Though the Warriors rallied to beat the Thunder on Saturday to go to 53-5, there's some trouble in paradise. During the game, ESPN's Lisa Salters reported hearing yelling from the visiting locker room, which she attributed to Draymond Green. The emotional, profanity-laced tirade included Green screaming, "I am not a robot. I know I can play."
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith provided more details on Monday:
"I was told that Steve Kerr was showing film to the team. He showed some clip involving a mistake Draymond Green may have made, and Draymond went off," Smith said. "There were F-bombs, there were M-F bombs. Steve Kerr certainly did not back down by any stretch of the imagination. As a matter of fact, I was told that at one point, Steve Kerr told him to sit down, and Draymond said, 'M-Fer, come and make me.'"
Smith added that Green at one point said "to hell with it" and took off his shoes, as if he wouldn't play the rest of the game. Teammates intervened and Green ultimately returned to the game.
Kerr was asked about Smith's report and tried to mock the messenger, though he didn't explicitly deny the content of Smith's words.
Kerr on SAS halftime rant report: "Oh sorry. It’s my mistake. I didn’t see him in the locker room. So if he was there, then ya. My fault."— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) February 29, 2016
Green apologized for the incident Monday, saying "that wasn't the right way to handle what needed to be handled."
Green's frustration may have come from his lack of shooting, which has notably been down as of late. He was 9-of-24 in his last three games. In the first half Saturday, he was 0-for-5. And Green reportedly mentioned this in the halftime rant. He said, "You don't want me to shoot. I won't shoot the rest of the game."
Didn't catch the TV broadcast yet, but a difference between Kerr and Walton is Draymond was freer to shoot under the latter.— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) February 28, 2016
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