This year’s Olympics were one of the closest and unpredictable we have ever seen due to the simple fact of Team USA entering the tournament, not as clear-cut favorites. After numerous declines from star players, Greg Popovich would struggle to assemble a team but still manage to find a formidable group of guys ready to take on the challenge. It was front-lined by names like Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, and Devin Booker, but in the end, it was more about the team effort.
Considering how dominant Team USA has been throughout history, a shaky exhibition period in which they lost to Nigeria and Australia rang some alarms, as the media got seriously worried this team will not be able to take the gold home. After losing their opening game of the tournament to the French team, the tensions reached their peak, but only to fuel the Americans and help them win all the games to the end of the tournament, securing the elusive gold.
In the end, the goal was met, and everybody was happy, but before things got turned around for the better for Team USA, tensions were flying high. Draymond Green, who was one of the emotional leaders of the team, shared on Carmelo Anthony’s podcast why he got really upset with Dwyane Wade over a message to Rudy Gobert:
“I bumped into D-Wade a couple weeks ago, and so I’m sharing this with you. Obviously, I know that’s your brother, but also because me and him talked about it. I said, ‘Yo, I gotta tell you. You was one of the people on my go-at list after we won, and I’m gonna tell you why. When we was over there, it felt like us literally against the world, including America. To see your tweet after all the s— France was talking, and you say good luck to Rudy Gobert, I ain’t like that s—. Then I screenshotted it, and I was gonna go at you. But out of my respect for you, I couldn’t go at you. But I said if I saw you, I was gonna tell you.”
Draymond Green, What’s In Your Glass
Wade, who has bought a small ownership stake of the Utah Jazz, is often seen on the sidelines in Utah or on social media talking with the Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Obviously, Dwyane just wanted to share some kind words for the French center. Still, Draymond took offense to that, seeing all the hate Team USA was receiving while the French bigged themselves up throughout the tournament.
Also, the fact Draymond and Gobert have been neck to neck in a couple of DPOY races has built an inevitable rivalry between the two. But in the end, Draymond got the last laugh, winning his second Olympic gold by beating Gobert’s France team in the final. Green got over Wade’s comments and used it as fuel at the time to prove him and everybody else wrong, hashing things out with the Hall-of-Famer eventually.