Draymond Green never backs down from a fight and he rarely, if ever, will apologize for anything he says.
That's the case regarding Green's comments about Detroit Pistons reserve guard Rodney McGruder after the Warriors' win last Saturday night.
"I still feel the same way I felt after the game," Green told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on "The Jump" on Friday. "When I say something, I mean it. I meant everything I said that night. There's no comments that will ever be made from me that I won't stand by."
Following the conclusion of the Warriors' 118-91 win over the Pistons, McGruder approached the Golden State bench and appeared to exchange words with Juan Toscano-Anderson, who was inactive for the game.
The incident apparently stemmed from something Toscano-Anderson said to Pistons wing Wayne Ellington from the bench in the first half of the game.
Klay Thompson, who was part of the NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast, offered his thoughts on the postgame situation. Later, during his media availability on a Zoom conference call, Green was asked about what happened and he didn't hold back.
"I don’t know. I was in the locker room. But apparently he was taking up for Wayne Ellington," Green told reporters on a video conference call. "When the f--k did Rodney McGruder become the tough guy? I don’t know, man, everybody in the league tough these days. It’s crazy. I’ve seen a lot of tough guys this year. I don’t understand it. And don’t nobody do anything. Like if you really wanted to do something, you could have done it. Walking over there talking s--t like he a tough guy. Get the hell outta here. F---ing tough guy Rodney. Tough guy. Also, I’m rocking with Juan T. Juan T was about to bring that Town Bidness s--t out on him. Yeah, I’m rocking with Juan T on that one anyway.
"Also I think it was something Juan said in the first or second quarter to Wayne Ellington. You got nothing better to do that you’re still thinking of something from the first or second quarter when you weren’t in the game. So apparently, Wayne Ellington must have went over to the bench. I guess he went and told McGruder because he hadn’t been in the game. Yeah, I don’t know. There’s too many tough guys in the league these days for me. But I know no one scared of no damn Rodney McGruder, like f---ing kidding me? Insane. But Klay said it best. Klay said it best. Leave it at that."
Ellington fired back at Green and Thompson, calling them "unprofessional," among other things. Former NBA champion and current ESPN NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins had issues with what the Warriors stars said, calling their comments "corny."
Perkins later joined the "Dubs Talk" podcast and further explained his problem with what Green and Thompson did.
"There's certain boundaries that you just don't cross," Perkins said to NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann. "What I'm trying to emphasize is that I don't really have a problem with the trash talkin'. ... Here's the thing that I have to put out there to the world as being a former NBA player, a 14-year vet. Knowing that the average NBA career is three and a half, four years -- if you make it past that it's a blessing. ...
"When you look at a guy like Rodney McGruder who went undrafted in 2013, who has been scratching and clawing every single year to make it in the league, to stay in the league, and it's hard because there's new players, there's younger players who are coming into the league every single year. So with Klay's statement saying, 'Oh, he's just mad because he's probably gonna be out the league next year,' I don't like that. Honestly, I didn't like that statement at all. I talked to a lot of former players, a lot of current players, who also didn't like that statement and they wasn't rollin' with Klay on that.
"That ain't cool. You can trash talk, but there's certain things you just can't get below the belt with and that's it."
Green clearly doesn't regret what he said about McGruder, and he doesn't care about what Ellington and Perkins think, either.