Pompous NBA blowhard rips into Rudy Gobert and the Wolves, says series ends in 6

Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets - Game Five
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Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors has been a controversial figure on and off the court for his entire career. When he’s not busy being suspended for his nonsensical immature actions, he’s a generational defensive player, an excellent offensive connector, and a four-time NBA champion.

Whatever you think about the loudmouth Green as a person, nobody can deny that he is an excellent basketball player and a likely future Hall of Famer. But as Green has aged, he’s gotten more and more involved in the media side of things. He has his own podcast and has been angling for a post-playing career in media for several years.

Draymond Green rips into Rudy Gobert

Wednesday night Green joined the Inside the NBA crew on TNT for their doubleheader broadcast of Celtics/Cavaliers and then Mavericks/Thunder. While he’s no stranger to making bold, sometimes controversial proclamations, some of Green’s comments on air seemed petty and obnoxious.

He knows a lot about the game and he’s broken it down well but he seems to hae personal biases and on Wednesday night he went after Rudy Gobert and the Timberwolves in a way that felt borderline uncomfortable to watch.

Draymond called out Gobert for not being able to get a stop on Nikola Jokic and for not taking accountability. He made fun of Rudy for saying the team needed to play better, stating that it was just Rudy who needed to step it up and get stops. Green also made a somewhat off-color joke about Gobert hailing from France.

Draymond can't resist making things about himself

All in all it was odd behavior and unbecoming of a fellow NBA player and a guy who has gotten cooked by Jokic plenty, himself. The Warriors got swept by the Nuggets this year and Jokic dominated those matchups with or without Dryamond on the court. Jokic and the Nuggets also made quick work of Green and the Warriors in the playoffs last season.

These comments from Draymond just came off as pure bitterness and made it seem like he has a personal beef with Gobert (he did choke the man out during a game earlier this season, after all). There’s just no place for this in NBA media and discourse. I thought Green had a bright future as an analyst when he first started, but this was just pathetic and almost insulting to fans.

Maybe Draymond should spend more time working on his own game, figuring out ways to try and slow down Jokic, and stop assaulting people so he can stay on the court. Then perhaps his team would have done better than a 10 seed and he could actually be partaking in the playoffs instead of spouting off nonsense in a suit on TV.