Oakland — Asked if the Twitter tiff between JaVale McGee and Shaquille O’Neal is just the latest installment in the league-wide tradition of ragging on the Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green couldn’t help but agree.
“I was always taught if someone isn’t hating on you, you aren’t doing something right,” Green said after Dubs’ shoot around on Saturday morning. “So, that’s how I look at it. If they’re not talking, you better worry.”
Green offered an explanation for why so many prominent members of the NBA community — most recently Shaq and most frequently TNT colleague Charles Barkley — make such a habit of taking shots at the league’s winningest team.
“We’re good. We’re good and they hate that,” Green said. “You know, when you were bullied and picked on and the team that was beat on for so long, then you hit the bully back. They don’t like that. They were used to coming in here and just, ‘Oh, it’s the Warriors. Check it off as a win.’ And all of a sudden you’re almost checking it off as a loss. They don’t like that.”
The Warriors aren’t just punching the rest of the league in the mouth but serving up the beatdowns in style — from Green’s consistent shouting and taunting to Stephen Curry’s trademark shimmy and premature 3-point celebrations.
“We do have fun, but it’s basketball. It’s supposed to be fun,” Green said. “I think we get condemned a lot for having fun.”
KD out vs. Nets
Kevin Durant will miss his first game as a Warrior, sitting out the club’s Saturday night contest against the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena.
Golden State announced that the eight-time All-Star is dealing with a left hand contusion that he suffered in the first quarter of Thursday’s 123-113 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Rookie Patrick McCaw is the leading candidate to start in Durant’s place against the 9-48 Nets.Draymond GreenGolden State Warriorsjavale mcgeeNBAShaquille O'Neal