Draymond Green is a talker on the court. Constantly. He talks his share of trash (and a couple other people’s share’s too), but he’ll talk about Drake and Meek Mill, the weather, the upcoming Peanuts movie, almost anything.
Green was talking about his trash talking on the Freddie Coleman Show on ESPN radio and threw out props to Kevin Durant for his smack talk. It was transcribed Anthony Slater at the Oklahoman (hat tip Eye on Basketball).
“You know who I always thought (was a great trash-talker), but has been under the radar, I think Kevin Durant,” Green said. “Lotta people don’t know that. But if you play against him you know…
“KD makes you feel bad about yourself, that you ever talked junk,” Green said. “It’s the funniest thing in the world….
“Me and KD have had our battles over the course of my three years in the league,” Green said. “But when he end up with 53 (points), it ain’t much you could say back at that point.”
Green just hit on the core of it. Durant has something going for him that some of the great trash talkers — Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, among others — had going for them: He can back it up. Durant has mad game. As Bird used to do, KD could tell the defender what he’s going to do, then do it, and nobody’s going to be able to stop him.
If Durant gets his game back to “you can’t stop him” trash talking levels this season, the rest of the league will be in trouble.