Draymond Green Was Late To Practice Courtesy Of His Mother In Law’s Confusion Over NBA’s Hated Feature

Published 04/16/2024, 12:59 AM EDT

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Because of a 46-36 record to their name, the Golden State Warriors have not been having as much good luck as last season. Despite this, they have managed to clinch the 10 seed and earned a spot in the upcoming Play-In Tournament. Despite being present for years, the Play-In Tournament is not something that many basketball viewers are still well-versed with. This was something that Draymond Green also had to find out the hard way.

During the recent episode of his ‘The Draymond Green Show’, the NBA player highlighted his team’s current situation going into the Play-In series. Given that this was the first time since the 2020-21 season that the Warriors did not qualify for the playoffs, he had to explain to his mother-in-law what this feature was all about. “I had a conversation with her that almost made me late for practice today for about 7-10 minutes, explaining the Play-In to her,” Green revealed.

“My mother-in-law loves sports…. she’s into it and she was so confused by the Play-In situation, so I explained it to her forwards and she didn’t really get it so then I explained it backwards”. Interestingly, the Warrior himself isn’t a big fan of the feature. “I hate the play-in,” Green continued later.


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“But as much as I hate it as a basketball player, as a basketball fan, this play-in is nuts”. Despite his personal feelings, the power forward admitted that the thing he hated was also “the best thing ever created” for basketball since it took the last month and a half of the season to a totally different level.

What does Draymond Green expect during the Warriors’ first play-in game against the Sacramento Kings?

As part of the second game that will be taking place during the Play-In Tournament, the Golden State Warriors will be facing off against the 9th-seeding Sacramento Kings. Given that the Warriors currently possess a 6-4 record against their rivals and the fact that there is some personal enmity that Kings fans hold against him, Draymond Green is not expecting a completely blissful atmosphere during the matchup.


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In the aftermath of the Warriors’ recent win against the Utah Jazz, Green was engaging in a Q&A session. When asked about his team’s previous clashes against the Kings, the player replied that every game they had was a “playoff-type game” and that they used to bring something different out of their respective fan bases. “You go into their arena their fans want to light the beam and see us lose and beat the crap out of us. They come in here and we want to beat the crap out of them” Green described.


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“Lot of familiarity between the two organizations…. for us, it’s another game that we have to go win…. We got to go get it done.”


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Kings fans have not taken lightly to Draymond Green ever since he stepped on Domantas Sabonis’s chest during a crucial game last year. The incident occurred after the latter grabbed Green’s leg, due to which he was assessed with a technical foul, while Green was ejected. The Warriors star may hate the play-in series, but he’s going to hate confronting the Sacramento fans at the Golden 1 Center in a few hours even more.


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Ashmit Kumar


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