Klay Thompson and Draymond Green made waves after Saturday's Warriors game against the Detroit Pistons with their comments toward Rodney McGruder. Thompson and Green's comments had social media abuzz and elicited strong reactions from the NBA world, including from McGruder's teammates.
During ESPN's "The Jump" on Monday afternoon, NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins explained why he didn't like the criticism of McGruder from the Warriors' stars.
"I don’t applaud it. I don’t like it. To me, I thought this was very corny," Perkins said. "You look at a guy like Rodney McGruder, who was undrafted in 2013, who’s been fighting his way, went down to the G League and still is on a roster here today in 2021. A guy that has to fight every single offseason, go into training camp and prove himself, and we all know how hard it is just to get to the NBA, it’s even harder to stay in the NBA, and they have a 15th or 14th guy on every roster that fights for their position and be that guy on the bench.
"All he was doing was standing up for his teammates and I love Klay, but I can’t roll with him on this statement. That just wasn’t right. And as far as Draymond talking about a lot of tough guys in the league, I love Draymond, but he talks just as much as anybody, and nobody really is doing nothing outside of talking because Draymond is not doing anything to nobody when he sees somebody in the offseason, outside the court when the season is over because I can recall the incident with Tristan Thompson had addressed him, and he copped a plea."
"So at the end of the day, I don’t agree with Klay’s statement. I know it was good, it was funny at the time, but a guy like Rodney McGruder, who’s actually fighting for his job, year after year after year and is still surviving in the league, they have a lot of guys on rosters like that, and I just can’t roll with that statement."
Green didn't hold back in his postgame press conference regarding McGruder's choice to walk over to the Warriors' bench.
"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."
Wayne Ellington, who was the player McGruder reportedly was speaking up for by going over to the Warriors' bench after the game, spoke about the situation on Sunday.
"First of all, I think it's very unprofessional and definitely not classy for somebody to attack Rodney's professional career the way it was attacked," Ellington told reporters (h/t Detroit News/Rod Beard).
"To be honest, the guy over there, Juan, is the one who started the whole thing. Rod is a man of respect, like myself, and I felt like he took offense to whatever the guy was saying to me in the first half."
"For Draymond to sit up there and talk all that kind of crazy stuff behind a microphone, I think that's the fake tough-guy stuff, to be honest with you."