The outspoken Draymond Green is a master at marketing himself as the dude is literally in the news daily. Whether it’s pissing off his own teammates, kicking opposing players, calling out players not to try to score on him in crunch time, jawing with officials, and that’s just a few examples.
The latest “Draymond Headline” you ask?
Well, after the Golden State Warriors crushed the New York Knicks 103-90 (game wasn’t as close as the final score suggests), a pissed off Green fired back at second year phenom, Kristaps Porzingis. But before he could get to his feelings on KP, apparently the polarizing Green was in “la la land” and made him “play harder” following KP’s comments that the young Knicks’ big man was excited to play against Green. I guess the Knicks without Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose were only going to get about 50 percent effort from Draymond.
Draymond Green essentially warned Kristaps Porzingis to keep his name out of his mouth. https://t.co/rkQhaNsjUB
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 16, 2016
“My Nike rep, Adrian [Stelly], showed me something on the sideline like two minutes right before the game tipped off that kind of pissed me off and made me want to go a little harder this game and guard him,” Green said. “So, it was good. I appreciate him for showing me that because I think I was in La-la Land before he showed me that and it just immediately pissed me off.”
During pregame layup drills Thursday, Stelly showed Green a story with Porzingis’ quotes on his phone.
“I want to go out there. Last season, right after the game was over I was thinking when was the next time we were going to get a chance to play against them,” Porzingis said. “I’m ready for him.”
Green further explained his reasonings for getting pumped up to play against KP.
“I like the passion, I like the dog that he has, I like that you want to see me again, but keep that to yourself,” Green said. “Don’t let everybody know that you’re going after me. So I guess we’re going to go after each other and that’s fine. I think he’s a great player. I think he will continue to get better and better, but that made it real personal.”