I need to confess as a Boston sports fan. I love Draymond Green.
This is controversial, given that Green’s main role when the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in this year’s NBA Finals was to do everything with his power to peel the team. I’m brewing. The truth is that the league needs trolls. And Green spent his post-championship victory lap to solidify his position as an alpha disruptor.
Most players are happy to shine in the title’s victory, but Green isn’t happy until he tears his enemies. So, of course, he didn’t unhook the Memphis Grizzlies just because the Warriors eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies over a month ago. On March 28, Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. trolled the Warriors by tweeting the phrase “strength of numbers” after winning the regular season.
Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson first announced the tweet after the Golden State Warriors won their fourth championship in eight years last week and called Jackson a “funny ass” at a press conference. .. Ja Morant of Memphis went to Twitter and suggested that his team still lived in the Warriors’ head (this may be a valid point). It was a tactical mistake, as the Warriors quickly unleashed their lesser-secret weapons in the War of Words: Green, who carried out a scorched earth operation on the young Grizzlies star.
The problem for those who don’t like Green verbally destroying the team is that the Warriors are already humble in court. No one can tell him that he hasn’t got the right to say what he wants. With the latest Warriors title, he now has four rings as part of the core of the real NBA dynasty. He was named All-Star four times and was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 (and probably deserves its honor in other years). It’s not a bad career for the relatively small power forwards that weren’t infamously chosen until the second round of the 2012 draft.
The green is a basketball heel and goes beyond a simple trash can speaker. After all, the garbage story is an accepted and important part of the game. There is something about sports that require players to constantly blame their opponents, making personal insults a useful tool. Even Hall of Fame players such as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett (probably the more extreme trash talk in NBA history) have a reputation for being extremely unfriendly during the game. was.
Still, those players, especially those who were trying to sell shoes to you, mostly limited their efforts to court. The heel of the basketball keeps moving after the match, even after losing, especially after winning. In a GQ essay on the modern phenomenon of the NBA heel, Nathaniel Friedman identified Allen Iverson with the origin of modern basketball trickster figures. In a word, “practice”.
Iverson is probably the best example, but some have met the bill in the 1990s and 2000s. Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley were to be comedians who have essentially devoted their entire post-play career to the league, just as Statler & Waldorf dealt with The Muppet Show. Even those who hated Rasheed Wallace during the NBA’s day find themselves repeating his catchphrase, “The ball doesn’t lie,” when the opponent misses a free throw thanks to a suspicious whistle. The man, formerly known as Metta Sandiford Peace, once successfully devastated the city and caused a full-scale riot.
OK, that last example isn’t exactly positive, but the heels are confusing and even they can’t predict what’s coming. In ancient mythology, trickster archetypes sometimes give them the power of creativity … and sometimes nothing more than destruction. It is undeniable that the green brought both of these in the playoffs. Probably inequality.
As Guardian Andrew Lawrence wrote back to the Grizzlies during the series, he said: But there is no doubt who is the most frustrating. Green stamped Game 2 of the NBA Finals, gamed the system and should be, while committing play that wasn’t clean enough for Celtics fans to abuse him throughout Game 3. I escaped from the exit.
He ended up laughing at the end.After the Warriors closed the Celtics in six games, Green went to Twitter. Write as follows: “I’m preparing for Round 7 tonight … (lock emoji) !!! Happy Father’s Day.”
Whether you’re a Celtics fan in mourning or you missed the chance to live blog in Round 7, it should have infuriated me. Still, all I could do was laugh. And retweet him.
In an ideal world, all teams use designated heels like Green to enter other team heads, start and maintain feuds, and provide endless free entertainment to the general public. Except for the less-scripted results (give or take one or two Tim Donaghy), like wrestling, the NBA is a spectacular entertainment centered around an oversized personality. There is a reason why the wrestling term “heel” quickly penetrated the basketball glossary, and there is no doubt that we sports writers can’t stop using it to describe the green. He even owns his own custom-made WWE belt!
Perhaps more than any of his peers, Green has the right to stab the rest of the league. Well, if anyone in the league wants to silence him, they can probably find him in the playoffs next year.