The context behind the viral quote by Draymond Green Wolves-Grizzlies

Draymond Green it is always good for an enticing post-match quote, even if it is delivered via his podcast. But not every quote of his bragging is made for the sake of speech.

After the 4th game of Golden State Warriors‘series of the second round, Green said on his podcast:’ These are not Minnesota Timberwolves. You no longer play on that team; this is basketball at the championship level. “

His statement certainly looks like a rather surprise attack not only on the Memphis Grizzlies, but also on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Although spicy, there is a reasonable context that softens Green’s assessment. He actually mentioned the dominant performance of the Warriors in Game 3 of their series against the Grizzlies, 142-112, as opposed to how they played in Game 4, 101-98.

What Green stood out most during the 3rd game was how Golden State retained the lead even after Ja Morant heated up. “I started going wild achieving every show, and I think he looked up like, ‘Wow, I’m going crazy.’ He had a few of those self-examinations that only the self does. And he looked up, and they were down 25. ” said Green.

From there, the Warriors star continued on the aforementioned quote about “basketball-level championships” that carved the famous NBA aggregation account into penetrating graphics on social media. Aside from even the final part of Green’s quote being less controversial than it says on the chart: “It was great for us because it needed to show them that these aren’t the Minnesota Timberwolves, you don’t play with that team anymore; this is championship level basketball, this is how we do it. It was nice to see. ”

To be clear, Green’s assessment isn’t exactly a compliment, even with the right context around it. The Timberwolves still look like a team being offended. But this wasn’t so much momentum in Memphis as it was a way to talk about how the Warriors are playing with their actual championship pedigree – something the Minnesota objectively lacks in comparison.


This postseason, Green provided detailed reflections and reactions to his podcast, “The Draymond Green Show,” while giving reporters much shorter answers during their assigned post-match interviews. The idea behind Green’s media decision was to control his story more. That’s the question he obviously cared about; he held one post-match press conference citing media integrity, and told reporters he would not say more because he was “not sure I can believe where my words will go from here”.

And now, ironically, a quote from a media podcast that Green hoped would end the clips out of context instead resulted in out-of-context graphics with over 6,400 likes on Twitter and God knows how many impressions, with numerous fans in responses believing it to be Green took the swing on two teams.

Green might believe his podcast gives him complete control, but this whole episode suggests otherwise. Media aggregation is the job of savage predators waiting for someone to give in to them and will throw up every engagement opportunity they find.

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