Editor's note: The video above is from Monday, May 8 after the Warriors eliminated the Jazz in Game 4
OAKLAND -- Draymond concluded his Wednesday news conference with an emphatic blast directed at sensationalizing news outlets, specifically ESPN.
Asked about his comments after the Warriors’ Game 4 win over the Jazz Monday night, when Green said the Cavaliers were playing “amazing” basketball during the playoffs but their opponents thus far, “not so much,” Green wasted little time addressing the issue.
“I didn’t say I was disappointed with their competition,” Green said after practice. “First off, people always want to take a piece of a statement and then say, ‘Oh, man, Draymond said the Cavs aren’t playing anybody. They never say, ‘Draymond said Cleveland is playing great basketball.’
“Everybody is always chasing the headline and the controversy. Watching ESPN is now like watching a controversial reality TV show.”
Green’s comments received wide exposure on TV and sports-talk radio Tuesday. The Cavaliers, like the Warriors, have swept their first two opponents and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Green made it clear, though, that he’s not particularly captivated by Cleveland’s first two series, against Indiana in the first round and Toronto in the conference semifinals.
Still, he felt his intent, if not his actual words, received the full embellishment treatment.
“It’s pretty pathetic that that’s what’s the headline everybody wants: ‘Draymond is disappointed with who Cleveland plays.’
“You think I care who Cleveland plays? Or how the other team plays?’ But I am a basketball fan, and I know what I want to watch as a basketball fan.”
It was apparent that Green, whose actions and opinions have a way of generating debate, felt he had been somewhat victimized.
“I don’t understand how all these things are always made so controversial -- not that it alters my daily life,” he said. “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 the controversy.
“So there goes your headline of the day: ‘Draymond says Cleveland is playing great basketball.’ Let’s see if that one makes it.”
And with that, Green jumped out of his seat and out of the view of cameras.