Nevertheless, he had many great qualities and in time, could evolve into someone special.
Fast forward to now and Green is one of the most important players on the Warriors. He’s been getting praise for his ability to shut down defenders down the post and up top at the guard position. His versatility has allowed the Warriors defense to shoot up the top of the ranks in the NBA. Additionally, his offensive numbers have risen. He is still a work in progress and his deep-range shooting at times has hurt the Warriors. But overall, he’s a great asset to the team and has been so key for the Warriors ever since he was named the starter following David Lee’s struggles.
He becomes a restricted free agent after this season, meaning the Warriors can match any offer another team gives Green. The organization, including head coach Steve Kerr, has expressed desire to keep Green with the Warriors. If that’s the case, how come the team hasn’t given him an extension and risk him hitting the free agency market?