After the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, Draymond Green took the podium to get something off his chest.
"To watch 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,” he told the media. "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.
“At some point, this league has to protect the players from embarrassment like that ... as players, we’re told, ‘You can't say that, you can't say this.' But teams can? It goes along the same lines of when everyone wants to say, ‘Oh, man, that young guy can't figure it out.’ But no one wants to say the organization can't figure it out.
“At some point to players must be respected in these situations. And it’s ridiculous and I’m sick of seeing it."
Former Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough joined 95.7 The Game's "The Morning Roast" show Tuesday, and offered his insight into the strong comments from the three-time NBA champion.
"Draymond almost always seems to side with players and supports players, which I understand," McDonough said. "And this is just my opinion -- I think Draymond, who is one of the more intelligent players in the league, uses some of these situations as an opportunity to take shots at some other franchises.
"By doing that -- if you cast dispersions on the Phoenix Suns or the Cleveland Cavaliers or another team -- what you're partially doing is showing how well run the Warriors are [and] what a high-functioning organization it is.
"Not that they don't have any issues, but they seemingly have a lot fewer issues than some of the other teams in the league. Draymond, the way his sharp mind works, has an opportunity to take some digs at other teams and in turn build up the Warriors franchise."
Draymond back in August created headlines (and subsequently was fined $50,000) when he said he wants Devin Booker out of Phoenix because playing for that organization is "not good for his career."
And don't forget about Draymond in October 2019 referring to the Suns as a "s---ty franchise" when he defended Marquese Chriss (they drafted Chriss with the No. 8 overall pick in 2016).
So it certainly is interesting to hear McDonough's perspective because he was the Suns' top executive when they struggled to the tune of 23-59, 24-58 and 21-61 over his final three seasons at the helm before getting fired just before the start of the 2018-19 campaign.
The franchise seemingly has turned things around for the time being, as Phoenix enters Tuesday's game vs. the Brooklyn Nets in fourth place in the Western Conference.
Yours truly won't be disappointed if somehow the Warriors and Suns end up facing off in the first round of the playoffs. You better believe Draymond's harsh words from last summer will be a major talking point if that series comes to fruition.
But we are getting way ahead of ourselves, as all focus simply should be on Golden State taking care of business against the Miami Heat on Wednesday.