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On Monday night, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook got into a verbal altercation with a Jazz fan during the second quarter of Oklahoma City's game at Utah.

Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his role, and the fan has been permanently banned from all events at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Warriors forward Draymond Green was asked Friday about those who heckle NBA players.

"I guess it's just the nature of what we do," the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year told reporters in Houston. "I don't really understand why grown men get off by coming in to someone else's job and saying bulls--t. I guess that's their way of letting out their frustration in their life.

"Kinda stupid to me."

According to Draymond, the issue has grown worse over his time in the NBA.

"If I'm someone who's probably not as happy with my life ... I know if I say something crazy, whatever they say back and they lose money -- misery loves company," he explained. "The longer our penalties are raised and blasted to the world, people will keep doing that.

 

"At the end of the day, what do they really lose? Our families lose money that we provide. As long as the league continues to fine players for saying something back when they're getting completely disrespected, it's gonna always happen."

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Draymond and Westbrook -- two of the most outspoken and passionate players in the NBA -- will share the floor in Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

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