TORONTO — Draymond Green says the NBA doesn’t need to put the clamps on Drake, saying he deserves to “get more leash.”
One day after Green and Drake barked angrily at each other after the Raptors captured Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena, Warriors forward Green said he enjoys the back-and-forth. The NBA’s warnings to Drake entering the Finals has apparently gone unheeded and perhaps another one is in store.
Drake battled with Green and trolled Stephen Curry twice — first wearing his father Dell’s Raptors jersey, then reaching into his hair and pulling out something. Drake then posted a photo of a piece of lint with the caption: “Steph Curry hair lint for sale on my eBay right now!!! username: DraymondShouldntWear23.”
“Drake talking on the sideline — I think so many people make a big deal out of it,” Green said during Friday’s availability. “He’s a fan. He talks and it gets more attention because he’s Drake. So many people are complaining about it, like, ‘You don’t let any other fan do that.’ Yeah, any other fan is just not Drake, so they probably shouldn’t be able to do that. That’s just kind of how the cookie crumbles.”
Drake looked to have initiated his battle with Green, who never backs down from a confrontation.
Green says Drake, the Canadian-Jewish-Black rapper deserves preferential treatment.
“He’s worked his ass off to be who he is,” Green said. “I think we all know when you do that, you get more leash than others. I think there’s so much talk and ‘the NBA needs to’ — no, they don’t. He worked to be who he is; you should get more leash. But I don’t mind it. It’s fun for me.”
Instead, Green took a dig at American fans whom, according to a USA Today survey, are rooting against the two-time defending champion Warriors. Golden State has two countries pulling against them – with all of Canada on board for the NBA’s lone team north of the border.
“People in the States are rooting against us because we beat all their teams,” said Green. ”All good. When you’re at the top, no one’s ever cheering for you to stay there. People want to see you get to the top and they want to see you fall. That’s just kind of the mind of the most human beings. Their team is sitting at home with them.”
Green posted one of the worst triple-doubles in history – 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists with six turnovers and played lax defense on Game 1 star Pascal Siakam.