The return of Golden State Warriors player, Draymond Green to the basketball court took place over the weekend and it did nothing for the team but it earned the volatile player an earful from the Memphis Grizzlies fans.
According to CBS Sports, Green made his way to the court at FedEx Forum and as he entered the game, the Grizzlies fans booed him as he returned to action after being suspended for repeated “unsportsmanlike acts” last year. The forward was coming back from an indefinite suspension that only lasted 12 games, but he missed the past 16 as he worked to get back in game condition. If his play wouldn’t put the Warriors in a position to win, then his possible presence would. Yet, neither transpired as the Warriors lost to a Grizzlies team that was missing a slew of players including Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and Marcus Smart.
Grizzlies fans boo Draymond Green as he checks in 😂 pic.twitter.com/KyGglR3BVW
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In the nationally televised game that took place on the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the only dream that the Warriors had was to get out of the stadium as they lost to a depleted Grizzlies team, 116-107.
As Green makes his way to being a bigger contributor to the Warriors, he came off the bench to only play 24 minutes. He didn’t do too badly in the stat category for the limited time he was in the game. He scored seven points, pulled down seven rebounds, dished out four assists, and had a steal.
He did make a statement after the game critiquing the team’s play, which no one on the Warriors could be proud of in a loss to a team that has little depth with so many players out of the lineup and with a poor record.”You just gotta have pride in yourself as a man that I’m not gonna let my guy score,” Green said. “Our closeouts were too soft. Our rotations were too slow. So there’s just no pride. Until every guy takes pride in themselves and wants to stop the guy in front of him, we’ll suck.”
“Just got to have pride in yourself as a man… Until every guy take pride in themselves and want to stop the guy in front of them, we’ll suck.”
Draymond Green on the Warriors’ lack of defensive effort last night 👀
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The Warriors have a chance to play with more effort in their next scheduled game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Salt Lake City.
Draymond Green Booed In Return To Basketball Court