Draymond Green remained defiant after getting a technical for yelling following a dunk in the Warriors’ season opener. But his second technical for yelling following a big play, against the Thunder, had him more concerned.
So, Golden State is taking up his cause.
Concerned about the legitimacy of technical fouls called on Draymond Green, the Warriors are taking their gripes to the top.
They requested an audience with Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA’s discipline czar and the man who ultimately decided to suspend Green for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, who was at Staples Center for the Warriors-Lakers game Friday night.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers did speak with Vandeweghe, according to a team source.
Green emotionally fuels the Warriors, but that can also lead to trouble. It’s a hard enough line to walk internally. Getting on the wrong side of referees only makes the issue trickier.
Are officials unfairly punishing him? Perhaps. But Green hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt.
Golden State should campaign on his behalf, but extra technical fouls might just be the cost of starting such a volatile player with a history of pushing the line.
I’d prefer referees treat everyone fairly, but Green is hardly a sympathetic figure. Myers has his work cut out for him.