Draymond Green made waves Monday night after the Warriors' win over the Cleveland Cavaliers when he ripped how NBA teams treat their players. Green referenced the "double standard" applied in the player-management dynamic in professional sports, looking at how players will get blasted by fans and media for wanting a trade but teams are allowed to sit players until they can secure a trade.
Former NBA star and surefire Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade agreed with Green's rant against NBA hypocrisy.
"I definitely agree that it's a double standard when it comes to ownership or organizations and players," Wade said Tuesday on TNT. "I know a lot of people are like, 'Oh you guys get paid a lot of money and it doesn't matter.' But it does matter because a lot of players in our league have families. Some players are told sometimes, 'Hey, you aren't getting traded.'Then they get traded. Some players have to find out from the media. I've heard stories of players finding out at the gas station ... what it boils down to me is there is no communication and no respect. The organizations aren't looking at these players and having respect for them for who they are as men, who they are as players and having the communication to sit down with them and say, 'Look we are always going to do what is best for our organization, just like you are as a player. Right now, we got a lot of people calling and we're looking at going in a different direction.' Just have a simple conversation with a player. ... In the past, it's never been that way. Players get booed when they come back when they leave in free agency, and organizations get celebrated when they give you a video when you come back after they've traded you."
The Warriors star pointed to how James Harden was blasted for wanting out of Houston, but how it's OK for the Cavaliers to sit Andre Drummond until he is traded.
“To watch (Cavaliers center) Andre Drummond before the game sit on the sideline and go to the back and come out in street clothes, because a team is going to trade him, is bull---t,” Green said Monday.
“Because when James Harden asked for a trade and essentially dogged it – I don't think there was no surprise; no one is going to fight the fact that James was dogging it his last days in Houston – but he was castrated for wanting to go to a different team. Everybody destroyed that man.
“And yet a team can come out and say, ‘We want to trade a guy,’ and then that guy is to go sit. And if he doesn't stay professional, then he's a cancer. And he's not good in someone's locker room. And he's the issue.”
Green's comments were roundly received with support from players and teammates.
There's no doubt Green's stance is the correct one, but it's going to take more than a postgame rant for things to change.