Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green took issue with how media covered his recent comments about the Cavaliers’ postseason dominance.
“I didn’t say I was disappointed with their competition,” Green said. “First off, people always want to take a piece of a statement and then say, ‘Ah man, Draymond said the Cavs aren’t playing anybody.’ They never say, ‘Draymond said Cleveland is playing great basketball.’
“Everybody is always chasing a headline, the controversy. Watching ESPN is like watching a controversial reality TV show. It’s pretty pathetic that that’s what the headline everybody wants.”
Before Golden State’s Game 4 win Monday over the Jazz, Green was asked what he thought about Cleveland’s 8-0 start to the playoffs.
“Those games are boring,” Green said. “It’s hard to watch, it’s like the other teams are not even trying to compete. I’m not taking anything away from Cleveland, but I thought teams would compete a little harder than they do.
“I like to watch good basketball. But when you watch Cleveland play, you only watch one side of good basketball. That’s kind of weak. I want to watch a good game, not necessarily a close game. You watch them play, you’re watching one team play good basketball. And then you watch everyone else do something and I don’t’ know what that something is.”
Numerous media outlets seized on the word “boring,” putting it into headlines and sharing it on social media. It was enough to make Green bristle.
“‘Draymond is disappointed with who Cleveland plays.’ You think I care who Cleveland plays or how the other team plays?” Green said. “But I am a basketball fan, and I know what I want to watch as a basketball fan. So, I don’t understand how all these things are always made so controversial. Not that it alters my daily life. I still go home and have fun with my kids and have a great day. But it’s just ridiculous how everybody is always searching for a controversy.”
Before leaving the media scrum, Green suggested a headline for reporters’ latest story on his Cavaliers-related comments.
“So, there goes your headline of the day: ‘Draymond says Cleveland is playing great basketball,’” Green said. “Let’s see if that one makes it.”