Draymond Green was signaled out by an ESPN story. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Criticism could pour gas on Draymond’s fire

In case you don’t care much for the dominant narrative ahead of the 2016-17 NBA season: The Golden State Warriors are the villains of the league.

As if you hadn’t heard.

Doing its part, ESPN added another exhibit to the case against the Dubs on Wednesday morning, when the Worldwide Leader published a strongly reported, written account of Draymond Green’s effect on the team since the 2015 championship parade through Oakland.

The account paints Green as an enigma capable of delivering or costing the team multiple titles due to his volatile nature.

It was an eloquently written and logically sound piece that appeared to have the potential of being a bombshell just about a week before the season tipped off.

In the feature, head coach Steve Kerr was painted as being at loggerheads with Green for years and the source of the All-Star forward’s ire as his ego grew.

To Kerr, though, it was just business as usual.

“It’s all stuff that’s already happened,” Kerr told reporters on Wednesday in San Diego, where his team played the Los Angeles Lakers in a preseason match. “We’re the Super Villains now, so there’s going to be a lot more stories out, stuff we’ve already seen.”

Kerr went on to harangue the media for how it crafts its stories ahead of the season, pointing to the way Kevin Durant has been treated since bolting Oklahoma City for the Bay — most notably, when he said his new teammates are “unselfish,” and how some commentators took that as a shot to former teammate Russell Westbrook.

But what he didn’t do was deny any of the facts of the story.

If I’m a Dubs fan, I’m not worried about Kerr’s reaction to the piece. It’s Draymond’s that matters. And the best case scenario would be an eff-you tour unlike any other.

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