We have always liked Draymond Green. When he came out of Michigan State, he just seemed like such a winner. Couldn’t believe he fell to the second round.
But life sometimes works out beautifully. He was taken by Golden State in 2012 and formed a dynamic core with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson that won three NBA titles not too long ago.
At 6-6, he’s managed to defend much bigger players since his college days. As much as Curry has been a revolutionary player, Green really has been too. His versatility is amazing, as is his heart.
A passionate player, he can at times get himself in trouble.
Sunday’s second-quarter ejection doesn’t really qualify as that but it was pretty amazing.
Green grabbed Brandon Clarke as Clarke went up for a shot, got a fist full of his jersey, and, honestly, kind of gently pulled him to the ground.
It was ruled a Flagrant 2 which means an automatic ejection.
And that’s when things got very, very Draymond.
Green skipped across the court and spoke to his teammates, then skipped back, encouraging the Memphis crowd to boo him.
They obliged, as he ran to the tunnel, inviting the abuse.
It didn’t matter.
The Warriors won a road game without a critical player, 117-116. In the process, they gave the Grizzlies a free lesson in toughness.