OAKLAND — Draymond Green has no love for the headline grabs.
Taking what he says out of context or consolidating his whole point to make a splash: He blocks that like a weak attempt at the rim.
Several national media outlets took his comments about the Cleveland Cavaliers — most notably, ESPN with the headline “Draymond Green disappointed Cavs’ opponents going down easily.”
Green’s comments in full:
“I thought teams would compete a little harder,” Green said after shootaround on Monday. “I just watched San Antonio-Houston. I like to watch good basketball. When you watch Cleveland play, you’re only watching one side of the good basketball. That’s kind of weak.
“I like watching a good game, not even necessarily that it’s going to be a close game. I like to watch teams playing good basketball. When you watch them, you watch one team playing good basketball and everybody else do something. I don’t know what that something is.”
That written story was apparently fine.
But when SportsCenter cut up his comments to only include the salacious parts, Green took offense.
On Wednesday, Green snapped on ESPN and others:
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His comments on Wednesday in full:
“I didn’t say I was disappointed with their competition. First off, people always want to take a piece of a statement and then say, ‘Aw man, Draymond said the Cavs aren’t playing anybody.’ They never say Draymond said, ‘Cleveland is playing great basketball.’
“Everybody’s always chasing the headline and the controversy. Watching ESPN is now like watching a controversial reality TV show. It’s pretty pathetic that that’s what the headline everybody want. You know, ‘Draymond is disappointed with who Cleveland plays.’ You think I care who Cleveland plays? Or, how the other team play?
“But I am a basketball fan and I know what I want to watch as a basketball fan. 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’s always searching for the controversy.
“So, there go y’all headline of the day, ‘Draymond said Cleveland is playing great basketball.’ Let’s see if that one make it.”
Basketball player and editor, Draymond Green can really do it all.