Draymond Green is at the center of the NBA Finals again – but not for his on-court play…again.
After a dreadful third game where the Golden State Warriors forward fouled just two points, four rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes and his team lost 116-110 to the Boston Celtics 2-1, Green answered a question regarding his weekly podcast, “The Draymond Green Show.”
Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer asked Green if he thought what he said on his podcast before Game 3 affected the way the Celtics played against the Warriors, specifically with his breakdown of how to defend Derrick White , Marcus Smart and Al Horford.
Green, who seemed a bit disturbed by the question, claimed his comments on the podcast were no different from what he would say on the podium after a game and likely wouldn’t have affected the Celtics’ Game 3 strategy. . He did, however, appreciate Fischer’s organic promotion of his podcast.
“Oh, those are just disputed shots. If it’s X’s and O’s, then… you’re looking for something,” Green said Wednesday night when asked about his podcast. “Everything is fine though. Keep on going. Reach heavy. When you see them removing the Xs and O’s from your podcast. The only thing you said was White, Smart and Horford, hmm. You have been there. Respect. Appreciate the podcast promo you gave me. “The Draymond Green Show”, next time, just mention it that way.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was also asked after the game if he thought Green’s podcast revealed anything the Celtics could use in Game 3. Kerr was unsure what Green said, but added that he didn’t think Green’s podcast was a distraction.
“I don’t listen to the podcast, so I don’t know what was said there. I don’t mind,” Kerr said after the game. “It’s 2022. It’s a different world. Players are part of the media now. That’s what it is.”
Naturally, Green had a more candid reaction to Game 3, his play and questions about his post-game activities on his current podcast. He said his podcast is “not going anywhere” and that he will film it no matter what happens in the game.
Green’s show launched as a weekly podcast in November 2021 for The Volume, a network founded by Colin Cowherd and iHeartMedia earlier that year. While episodes were originally scheduled to be released weekly during the season, Green released episodes the day after Warriors games throughout the 2022 playoffs — including the NBA Finals.
Reactions to Green’s podcast
A few former NBA players and media personalities weren’t too keen on Green taking the time to podcast after a Finals game. Namely, Isiah Thomas and Kendrick Perkins both believed Green’s poor performance was a direct result of his attention to his off-court efforts.
Former NFL defensive end Chris Long, who has his own podcast, did Tweeter in support of post-game green podcasting. Long tweeted that post-game activities vary from player to player and are rarely distractions. He has even underline that Michael Jordan golfed with Danny Ainge before Game 2 of the 1986 Eastern Conference First Round game between Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and Ainge’s Celtics.
“If you think @Money23Green’s 30 minute post-game podcast is affecting his game then we should definitely let players skip media availability as it’s more entertaining and longer,” Long tweeted. “The reviews are crazy.
More Game 3 Controversy
Green’s podcast wasn’t the only problem for him in Game 3. He also suffered a slew of boos – including some explicit ones – from Celtics fans during his pre-game introduction and throughout. Match.
while green said he didn’t really react to the crowd because “they did what I expected,” Green’s wife Kerr and teammate Klay Thompson came to the striker’s defense.
Thompson and Kerr sarcastically called Celtics fans ‘classics’ while Green’s wife Hazel Renee called them “repugnant.”