Draymond Green got an early technical foul in the Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day, 109-108. The fiery forward went straight up to contest at the rim and was whistled for a foul, which Green disagreed with by screaming and gesticulating toward the baseline official.
He then could have easily been whistled for a second one and ejected as he walked toward the Golden State bench, seemingly inviting a reprimand from the referees.
On Tuesday, Green said he didn’t know what other approach to take to the situation.
If you can’t watch the video, here’s some of what Draymond said:
I don’t know what else I can watch, I don’t really talk much to them anymore … Just continue to be me, if I get a tech, so be it. Continue to be me … I don’t know what other approach to take than walking toward the bench … I want to continue to be the only person I know how to be: that’s me. There’s a lot of guys who get home at night who are exhausted from acting all day. I only know how to be Draymond.
Obviously there’s a warping of reality here given that Green didn’t just “walk toward the bench” against the Cavaliers. And while it’s understandable to be upset about a call like that, in a big game, on Christmas, and as the star player on the wrong side of a call, so too is it reasonable to expect a technical foul in that situation if you’re Draymond.
The big debate point here is whether this kind of reaction is ultimately more damaging than what helps the Warriors, both from what Green is giving by playing so close to the edge of a boil and the additional favorable calls by constantly nipping at the officials.
Green would probably tell you he’s not going to turn down the volume on his emotional amplifier; that it gives him the strength to play at one of the top levels in the league and he can’t just remove that part of the game and be the same player.
From a human perspective, I think it’s reasonable to expect that most of us don’t have a fair analogue to the situation and it’s presumptuous to ask someone to form to our own perfect expectations of performance.
Then again, maybe it’s not too much to ask — especially if you’re a Warriors fan — that Green could maybe, just maybe, quit being an über-chucklehead in big games against the Cavaliers.
Yes, Golden State would have had a better chance if the officiating at the end of the Christmas Day game was called according to the latest NBA L2M, but imagine if he wasn’t given the star treatment when he continued to go nuts even after he’d “walked toward the bench”. A second technical and ejection would have surely followed.
Oh, what the narrative on a Cavaliers win would have been then.
Keep doing you, Draymond.