‘Guys Who Didn’t Quite Accomplish in Basketball…’: Warriors’ Draymond Green Hits Back at Critics

Published 04/01/2021, 1:59 AM EDT
Jan 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports


Draymond Green is one of the most polarizing figures in the NBA today. While some fans love the aggression and heart he brings to the game, there are others who get annoyed with his disruptive antics. Green has been one of the foremost defensive players in recent years. But his recent comments about being the best defender ever drew the ire and ridicule of the NBA world, especially on social media.

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Draymond Green claps back at critics

Feb 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green addressed the recent criticism he received for his comments. Green noted that he was unfazed by the people bashing him on Twitter.

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For Green, he isn’t going to be one of the players who will take to social media to respond to those people. He thinks that there are people who don’t feel the liberty to respond and be themselves, and Green isn’t one of those people.

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“Probably because I speak up more than they ever felt they could. Some people allow themselves to be muzzled, and I don’t. I think a lot of people envy that. So, that’s their business…I don’t think I’m going to be a guy that sits on Twitter and responds to stuff current players say. That’s usually guys who didn’t quite accomplish in basketball what they know that they could accomplish.” 

Green isn’t losing sleep over Twitter

Draymond noted that he is very happy with the way his career has turned out. There is no second thought, or any self-doubt when it comes to reflecting on his time in the NBA.

He questioned whether those who are criticizing him are just unhappy or insecure when it comes to their own career accomplishments in the NBA. That unhappiness comes out on social media.

“So, outwardly, it’s like yeah, I feel good about my career, I feel good about what I brought to the table, but they don’t feel great about how their career ended…maybe they didn’t win a championship. Some of these guys didn’t win a Defensive Player of the Year trophy. Whatever that thing is…They take that feeling of emptiness, and they let it out on Twitter.”

Feb 20, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, argues with referee Marc Davis (8) as Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington looks on during the second half at Spectrum Center. The Charlotte Hornets won 102-100. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
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Where does Draymond Green rank among the greatest defenders of all-time? Green is a former Defensive Player of the Year and has been an All-Star, All-NBA, and All-Defensive team member on multiple occasions.

He was the defensive enforcer for the Golden State Warriors, arguably the greatest team ever assembled. Green has a strong argument to be considered in the upper echelon.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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