Draymond Green went on a rant following the Warrior’s win over the Cavs on Monday night, calling out the way players are mistreated by teams and media members.
Earlier in the week, reports began circulating that Cleveland was going to sit center Andre Drummond until they can work out a trade for the two-time All-Star. Then, prior to the game on Monday, Green noticed Drummond head back into the locker room and change into street clothes.
A similar situation happened with Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons hours later.
This sparked Green to use his postgame press conference to call out the double standard between when a player asks to be moved and when a team wants to move a player.
Green compared former Rockets star James Harden wanting out of Houston and the backlash he received for the way he handled that situation to a team making a player sit because of future trade plans.
“A team can come out and say we want to trade that guy and then that guy is to go and sit and if he doesn’t stay professional then he’s a cancer and he’s not good in someone’s locker room,” said Green.
He goes on to cite players that have been pulled off the bench during a game because they’re been traded or found out via a post-game presser that they’ve been traded. Green compares the way those players were treated by their teams and the media to the way the league treated him – slapping him with a fine – for stating his opinion about another player.
“At some point, as players, we need to be treated with the same respect and have the same rights that the team can have,” said Green.